Principal's Corner



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Deanna Hollimon

Mrs. Deanna Hollimon has been principal at West Elementary since 2015.  Mrs. Hollimon has been employed in the Russellville City School System since 1986.  She served as a third grade teacher for ten years and a first grade teacher for nine years.  Mrs. Hollimon became the school’s first Alabama Reading Initiative coach in 2005, a position that she held for five years.  In 2010, she became the assistant principal at WES.  After serving in that position for two years, she accepted the position of assistant principal at Russellville Middle School. Mrs. Hollimon attended Russellville High School where she graduated in 1982.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Alabama.  She returned to UNA to receive her certification in Administration as well as her Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership.   Mrs. Hollimon is married to Russell and they have a son, Daniel and a daughter, Caroline.

  • Welcome to West Elementary School!  I consider it an honor to be the principal of this school and a member of the Russellville City Schools family. 

    At West Elementary, we believe in the importance of educating the whole child.  While we focus daily on academics, we also recognize the importance of concentrating on our students’ social and emotional needs.  It is important that every child feels safe at school while feeling valued for who they are.  WE begin each day with a morning message from Project Wisdom that teaches and encourages good character traits. 

    Our faculty and staff are dedicated to professional growth.  We engage in monthly faculty meetings, targeted professional development, data meetings, and collaborative planning. We recognize the need to be on the cutting edge of education by learning about best practices.

    Our teachers provide differentiated instruction to all of our students.  This basically means that your child’s teacher meets him/her where they are academically and they provide instruction and resources at their level.  We also believe in challenging our students by providing activities that will extend their learning.  Several teaching strategies are utilized during our protected instructional times.  Reading teachers practice strategies that they have learned from the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) Modules.  Math teachers utilize strategies learned from the Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP).  Our science instruction is supported through the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI).  Social Studies standards are often taught thematically and handwriting instruction is provided daily.  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities are also a part of our instructional routine.  Student growth is closely monitored through the use of systematic progress monitoring.

    We also believe in a strong partnership with our parents and the community.  We offer the opportunity for parents to become involved in our Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP) and we value the support of our local businesses, industries, and churches.  We know that it takes all of us working together to make a difference in the lives of our community’s best resource, our children.

    Our school currently has three Office of School Readiness (OSR) funded Pre-K units.  These classrooms are filled with opportunities for students to experience social and emotional growth.  They also give students numerous opportunities to gain early readiness skills that will help them get off to a successful start in kindergarten.

    We are thrilled to offer our students the option to attend our 21st Century RCS Tiger PAWS Afterschool/ Summer Program.  This is a chance for our students to receive additional enrichment activities and tutoring from certified teachers. 

    We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep abreast of all the exciting learning that takes place in our school as well as to stay informed of the numerous activities occurring at our school.  We also invite parents to join our PTP and to get involved in your child’s education both at school and at home. 

    Please feel free to call me if you have any questions regarding our school or your child’s education.



    Deanna Hollimon