Degrees and Certifications:
BA Secondary Social Science, Minor in Spanish from Berea College MA Secondary History, University of Alabama Ed.S. Teacher Leader, University of Alabama Instructional Leadership Certification, University of West Alabama
Mrs. Kortney Johnson, Principal
Mrs. Johnson was born a Wildcat. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Mrs. Johnson has been a Big Blue fan for her entire life. Mrs. Johnson's family moved to Guntersville, AL, as a young child where she grew up a Guntersville Wildcat! She currently lives in Guntersville with her husband, Ryan and two sons, Luke and Ches. The Johnson family are members of First Baptist Church in Guntersville where Mrs. Johnson serves as the College and Career class teacher. Both Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are Guntersville alumni and are proud Wildcats with a strong passion and love for the Guntersville community and the Schools of the City of Guntersville.
Mrs. Johnson began her teaching career at Baldwin County High School where she taught Spanish I, II, and III. She coached varsity basketball, junior varsity softball, soccer, and volleyball. After three years, she made the move back to Marshall County in 2003 when she began teaching US History at Albertville High School. At Albertville, she coached Varsity Soccer, Varsity Volleyball, and Varsity Basketball. Mrs. Johnson transitioned into teaching AP Government at Albertville 6 years ago and worked as the AP Coordinator. She has served as department head, on Leadership Team, and on the Technology Team.
Over her many years of teaching, her passion as a life-long learner engaged her in new pedagogical techniques such as Alabama Reading Intiatives, integrating technology, teaching online courses for ACCESS, and vertically aligning the social studies curriculum in grades 5-12.
The move back to Guntersville as Assistant Principal in 2019 and hiring as Principal in 2023 has been the most exciting part of Mrs. Johnson's educational and professional journey. Her love for the community and students of Guntersville Middle School drives her to work diligently for the best of GCS students, teachers, staff, and parents. She is a Wildcat through and through and loves serving the Guntersville community and students in the Schools of Guntersville!
Degrees and Certifications:
BS Elementary Education, Florida State University MS Education with Gifted Certification, Samford University Instructional Leader Certification, University of West Alabama
Mrs. Lauren Thompson, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Lauren Thompson is a Texas native who began her teaching career in 2012 at Evans Elementary in Albertville, Alabama. After teaching in Albertville City Schools where she taught Science, Math and Gifted Education, she made a career move to Guntersville City Schools in 2018. As a proud new wildcat, Mrs. Thompson began teaching 6th grade math at Guntersville Middle School where she was named Guntersville City Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year during the 2020-2021 school year. She has served as Math Department Chair and has been an active member of the leadership team during her five years at GMS. She currently resides in Guntersville with her husband Adam and their three children; Jack (7), Eden James (3) and Boston (10 months).
Mrs. Thomspon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Samford University. She has also obtained an Instructional Leadership and Gifted Education certification. This summer she was named Guntersville Middle School’s Assistant Principal and couldn’t be more excited for the 2023-2024 school year in her new role.