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Dr.  Blair  J.  Andress
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Blair Andress was born in Florida when his parents were both teaching at Florida State University, but he spent most of his childhood growing up in L.A.... Lower Alabama. He graduated from Enterprise High School (Go Wildcats!) in 19-none-of-your-business (okay, okay... 1989). He attended the local community college before transferring to Troy University when it still had "State" as its middle name. While at Troy State, he participated in several campus ministries including Baptist Campus Ministries and Campus Outreach. He is especially proud of the fact that he was a founding father of the Troy State University chapter of FarmHouse Fraternity. He was an award-winning member of the TSU forensics team in oral interpretation, and he played the male lead in the university production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler during his last quarter of classes. He graduated with a degree in Secondary Language Arts in spring of 1995.

Dr. A. (as he is affectionately known by many of his students) taught for two years in rural Alabama before leaving the classroom swearing never to return. He gave many of his supplies and teacher things to a close friend and mentor of his. "You can have them!" he growled.

"I will keep them for you," she replied with a knowing smile. Two years later, Dr. A. returned to his mentor asking for his supplies back. He was simply called and created to be in education, and after two years of fighting that call, he surrendered.

He taught for three years in Montgomery before coming to Elmore County where he taught English at Stanhope Elmore High School. He returned to the classroom as a student in the summer of 2006, and he received his Master's in Educational Leadership from Auburn University Montgomery in August of 2007. In December of 2008, he earned his Educational Specialist degree. In August of 2012, he returned to school when he was accepted to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law at Alabama State University. 

In January of 2010, after almost eight years at Stanhope Elmore, Dr. A. was demoted out of the classroom when he was asked to be the assistant principal at Holtville Middle School. In June of 2014, after four and a half years as a Bulldog, he was demoted once again when he moved to Eclectic Middle School as the new principal after Mr. Dane Hawk retired. (Please note: Mr. A. considers every step away from the classroom to be a demotion.... teachers are the true heroes in our schools!) 

The summer of 2015 was one of great personal and professional achievement as he accomplished a lifelong goal by completing his doctorate. After years of coursework and months of research, he successfully defended his dissertation titled "An Implementation Evaluation of a Therapeutic Alternative Public Education Setting for Students in Grades One through Twelve." 

Dr. Andress has been married to the love of his life since December of 1996. He has two beautiful daughters who remind him every day of the awesome responsibility of being a dad. Jordyn is a junior at Elmore County High School, and is a proud member of the Maroon Machine. Chloe is a freshman, and she is #15 on the Lady Panthers Volleyball Team. When he gets the opportunity, Dr. A. enjoys reading, writing, and international travel.