Horseshoe Bend High School teacher/coach/athletic administrator Kimberly Vickers will join the executive staff of the Alabama High School Athletic Association as Assistant Director, Executive Director Steve Savarese announced Thursday. Vickers, who will be AHSAA Director of Publications, has been serving Horseshoe Bend as senior teacher and department chair in the English department, head girls’ softball coach and assistant to the athletic director. She will begin her new duties Jan. 5. “We are fortunate and delighted to have Kimberly Vickers join our staff,” Savarese said. “She is a talented individual, an excellent teacher and coach and has already been an important member of our AHSAA family while working in athletic administration and compliance at Horseshoe Bend. She is a tremendous addition to the AHSAA staff and will enable us to better serve our member schools.” Vickers, a 1984 graduate of Mellow Valley High School in Clay County, received her B.S. in Secondary Language Arts from Jacksonville State University in 1987 and earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education/Language Arts from Auburn University-Montgomery in 1993. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the AHSAA,” Vickers said, “This is a dream come true for me personally and I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time.” Vickers has been at Horseshoe Bend since 2000 and served as a teacher/coach at Benjamin Russell High School from 1989-2000. She also was an adjunct English instructor at Southern Union Community College in Wadley in 1995-1996. At Horseshoe Bend she has served on the Building Leadership Team, was SACS Committee Chair, yearbook advisor, senior class sponsor, technology coordinator, commencement director and ACCESS Distance Learning facilitator and site coordinator. She holds memberships in the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, National Federation Teachers of English, Alabama Education Association, National Education Association and Tallapoosa County Education Association. While at Benjamin Russell she served as yearbook and newspaper advisor, softball and cheerleader coach and broadcast producer among other duties. “The most difficult thing for me was leaving Horseshoe Bend and my kids in the middle of the year,” Vickers said. “We are like a big family, and if didn’t feel comfortable that I am leaving my duties in good hands, then I wouldn’t have made this decision. I can’t thank my principal Casey Davis and athletic director Mike Boyd enough for the opportunities they afforded me. I have loved my time at Horseshoe Bend.” Vickers, 48, was named Horseshoe Bend Teacher of the Year in 2005 and 2013 and Tallapoosa County Teacher of the Year in 2013. She was also an Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame finalist in 2013. Named Taylor Publishing Company Advisor of the Year in 1998, she was inducted into the Columbia University Yearbook Cover Design Hall of Fame in 1997 and was named Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers from 1996-2009. Her softball teams at Horseshoe Bend were area champions from 2004-2009 and 2011-2014 and runner-up in 2010. Her 2010 and 2011 teams were South-Central Regional Class 2A runner-up and three teams advanced to the AHSAA state softball tournament at Lagoon Park (2006, 2010 and 2011). She credits her own high school English teacher, Miss Myrtie Will Fargason at Mellow Valley, for teaching her to love literature and the English language and for inspiring her to become a teacher. “As a young student I strove to please her because I wanted her approval in all that I did,” Vickers said. “I have come to realize as an adult all this wonderful teacher taught me about life in general.'