EA names new leader

Published 7:42 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Escambia Academy has  named a new permanent headmaster to take over for interim headmaster David Walker and she is already at work in Canoe preparing for the start of the 2013-14 school year.



Nancy Deabler was chosen by the Escambia Academy Board of Directors to take over the position that was vacated after the resignation of Betty Warren following the 2012-13 school year. Deabler, who has worked in a number of schools in Alabama and Florida, said Tuesday she is excited to get to work in an area she is familiar with.

“I’ve been in education for a long time,” Deabler said. “I taught the physically handicapped at A.C. Moore from 1997 until 1999.”

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Deabler, whose husband recently took over as the pastor at First United Methodist Church of Bay Minette, said she moved with her family several times over the years, allowing her to amass a great deal of experience in various educational areas.

“I’ve taught everything from the exceptionally handicapped in special education to the gifted,” Deabler said. “I’ve also run a program for high school students trying to get their GEDs. In Montgomery, I worked training teachers for preschool and kindergarten.”

Deabler, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in special education, a Master’s Degree in educational leadership and supervision and administration, as well as a Master’s Degree in K-12 curriculum, said she feels her varied experiences will serve her well at EA.

“I taught at St. Mark’s, a private school in Mobile,” she said. “My daughter graduated from Macon East in Montgomery, which is an Alabama Independent School Association member. That’s where I first became acquainted with the AISA.”

Deabler also helped begin the Escambia County Alternative School in Flomaton in 1996 and has worked in Elmore, Dallas, Clarke, Escambia and Conecuh counties in Alabama.

“I have always worked at the school system nearest my husband’s church,” Deabler said. “He has been a Methodist minister for 30 years.”

Deabler said she and her family moved to Bay Minette in July.

“I’m just excited to be part of EA,” she said. “There’s a lot of room for growth and improvement and I just hope I can make a difference here.”