Get to Know Us
Mr. Chris Umfress -Law & Public Safety I & II
Mr. Umfress is our Law & Public Safety I & II instructor and our Work-Based Learning instructor. He has been a full-time certified law enforcement officer in the state of MS since 1993, serving as both a deputy sheriff and a police officer in full-time, part-time, and volunteer roles. He brings great experience into the classroom to make learning relevant to our students who have an interest in a career at the local, state, or federal levels within the scope of law enforcement. Within his career, Mr. Umfress has served as a full-time Deputy Sheriff and Police Officer in the state of MS, and has also held positions in patrol, narcotics, and detectives. Prior to this first year at the ALC as our Law & Public Safety instructor, Mr. Umfress taught Law & Public Safety in the Itawamba County School District for 6 years. He is also an adjunct instructor at Itawamba Community College in the Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Technology program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ole Miss before pursuing and earning his Master of Science in Criminology from Delta State University.
Mrs. Kim Payne - English Composition I & II
Mrs. Payne has 24 years of experience in education. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Secondary English Education from Mississippi State University. She taught in the Nettleton School District for eight years before becoming the assistant director of the MSU Writing/Thinking Project. At MSUWTP she served Mississippi teachers through professional development and leading Summer Writing Institutes. Kim transitioned back to the classroom when she became the 10th and 12th grade English teacher at Smithville High School in 2008. Mrs. Payne earned her initial National Board Certification in 2004.
Mrs. Ana Maria Davis - Spanish I & II
Mrs. Davis, a native of Colombia, South America, teaches Spanish I & II. She has invested 9 of her 18 years in education at the ALC, and she was awarded the Teacher of the Year at the ALC in 2018-2019 and in 2019-2020. Señora Davis is a graduate of Smithville High School and an alumnus of Mississippi University for Women where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is currently obtaining her graduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching Languages (MATL) with an emphasis in Spanish. In addition, Mrs. Davis is working to obtain her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.
Mr. Sam Inman - Chemistry/AP Chemistry & Physics
Mr. Inman teaches Chemistry, Physics, and AP Chemistry. Although this is his first year in the teaching profession, he brings with him 20 years of experience in Nuclear Navy, including service on three submarines and one tour as an instructor. He also has 6 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. He received his Associate Degree in Electromechanical Technology from Coastline Community College in 2004 and his Bachelor Degree in Applied Science and Technology with an area of study of Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas A. Edison State University in 2013. Mr. Inman is also a graduate of Mississippi Teach Institute through the University of Mississippi. He lives in Tupelo with his wife and daughter.
Dr. Shawna Dobbs - College Algebra, Algebra III & Calculus
Dr. Robinson, a veteran educator of 25 years, has taught various mathematics courses at the ALC for the last 10 years. She is currently teaching Algebra III, College Algebra, and Calculus. Prior to coming to the ALC, she taught at Hamilton Attendance Center for 13 years and spent time teaching in the Amory School District before that. Dr. Robinson completed her undergraduate studies in English at the Mississippi University for Women before continuing her education at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she obtained a graduate degree in Curriculum & Instruction. A lifelong learner, Dr. Robinson has accomplished her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification, as well has her Doctorate of Education in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Mississippi.
Mr. Lamon Stapleton - Culinary Arts I & II
Mr. Stapleton, the Culinary Arts I & II teacher, brings his experience as a professionally trained chef into the classroom to make learning about foods, entertainment, and hospitality come to life. He has served as our culinary teacher for 5 years, and prior to entering the field of education to prepare young chefs, he worked in various restaurants, as well as Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Mr. Stapleton has also partnered with Chef Nick Wallace, the winner of Food Network's show, "Chopped," on several occasions. In addition to being an alumnus of the Culinary Arts program at the Mississippi University for Women, Mr. Stapleton also works in their department as a Culinary Assistant specializing in teaching, catering, and demonstrations. Mr. Stapleton has also recently completed his graduate degree in Educational Leadership from the Mississippi University for Women and is currently pursuing his National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. During his free time, he enjoys music, food, and family.
Mr. Adam Cox - U.S. History, AP Government & AP Macroeconomics
Mr. Cox is serving the students of the Monroe County School District for the second year. In addition to the courses that he teaches, Mr. Cox is also the sponsor for the Rho Kappa National Honor Society. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor and Master Degree in American History. Mr. Cox serves as an adjunct instructor at Itawamba Community College, and is one of the ministers at the Verona Church of Christ.
Mrs. Kelly Best Young - Art
Mrs. Young has dedicated 17 of her 25 years of teaching to the students at the ALC. She teaches Art I and DC Intro to Art 101 and is our National Art Honor Society sponsor. Her honors include being selected as the ALC Teacher of the Year and the MAEA State High School Art Teacher of the Year. After graduating from Itawamba Community College with her Associate degree in Art, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education from Mississippi University for Women. Mrs. Young has also accomplished her Master of Art degree in Art from Northwestern State University, as well as her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification. Active in the art community, member of the MS Art Education Association. When she is not teaching art to her students, she is learning about art herself as a working artist presenting her work at the Oxford Tree House Gallery and through other exhibitions at the local and state levels. She lives in Nettleton with her husband 4 dogs and 2 cats. She has 2 grown daughters and a son-in-law.
Mrs. Jan Eubanks - Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Eubanks has devoted 15 years as the ALC's Administrative Assistant. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming from Itawamba Community College. Prior to the ALC, she worked in the restaurant industry, before becoming an owner and manager of a cookie franchise. She has also held various administrative positions in office management, accounting and banking, as well as worked as a church secretary. She resides with her husband of 31 years, and they have two children.
Mr. Nick Page - Custodian
Mr. Page has served as our custodian and caretaker of the grounds at the ALC for 3 years. He graduated from Hatley Attendance Center.
Mr. Juice Madrid - School Resource Officer
Officer Madrid is serving as the ALC's SRO for the first year. He has worked for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department for the last 3 years. Prior to serving with Monroe County, he began his law enforcement career with Aberdeen and Nettleton City Police Departments. Officer Madrid is a Defensive Tactics Instructor for MS Law Enforcement and has trained in various styles of martial arts since 1991, including Okinawan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Judo. He has achieved a Black Belt in karate and is currently a Brown Belt in Jiu Jitsu. Outside of SRO Madrid's law enforcement duties, he is the head coach/owner of Showdown Training Center in Amory, MS and is also an American Killer Bees affiliate.