The Board of Directors is proud to announce Mrs. Susan Wooten Kirk as the new Headmaster of Escambia Academy. Mrs. Kirk comes to us with 28 years of experience as an educator. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from The University of South Alabama, along with 20 years of administrative experience in grades K-12.
Mrs. Kirk, or Susie as most of us know her, shares a rich history and tradition at Escambia Academy in that her family has been proud to be called Cougars for almost 40 years. Her husband, Chris Kirk graduated from EA in 1986 and was a member of the very first State Championship Basketball Team. Chris later served as President of the Board for five years and as “The Voice of the Cougars” for 20 years as their three children grew up at EA.
Each of the Kirk boys attended Escambia Academy from K-4 through 12th grade, Blake graduating in 2009, Tanner in 2011, and Garrett in 2015. Garrett was blessed to be a part of the first EA State Championship Football Team. The Kirks also have a precious daughter-in-law, Mary Maud Meacham Kirk who graduated from EA in 2012. Even after their move to Auburn over 5 years ago, the Kirks have never lost their love and passion for EA and have served and taken part in activities every chance they could. Once a Cougar, always a Cougar!
Mrs. Kirk provided the following statement about her new position: “If it is possible to be completely humbled, honored and beyond excited at the same time, that is how I would describe my emotions at this point. I have often said that when I retired, I wanted to come be Headmaster at Escambia Academy, but I never in my wildest dreams expected it to come true. I am so thankful to the Board of Directors for allowing me the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, staff, parents, and stakeholders of Escambia Academy. God’s timing is amazing, and I have absolutely no doubt that this is where I have been sent to serve.
“My vision for Escambia Academy is for all of us to embrace and build upon the family oriented, Christian tradition that has driven and sustained this school for decades, as we strive to continue to excel in academics, sports, the arts, student government, community involvement, and hopefully, many new things to come. Escambia Academy will only be as successful as the support that we receive from our community of families. With that in mind, our focus this year is going to be to continue to build a strong family atmosphere, provide engaging, sound, innovative instruction, and strive to keep every student and employee at Escambia Academy safe as we help them to grow emotionally, spiritually, and academically. I am looking forward to strengthening our bond with each other and our community as we prepare for the most exciting year ever! IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A COUGAR!