The Board of Directors is proud to announce Mrs. Susan Wooten Kirk as the new Headmaster of Escambia Academy

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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!

Former W.S. Neal coach Brandon Wilcox lands new job at Escambia Academy

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It didn’t take long for Brandon Wilcox to find a new job.

The former W.S. Neal head coach was named head football coach and athletic director at Escambia Academy this morning.

“I’m extremely excited and can’t wait to get started at Escambia Academy,” Wilcox said in a statement to “I’m a big believer that God opens doors for us where He wants us, and I have no doubt this opportunity has been paved by Him.”

In a social media message last week, Wilcox announced that the W.S. Neal administration had informed him they were making a change at the school. Ironically, former Escambia Academy head coach Hugh Fountain was approved as head coach there Monday.
Escambia Academy won 94 games and a pair of AISA state titles in a decade under Fountain. The Cougars have played for the Class AA state championship each of the last six years.
“Escambia Academy has a rich championship tradition, and we want to continue to build on that,” Wilcox said. “The expectations will be extremely high, and as a coach, you wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Wilcox, a graduate of T.R. Miller, was hired at W.S. Neal in April of 2021 to replace Andro Williams. The Eagles struggled in Year 1, going 0-10.
He spent the 2020 season as the offensive coordinator at Center Point.
Prior to that, Wilcox spent two seasons as head coach at Class 1A Marion County and four as head coach at Class 3A/4A Montevallo. He has an overall head coaching record of 38-40.
He said Tuesday he is ready for the challenge at Escambia Academy.
“Our brand of football will play at a high tempo, with exceptional effort and with exceptional physicality,” he said. “We will utilize our speed, quickness and explosive athleticism. On and off the field, our program will resonate an attitude of positive energy, passion and intensity. It is a great day to be a EA Cougar.”

Welcome Letter 2018

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August 5, 2018

Dear Escambia Academy Families:

We are very excited about starting the 2018-19 school year. Our number one goal for this year is to “give each child a year that will have a positive influence on their life, for a lifetime.”

As most of you know, this will be my first full year as the headmaster at Escambia Academy. I have learned much this summer. I have woken each morning with doing what is best for your child in my mind and in my heart. Getting our curriculum stronger, making our staff better and maintenance of the buildings and grounds has been my number one priorities. It has been a fulfilling summer and now it is time for “the rubber to hit the road.”

We will have a “meet and greet” on Tuesday August 7th from 3:00 until 6:00pm. This is optional, but we’d love to have you come by. Feel free to visit the classroom and ask questions to the teachers. At Escambia Academy, we believe that the strongest link to your child’s education is the teacher/parent link. The lunchroom will also be open if you have any questions.

Wednesday is the first day of school for students and school starts at 7:45am each day. Students are considered tardy if they are not in the room when the bell rings at 7:50. Please be sure students are dressed appropriately each day. Students are not required to wear chapel uniforms until Wednesday, August 15th. Please be aware that Chapel uniforms are required for students (Skirts and white button up shirts for females / Long Khaki pants and button up white shirts for males) Every Wednesday. School will be full days on Thursday and Friday (school dismissal at 3:00).

We are going to provide an enrichment elective for grades 1 thru 4 this year. We are also providing middle school physical education/ weight lifting separate from the high school. We are also adding Art, Mentoring, Basic Vocational Tech class (home repair, basic carpentry), duel enrollment, and office aides to our high school electives. Hopefully all individual schedules are complete since that time has already passed.

In closing, if you have any questions or complaints please send them by way: Text, email or call. Nobody can help you with a school problem at EA better than myself. Dawn Kelly will be our new Office Manager this year and can be reached at 251-368-2080. WE ARE FAMILY!



Coach Hugh Fountain



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