The LEAP Academy

Leaders Emerging with Amazing Potential


We honor here the key people who were responsible for implementing the initial LEAP Academy program in the summer of 2017. The success of this program encouraged us expand our support to other schools in north Alabama. On October 5 2017 The LEAP Academy became a non-profit charitable organization in Alabama and has been given 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS effective October 5 2017.

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Jennifer Walker

Mrs. Walker was raised in Madison and is a 1986 graduate of Bob Jones High School. She graduated from Athens State University with a Secondary Education Degree with concentrations in Biology and Psychology. Mrs. Walker began her teaching career at Huntsville High School and later taught at Madison Academy and Sparkman Middle. She graduated from the University of West Alabama with a Masters Degree in School Counseling and is now the Counselor at Horizon Elementary School.

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Amara Alexander

Born in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Ms. Alexander was raised in Huntsville, AL. A graduate of Buckhorn High School and Alabama A&M University, she knew at a young age her purpose in life was to inspire the young women in her community. She is actively involved in community outreach programs such as Girl Scouts of North Alabama and GEMS(Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully). Ms. Alexander enjoys traveling, sharing laughter with friends and eating pizza.

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Ashley Forman

Ms. Forman is a fourth grade teacher at Horizon Elementary School. She is a graduate of Alabama A&M with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. This fall she will begin her third year teaching with the Horizon family.

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Amanda Thrasher.

Ms. Thrasher is a Huntsville native. She was raised in the Monrovia community and later graduated from Madison Academy in 2010. In 2014, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Athens State University. Ms. Thrasher has taught at Pineview Baptist, Lakewood Elementary, and now teaches 2nd grade at Horizon Elementary.

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Linsey Tibbs

Ms. Tibbs is entering her 3rd year as a 4th grade teacher at Horizon Elementary. She is from Huntsville, AL and graduated from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. In her free time, Ms. Tibbs enjoys watching sports, running, being outside, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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Tammy Jones

Ms. Jones has served as an elementary teacher for fifteen years, a TAH (Teaching American History) professional development coordinator, an instructional coach, and a middle school assistant principal with Madison County Schools. Ms. Jones has a Bachelor’s Degree from Athens State University, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from Samford University. She is currently an Assistant Principal at Horizon Elementary.

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Rodney Richardson

Mr. Richardson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He arrived in Huntsville to attend Alabama A&M University where he played basketball from 1992 - 1996 under the leadership of Coach Vann Pettaway. At A&M he earned both a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters degree in education administration. He also earned an Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree in curriculum and instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. He has 14 years experience as an educator in the Madison City School system. He taught 5th grade math at Liberty Middle School for 3 years and 4th grade at Heritage Elementary School for 4 years. Additionally, he was assistant principal at Liberty Middle School for 5 years before becoming principal at Horizon Elementary School in 2009. He enjoys working with children on a daily basis and in his free time he likes to golf and read.

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