Piedmont Elementary School
Piedmont City School District
Brigett Stewart has served students and families for 18 years as a classroom teacher, digital instruction specialist, technology director, and, for the last five years, principal of Piedmont Elementary. A skilled instructional and cultural leader, her tenure has been marked by sustained academic gains, increased professional collaboration, and the development of a more integrated and cohesive school culture. When she first took leadership at the pre-K–5 school, she noted the disconnection between its three separate buildings and immediately set out to unify the school with annual themes, hashtags, and other “one school” initiatives that cultivate teamwork centered on student wellbeing and academic success. This approach has resulted in a marked shift in school climate and a nine-point increase in the school’s State Report Card, from a B to an A. Stewart credits this academic growth to data-informed instruction practices such as monthly “data dives” and targeted instruction plans, as well as whole child initiatives emphasizing mental health and positive youth development. Piedmont was named a High Flyer School in Alabama for distinction as a high-achieving high-poverty school. Stewart holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education and an Instructional Leadership Certificate from Jacksonville State University, where she has also previously served as an adjunct instructor. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and graduate of NAESP’s Pre-K–3 Leadership Academy.