Sparkman Ninth Grade

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Principal's Message

This mission of Sparkman 9th Grade School is to provide an exemplary academic and social learning experience and to help students successfully transition to high school by establishing high standards, maintaining a safe and orderly school climate, and embracing community values.

Martin Hester grew up in Guntersville, Alabama, and is a graduate of Guntersville High School.  He received his Secondary Education degree from Athens State University with a concentration in Mathematics.  During his teaching career, Mr. Hester also coached football for eight years, basketball for six years, and golf for five years.  After eight years in education, Mr. Hester pursued a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Alabama and has been working as an administrator for the past eleven years. 

Mr. Hester currently lives in Guntersville.  He is married to Jackie Hester, Assistant Principal at New Hope, and has 3 children, Nicklaus, Sydney, and Ty.

“Education should lay the foundation and provide the framework for students to make positive choices so they may succeed in their chosen endeavors.  The opportunity to learn should be extended to anyone with the desire to be successful.”

Mr. Hester would like for Sparkman Ninth Grade School to be recognized as the most rewarding educational experience of any student's academic career.  While breaking the barrier of the traditional 9TH – 12TH high school, it is important for us to make a grand statement that this concept is an exceptional avenue for students.  Building on our experiences and successes, it is vital that we continue to look for more ways to provide the best education possible for the students at this impressionable stage of their life.  It is vital that the groundwork that is laid during students' tenure at Sparkman Ninth Grade School be solid in order to give them a firm grip on the expectations of their last three years in high school.