Ms. Lara McClendon



Degrees and Certifications:

BS in Elementary Education LSU 1993 MA in Education Leadership UAB 2010 EdS in Educational Leadership 2014 Alabama EdD in Curriculum and Instruction 2019 Alabama National Board Certification 2007/ 2017 EMC Art Certifications: Elementary Education 1-6 B Art p-12 B Administration P-12 AA

Ms. Lara McClendon

I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher. I renewed my certification in 2017 and currently work with the Alabama NT3 program supporting National Board Candidates.
Currently I am working on a Doctorate of Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Alabama. My dissertation explores how elementary teachers implement STEAM teaching strategies in the classroom.

I am in my 19th year of teaching. I began in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before moving to my family farm in Springville, Alabama. I have taught 1st and 2nd grade, technology and Art. I am currently at Paine Elementary School in Trussville, Alabama.

I live on my family homestead with my daughter and a variety of animals. We are both certified SCUBA divers, so our latest adventures are taking us to the oceans. She now attends Troy University and is in the Sound of the South Marching band.

I am a creative, high energy teacher who LOVES to take on big projects!