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Shelley Bates

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Adam Herring

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B.Ed. in English and Earth & Space Science M.A. in English National Board Certification: Adolescent Adjunct Faculty for the University of North Alabama

Laura James

Mrs. Laura James is in her 27th year of teaching at Colbert Heights High School. She is married to Brad James, PE teacher and coach at CHHS. They have two daughters, Emma and RayAnna, who are both teachers. Mrs. James is a senior sponsor as well as the yearbook advisor. 

  • B.Ed. in English and Earth & Space Science

  • M.A. in English

  • National Board Certification: Adolescent

  • Adjunct Faculty for University of North Alabama

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Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education ELA - University of North Alabama

Maria Kerstiens

Ms. Kerstiens has been teaching English to 8th and 9th graders at CHHS since 2020. She also supports our fine arts department by teaching a middle school beginner's theatre course and by serving as an assistant to Mr. Herring for all CHHS's major theatrical productions. Additionally, Ms. Kerstiens is a coordinator for the Peer Helpers Club and a member of our school's ACIP team. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education ELA from the University of North Alabama. In her spare time, Ms. Kerstiens loves to read, travel, spend time with loved ones, and learn new ideas to bring into her classroom. 

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Melonie Winsett