Ron Montgomery
6th Grade

 

/files/Staff Folder/staff 08-09/Staff photos 2012-2013/Montgomery resized.jpgRon Montgomery was born in Moulton, Alabama on July 29, 1952 and was the third of four children of Everett and Rheba Montgomery.  Growing up on a farm, he had all kinds of pets as a child....the usual dogs and cats and also cows, horses, ducks, parakeets, fish, and the occasional frog.  He attended Moulton Elementary and his favorite teacher was in third grade, Mrs. Alice Hardin.  When he was in fourth grade at Moulton Middle School, his father was killed in an automobile accident leaving him and his 11-month-old sister still at home with their mother.  The year following his father's death was a difficult one but his fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Sara Alice Carter, was very supportive and understanding but strict!  She would not allow him to waste a year and was very instrumental in him becoming very independent and outgoing.
 
Mr. Montgomery attended Lawrence County High School and graduated eighth out of the class of 135 in 1970.  During his high school years, he was very involved in Beta Club, Science Club, Glee Club, Annual Staff, and was Lawrence County's teen coordinator for the March of Dimes for two years.  He was selected to represent LCHS at Boys' State in 1969.   Since a childhood bout of histoplasmosis prevented him from playing football or baseball, he became the photographer for all sports at Lawrence County.  However, he did play tennis and was on the first (and only) "trampoline team" for LCHS. 
 
Mr. Montgomery's family has always been involved in church activities at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Wren, Alabama and most of his family still attend church there.  Music has also always been an important part of his family's lives, too, and he became very active in the Youth Choir at Pleasant Grove.  He began to take piano lessons at age six and learned to play the organ while a teenager.  While Mr. Montgomery was in the Youth Program, one of the finest Christian men on earth, J.C. White from Hartselle, became the Youth Director and led him to Christ at age 16.  From that point on, Mr. Montgomery was deeply involved in his church becoming the Music Director at age 18.
 
After graduating from high school, Mr. Montgomery came to Tuscaloosa to attend the University of Alabama....a lifelong dream.  During the time he was in college, he served as the Baptist Student Union Director of Music, Music Director at Unity Baptist and Flatwoods Baptist churches, and interim college/youth choir director at Calvary Baptist.  During the summer before he graduated from UA, he performed in the Crystal Pistol show at Six Flags Over Georgia.  (Ask him about the time he walked off into the orchestra pit during a performance!)  For the past 37 years, he has been singing lead in a barbershop quartet called the "Stacked Deck" which competed in International Competition eight times.  Because of barbershop harmony, he has had the opportunity to travel and sing and perform all over the United States, Canada, and, in 1997, his quartet was chosen as Tuscaloosa's Sister City Delegates to Narashino, Japan.  While there, they performed several times in Narashino and Tokyo.  His wife, Brenda, currently sings with the Harmony Hills Sweet Adelines (ladies' barbershop) in Birmingham.  In 1999, her group was selected to sing in the Austrian Alps Performing Arts Festival in Kitzbuhl, Austria and Mr. Montgomery accompanied Brenda on that trip.
 
Since 1977, Mr. Montgomery has served as Organist/Choir Director at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) located on Paul Bryant Drive.  He has been an Elder for the past six years and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.  On November 19, 1983, Mr. Montgomery married Brenda Hunton at First Christian and they have been happily married for almost 29 years.  They have not been blessed with children of their own but claim "adopted children"...Angela and Richard Kennedy of Mobile and Robb and Erica Livingston of Tuscaloosa ..."are "Poppy" and "Mimi" to their boys, Henry and Coelton and are God-parents to David, Alan, and Allison Barger of Tuscaloosa.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery have been blessed to have been able to work closely with children and college students for many years and are affectionately called "Mr. Monty" and "Miss Brenda".  They love to travel and eat out at good restaurants and attend University of Alabama football games. They also have a florists' license and enjoy working together decorating their church and for weddings all over Alabama.
 
Mr. Montgomery received his B.S. degree in Elementary Education in 1975 from the University of Alabama and he began his teaching career at a summer program at Pearson's Academy in Tuscaloosa.  The following fall he began his tenure at Vestavia Elementary School in Northport where he taught 6th grade (in the same room) for 24 years. In 1986, he received his M.A. in Elementary Education and, in 1990, Certification in Elementary Administration.  He became principal of Vestavia in 1999 and remained in that position until he retired in 2004.  While principal, Mr. Montgomery was honored to be selected by the Northport Chamber of Commerce as the "Outstanding Educational Leader of 2003".  Retiring after a little more than 29 years with the Tuscaloosa County School System, he stayed retired for about six weeks until beginning to happily teach sixth grade once more...this time at American Christian Academy.

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