Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Bert Stewart- Principal
My name is Bert Stewart and I am proud to serve as the new Principal here at Irondale Community School. It is with great excitement and pleasure that we welcome our awesome students back in person for the 2021-2022 school year.
To share a little about myself: I am a veteran administrator with the Jefferson County School district, I am married to my awesome wife, Lisa and we have two adult children. I am a committed instructional leader, I am a lifelong learner, and I have a passion for students' achievement.
Under my tutelage, I had the esteemed opportunity to lead and serve my former school to the Torchbearer Award. The Torchbearer Award is a prestigious award to honor Alabama schools that succeed in spite of overwhelming odds. I also shared our successes as a presenter at the Mega Conference with educators from around the state.
The mission of Irondale Community School, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide meaningful educational experiences within a safe, caring, and disciplined environment. I sincerely embody our mission. With that being stated, I along with the entire faculty and staff will be committed to these beliefs and experiences for student achievement.
My vision for the Irondale Community, it’s Students, and the ICS staff, is that we are purposeful and collaborative in all that we do.
My implied motto: TEAMWORK! When the best and brightest come together the possibilities are endless.
Let’s Go ICS!!!
Bert Stewart, Ed. S.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Michael Bissell- Assistant Principal
My name is Michael Bissell, and I am excited to serve ICS as the new Assistant Principal. I am also excited to be joining JEFCO after 20 years in Tuscaloosa City. I am looking forward to welcoming the children back to in-person learning this year!
This will be my 26th year as an educator. I have taught in New York, Illinois, and Alabama. All of my years are with children ages 3-12. For the past 10 years, I was honored to be an instructional coach and International Baccalaureate coordinator.
I am the proud father of 2 amazing daughters. Emma is a sophomore at the University of Florida, and Kailey is a Marine Scientist also in Florida. I am a passionate learner, and I love to guide teachers and students in their learning journey. I enjoy a few hobbies: I love to read, I am an avid endurance athlete, and I have also coached soccer for over 20 years. Currently, there are players on both men’s and women’s national teams whom I have coached. I am an Everton fan! “Come on the Toffees!”
Some of the experiences I am most proud of in my professional life include being a member of 2 National Blue Ribbon schools, the coordinator for authorization of the first elementary International Baccalaureate World School school in Tuscaloosa, and a number of data-related successes.
My implied motto: SERVICE! Give of yourself so that others might see what it takes to be great!
All Aboard the ICS Express!!!