Military Department

Major Steve Mayer

COMMANDANT OF CADETS (256) 392-8613 Office
(256) 307-2450 Cell

Hometown: Freehold, NJ

Education: Bachelor of Art in History, The Citadel 

Military Service: US Army

Hobbies: Working Out, Sports, Helping Stray Dogs

Quote: “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

Family: Married to Caroline (35 years), 3 Sons

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2018

Miss Dalis Smith

parent coordinator
(256) 455-4953 Office
(256) 794-1284 Cell

Hometown: Opp, AL

Education: Bachelor of Communication Studies from Huntingdon College 

Hobbies: Videography and music mixing

Quote:“Everyday is a new opportunity to change your life and be who you want to be” -Demi Lovato

Family: Hamster named Sir

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2020

SGT Al Grace

tac officer - bravo co.

Hometown: Titusville, Florida

EducationBrevard Community College, U. S. Navy schools, U. S. Army schools, Baptist College of Florida,  Herzing University nursing program. 

Military Service: U. S. Navy EM2, SSAR, U. S. Army Combat Medical Specialist.

Hobbies: Fishing, scuba diving, running and camping

Quote: Remove “I can’t” from your vocabulary.

Family: Wife Kari and daughter Lydia

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2019

SGT David Fuller

TAC Officer - Charlie Co.

Hometown: Dadeville, AL

Education: DHS Graduate 1988 Various A’ Schools in Navy

Military: U.S. Navy, DesertStorm/Shield Vet, AIMD NAS Sigonella Sicily, HSL 34 Norfolk VA, Marine Corps Security Force

Hobbies: Fishing & spending time with Family

Quote: “For Every Action There Is A Reaction”

Family: Wife April, Son’s Dylan-USMC and Conner Senior at DHS, Daughters Hayden, Gracie and Brooklyn

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2018


SGT Shawn Williams

TAC Officer - Echo co.
(256) 675-6207 Cell

Hometown: Sylacauga, AL

Education: Graduated from Alabama School of Mathematics and Science – 1997

Military: 21 years (Retired); 92G20, 
Alabama Army National Guard, 1/167th INF, 1208th QM BN, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Truck Commander/Personal Security Detail Commander

Hobbies: Reading, Computers, Basketball, Running

Quote: “The day you stop learning is the day you cease to exist.” — Anonymous

Family: 3 siblings, 4 nieces, and 1 great nephew

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2020


SGT Clay Scheirer

Weekend TAC Officer

Hometown: Homewood, AL 

Education: Criminology at Auburn University, Alabama Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission class 12-01, 10 years of law enforcement experience. Enrolled at Southern Union to obtain RN

Hobbies: Running, Cycling, Golf, Fishing, Being outdoors

Quote: “Don’t wait to be a great man, be a great boy.” – Ralph Shug Jordan

Family: Wife, two boys, and many four-legged children.

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2019

Ms. Penny Pratt

supply Officer

Hometown: Eclectic, AL 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky

Military Service: Served 4 years as Automated Logistics Specialist, U.S. Army

Hobbies: Reading Fiction Novels, Watching Home Improvement Channels, Working on Home Improvement Projects, Gardening, Playing with my dogs, Hiking Outdoors, and Learning Country Skills like Canning

QuoteBe Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like A Somebody

Family: Married to husband Robert Pratt for 17 years with 2 children, Alexander & Lilly 

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2020

Alan Broom

Director of Properties and Facilities

Hometown: Alexander City, Alabama

Education: Central Alabama Community College and Auburn University at Montgomery; Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing

Hobbies: Scouting, outdoors, mechanics

Quote: “Try to leave this world a little better than you found it and, when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.” Robert Baden-Powell

Family: wife, Christie, son Addison, daughter Allison

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2018

Kendall Duncan


Hometown: I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in Atlanta, GA
Education: BSN (Bachelor of Science Nursing), Emory University/ University of St. Catherine

Hobbies: I love serenity, nature and being outdoors, so you’ll often find me doing yoga, running, hiking nature trails, mountain biking, camping, or enjoying music festivals. I’ve always had a free spirit, so I love to travel, I love culture and I really enjoy food and cooking.

Quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Family: I am a mother of three fantastic kids, two daughters and one son. My son is a Cadet at Southern Prep.

Year started at Southern Prep: October 2020

Joann Clifton

Dining Hall Manager

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Education: ESI Tech College

Hobbies: Target Shooting, hunting, cooking

Quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde      

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2018

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