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 Brookly

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2018


SFC Bruce Bogertey

TAC Officer - Echo co.

Hometown: Clarksville, TN 

Education: Attending Troy University

Military Service: 21 years in the US Army (Retired)

Hobbies: Coaching and mentoring today’s youth

Family: 5 kids, including 1 son at Southern Prep

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

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

Charles (Chuck) S. Webber

Activity Director

Hometown:Vicksburg, MI

Education: Alumni, Southern Preparatory Academy 1975-1977, Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Military Service: US Air Force Sargent, 1500 Computer Service Squadron, Scott Air Force Base

Hobbies: Shooting Sports, Flying

Quote: “Life is an adventure or it is nothing.” Helen Keller

Family: Wife Pamela 3 daughters- Veronica, Cassandra and Elise; 2 boys William and James

Started Southern Prep Academy: 2017

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