Dr. Adam B. Clemons is a seventh-generation Alabamian and third-generation educator who was born and raised in Madison County, Alabama. He graduated from Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama. He earned an undergraduate degree from Auburn University, a M.Ed. from Jacksonville State University, and an Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Argosy/Sarasota University.
Dr. Clemons began teaching social studies in 2001 in Adairsville, Georgia. In 2008, he became a middle school administrator in Armuchee, Georgia. Since 2013, he has been the principal of Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Alabama.
During Dr. Clemons's tenure as principal of Piedmont High School, PHS has consistently been ranked one of the top high schools in Alabama in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
Academically, PHS has been ranked in the top 6% of Alabama high schools on the annual state report card. PHS has the top ranking of high schools for students who are college and career ready, and consistently has one of the highest graduation rates in the state. Apple, Inc., has continuously rated Piedmont High School as an Apple Distinguished School, the first Alabama school to earn such designation, and all faculty and administrators at PHS are Apple Certified Teachers. Piedmont City Schools ranks as one of the top systems in the nation to have the highest percentage of National Board Certified Teachers.
Athletically, PHS has won numerous state championships and runner-up titles, and yearly playoff appearances in multiple sports. Many PHS athletes have earned local and state accolades, and advanced to play at the next level.
Extracurricularly, PHS has expanded its offerings to make every student have a chance to be included and involved in their school. Students now have opportunities to be involved in theater, e-sports, fishing, robotics, engineering, yearbook, mentoring, and tutoring. Additionally, our extracurricular programs have won many accolades and awards at the national, state, and local levels.
In 2019, Dr. Clemons was nominated and elected by his peers to be the 2019 Principal of the Year for the District VI Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2020, he was named the 2020 Alabama Principal of the Year by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2021, he was named one of three national finalists for the 2021 Principal of the Year for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
In 2020, Dr. Clemons was elected by his peers to be the Vice President of the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals, the largest affiliate of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools. Dr. Clemons has served as President of the Calhoun County Principals and Coaches Association and on the Executive Board of Auburn Christian Fellowship at Auburn University. He has served as a principal of the year judge and facilitator for the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals. He has also served as a facilitator at the Apple Distinguished Schools Global Meeting.
Dr. Clemons has presented at conferences or events for the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Education Week, Apple, Inc., Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, Alabama Department of Education, Jacksonville State University CORE, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, and other institutions for educational or government purposes.
Dr. Clemons has written articles for or been featured in published articles by EducationWeek, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools, Hometown Headlines, and The Auburn Plainsman.
Dr. Clemons is married to Patty, a speech-language pathologist, Auburn graduate, and Alabama native. They have five children, and serve in various leadership roles within their church.
Hunting, genealogy, visiting historical sites, and reading biographies, are the favorite hobbies of Dr. Clemons.