Principal's Message

Paula Young

Dear Hatton Elementary Families,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter to you as the Principal of Hatton Elementary. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I am married to Jesse Young and we live in Muscle Shoals.  We have two children.  My daughter, Ryleigh is in 4th grade and our son, Jayden is in 6th grade at Hatton Elementary this year.

I am beginning my fourteenth year in the field of education and my first year as a principal.  I have spent the past three years as an Assistant Principal at Russellville Elementary School.  I also served as the Program Director of the after school programs at Russellville City Schools for the past two years.  I taught 4th grade for 10 years before making the transition to an Instructional Leader.

I am a 1996 graduate of Russellville High School.  I completed my degree in Elementary Education in 2001, received a master’s degree in Elementary Education in 2007, and a degree in Instructional Leadership in 2015, all from the University of North Alabama.

I could not be more excited to be at Hatton Elementary.  I am looking forward to working as a team with you (the families), the HES staff, and community.

As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—teachers, students, and parents—are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment.  If I can be of assistance, please feel free to call me at school at (256) 446-5679 or email me at



Mrs. Paula Young


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