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Ripley Middle School Administration
Principal
Cindy Anderson

Mrs. Cindy Anderson earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK. She completed her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. Ms. Anderson began her career as a teacher and coach in Oklahoma and Texas. She joined the RMS teaching faculty in 1988 teaching P.E./Health for twelve years and 7th Grade Social Studies for eleven years. She coached basketball, track, and cheerleading, and also served as the SCA advisor. Ms. Anderson has served as the RMS Project LEAD site coordinator fo 9 years. She is a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teacher Fraternity. She is married to Earl Anderson and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
Assistant Principal
James Barbee
Mr. James Barbee is entering his 7th year in education and his second year as Assistant Principal for Ripley Middle School. Previously, he has served for five years as a sixth grade Mathematics teacher at Ripley Middle School. During his time at Ripley Middle School, he has served as the school-wide fundraising coordinator and as a member of the school-wide communications team. Mr. Barbee has a passion for student leadership development which is most evident in his work as an advisor with the Ripley Middle School Student Council Association. He also serves on the Executive Board for the Tennessee Association of Student Councils as the Workshops Coordinator.

Mr. Barbee is a Lauderdale County native and a graduate of Ripley High School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s of Education in Teaching and Learning from Union University. He received his Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University in August 2018.
Assistant Principal
Matt Spraker
Mr. Matt Spraker is entering his 13th year in education. This is his second year in the position as Assistant Principal for Ripley Middle School. Previously, he served as a 7th grade math teacher at Halls Junior High for eleven years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served as a Project LEAD instructor for both Halls Elementary and Halls Junior High. Mr. Spraker’s experiences as a coach at HJH led to his current role as a TSSAA basketball official. His leadership abilities have been recognized by his peers through his selection as Teacher of the Year and as a member of the Superintendent’s Study Council.

Mr. Spraker graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2007 where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. He earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2010. Mr. Spraker is married (Julie Spraker) and has two children (Rhett-5, Callie-4). 
Curriculum Coordinator/AP
Amanda Gray
Mrs. Amanda Gray is entering her 11th year in education. This is her second year as Curriculum Coordinator/AP at RMS. Previously, she taught in Lauderdale County for nine years in general education and special education. Most recently, she served as Lead Special Education teacher at Ripley Middle School for four years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Memphis in 2008 and her Master of Education degree in Special Education from Arkansas State University in 2014. She received her Instructional Leadership license from Bethel University in 2016 and received her Ed. Specialist degree in Leadership from Arkansas State in 2019.

Mrs. Gray is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa. She is married and has two daughters. She was born and raised in Lauderdale County and is excited to continue working within the community.