Lisa Yancey was named the 2016-2017 Hoover City Schools Employee of the Year recently. Yancey, 55, is an Alabama native and graduate of McAdory High School.


She attended the University of Alabama and Bessemer State, and has worked in the banking industry and Jefferson County and Hoover City Schools.

She and her husband, Ronnie, have been married for 32 years and have two children, Chris (wife Madeline) and Caitlin, who are graduates of Hoover High School and are currently educators.

Yancey is a member of Southcrest Baptist Church, where she enjoys working with children and missions.


What do you love about Hoover?

Hoover is a family-oriented community and a great place to live, work and raise a family.


What were your thoughts when you were named the 2016-2017 Hoover City Schools Employee of the Year?

Surprised and humbled. Proud to be a part of a district where teachers, administrators and support staff work tirelessly for student success.


As the office manager for the student services department, what are your daily responsibilities?

As office manager my main responsibility is to support our local schools. This includes assisting families with enrollment, attendance, zoning, and custody issues.


What have you learned since taking your current position?

I have become very aware of the number of families in our district facing homelessness, poverty, hunger and a constant change of family dynamic, as well as students who remain successful in challenging home environments.


What do you enjoy about your job, and working in the school system?

I enjoy working with families relocating to Hoover from out-of-town or state and assisting with neighborhood and school selection.


What are your interests and hobbies?

Personally, I love technology, enjoy reading, volunteering at my church, spending time with my family and running/walking with a group of friends.


What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Count blessings. Enjoy family. Take time to be thankful and reflect on the grace and goodness of God.


What is your favorite place in Hoover? Why?

Star Lake. The park around the lake is perfect for walking, jogging and fishing.


Who do you look up to, and why?

My team leaders Bob Lawry and Wayne Smith who roll up their sleeves and work alongside principals, counselors, nurses and registrars in our district to ensure every student has a chance to succeed.


If you had to give every student one piece of advice, what would it be?

Work hard, don’t complain and keep a good attitude.