The Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce recently recognized three outstanding women for their respective roles within our community. Our Women in Business celebration looked a little different this year, as most things have. However, we wanted to move forward and celebrate the successes of impactful women, who are making a difference and inspiring others to do the same. Those deserving women are; Mrs. Jennifer List, Woman in Community Leadership; Mrs. Amy Justice, Woman in Management, and Mrs. Nanda Patel, Woman Owned Business.

We want you to hear what others are saying about our deserving recipients, and get to know them a little better. This week we will recognize our Woman in Community Leadership, Jennifer List.

Woman in Community Leadership

Mrs. Jennifer ‘Jenni’ List is Principal of Williams Avenue Elementary School (WAES), where she has served as Principal since 2019. She served as Vice-Principal and as a classroom teacher prior to her current role. Mrs. List was selected as Woman in Community Leadership for her leadership within the school system.

When we asked Mrs. List’s colleagues to tell us about her leadership within the school, it was apparent, Mrs. List is a true leader at heart.

“Mrs. List leads in a way that creates a community in which we feel safe, loved, known and seen. She inspires us to not only be better teachers, but better people,” said Andrea Oliver, Teacher WAES.

Her commitment to her faculty and students is obvious to parents as well. “Having children who have been in the school system with Mrs. List, I have always admired her ability to interact with teachers, children and parents. You know she truly cares about your children, and recognize she is a leader who leads by example,” said, Jennifer McCurdy, Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director.

When asked, those who work with Mrs. List said, “Mrs. List is a wonderful administrator. She never hesitates to take the time to speak with me about concerns or questions I may be having. Her work ethic motivates me to be the best teacher I can be. Mrs. List is also genuinely concerned with the well-being of her staff and students. She makes this apparent through her positivity and thoughtfulness. Williams Avenue is a wonderful place to work because of her leadership, and I am blessed to be a part of it,” Selena Miller, Teacher WAES.

Mr. Boatwright, Assistant Principal at WAES said, “Mrs. List is a very deserving person to be recognized for her leadership. She does a wonderful job leading Williams Avenue Elementary School, and our community is fortunate to have her. She leads by example. She has great values and always has the best interest of our students at the heart of all decisions. Mrs. List works very hard for our students, faculty, our school and our community. It is a privilege to work with her.”

Mrs. List credits her parents as the most significant influence in her life. Her parents continue to provide advice, strength, prayer and encouragement. She is married to Kevin, and they have three wonderful children. Want to know more about Mrs. List? Mrs. List is featured in the Times Journal Magazine, DeKalb Living, which is available for purchase at the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce (300 Gault Ave. N Fort Payne).