Degrees and Certifications:

April McKinney

Mrs. McKinney graduated from Crossville High School and is a graduate of Jacksonville State University.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and is certified to teach Collaborative Special Education for grades K-12.  Her teaching experience began at the DeKalb County Alternative School in 2003.  

In 2004, her family pursued vocational ministry as church planters as she continued to teach over the years in a variety of districts to refine her education philosophy and approach for specialized education and instruction.  Her teaching experience, in Alabama, was in the public school systems of DeKalb County, Shelby County, and Boaz City Schools.  Mrs. McKinney was privately trained to teach High School English Literature at a Christian school in New Orleans just before her family was misplaced from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Mrs. McKinney and her husband, Neal McKinney, helped plant LifePoint Church (, in Albertville, while she taught at Boaz Middle School from 2005-2007.  Planting LifePoint Church opened up an opportunity for the McKinneys to be on the mission field in Oregon from 2007-2016 where they helped to plant The Shift Church ( in Albany, Oregon.  While in Oregon, Mrs. McKinney homeschooled their three children, Raegan, Charger, and Knox, through a public-online school and Oregon state-accredited charter school named Baker Web Academy (  Mrs. McKinney returned to the Boaz City School system in 2016 after her family moved back home from Oregon.