Dr. Darren McKinney is in his ninth year at Darby and fourth year as principal. Dr. McKinney joined Darby from Kimmons Junior High School where he was the 7th grade boys coach for seven years. Dr. McKinney also taught Earth and Physical Science at Kimmons where he served as department chair. Dr. McKinney received his B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville as well as his Master’s Degree in Education. Dr. McKinney continued his education by obtaining an Ed.S in Educational Administration. He finished his Doctorate degree in Educational Administration in the summer of 2007. All degrees are from the University of Arkansas.
Mrs. Maleb Kelly, Assistant Principal, is beginning her seventh year at Darby Junior High School as an assistant principal. Prior to coming to Darby, Mrs. Kelley served as an ESL teacher and department head at Kimmons Junior High School. She was at Kimmons for six years. Mrs. Kelley recently finished her Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Leadership from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.
Amy Manley is in her nineteenth year as an educator and begins her second year at Darby. She came into the Fort Smith School District
in 1999 and has served as the Kimmons Junior High School Director of Bands
until her appointment as Assistant Principal at Darby Junior High in June of 2012.
Before coming to Fort Smith, she was a band director in Spiro and Van
Buren. She has a bachelor and master
degrees from Arkansas Tech University, and is currently working on her
specialist degree from Arkansas State University. She is married to Gordon
Manley, Director of Bands at Northside High School.