Superintendent's Message


    Dr. McDonald Tarrant City Schools is a system rich in history and tradition.  The city of Tarrant formed their own school system in 1930, appointing Mr. W. A. Parker the first superintendent of our school system, but also held the longest tenure as a superintendent for Tarrant City Schools (1930-1953).  During Mr. Parker's tenure as superintendent, the school system underwent many changes including the acquisition of Tarrant High School (formerly Jefferson County High School) in 1948.  The community and school system have changed in many ways since that time.  However, the underlying philosophy has always been to provide our students the best education possible.

    I was appointed as the Superintendent of the Tarrant City Schools in May 2020.

    It is a privilege to be the 12th Superintendent of the Tarrant City Schools. Tarrant has been my hometown since childhood. I attended the Tarrant City Schools from Kindergarten through Twelfth grade. I graduated from Tarrant High School in the top ten of my class, with an Advanced Academic Diploma (May 1994). Upon graduation from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood / Elementary Education in December 1998, I was hired at Tarrant Elementary School as a classroom teacher. I have held several jobs since my employment in the district, such as: Classroom teacher; ARFI Reading Coach; Technology/System Testing Coordinator; Assistant Principal; Principal; Director of Federal Programs; and now as Superintendent. During my employment, I have acquired the following degrees: Master of Art in Elementary Education; Educational Administrative Certificate; Educational Specialist; and Doctorate of Education.

    It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the Superintendent. My goal is to provide the staff with needed resources and support to help our students grow academically and socially for success after graduation. I feel that positive parent involvement is one of the keys to success. I also look forward to continuing community partnerships that are critical for our school district’s success. I have high expectations for myself, which include high expectations for the staff and students. I know that with hard work and commitment, our students can excel and achieve.

    My high school sweetheart, Michael, and I have two sons, Tyler and Ryan. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family, attending church, reading, and baking.