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Superintendent & District Administration

Dr. Keri Johnson, Superintendent

Dr. Keri Johnson has been the Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa County School System since June of 2020. She is in her 25th year of service in public education and has also served as teacher and administrator in various positions at the school and district level in the Oxford City, Shelby County, and Alabaster City School Systems.

Dr. Johnson has a Bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University in Special Education, a Master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Special Education, an Ed.S. from the University of Montevallo in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D. from Samford University in Educational Leadership. She has taught special education classes as an adjunct professor for the University of Montevallo and Samford University, and currently teaches graduate level special education courses at the University of Alabama. She serves on the State of Alabama Accountability Taskforce and is a proud advocate of public education in Alabama. She is currently a member of the Alabama Transformational Leadership Academy and recently completed the School Superintendents Association’s National Superintendent Certification Program. She also recently founded the first group for women superintendents in Alabama – LeadHERship Alabama.

Dr. Johnson is married to Chris Johnson, and she has three children: Emily, Abby, and Will. Emily attends The Washington & Lee School of Law. Abby and Will are both students at the University of Alabama.

Phone: (205) 758-0411 

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Mr. David Patrick, Deputy Superintendent

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Mr. Patrick is a life-long resident of Tuscaloosa. He attended the University of Alabama with a Master's Degree in School Administration and AA certification in Educational Leadership.  

Mr. Patrick has more than 40 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. He has worked more than 30 of those years in the Tuscaloosa County School System as an assistant principal at Brookwood Elementary, Brookwood High, and Northside High. He was then promoted to be the principal at Northside High. Following that, he served as TCSS Director of Federal Programs, before becoming Deputy Superintendent.  

Mr. Patrick served as the District Five Principals' Association President for two terms and was elected to serve on the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Board of Directors for four terms.  During these sixteen years on the CLAS Board of Directors, he was elected to the CLAS Executive Board three times. 

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Dr. Allison Mays, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

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Dr. Mays is a veteran educator and attorney who serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Tuscaloosa County School System. Before her promotion to her current position, she served as a high school principal, assistant principal, and teacher – all with the Tuscaloosa County School System. She holds five degrees from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide), including her Ph.D. in educational administration and her juris doctorate. Dr. Mays also teaches graduate-level education administration courses for The University of Alabama as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Mays is a past president of the Alabama Association of School Personnel Administrators, an affiliate of Alabama’s Council for Leaders of Alabama Schools and serves on the CLAS Board of Directors. In 2019, she received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. She is also active in various community organizations.

Before becoming an educator, Dr. Mays practiced law for three years, primarily in the area of school law. While sitting in an IEP meeting as a school board attorney, she realized she liked working with educators more than attorneys, so she returned to The University of Alabama to earn her graduate degree in secondary education. In her current role, Dr. Mays believes that the human resources function of a school system serves to support the adult humans so that they can provide a wonderful educational experience for our students.

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Central Office Administrative Team

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Chief School Financial Officer

Mr. Danny Higdon


Director of Accountability

Mrs. Jackie Hudgins


Director of Assessment

Mrs. Cheryl Wallace


Director of Career Technical Education

Mr. Dennis Duncan

Kristy O'Leary

Director of Child Nutrition

Mrs. Kristy O'Leary


Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Daniel Bray

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Director of Federal Programs

Mr. Mark Franks


Director of Nursing

Mrs. Cindy O'Quinn

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Director of Maintenance

Mr. Jason Grady

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Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. David Scott

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Director of Public Relations

Mrs. Terri Brewer

Pam Stanley

Director of Special Education

Mrs. Pam Stanley

Ty Blocker

Director of Student Services

Mr. Ty Blocker

Brad Jessen

Director of Information Technology

Mr. Brad Jessen

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Director of Transportation

Mrs. Donna Christian