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Message from the Board

about 1 year ago

The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”  I am reminded of this quote when I reflect on the accomplishments in Talladega County Schools during the past nine years.   District leaders, community stakeholders, parents, teachers, students, and board members worked collectively to inspire a vision for innovation in Talladega County Schools that continues to expand in multiple ways.  In 2014, the district was featured on National Digital Learning Day in Washington, DC at the Library of Congress for excellence in the utilization of technology to support student learning.  Since that time, the system has implemented a 1:1 technology initiative “#Leading the Way” which provides every student with a device.  Combined with a cultural shift and a non-traditional approach to teaching, Talladega County Schools serves as an extraordinary example of how vision and leadership can meaningfully impact student learning in a rural, high poverty district.  Through the process, both students and teachers have emerged as exceptional leaders in innovative practices and are often recognized for their work throughout the state and the nation.  Winterboro High and Childersburg High were national recipients of the prestigious “Innovation and Change Award” presented by the National Principals Leadership for change and innovation; factors that have driven the system’s progressive approach to better prepare students for college and career readiness.  Munford High School was a finalist in 2016 and also recognized for innovative practice best known through partnerships and project-based learning where “Connecting More Kids to the Woods” is top priority.  


Currently, The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) Initiative is defining our work throughout the district and serves as a powerful example of how cutting edge technology and innovation is positioning Talladega County students for much needed careers in the STEM field. Further, selection and membership into the League of Innovative Schools, a Digital Promise initiative, signifies the district’s commitment and success in creating a rich learning environment supported by technology, discovery, and innovation.  As chairman of the Talladega County Board of Education, the vision for “providing an engaging, rigorous curriculum empowering all students to be college and career ready” is an awesome responsibility.  If the past nine years are any indication of what the future holds, Talladega County Schools will continue to #Lead the Way” in innovative practice and serve as a model for other districts.




Kathy Landers

Board Chairman

Board Members

about 1 year ago

Joan B. Doyle, Board Vice-Chairman


Joan Doyle was appointed to the Talladega County Board of Education (District 4) in January of 2015.

Mrs. Doyle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an emphasis in mathematics from UAB in 1990.  She received a Master’s of Arts Degree in Education from UAB in 1996 and added certification in administration from the University of Alabama in 2004.  Mrs. Doyle retired after completing 24 years of service in Jefferson County, Shelby County, and Talladega County where she served as principal at Fayetteville High School and Oak Mountain High School during her tenure.  She is currently employed by UAB as a student teacher supervisor. 

She and her husband, Donny, are the parents of two children, Don (Beverly) and Beth.  They also have three wonderful grandchildren, Trey, Camille, and Harrison.

Kathy P. Landers, Board Chairman


Kathy Landers was appointed to the Talladega County Board of Education (District 5) in July of 2010.  In November of 2016, Mrs. Landers was re-elected District 6 representative and is currently serving in her third term. 

Mrs. Landers graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1971.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Montevallo in 1976 and received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from UAB in 1990.  Mrs. Landers retired from the Talladega County School System in 2002 with 26 years of service.

Currently, she is employed by SAFE Family Services as Coordinator of Special Projects and a member of the Advisory Board for Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY). Mrs. Landers also serves on the Career Technical Education Advisory Board for Talladega County Schools and the Fayetteville School Foundation Board.

Mrs. Landers serves as AASB's District 6 Director which includes Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Anniston, Attalla, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Jacksonville, Oxford, Pell City, Piedmont, St. Clair, Sylacauga, Talladega County, and Talladega City.

She is a member of First Baptist Church in Childersburg, Alabama.                                                           

She and her husband, Willie, are the parents of two children, Jim and Tiffanie.

John R. Ponder, Board Member


John R. Ponder was elected to serve the Talladega County Board of Education (District 3) in November of 1994 and is currently serving his fourth term as a member of the board.

 Mr. Ponder is a graduate of Munford High School and attended Gadsden State and Jacksonville State University.  He is a retired procurement forester with Georgia Pacific.  Currently, Mr. Ponder is co-owner of Camp Callers.  For eight years, he served in the National Guard on the 1/167th Mechanized Infantry.

 Mr. Ponder is a member of Anniston United Methodist church.

Mr. Ponder and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three children and five grandchildren.


Sandra Tuck, Board Member


Mrs. Sandra Tuck was appointed to serve on the Talladega County Board of Education   (District 1) beginning in November 2016.  Mrs. Tuck is a graduate of Munford High School.    She received a B.S. and M.S. degree from Alabama A & M University.

Mrs. Tuck retired from teaching in 2015 after thirty-five years of service. She spent twenty-four years at Winterboro High School and eleven years at Talladega County Central High School as a teacher of Special Education. The highlight of her career was coaching and volunteering for Special Olympics for those thirty-five years.

Mrs. Tuck is a member of Kelly’s Springs Baptist Church and serves as Vice-President of the Missionary Ministry, a member of the Matrons, Inspirational Choir, Drama Ministry, Scholarship Committee, and is a co-teacher for the Primary Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Tuck and her husband, Bernard, have one daughter, Bria, and one son, Sheldon. 

Mike Turner, Board Member


Mike Turner was elected to serve the Talladega County Board of Education (District 2) in November of 2004 and is currently serving his third term as a member of the board.


Mr. Turner is a graduate of Lincoln High School (1967) and Jacksonville State University (1975).


He and his wife, Connie, own and operate Calhoun Campers in Oxford, Alabama.