Thursday, October 05, 2017

DoDEA Grant Brings LMS Teacher in as District Science Specialist/Grant Administrator

Posted by John Peck in General

Madison City Schools has named Thomasena Garner as Science Specialist/Grant Administrator to help strengthen and expand science teaching in Madison schools.

The position was created thanks to a $1 million Department of Defense Education Administration (DoDEA) grant.

Thomasena Garner at podium in the board of education roomMs. Garner’s area of focus will be grades 4-10 working closely in all MCS schools with teachers, instructional partners and others. She'll also assist with school district DoDEA grants

“This is like my dream job. I can’t wait to get started,” she said after the Madison City Board of Education approved her hiring. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Heather Donaldson said the district is excited to have someone of Ms. Garner’s background - including her strong instructional leadership and passion for teaching - join the district’s instructional team.

Ms. Garner is a 2001 graduate of Lee High School in Huntsville and from a family of educators. She currently teaches science and a Project Lead the Way Medical Detectives course at Liberty Middle School. She began her teaching career at Buckhorn High School.
Ms. Garner holds her Bachelor’s and Master of Science degrees with a concentration in Biology from Alabama A&M. She earned an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently working on her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University.

Ms. Garner has been on several instructional committees and served as athletic director and cheerleading and dance team coach at Liberty. She was Teacher of the Year for Liberty in 2015-16, MCS Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2016-17, a Jacksonsville State University Hall of Fame Inductee and north Alabama’s Secondary Teacher of the Year for District 8 in 2017-18.

Robby Parker, Thomasena Garner and Heather Donaldson in Board room

Schools Superintendent Robby Parker, Thomasena Garner, Chief Academic Officer Dr. Heather Donaldson


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