Georgia's School Superintendent
Richard Woods was born in Pensacola, Florida and while
growing up in a military family, lived in California, Hawaii and Virginia
before moving to Georgia. He graduated from Fitzgerald High School, and went on
to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s
Degree from Valdosta State University.
Woods has over 22 years of pre-k through 12th grade
experience in public education. Woods
was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving as department chair and teacher
mentor. During his tenure, he was also selected as Teacher of the Year. For
eight years Woods served in various administrative roles such as assistant
principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator, pre-k director,
and alternative school director.
Woods also brings a business background to the
superintendent's position, having been a purchasing agent for a
national/multi-national laser company and a former small business owner.
He and his wife Lisha, a retired 30-year educator, are
long-time residents of Tifton and have been married for 26 years.