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 Georgia's School Superintendent


​Richard Woods, Georgia's School Superintendent​​

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Richard Woods has served as Georgia’s State School Superintendent since January 2015. Woods has over 30 years of Pre-K through 12th-grade experience in public education. He was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving a​s department chair and teacher mentor. For eight years, Woods served in administrative roles including assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator, Pre-K director, and alternative school director.

Under his leadership, the state has seen its largest-ever reduction of high-stakes testing requirements, an all-time high graduation rate, a 97% graduation rate for Career Pathway completers, and steady increases in SAT and ACT scores. 

Georgia has expanded STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, introduced STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) school certification, and introduced new student opportunities in the areas of personal finance, fine arts, and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education. The Georgia Department of Education has hired its first-ever employees dedicated to supporting the fine arts and military students, and established an Office of Whole Child Supports, an Office of School Safety and Climate, and an Office of Rural Education and Innovation.

He and his wife, Lisha, a retired 30-year educator, are longtime residents of Tifton, Georgia.


 Contact Information

Richard Woods​
State School Superintendent
Superintendent Woods' Bio for Print
Phone: 404-657-1175
Fax: 404-651-8737
state.superintendent@doe.k12.ga.us