"We’ve got to work together and that’s my commitment, to work together."
-Richard Woods, Georgia School Superintendent
Educating Georgia's Future
State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ mission is to educate Georgia’s future by graduating students who are ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead. Superintendent Woods' goal is to improve outcomes and expand options for Georgia’s public K-12 students. However, this will not be accomplished without strong communication, meaningful collaboration, and child-focused, classroom-centered policies. "We can only move education forward by working together. Partnerships between the Governor’s office, State Board of Education, General Assembly, educators, parents, students and other stakeholders are crucial. Relationships need repairing – some relationships need starting – and I’m committed to the task." -Superintendent Richard Woods
Richard Woods, 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 24 years.