The Montgomery County Board of Education named veteran educator Margaret Allen to serve as the interim superintendent for the system after the departure of Barbara W. Thompson. Mrs. Allen says she appreciates the board’s confidence in her.
“I am honored to be asked to serve during this transition period,” said Allen. “I will work closely with the board and with our administrators, teachers and staff to improve our system and provide our students with the best possible education.”
Allen began working for Montgomery Public Schools as a special education teacher in 1976. She served as a teacher at Bear Elementary, assistant principal at Forest Avenue Elementary, principal at Garrett Elementary, and as an executive director of elementary schools. Most recently Allen has served as the professional development director for the system. Allen directed the system’s recent and successful AdvancED district-wide accreditation process and received accolades for her work in coordinating staff and her skills as a team builder and leader.
“I will work in partnership with state Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice and his staff to ensure MPS is moving in the right direction and meeting the needs of our students and the expectations of our community,” added Allen.
She holds administrative certification from Alabama State University, a masters of arts in early childhood, a masters of arts in early childhood/handicapped, and a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and special education – all from Auburn University Montgomery.
Allen will serve as interim superintendent while the board searches for a replacement.