David Tucker was named as the new Curriculum Director for the Tattnall County School System, an appointment made by the Tattnall County Board of Education (BOE) members at their Monday, June 26, 2023, meeting. He has most recently served as Principal of South Tattnall Middle School (STMS), beginning in 2020.
Beginning in 2006, Tucker began his teaching career at Tattnall County High School (TCHS), where he taught in the areas of Economics, AP World History, and several other courses during the nine years he was at TCHS, also serving as a middle and high school softball and baseball coach during those years.
In 2010, Tucker was named Tattnall County STAR Teacher, and he was honored as 2014 TCHS Teacher of the Year.
In 2015, he was hired as Assistant Principal in Bryan County, becoming Principal at Bryan County High School in 2017. After three years in Bryan, he returned to Tattnall County in 2018 as Principal of Reidsville Elementary School, followed by the principalship at STMS.
Tucker replaces Dr. Kristen Waters, who has held the position of Curriculum Director for the past three years, with Dr. Waters the new Tattnall School Superintendent effective July 1, 2023. As Curriculum Director, Tucker will be in charge of all teaching and learning activities in the school district from Pe-K to Grade 12, ranging from content alignment to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, professional learning for staff, and instructional improvements districtwide to maximize student outcomes.
“We will continue our worthwhile work in literacy, which has been bolstered by the hard work of Dr. Waters through the L4GA grant that she secured for the Tattnall district two years ago,” he said.
“I hope to use my experience as an elementary, middle, and high school principal, teacher, and coach to help students succeed. I consider it a blessing and honor to serve this district as its instructional leader and hope to use my skills to better the outcomes of Tattnall County students. We have good students, and we will continue the goals of preparing them for the modern economy, while helping foster level-headedness and pragmatism. The world is changing with the ever-increasing pace of technological innovation and the resulting impact on our daily lives. We will strive to ready our students with skills to adapt to our modern world,” he added.
His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History, University of Florida; Master’s in Education in Social Science Education, University of Georgia; Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership, Augusta University; and currently enrolled in Doctorate program through Valdosta State University.
Tucker is originally from Williston, Florida, near Gainesville, although he has considered Tattnall County his home since 2006; he is married to the former Kylie Block of Glennville, who is a TCHS graduate and TCHS Career, Technical, and Agricultural (CTAE) teacher and Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisor. All six of his children have graduated from TCHS (Layla, Emi, and Bailey) or are currently enrolled in Tattnall County Schools (Isaac, Owen, and Asher). They reside in Tison, where they enjoy traveling and taking in the natural beauty of the mountains and beaches.