Meet Dr. Lacey. Suzanne Lacey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Auburn University, a Masters of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in elementary education and school administration from the University of Montevallo, and a Doctorate in educational leadership from Samford University.
Suzanne has served as teacher, assistant principal, principal, Elementary/Federal Programs Coordinator, Director of Personnel and Deputy Superintendent in Talladega County Schools prior to being appointed Superintendent in 2008.
Dr. Lacey belongs to School Superintendent’s of Alabama (SSA) where she will serve as President during the 2015-2016 year and is past president of both the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS). She is also a member of Leadership Alabama Class XX.
Dr. Lacey serves on the Board of Directors for HIPPY, Ritz Theatre, Easter Seals, and Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE). In 2014, she was selected to attend President Obama’s Connect Ed Initiative in Washington, DC as part of 100 Outstanding Superintendents from across the nation.
Under Dr. Lacey’s leadership, Talladega County Schools has implemented a comprehensive plan to increase student engagement and to integrate technology to support learning. The graduation rate for the district is at an all-time high of 94%. Her goal of empowering both students and teachers to “own” their learning is a trademark throughout Talladega County Schools and well-known at both the state and national level. Schools throughout the district are recognized for their exemplary work by such organizations as the Alliance for Excellent Education, National Principals Leadership Institute, the Council for Leaders in Alabama’s Schools, and the U.S. Department of Education National Green Ribbon School Program. In 2014, the district was the featured school system on National Digital Learning at a ceremony held at the Library of Congress. In 2015, the district was selected as a member of the League of Innovative Schools, a national organization, who recognizes districts across the country for innovation and technology.
In recent months, Dr. Lacey received the prestigious “Learning for Life Award” presented by Samford University.