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Former Paine principal named principal at Northridge High School

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TUSCALOOSA — A former Paine Elementary School principal has been named principal of Northridge High School, the top performing academic high school in the Tuscaloosa City School system. Tygar Evans was approved by the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education on Tuesday night.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, Evans began his teaching career at Moundville Elementary while still a student at the University of Alabama. He then taught at Oakdale Elementary School and Stillman Heights Elementary in Tuscaloosa before beginning his career as an administrator.

His career in school administration began in 1993, including two years as an assistant principal at Rome Middle School, 11 years as a high school principal at Rome High School, four years as an elementary principal at North Heights Elementary and five years as principal of East Central Elementary School.

He was hired by Trussville City Schools in May of 2015 as one of three elementary principals while the school system built two new elementary schools. None of the three knew at the time which school they would be assigned to lead.

In March of 2016, Evans was assigned to be the principal at Paine Elementary while Autumn Jeter was assigned to Magnolia Elementary. The retirement of Betsy Schmitt led to the hiring of Joy Tyner to serve as the first principal of Cahaba Elementary. Today, only Tyner remains as one of the original principals of the three elementary schools.

Paine Elementary was named a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School in 2017.

“I feel like we have a great school at Paine Elementary,” Dr. Evans said in 2017. “Our parents do a great job, and so do our teachers. You always look for outside recognition for your school, so I did some research. This was one program that I thought could show off our school. That’s how the process started.”

Evans moved to the TCS central office in 2018 to head the federal programs for the school system.

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