In just his third year on the job, Mobile County Public School System (MPCSS) Superintendent Chresal Threadgill was named the state’s best by an advocacy group.
The School Superintendents of Alabama named Threadgill its Superintendent of the Year at an annual conference earlier this month in Florence. Executive Director Ryan Hollingsworth told Lagniappe Threadgill has taken on a big responsibility at the state’s largest school district.
“He’s made a ton of headway,” Hollingsworth said. “He’s made a lot of improvements.”
Threadgill was first chosen for the award at the district level. The association is made up of nine districts throughout the state, Hollingsworth said.
“The selection from your peers is a pretty nice recognition at the district level,” he said.
A panel of retired superintendents then interviews the nine finalists to pick the best one for a given year.
Threadgill will represent Alabama at the national association’s upcoming conference in New Orleans, Hollingsworth said.
In a statement on Facebook, a MCPSS spokesperson said it was Threadgill’s leadership throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that helped secure the award.
“Very seldomly am I speechless, but today, I am speechless,” Threadgill said in the statement. “Beyond anything, I am both humble and grateful for the opportunity to represent the state of Alabama. Thanks to each individual who has supported me and those whose shoulders I stand upon who have mentored me along the way.”
In the statement, Threadgill said he would continue his “passion and dedication to the education of children.”
“I am proud of Mobile County Public Schools and the opportunity to bring this recognition home to [MCPSS] and to Mobile, Alabama,” he said. “I am truly blessed beyond measure to represent not myself but the entire MCPSS family as Superintendent of the Year for the state of Alabama. It is a great day for Mobile County.”
Before being named superintendent in 2018, Threadgill served as chief of staff for MCPSS in 2017. Threadgill graduated from LeFlore High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Troy University and a master’s degree from Alabama State University.
He began teaching at Greenville Middle School in Butler County where he served as a physical education teacher and coach. He became vice principal of the school within two years.
From there, Threadgill went on to serve as assistant principal and later, principal of Charles Henderson Middle School in Troy. He then became assistant superintendent of Troy City Schools. After that, he served as leader of Elba City Schools for five years.
Threadgill is married to LaTanya Threadgill, and together they have three children: Sydni, Alex and Coleman.
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