Dr. Tyna D. Davis, manager of the Education Policy and Professional Practice department, retired effective December 31, 2013, after having served as a professional employee of the Alabama Education Association for more than 33 years. In addition to serving as manager of Education Policy and Professional Practice, Davis was the manager of the Human and Civil Rights division, consultant to the Association of Classroom Teachers division, staff consultant for the Student Alabama Education Association division.
Davis was the first black to be elected president, by the membership, of the Alabama Education Association and was the first female to be elected as an NEA Director. When asked about being a staff member of the Alabama Education Association, Davis said “I served the Alabama Education Association with different titles, but one mission, to develop the profession and professional educators to the fullest capacity. Educational policy, professional learning, teacher preparation, highly qualified teacher certification, educator evaluation (both formative and summative), continuous school improvement, accountability, and parental engagement have all underpinned my functions in the role of manager of Education Policy and Professional Practice and my philosophy to uphold the lamp of learning. As an AEA staffer, I am proud that my name is synonymous with high standards in education and is recognized and respected by those in the profession.” Prior to coming to AEA, Davis served 20 years as a teacher in Fayette, Birmingham, and Montgomery schools.
When asked what’s on the horizon post retirement, Davis says she plans to spend a lot of time with family, travel and continue to watch the landscape of education in the state of Alabama. Davis wants to, “continue to utilize open communication for the good of education in the state and to do what I can to have a positive impact.”