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Chris Cook, Superintendent

chrisI would like to welcome you to Winfield City Schools’ website. It is my honor and privilege to lead this system forward with the help of our teachers, staff, administrators, community leaders, stakeholders, and board members. I look forward to working with each of these groups to make Winfield the best school system in the state. Our students are the most valuable resource that we have, and we will protect them at all cost. It is my mission for the community and school system to work together to advance our students toward becoming college and career ready and to train them to become responsible citizens of our communities and life-long learners. These students are our future, and we must do everything in our power to prepare them.


Thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your children. My core belief for managing this school system will be based on the fact that my own children need to be prepared for college and/or career and deserve the most innovative learning environments to prepare them for our constantly-changing global world. If that is what I want for my kids, then that must be a non-negotiable for all kids in our system. Thank you for your continued support as we carry forward the “Tradition of Excellence” at Winfield City Schools. The phone number to my office is 205-487-4255, and my email information is ccook@winfield.k12.al.us .

James Garner, Chairman

jamesJames Garner became a member of the Winfield City Board of Education on June 1, 2012. James and his wife Jessica both graduated from Winfield City High School in 1978. James and Jessica have three children, Emily Garner Tittle, Kallie Garner Woodley, and Kimberly Garner Cowart and two grandchildren, Emma Katherine Tittle and David Lane Woodley. Emily, Kallie and Kimberly are WCHS graduates. James received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration with a major in Management from the University of Alabama. James earned his Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law in 1996. James is retired from the Social Security Administration.

You can contact James Garner at jgarner@winfield.k12.al.us

Brenda Taylor, Vice-Chairman

brendaBrenda Taylor is proud to be a member of the Winfield City Board of Education and considers the position to be the highest honor. She is a graduate of the Winfield City School, and is retired as a teacher for forty-two years at the Winfield City School. She has a BS, Masters, AA, in education from the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama. She is certified as a teacher in the “No Child Left Behind” program grades K-12 in reading, science, math, English, and social studies. Brenda also has a certification in Adult Education from Auburn University and has taught Adult Education for Bevill Community College for many years. She is a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma teacher’s organization, WEA, AEA, and NEA. She has served numerous times as a committee member for the Southern Association School Accreditation Program in certifying schools throughout Alabama. She has also served as a member of the UNA Governing Board for Regional In-Service centers for many years. As a science teacher, Brenda enjoyed attending educational seminars every summer during her teaching career – NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Marine Biology study in the Gulf of Mexico for the University of Alabama, Out-Door-Education program for TVA in Kentucky, and forestry work shop for Auburn University, to mention a few. Other accomplishments include three-time president of the Winfield City School Education Association, dance line coach for the Middle School, organizer of the “Pep Club,” and sponsor for the “First Priority” student prayer group meeting before class. She also enjoyed organizing talent shows for the middle school. She and her husband Jim have two children, Dr. Greg Taylor and Leah Taylor Pennington. They have two grandchildren, John Taylor Pennington and William Cooper Pennington. Brenda takes great pride in knowing that she has taught approximately four thousand of Winfield’s finest citizens through the years.

You can contact Brenda Taylor at btaylor@winfield.k12.al.us

Tommy Bowen, Member

tommyTommy Bowen was appointed to the Winfield City Board of Education in November, 2018. Tommy is a 1989 graduate of Winfield City High School. He is a 1992 graduate of Jefferson State Community College where he earned a degree in Mortuary Science. In 2011, he became certified as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Tommy is the owner and operator of Bowen Funeral Home and West Alabama Memorial Gardens. Tommy is an active member of Zion Baptist Church, Winfield Masonic Lodge Number 304, National Funeral Directors Association, Alabama Funeral Directors Association, and the Winfield Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of directors at Pikeville Country Club. He is married to Winfield graduate, Dr. Rhonda Weeks Bowen. They have three children, Meg, Davis, and Blaine, who are all currently attending Winfield City Schools.

You can contact Tommy Bowen at tbowen@winfield.k12.al.us

Chris Carothers, Member

chrisChris Carothers became a member of the Winfield City Board of Education on June 1, 2016. Chris attended Winfield City Schools and graduated in 1987. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama in 1991. Chris attended the Graduate Banking School of the South at LSU from 2000-2002 and later the Graduate School of Bank Investments and Financial Management at the University of South Carolina form 2005-2007. He has also served in the Army Reserves from 1989-1991 with the 450th MP Company, and later served in the Alabama Army National Guard form 1991-2001 in the 877th Engineer BN. Chris currently serves as President, Chief Operations Officer, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Citizens Bank of Winfield. Chris and his wife Brandi have four children: Nicholas, Elizabeth, Allie & Caroline Carothers.

You can contact Chris Carothers at ccarothers@winfield.k12.al.us

Dana Peoples, Member

danaDana Peoples was appointed to the Winfield City Board of Education on June 1, 2014. Dana is a 1982 graduate of Winfield City High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Banking from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama in 1986. Dana currently serves as President and Director of State Bank and Trust with four locations across Marion County. Dana is married to Greg Peoples. Dana’s children, Ann Elizabeth Davis and Collins Davis, and Greg’s children, Bethany Peoples Clifton and Sam Peoples, are Winfield City High School graduates. Dana is a member of Winfield First Baptist Church, serves as Treasurer of the Modern Culture Club, and currently holds positions on the Board of Directors for the Winfield Chamber of Commerce and the Winfield Scholarship Foundation. As a graduate, parent, and local business owner, Dana believes that the Winfield City School System is one of the community’s strongest and most attractive assets.

You can contact Dana Peoples at dpeoples@winfield.k12.al.us