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Welcome to the Winfield City Schools’ webpage.  We have as our motto, “A Tradition of Excellence.”  This is a testimony to the sons and daughters of Winfield from years past and a torch that we continue to carry into the 21st century.  It is our goal to create a sense of curiosity and wonder in each of our students in order to prepare them for college or career readiness.  

A wise man once said, the greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer (Henry David Thoreau).  It is my intention and desire to listen to all of our stakeholders and respect their thoughts on what is best for our children.  I am a servant leader and will do my best to be approachable and transparent. You can contact me by phone at (205) 487-4255 or by email at    

James Garner


James 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.

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Tommy BOwen


Tommy 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.

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Dana 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.

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Chris Carothers


Chris 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.

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Chad May is a 1991 graduate of Winfield City High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He then attended UAB School of Optometry where he obtained his Doctor of Optometry in 1999. Chad currently owns and operates his own optometric practice. He is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the Alabama Optometric Association. Chad is married to Bonneil Lang May, who is also a Winfield graduate. They have two children, Macon and Ada, that are currently students in the Winfield City School System.

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