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Tuscaloosa Education Foundation announces the 2020 Thomas J. Joiner Award of Education Excellence recipient Ms. Shelley Jones.

Shelley has long been an active community leader and lifelong educator. Her career in education began first as a teacher at Northington Elementary and then a principal at Woodland Forrest Elementary. She is the recipient of countless awards for her work in education including The University of Alabama National Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award (2017), three-time State PTA Outstanding Local Unit in Alabama Award, District III Alabama Association Elementary School Administrators Distinguished Principal Award, State PTA Outstanding Elementary Principal of the Year, National PTA Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award Honorable Mention and Alabama National Distinguished Principal Award. After retiring, she served eight years as a Tuscaloosa City School board member. She is also serving the United Way of West Alabama as their 2020 Campaign Chairperson.

Congratulations to Ms. Shelley Jones!

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On Tuesday, September 22, Tuscaloosa Education Foundation's Character Committee awarded seven TEF/HOPE Grants to the following schools:

  • Brookwood Middle School

  • Cottondale Elementary School

  • Davis Emerson Middle School

  • Englewood Elementary School

  • Flatwoods Elementary School

  • Verner Elementary School

  • Westlawn Middle School.

These grants were awarded to schools that are in the HOPE Leadership Institute process for developing a culture of character at their schools utilizing the 11 Character Principles Framework.

We are so excited to partner with these schools!

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If you can dream it, you can do it!

The Tuscaloosa Education Foundation wants to help you realize your classroom, your school or your district dream. We are looking for innovators in Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County with creativity and drive to dream it and do it, differently. Please connect with us at the link provided below and complete the grant application.

Complete Application for Grants:

Questions concerning the application process can be addressed to:


Mrs. Pamela

Important Dates & Information:

Grant application opens on October 1, 2020.

Grant application closes on October 15, 2020.

Grant announcements on December 4, 2020.

Grant Awardee Amounts

  • District – Up to $5,000

  • Schools – Up to $3,000

  • Classroom – Up to $1,500

Grant Awardee Announcement - December 4, 2020

We are excited about your interest and hope to give away up to $30,000 in grants to area constituents. Dare to dream and let us fuel your imagination!

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