LCSS Welcomes New Principals for ISES and LCHS
The Lawrence County School System is proud to announce new 2021 - 2022 Administration leadership at Ingram Sowell Elementary School and Lawrence County High School.
Tracy Marks joins the Lawrence County School System as principal of Ingram Sowell Elementary School. Mrs. Marks has over 25 years of experience as an educator and administrator. Her most recent assignment was principal at E.A. Cox Middle School in Maury County from 2018 to the present and Assistant Principal from 2016-2018. While at EA Cox, the school demonstrated achievement and growth. Mrs. Marks and the faculty developed the “Portrait of a Successful Student” with an emphasis on “Learning, Growing, Succeeding.” Mrs. Marks began her educational career in 1996 as a teacher at Walter Hill Elementary in Murfreesboro. She also taught at Wilson Elementary, La Vergne Middle School as a teacher and Library Media Specialist. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from MTSU in 1995; a Masters in Administration and Supervision Library Science from MTSU in 2003; a Masters Plus 30 in Curriculum and Instruction at Cumberland University in 2004 and an Education Specialist degree in Administration from MTSU in 2016. “I am excited to have Mrs. Marks join the Lawrence County School System as principal of Ingram Sowell Elementary School. I believe the faculty and staff will find her to be a leader with an incredible energy level, love for learning, and a passion for students. Mrs. Marks is a student-centered educator who understands the needs of students, faculty, and staff,” said Mr. Michael Adkins, Director of Schools.
According to Director of Schools, Mr. Michael Adkins, “Mr. Joiner is an experienced leader at all levels of our profession. I am delighted that LCSS was able to bring Mr. Joiner back into the Lawrence County School System.”
Mr. Willie Joiner is a Lawrence County native who grew up in Bonnertown. He and his wife Kelley are 1982 graduates of Lawrence County High School. Mr. Joiner holds a BS in Education from UNA, a Masters from Tennessee State University, and an Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama.
He began his educational career in Lawrence County in 1988 where he spent 2 years at what is now the J.C. Barnett Education Center. He spent 8 years as a mathematics teacher and Lady Cats Basketball Coach at Lawrence County High School and won a TSSAA State Championship in 1998. In the fall of 1998, Mr. Joiner joined the Lauderdale County, Alabama School System where he served as teacher and coach at Wilson High School for 3 years, Assistant Principal at Lauderdale County High School for 1 year, and at Lexington High School for 5 years. In 2007, he was named Principal at Lexington High School where he served in that capacity for 11 years before transitioning to his current position as Assistant Superintendent of Lauderdale County Schools. Mr. Joiner has amassed 20 years of administrative experience. He will assume the role of Principal of LCHS, his Alma Mater, on October 11, 2021.
Mr. and Mrs. Joiner have two grown children, Hannah and Fowler, and three grandchildren.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to return home to Lawrence County High School---a place that has always been very dear to me. I am grateful to Mr. Adkins and the Board of Education for entrusting me with the responsibility to serve and lead in this capacity. LCHS is a great school with a great administrative team, faculty, staff, and students. I am honored to wear purple and gold with them again! "