Five Questions for Tina Towers
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for Hartselle City Schools
Tina Towers says she is very blessed to be a staff member of Hartselle City Schools. She has been with the school district for 17 years and is currently the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator.
Born and raised in Hot Springs, Ark., Towers graduated from Fountain Lake High School and went on to pursue degrees in education at Henderson State University and the University of Alabama.
She has been in education for almost 35 years, first in Arkansas and Mississippi, and then as a teacher, reading coach, curriculum coordinator and principal in Hartselle schools. She is married to Tim and the couple have two sons, Adam and Mason, a daughter-in-law, Kristen, one grandson, Keller, and one soon-to-be daughter in law, Michaela.
- Who influenced you to pursue a career in education?
My parents, Huston and Charlene Richardson. They always knew that I had a love for children because I enjoyed babysitting and helping the youth at church. Being a teacher was all I ever wanted as my career. They did everything they could to help and support me in achieving my goal. I have always had a servant’s heart. From a very young age helping others and making a difference in their lives always motivated me.
- If you could send a note to yourself in 2030, what would it say?
I will be 64 years old then. I would tell myself to keep doing things that I love and continue to let others see God through my actions and words. Most importantly, keep doing things that can help others and stay busy!
- What was the most inspirational and influential book you have read and why?
Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. It was given to me by a close friend. I do my very best to read and take notes in this devotional book daily. There are times that I feel that God wrote the words for me minutes before I read them. Some days I really need a pick-me-up, and this has been and will continue to be my inspiration.
- Is there anything you have personally achieved or done that would surprise people?
Most people would say that I have stated many times that being the principal of Barkley Bridge Elementary was the pinnacle of my career. Yes, I always aspired to be a principal but, the privilege of being a principal in Hartselle City Schools and at BBE is a monumental achievement for me.
- If you could send a note to yourself in the future, what would it say?
Enjoy life and be adventurous with Tim. Spend time with your boys and their families. Spoil your grandchildren and take them on trips with you. You have worked hard for many years. You have taken care of so many people, now take care of yourself, and do not feel guilty for doing that. Have tons of fun traveling and seeing things you have never seen. Visit as many National Parks as possible. Most importantly, continue to listen to God, follow Him and where he leads you – He has given you an abundant and blessed life. He is good and will continue to do so because you are His child and He loves you.