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Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Elementary

Always Teaching. Always Learning.

Principal's Message

Meet the Principal of Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools - Elementary

  • I started my professional career as a geologist with Tom Joiner and Associates. From there,  I transitioned into teaching earth science and life science at Holy Spirit Middle School.  

    In 2001,  I graduated with my Masters in Gifted Education from the University of Alabama and achieved National Board Certification in Middle Adolescence Language Arts in 2005. I renewed my National Board Certification and finished my administrative certification at the University of Alabama.

    My teaching experience includes a mix of middle school and elementary schools.  I was fortunate to work with the team that first explored creating an academic magnet school in Tuscaloosa City Schools. I was placed at TMS-E when it opened and shared Mrs. Burkhalter's vision for serving our students as part of a School Wide Enrichment model. 

    This model included offering curriculum compacting for high-achieving students, providing enrichment through the partnership program with community volunteers, and weekly enrichment classes with a gifted specialist for all students. I also share a commitment to the International Baccalaureate PYP program at TMSE and look forward to engaging our students with people and cultures from around the world!

    My husband and I have three grown daughters.  We love to ride bikes, travel, and host international students.  I am very happy to serve the students, parents and the faculty at TMSE!

    Our school was developed around 5 areas of focus which include the following:

    • Strong technology platform
    • Integrated Arts
    • Project based learning paired with inquiry
    • Foreign language for all students
    • Service learning

    Each of the components enhanced our efforts to become an International Baccalaureate School.  We officially became an IB Authorized School in 2013!


  • Contact
    Minda Paxton
    TMS-E Principal

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