Ms. Downs is a graduate of Samford University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of Louisville and further educational credentials from the University of Montevallo and UAB.
Ms. Downs has served as a teacher, educational consultant, assistant principal, and principal. As a teacher, Ms. Downs created a model UN program which won two national awards for outstanding programming, and was instrumental in establishing youth leadership programs. In addition to her career as an educator, she worked extensively with the planning and grassroots efforts of the Curing Childhood Cancer car tag, which has raised over two million dollars for childhood cancer research, and served as the Executive Director of a local non-profit organization. Ms. Downs has two grown children and one grandchild, and is the mother of a Shelby County graduate, Dr. Deidre Downs Gunn, Miss America 2005.
Tina Evans is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She received a Masters degree in School Counseling and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Mrs. Evans also has an Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama.
Tina Evans has worked in several educator positions as a teacher, school counselor, and assistant principal. She is beginning her seventeenth year in the marvelous field of education. Mrs. Evans is excited for the opportunity to work with the families of the Calera community to strengthen the home to school connection. Welcome to Calera Intermediate School!