Allen Perkins, Superintendent
Allen Perkins was appointed to the position of Superintendent in November 2019 after being a dedicated member of the school district for 17 years.
Mr. Perkins is a native of Virginia. He relocated to Huntsville to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science Education at Oakwood University. While attending Oakwood University, Mr. Perkins was inspired by the sign at the entrance that reads “Enter to Learn,” and when leaving the campus it reads, “Exit to Serve.” This has been his purpose and motivation for his entire career. Mr. Perkins wants to continue his own learning while serving as many people as he can by helping others reach their fullest God-given potential. After graduating from Oakwood, Mr. Perkins attended Alabama A & M University where he furthered his education, earning a Master’s Degree in both Social Science Education and Education Administration and Leadership, while also working full time as a teacher.
Mr. Perkins began his teaching career in 2003 at New Market School in Madison County. There, he taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies for seven years while also serving as an assistant basketball coach, after-school tutor, and Scholars’ Bowl coach. Mr. Perkins also spearheaded the first archery program at New Market School that is now replicated in many other schools throughout the district.
Always seeking to expand his influence on the students of Madison County, Mr. Perkins decided to pursue leadership opportunities within the district. He served as the Assistant Principal at Legacy Elementary for a year and a half, and in 2011, Mr. Perkins was named principal at Buckhorn Middle School. After a successful term as principal, Mr. Perkins was named Supervisor of Instruction for Madison County Schools. In 2018, he was named the district’s first Director of Equity and Innovation. As Director of Equity and Innovation, Mr. Perkins led the implementation of Madison County Schools’ desegregation order with the purpose of moving the district toward unitary status. He also enhanced and expanded educational opportunities for students by developing relationships and partnerships with local businesses and industry leaders.
During his tenure as Superintendent, the district expanded support services (including food security and mental health for students) by securing additional funding and support from community partners. The District is now focused on implementing programs & services to meet the needs of students, educational and social emotional, as we emerge from the pandemic. While the challenges of the past two years could be viewed as obstacles, Mr. Perkins views them as stepping stones to move forward and make Madison County Schools better.
Mr. Perkins is a devoted father to his son, and they enjoy spending time together camping, hiking, and being outdoors. He is actively involved in his church, seeking always the opportunity to serve the needs of the community. One of Mr. Perkins’ favorite quotes is from Ellen G White: “Education is the harmonious development of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” For Mr. Perkins, all leadership is through service.