Tyson was the logical transition play, a 32-year district veteran who began her career with the district in 1987 as a business teacher at Lakeside High School. She’s also been the most consistent presence this decade, either serving as interim superintendent, deputy superintendent or a chief of staff for three superintendents. Last fall, she left Green’s cabinet to report to the school board as their administrator. There, she’s continued helping to lead the district, serving as a vital part of the board’s advisory team.
"With Dr. Green's immediate departure, we have the utmost confidence in Ms. Tyson serving as the interim superintendent," DeKalb County Board of Education chairman Michael A. Erwin said Monday.
Both times, she has indicated she doesn’t want the permanent job. The district has engaged Illinois firm BWP & Associates to find its next leader. The firm has interviewed the board and district stakeholders and held public forums to get feedback to use for vetting potential candidates. Tyson has said she intends to retire at the end of the school year. In 2010, she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she had no interest in the position. At the time, she had two children attending schools in the district.
Tyson did not comment for this story.
DeKalb County Board of Education member Joyce Morley said last year when Tyson was named the board's administrator that Tyson had been the district's backbone for the previous decade. Monday, she reiterated her faith that Tyson would allow for a seamless transition as the district worked toward finding new leadership.