LeFlore High School graduate Chresal Threadgill has returned to his hometown to serve as a top administrator in Mobile County Public Schools.
Threadgill, a former track star and member of the Rattlers’ Class of 1993, has been named Chief of Staff, a position he said will allow him to give back to the school system that prepared him to be successful in life.
“I’ve always viewed Mobile County as a great school system,” Threadgill said. “Coming back here, I see that there have always been challenges that I wasn’t fully aware of. I have a skillset I can bring in as a new dynamic and as a new personality to help in those areas.”
As Chief of Staff, Threadgill works directly under Superintendent Martha Peek in overseeing 89 schools.
“My goal is to be very visible in the schools,” he said. “I won’t be out there finding ‘gotcha’ moments, but I will be out there giving our teachers and principals resources and knowledge to be successful.”
Threadgill was most recently the superintendent of Elba City Schools. He worked his way up to that position from being a classroom teacher to high school principal to Assistant Superintendent of Troy City Schools.
In Elba, Threadgill helped raise the graduation rate from 63 percent to 96 percent. He is credited with bringing stability to the city school system that had suffered financial difficulties and gone through five other superintendents in five years, before Threadgill arrived. During Threadgill’s term in Elba, the academic mindset improved, as did the budgeting process. And the school system increased its career-technical educational offerings.
“We were the red-headed step-child of Alabama,” Threadgill said of his first few years at Elba. “But now people come to Elba and learn from what we have been able to accomplish in our schools.”
Threadgill attended the Alabama Superintendent’s Academy and Samford University’s Transformational Leadership Academy. He was named the Superintendent of the Year of the state’s District 3, and he represented Alabama at the Texas Superintendents Academy at Lamar University.
In Mobile, Threadgill said, “I hope to build relationships in the community and within the school system. I hope to be an asset to Superintendent Martha Peek and to the Board and mainly to be an advocate for children.”
He has spent his first couple of weeks on the job getting to know the people and schools of Alabama’s largest school district and has met with various community leaders.
Threadgill has been married to LaTanya, a science teacher, for 15 years. They have three children: Sydni, a freshman at Baker; Alex, a seventh-grader at Causey; and Coleman, a second-grader at Collier.
At LeFlore, Threadgill played basketball under Coach Johnny Shelwood and ran track under coach Terry King. He received a track scholarship from Troy University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to receive a master’s degree in education administration from Alabama State University.
He comes from a family of educators in Mobile County Public Schools, including W.A. Threadgill, his grandfather, who was principal at Robbins Elementary; and Marguerite Threadgill, his grandmother, who taught shorthand at Blount.
“I am an advocate for students. I am very approachable,” he said. “If anyone has any concerns, they can talk to me.”