Richard Woods grew up in a military family and graduated from Fitzgerald High School in South Georgia. Richard went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s Degree from Valdosta State University.
He was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving as department chair and teacher mentor. During his tenure, he was also selected as Teacher of the Year.
For his work in reducing high-stakes testing, promoting literacy, increasing access to the arts, supporting rural schools, and his focus on putting the heart back into teaching, Richard was recognized six years in the row as one of Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians (2017 through 2022)
He and his wife Lisha, a retired 30-year educator, are long-time residents of Tifton and have been married for over 30 years.
As a man of faith, Richard has a record of serving youth and his community.
As State School Superintendent, Richard has ensured all of Georgia — including rural Georgia — has had a voice in Atlanta.