Coffee County Schools superintendent elected president of AAFEPA during annual conference
On November 9, 2012, during the annual conference at Orange Beach, Ala., the Alabama Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (AAFEPA) recognized Dr. Don McPherson as the newly elected president for 2012-2014.
AAFEPA is an organization whose primary goals are to support school and division administrators in the implementation of federal education programs that effectively supplement local and state education programs to close the achievement gap between children who are advantaged and children who are economically disadvantaged, children from major racial/ethnic groups, children with disabilities, children classified as limited English proficient, and other subgroups such as migratory and homeless students; to provide opportunities to promote effective teaching and learning; to increase student achievement through cross-program coordination and integration of services and activities; and to assist administrators in interpreting and implementing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Dr. McPherson has been a member of AAFEPA since 2003. He served as AAFEPA secretary from 2006-2010, then as conference chairperson from 2010-2012. In 2007 he was the NAFEPA (National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators) Leadership Award Recipient from the State of Alabama.
Dr. McPherson is Superintendent of the Coffee County School System; he also oversees Coffee County’s Title I, Part A, Title II, Part A, Title IV (Drug Education), Title IV, Part B, Accreditation, Personnel Evaluations and Public Information programs. He was selected as superintendent of the Coffee County Schools in 2010.
Previously, McPherson served as Cullman County School’s Federal Programs Director, ELL Coordinator, Migrant Coordinator, and Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator. In his educational career he has served as an elementary administrator, teacher, coach and adjunct professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Athens University.
Dr. McPherson received his Doctoral degree from the University of Alabama/University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2008. He received the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award in 2008. Other educational degrees are: Educational Specialist degree from University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2004; Educational Leadership, University of Alabama at Gadsden in 2000; Master of Education in Mathematics Education, Auburn University in Montgomery in 1993; and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Auburn University in 1988.
Dr. McPherson resides in Coffee County with his wife and four children.