Phone: 662-455-3697

Dr. Tamala Boyd Shaw


Dr. Shaw is the Executive Director of Leflore Legacy Academy.  As the founder of MS Delta Academies, the non-profit organization that proposed Leflore Legacy Academy, Dr. Shaw brings over 25 years of educational excellence to this role.  She is a native of Greenwood and has always had a passion and desire for impacting education in her hometown. Having graduated from Amanda Elzy High School in 1992, Dr. Shaw furthered her education at Tougaloo College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1996, Jackson State University where she earned a Master’s of Arts in Teaching in 1998 and The University of Memphis where she earned a Doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership in 2016.

Dr. Shaw began her education career as a classroom teacher at Provine High School in 1996. Serving later as an Assistant Principal at White Station High School (Memphis, TN) and finally principal at Wooddale Middle School (Memphis, TN), she gained additional professional experience in school turnaround and school leader/teacher professional development. As an experienced school leader who has worked in both traditional public and public charter schools, Dr. Shaw brings experience in staffing, performance management, teacher and leader professional growth and development, and general operations. During her career, she has become skilled in recruiting and retaining highly effective teachers through strategies that first define highly effective teaching and then grow them in a way that encourages them to remain in the classroom.

In her current role, she is committed to improving the destiny for students in the MS Delta!