June 3, 2021 - After the 21-day lone finalist’s waiting period for the superintendent’s position at Tenaha ISD, the Board of Trustees met on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in a called board meeting to approve Linda Gail Jacobs as the Superintendent of Tenaha Schools. Ms. Jacobs is replacing Mr. Scott Tyner who relocated closer to his family home in Edgewood, Texas.
Ms. Jacobs has deep roots in this area having graduated from Shelbyville High School, Panola College, and Stephen F. Austin State University twice with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She has devoted 27 years to education, having served as principal at Tenaha ISD since 2015. Ms. Jacobs began her career in 1990 as a teacher for the Shelby County Special Education Co-Op then spent six years teaching in Center before moving into the administrative role of Special Education Director at Broaddus ISD and then elementary principal for the district. From there, she served as principal in Joaquin ISD and San Augustine ISD before coming to Tenaha. Ms. Jacobs' administration experience covers all levels, EE-12.
Ms. Jacobs says that her hobbies call her “Gigi.” Her time outside of school is filled with family. Her son Zack and his wife Tiffany have two sons who are students in Tenaha Elementary School. Zack attended Panola College and is employed in the oilfield. Her daughter Marcie has three daughters; she has a master’s degree in accounting and works from home with a New York accounting firm. Ms. Jacobs’ spare time is spent with her five precious grandchildren: Tuff, Khoen, Addie Gaye, Audri and Lucchese.
Linda Jacobs’ records of compassion, consistency and insight have been an important part of the success our school has experienced the past six years. Tenaha ISD is very fortunate to have Ms. Jacobs continue the Tenaha Tradition, and we look forward to the many great things that are in store for our community under her leadership.