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Scales is system’s newest board member

Scales is system’s newest board member.

Side Lines Jewelery owner thankful for time in Sheffield schools.

Sheffield City Schools alumnus Titian Wright Scales, Class of 1990, is the Sheffield Board of Education’s newest member.

Scales was appointed to the board of education by the Sheffield City Council. Her term officially began July 1 and she attended her first meeting on Monday, July 22.

“I am a firm believer in public school systems,” Scales said. “I have deep roots in Sheffield and I know how hard our faculty and staff work on behalf of our students.

“I love Sheffield. I love our school system and our students. I truly believe Sheffield City Schools are a hidden gem, and I want to do everything in my power to relay that message. I am here to serve our faculty, staff, and our students to the best of my ability. Go Dogs!!”

Scales was born in Nashville, Tenn., and moved to Sheffield when she was 5 years old. Her mother, Brenda Phillips Wright, taught art and English in the Sheffield City School System for more than 30 years. Her father was William Leroy Wright (deceased) and her sister, Jennifer Wright Wilson (deceased), graduated from Sheffield in 1983.

Scales and her husband, Jody, have been married 21 years. Both grew up in the Sheffield City School System. Their son, Eli, is will be a junior at Sheffield High School in the fall.

“I have so many fond memories of the Sheffield City Schools,” Scales said. “I went to W. A. Threadgill for kindergarten and my teacher was Mrs. Horton.”

For elementary school, Scales attended C.M. Brewster, also known as The Village School.

“We lived in The Village, so I walked to and from school with the neighborhood kids,” Scales said. “It was an awesome way to grow up!"

“I remember my first grade teacher Mrs. DeFoor had a guinea pig named Pinky that we all took turns taking home on the weekends.”

L.E. Willson used to be the middle school, Scales noted. She says it was there she first met her future husband, Jody, for the first time, though she says she had no idea at the time.

Scales said she had a great experience in Sheffield High School.

“We had so much school spirit!” she said.

Scales was on the dance team, served as he class secretary, was a member of the Anchor Club and was Sub Deb president.

“I tried to be as involved as I could,” Scales said. “I have life long friendships from my days in the Sheff City School system.”

Scales is currently the vice president of the Sheffield Education Foundation. She is currently in her third three-year term on the foundation.

After graduation, she attended the University of North Alabama in Florence.

In 1998, Scales and her aunt, Carolyn Phillips--another Sheffield graduate-- purchased Side Lines Jewelry boutique in Florence, where she had worked part-time since she was a sophomore (1988).

“I love what I do!” Scales said. “I enjoy working with people and making them happy. I've been a small business owner for over twenty years, and I find it both challenging and rewarding.”

Scales said she would advise Sheffield’s current students to enjoy each day. “Get involved, work hard, set goals and strive to reach them,” she said. “You can be anything and do anything you set your mind to doing.”

Titian Scales

Titian Wright Scales attends her first Sheffield Board of Education meeting on Monday, July 22.