Tricia McManus was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She is one of eight children born into a family of educators. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors’ Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership and served as an educator in Hillsborough County Public Schools for thirty years.
She started her career as a teacher and then moved into the positions of Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Leadership Development, and Assistant Superintendent of Leadership, Professional Development, and School Transformation. As a principal, she improved school grades and student outcomes in two underperforming schools and was recognized by the Florida Department of Education for these accomplishments. As Director of Leadership Development, she developed and oversaw the Hillsborough Principal Pipeline, a comprehensive talent management system for recruiting, selecting, hiring, developing, and evaluating school leaders. In her last two years, Tricia oversaw and supported the district’s fifty underperforming schools.
Under her leadership, the district created new structures for school turn around which included a new employee compensation plan, equitable resourcing and staffing, and systems of district and community support. In June 2020, Tricia began serving as Deputy Superintendent in Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools and was appointed to the Superintendent position in February 2021. Tricia has been married to her husband Mike for twenty-five years and has two daughters, Morgan and Megan.