Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Tarja Lawson


I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I attended Birmingham Southern College where I earned my B.S. in Elementary Education. After graduating, I accepted a teaching position at Gibson Elementary School, which was within the Birmingham City Schools System. While teaching, I earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership at Alabama State University and Ed.S from Arkansas State University. 

Now starting my 3rd year at Barrett, I would also like to use this opportunity to tell you WHY I am so pleased to be part of this district. Birmingham City Schools are considered to be among the most resourceful. They are routinely recognized for educational excellence. Such recognition doesn’t occur by chance. It is the result of three things: motivated students, caring parents/guardians, and dedicated faculty and staff members. I believe that the real strength of the Birmingham City Schools lies in the collective talents of an exceptionally well-trained and dedicated faculty and staff, YOU. As a faculty/staff member, you have a very important job in an outstanding school system. While I publicly proclaim the classroom teacher’s role in the successful schooling of children, anyone who has worked in a public school knows that parents, volunteers, office support staff, child nutrition staff, teacher assistants, custodians, and bus drivers play vitally important roles in creating a school environment that is safe, clean, and conducive to student learning. At Barrett, all jobs are important and each of us contributes directly to the welfare of our children. Please keep this in mind.  

 Principal Lawson