Dr. LaVern S. Tarkington is a retired educator. Having retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources of the Tempe Union High School District, she was selected to return as the Interim Superintendent. Her career within the District included teacher, counselor, director and principal before returning to central office to complete her service at the Superintendent’s level. Dr. Tarkington has been involved with many community activities, including the Phoenix Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for more than 50 years. In July, 2012, she completed four years of service as the Far Western Regional Director for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. As an active member of First Institutional Baptist Church, she has served as a board member and chairman of FIBCO Family Services and was elected to serve a three year term on the Governance Council. Dr. Tarkington has served on the Booker T. Washington Child Development Center Board of Directors since 2010 and is currently on Emeritus status. She has been married to Donald for over fifty years. They have two children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.