District 1

District 1 Council Member

Cynthia W. Toles, ED.D is serving her first term on the City Council and is Chair of the Education and Recreation Committee.

Employment History

  • Retired from Gadsden City School system
Principal of C.A. Donehoo Elementary School (2002-2012)
Even Start Coordinator (1994-1995)
Title I School-wide Coordinator (1993-1994)
Teacher at Eura Brown Elementary School (1985-1993)
  • Principal/Consultant in Lagos, Nigeria (2012-2013)
  • Part-time History Instructor (1992-1994)
Gadsden State Community College
Talladega College
  • Title I - Ohatchee Elementary (1975-1985)


  • Carver High School (1961-1965)
  • Detroit Public School (1966)
  • Gadsden State Community College - Gadsden, Alabama
Associate in Science Degree (1971)
  • Alabama A&M University - Normal, Alabama
Bachelor of Science Degree (1975)
  • University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Masters in Elementary Education (1979)
AA Degree in Elementary Education (1980)
  • Jacksonville State University - Jacksonville, Alabama
School Administration Certification (1982)
  • Birmingham School of Law - Birmingham, Alabama (1992-2009)
  • University of Alabama/Birmingham
Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership (2007)

Professional, Community, & Civic Organization Affiliations

  • Calhoun County Association of Educators
  • Professional Educators Association
  • National Educator Association
  • Alabama Council of School Administrator
  • Council for Leaders in Alabama – past member of Board of Directors
  • C.A. Donehoo P.T.A.
  • Alabama Association of Elementary School Principals
  • District V Alabama Association of Elementary School Principal – Past President
  • National Association of Elementary School Principal (NAESP) - served as the Alabama Representative
  • NAESP Minority Foundation Board of Directors
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority – President
  • Order of Eastern Star Gethsemane No. 882
  • Heroine of Jericho
  • The City of Champion Toastmasters serves as Vice President of Education
  • Member of the Antioch Baptist Church – Women’s Sunday School Teacher
  • Wills Creek District Association and Congress of Christian Education – past recording secretary
  • Dean of Christian Education and District Vacation Bible School – Director and Teacher
  • Voters League
  • Gadsden State Community College- Minority Board
  • Regional 310 Authority Board
  • National Alumni Association
  • Alabama A&M University Gadsden/Etowah Alumni Chapter - Member and past recording secretary
  • University of Alabama Birmingham Alumni Association


  • Recognition of Christian Call to Duty Worship
  • Teacher of the Year at Eura Brown Elementary School
  • Recognition of Community Service/America Read Award
  • Outstanding Service to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Public Service for 25 years
  • Community Development Project 2000 Award
  • District V Nominee for Distinguished Principal
  • Principal of the Year
  • Gadsden/Etowah Chapter of SCLC Outstanding Leadership Community Award
  • The First Certificate of Progress for completing requirements for a Christian Education Diploma
  • Outstanding Service Award – Director-At-Large – National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Touch Award for exhibiting Stellar Leadership- Gadsden City School Advisory Council- Regional 310 Board and Community Action of Etowah County