LTC (Ret.) Gwendolyn Tavira joined the South Pike High School family as the Senior Army Instructor in October 2016 following 27 years in the U.S. Army. Prior to arriving in Magnolia, LTC Tavira was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida where she was assigned to U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
An Honor Graduate of Jackson State University, LTC Tavira was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps in 1989 and served in a variety of leadership and staff positions in Baumholder, Germany; Weisbaden, Germany; Birmingham, AL; Hampton, VA; and Tampa, FL. LTC Tavira received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College over the course of her career. Highly decorated, LTC Tavira retired in August 2016 committed to continuing a life of service to community, country, and mankind.