Penny Garner is starting her 12th year at Sparkman High School, spending her career in the school's attendance office. She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Alabama. A native of Tuscumbia, she has lived in Monrovia for 30 years. She is married to Ray Garner, who is an administrator at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. They have two children of which both graduated from Sparkman.