It is an honor and a privilege to be back at my home, Gilmer High School. I am thankful for this opportunity to be serving the youth of Gilmer County again. I will be starting my 19th year in education (16th in Gilmer County). I will be serving as Assistant Principal for the second time at GHS.
I am a 1993 graduate of GHS. While at GHS as a student, I lettered in varsity football for four years, played basketball, and participated in track. I served as FCA president and I was the boys president of the student council. I was selected to the AJC AA All-state team in football and was able to play college football at Furman University in Greenville, SC. I earned a BA in Physical Education at Furman, lettered in football, and participated in FCA, the Big-brother program through the YMCA, and several other volunteer opportunities.
I began my teaching career at Gordon Central High School as a special education teacher and football coach. In 1998, I moved back home where I served as a special education teacher and coach at GMS. The following year, I moved to GHS to teach and coach. I coached several sports, co-taught a wide variety of inclusion classes, and served as department chair for special education for two years. During this time, I obtained a Master’s degree in interrelated special education from North Georgia and an Education Specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University. In 2005, I stepped in as Gilmer County’s first administrator to serve as Athletic Director. I served as Athletic Director from 2005-2008 earning Athletic Director of the Year for Region 7-AAA. In 2009, I became assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary before becoming the principal at Oakland Elementary School the next fall. I served two years as principal at OES.
I worked for the Department of Human Services for one year before taking a position in Whitfield County as a special education teacher and football coach. In 2014, I was hired back by Gilmer County where I served as the special education teacher at Mountain Innovation Program for two years.
I am proud to say that I am a Gilmer County native. My family has lived in the Gilmer County area since the late 1800’s. I attended Ellijay Primary School, Ellijay Elementary School, Ellijay Middle School (first 8th grade class in that school). I want to thank all of the teachers that helped mold me into the educational leader that I have become.
I have one son, Braxton, who attends Mountain View Elementary School. My main duties are maintenance, safety, discipline, and public relations, but if I can help you in any way please contact me. I look forward to a great school year!!