Where did you get your degree(s)?
Clayton State University – Bachelor of Arts - Middle Grades Education (2002)
Central Michigan University – Master of Arts – Instructional Education (2005)
Central Michigan University – Specialist – Educational Administration (2009)
Mercer University – Doctoral Degree – Educational Leadership (2015)
Where have you taught?
Clayton County Schools – (2002-2008)
Jasper County Schools – (2008 – 2010)
Butts County Schools (Assistant Principal Middle/High) – (2010 – 2015)
Jasper County Schools (Principal Middle) – (2015 – 2016)
Dooly County Schools (Executive Director of Operations) (Assistant Principal) – (2016 – 2019)
Evans County Schools (Principal Middle) – (2019 – 2021)
Glynn County Schools (Principal Elementary) – (2021 – Present)
And for how long did you teach?
I taught for 8 years before moving into an administrative role. This current year marks the start of my 20th year in education
When did you first know you wanted to be an educator?
Originally, I planned to become an IT Specialist. I attended Florida A & M University to pursue that field after graduating high school. After two years of attending the University I joined the U.S. Army where my career spanned a period of 4 &1/2 years. Fortunately, I received another opportunity to attend college after exiting the Armed Services and attended Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. There I selected the field to pursue education after looking back on the influences of my parents, who are both retired educators, the leadership roles I experienced in the Army, and my sole desire to serve and help others be better versions than their current selves.
What inspired you to become a principal?
Again, my passion to serve and help others grow and impact generational change was limited from a classroom standpoint. The classroom itself has a lot of impact but its impactful reach can only go so far in a timely fashion. As a principal you have the ability to touch the lives of an entire building and community. All students, educators, and community stakeholders benefit from the instructional practices, cultural practices, and preparatory fortitude for success, I as the Principal, put forth and execute.
What is your own vision/mission for the school under your leadership?
Satilla Marsh’s vision is to continually “Prepare for a better Tomorrow by being better Today”. We believe that if our efforts are really good today then tomorrow will be even better without resting on our laurels. Today will always be an important time but we want to ensure that our tomorrow is not impacted or hindered because we did not prepare adequately for the next day.
The mission of Satilla Marsh is to serve as a high-functioning learning institution that, enhances student opportunities to lead, grow, and excel.
What most impresses you about your students and Glynn County Schools?
I have only been here a short while but if Summer Enrichment is any indication of what is to come, this will be a tremendous experience. The students are vibrant, eager, and passionate about their learning experiences and desire more.
What are your expectations for not only your staff and students but yourself as well?
This goes back to the vision and mission of Satilla Marsh. We want our students to embark on this educational journey and understand that goal is to continually improve day by day and use that knowledge and “know-how” to not only, advance themselves in a positive ways, but other as well.
What does student success look like for you?
Success can be measured in several different ways, but my perspective offers that success has no end-game. It is the constant evolution of preparedness and betterment. We are designed to actuate huge amounts of information at the various levels but for the Elementary School we plan to measure our success on the fact that our students harbor determination, perseverance, resiliency, and love for others through their knowledge learned and gleamed from the modeled practices of the educators that stand before them. Success will stay with them well past the day they don a cap and gown and turn the tassel. That we prepared them well today so that their tomorrow is even better!
Outside of school, where might students, parents or staff members run into you?
There are several places I may be seen outside of school. Church, Sporting events (College, High, Middle, Recreation), Golf Course, basketball court, bowling, fishing/crabbing, and walking/exercising.