I am excited to be a part of the Spalding Jaguar family. The 2020 - 2021 SY will mark my third year as an assistant principal in Griffin – Spalding. My passion for education and supporting the academic success of all students has been shaped over the past 19 years as a social studies teacher, guidance counselor, and assistant principal. In all roles, I have worked to ensure the success of each student and the school, through collaborative teacher discussions, parent engagement, and stakeholder support.
My primary guiding beliefsrelate to these three core principles:
Having high expectations for all students, including clear and transparent standards, is a pivotal factor in closing the achievement gap between advantaged and less advantaged learners.
Effective leaders ask useful questions of the data and display it in ways that tell vital stories for the enhancement of student growth and achievement.
Collaboration is critical to student success and cultivating the skills and talents of those you work with is a key to bolstering student progress.
Although the 2020 – 2021 SY has brought on a unique set of challenges, I also look forward to new growth opportunities. Parents, teachers, staff, community liaisons, and administration all have an important role to play as we encourage our children to become actively engaged in the learning process. And, together we will continue to move Spalding High in a forward trajectory. I look forward to a successful school year!
My name is Jake Harris and I serve as one of the assistant principals at SHS. I am from Griffin and graduated from Griffin High School in 2005. For my undergraduate degree, I attended and graduated from the University of West Georgia with a History Education degree in 2010. Upon graduating, Ms. Pruitt hired me to teach Social Studies and coach basketball at Rehoboth Road Middle School, where I served until 2017. At that time I transferred to SHS to serve as a United States History teacher. In December 2017, I graduated from Columbus State University with my Master's Degree and during the Spring of 2018 I was hired to serve as one of your administrators here at SHS.
I feel both fortunate and grateful to be in the position that I am in as it allows me to work with the young men and women in this community. I feel that our job at Spalding High School is to help every single student who walks through our doors not only graduate but to leave here as a productive citizen who can contribute to the society that we live in. I try to work and live by a simple quote from legendary UCLA Men's Basketball Coach John Wooden and he stated, "Nothing works unless you do."
I am looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year as being a great year at SHS. GO JAGS!!!
I am Dexter Sands, assistant principal for A-D students, the science department and CTAE department at SHS. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and working cooperatively with you to make your learning experiences great and successful.
I have been very excited about the zeal that this faculty expresses for teaching. I know that you will find our staff very cooperative and dedicated to working with young people.
Again, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with your child. Rest assured that we are here to work cooperatively with you to ensure the best possible education for our students. I’m looking forward to a highly successful year!
I am Joshua Todd and I serve as one of the assistant principals at SHS. While I am from Valdosta, I graduated in 1995 from Wayne County High School in Jesup, GA. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education (English) from Valdosta State University in 2001, my Masters of Secondary Education (English) in 2007 from the University of West Georgia, and my Specialist of Educational Leadership in 2013 from Columbus State University. My first teaching job was at Spalding High School where I taught for eleven years. During that time, I served as the English Department Chair, taught AP English Literature, and was recognized as STAR Teacher twice. In 2012 I joined the Georgia Department of Education where I worked in Literacy, Reading, and College Readiness until 2018.
In 2018 I was fortunate to be able to return to Spalding High as an assistant principal. This was special to me because SHS is the school that provided me with my first opportunity to be a teacher. I believe impacting students in a positive manner to prepare them for graduation and life after high school is perhaps the most important endeavor we can have as educators. I look forward to working with students and cheering on the Jags as they compete in various academic, athletic, and other extracurricular activities.