I am excited to be a part of the Spalding Jaguar family. The 2022 - 2023 SY will mark my fifth 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 22 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 beliefs relate 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.
I 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."
In December 2021, I graduated with my Education Specialist (Ed. S.) in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University. I am also taking over the role of Athletic Director during the 2022-2023 school year. I am looking forward to the 2022-2023 school year as being a great year at SHS. GO JAGS!!!
I am excited to serve SHS as an Assistant Principal this year. I am originally from near Johnson City, Tennessee, where I graduated from Science Hill High School in 1992. I attended Presbyterian College, and I graduated in 1996 with Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Business Administration. I spent the next 7 years working at Presbyterian College as an admissions officer, working with high school students hoping to attend the college. In 2003, I moved to Griffin and began my teaching career.
My first two years teaching were in 8th grade Language Arts at Taylor Street Middle School. In 2005, I came to SHS as an English teacher, and I completed my Master’s degree in Education from Troy University. As a teacher at SHS, I taught English at every grade level as well as AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition. The last four years, I have been the Instructional Coach for English at SHS. I finished my Educational Leadership program at Columbus State University and begun work as an Assistant Principal in the 2021.
I am excited to work with the staff, students, and parents of SHS, and I look forward to a great year!
I have had the privilege of teaching and serving students at the high school level for 22 years. All but five of those years have been here at SHS!
I began my career in Clayton County as a math teacher before coming to SHS in 2001. As a teacher at SHS, I taught Math at every grade level as well as AP Statistics. With the birth of my first child, I left SHS briefly, but returned in 2006 to continue teaching. In 2008, I became the math instructional coach and have been serving in this capacity at SHS for the last ten years. In December 2011 I received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Assessment from Georgia Southern University and an Ed.S in Leadership from Columbus State. In the Fall of 2021, I was hired as one of the Assistant Principals at SHS. I am excited to work with everyone in this new role and I can't wait to see what the future holds for our students.