Dale Simpson

Dale Simpson, Ed.D. - Principal

I am very excited and honored to have been selected as the first Principal of Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy!

Prior to becoming an educator, I worked in sales and management for several national telecommunications companies. When I felt a strong call to make a more meaningful impact on our community, I pursued my teaching certification and degree at The University of Georgia. I began my work as a career and technical education teacher in Fulton and Jackson counties.

I believe that relationships are critical to our work as educators and leaders. While we will be hosting many informational meetings in the coming months, I also welcome informal opportunities for us to connect to discuss your questions and ideas.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in person, by phone or email, or through social media.

Lathan Pooser

Lathan Pooser - Assistant Principal

Lathan Pooser is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. In 2005, he received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Furman University (GO PALADINS!). He also holds a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Furman University and an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Liberty University.

Mr. Pooser served 12 years as a music educator and basketball coach in various South Carolina school systems. His most recent appointment was at Greater Atlanta Christian School, where he served as the School of Music Director. While there, he was instrumental in implementing educational opportunities for music students through community partnerships. Mr. Pooser is excited and honored to serve as assistant principal for Barrow County’s Innovation Campus.  

He lives in Buford with his wife Taniesha, who serves as an orchestra director for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Laura Watts

Laura Watts - Assistant Principal

Laura Watts grew up in the Florida Panhandle (Crestview). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!). She moved to Georgia in 1996 and taught for 19 years in Gwinnett County. During that time, she received a Master of Special Education from Brenau University. She is currently at UWG obtaining her Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.

She has a husband of 21 years (Aaron) and two boys: Grayson, 19, who graduated from Apalachee High School in 2019 and Easton, 16, who attends BASA.

She and her family moved from Gwinnett to a 7-acre farm in Winder, GA where they raise pigs, chickens and are beekeepers. She transferred teaching from Gwinnett County to Barrow County due to Barrow’s strong emphasis on community and family. Ms. Watts previously taught Special Education at Winder Barrow High School, was the CTI Coordinator at Sims Academy and is now proud and excited to be the Assistant Principal of the Innovation Campus (BASA and Sims).

Laura Watts

Dr. Cheryl Guy - Magnet & Academy Coordinator

Dr. Cheryl Guy has been an educator for over thirty-five years. She earned a BA in Social Studies Education and a Masters in Secondary Education, as well as a Masters and Ph. D. in Educational Leadership - all from the University of South Carolina. She is married and has one cat (Captain) and two adult children (Joe, an engineer, and Marilyn, an actress). An avid Gamecock fan, she loves watching college football and basketball. She also loves watching British detective shows, playing trivia games, and reading historical fantasy. Follow her on Twitter @CherylGuy1.

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