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Sims Academy Staff Directory

Dr. Dale Simpson


I am very excited and honored to serve as the principal for Barrow County’s Workf...

Lathan Pooser

Assistant Principal

Lathan Pooser is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. In 2005, he received his Bache...

Laura Watts

Assistant Principal

Laura Watts grew up in the Florida Panhandle (Crestview). She received her Bachelor of ...

Janet Pollett


Jan Pollett is married to Carey, her husband of 39 years! They have 2 daughters, 2 sons...

Donna Reeves


Ms. Donna Reeves is a Georgia native. Her childhood was spent growing up in rural Alaba...

Garry Baker

Construction Instructor

Garry Baker is a native of Vienna, GA and resides in Lithonia, GA. He earned a Bachelor...

Melissa Barton

School Nutrition

Tajshmon Brooks

Audio, Video, Technology, & Film Instructor

Tajshmon Brooks is from Columbus, MS. His family is from the country of Panama and Trin...

Brandi Casey


Brandi Casey has served in Barrow County Schools for 16 years. She attended Grand ...

Amber Chandler


Amber Chandler is originally from Pensacola, Florida.  She moved to Georgia in 199...

Brandi Chitty

Hospitality Instuctor

Mrs. Chitty started the Marketing and Hospitality Programs when Sims Academy opened in ...

Michael Coburn

Marketing Instructor

Mike Coburn received a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Lagrange College, where...

Maria Carmen Estevez-Sherer

Spanish Instructor

Originally from Alcalá de Henares, the city of Cervantes, in the province of Mad...

Courtney Franklin

School Nutrition

Courtney Franklin was born and raised in Georgia. She grew up and attended schools in G...

Carol Griffin

School Nutrition Manager - Sims Academy

Carol Griffin is a native of Barrow County and has worked with Barrow County School Nut...

Steven Griffing

Manufacturing Instructor

Steven Griffing is a retired Nuclear Machinist Mate from the United States Navy. He rec...

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Suzanne Harris

Web and Digital Design Instructor

Mrs. Harris grew up in Buford, GA and graduated from North Gwinnett H.S. She worked in ...

Mrs. Leah Helderbrand

Special Education Instructor

Leah Helderbrand earned a BSEd from The University of Georgia in 2004. Mrs. Helderbrand...

Adam Joseph

Culinary Arts Instructor

Born in Groton, CT Chef Joseph was raised in Champaign, IL where he attended private sc...

Ms. Samantha Kickbush

Agriculture Instructor

Ms. Kickbush is native to Bishop, Georgia and a graduate of Oconee County High School. ...

Kat Marcotte

Graphics Instructor

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Mrs. Kat Marcotte holds a Bachelor’s of Science in J...

Michael McEvoy

Culinary Arts Instructor

Chef Michael McEvoy has been in the foodservice industry for over 30 years and has work...

Cherie Miller

Career And Technical Instruction Coordinator

Mrs. Miller is from Watkinsville, GA.  After high school, she attended The Un...

Laurie Noles

Computer Science Instructor

Laurie Noles grew up here in Georgia.  She attended the University of Georgia wher...

Sherri Perry

Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Ms. Perry, a native of Georgia, grew up in neighboring Oconee County. She earned a Bach...

Rhonda Phillips

Special Education Teacher

Becky Phillips has been a part of Barrow County Schools for 22 years working at Winder ...

Ashley Shaw


Ashley Shaw, is a Barrow county native and attended Barrow County Schools (Kennedy, Rus...

Sasha Whitehead


I am a Georgia native and I grew up in Athens, Ga. I graduated from Clarke Central High...

Amy Wilson

Newcomer Academy Instructor

Mrs. Wilson is in her 13th year working in Barrow County.  After graduating from t...

William Wingfield

Audio, Video, Technology, & Film Instructor

Mr. Wingfield was born in Barrow County.  Prior to graduating early from Winder Ba...

Heather Wright


Heather Wright is a Winder native. Having attended schools in Barrow County, she feels ...

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