2018-08-08 / Front Page

Miller County Schools Welcome New Personnel

by MCL staffwriter

Summer officially ended for teachers, staff and administrators last Monday morning, July 30, as the beginning of the 2018- 2019 school year kicked off.

Tuesday morning, July 31, everyone gathered in the Miller County School Lunchroom for a system-wide back-to-school breakfast. Everyone seemed excited and had smiles on their faces as they were preparing for another school year.

After a delicious breakfast prepared by Pam Mock and the lunchroom staff, Superintendent, Jimmy Phillips welcomed everyone back and told the faculty how good they looked and that it was going to be a wonderful year.

Michael Simmons, the newly hired principal of Miller County High School, then introduced his new staff: Sheila Anglin, David Bell, Sarah Benefield, Ward Cole, Vicki Simmons, and Cindy Williams.

Next Miller County Middle School Principal Cleve Roland introduced his new teachers: Terri Johnson, April Powell, and Cleve Weeks.

Elizabeth Crawford was introduced as the new principal for Miller County Elementary School. The new teachers and parapros there are as follows: Penny Atkinson, Kristen Godfrey, Janell Grant, Ashlee Hornsby, Shunadrell Kelly, Kaitlyn Smith and Roxanne Worsley.

SHEILA ANGLIN

Sheila is from Camilla and has been teaching HealthCare Science for 22 years at Mitchell County High School. She received her nursing degree from Darton College and worked 13 years in the medical field.

She is married to Chet Anglin, and they have two daughters, Abbey and Lyndsey, both who attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.

“My passion is my family and working with young people. I am looking for- ward to a great year serving the students and community of Miller County,” said Sheila.

DAVID BELL

David is no stranger to Miller County. He graduated from Miller County High School in 1986. He has been in education since 1994 where he has taught mathematics and physical education. He has a MA in Math Ed from Albany State University.

David will be the head football coach of the Pirates as well as teaching math. He has two children, Laura Leigh Bell Roquemore and Clay Bell and one beautiful granddaughter, Caroline Scott Roquemore.

“I am excited to be back at my alma mater, and am expecting great things from our Pirates,” said David.

ENOCH BENEFIELD

Enoch graduated from Miller County High School in 1997.

He was trained and certified as an automotive technician from Bainbridge College. He has 20 years of experience working on all types of engines and vehicles.

He is married to Sarah, and they have one son, Grayson.

SARAH BENEFIELD

Sarah is a 2001 graduate of Miller County High School. She received a BS of Secondary English Education from Thomas University in 2005.

She has taught ELA and Literature at Early County and Seminole County.

Sarah also received her Master’s of Library Science with a Media Specialist Certification from Valdosta State University in 2012.

Sarah will be the new Media Specialist at Miller County.

She and her husband, Enoch, have one son, Grayson.

WARD COLE

Ward will be the new agriculture teacher and Young Farmer Advisor at Miller County High School.

Ward comes to Miller County with eight years of prior teaching experience, serving as ag teacher and FFA Advisor in Thomas County and Coffee County.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Ward is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Murray State University.

He is married to Rebecca Long Cole who teaches art in their hometown of Bainbridge. They are members of the First United Methodist Church.

Outside of school, Ward enjoys UGA sports, travel, camping and seeing live music.

ELIZABETH

CRAWFORD

Elizabeth is the new elementary school principal. Originally, from South Carolina, she moved to Georgia as a teenager. With Decatur County roots, she began her teaching career at West Bainbridge Elementary School after receiving my B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University. After teaching for three years, she moved on to Grady County, where she spent 16 years teaching elementary school in various capacities. She holds a M.S. in Administration and Supervision from Albany State University and an Ed.S. from Nova Southeastern University in Instructional Leadership. She has a daughter, Maggie Elizabeth, who is a junior at Miller County High School! Elizabeth said, “We are both proud to be Pirates!”

KRISTIN GODFREY

Kristin will be an instruction paraprofessional at Miller County Elementary School this year.

She has an Associate Degree from Albany State University and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Kristin is married to Bo Godfrey and they have two sons, Parker and Hoak, who both are students at Miller County Elementary School.

JANELL GRANT

Janell was born and raised in Miller County and is a graduated from Miller County High School.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Albany State University.

Janell joins the Elementary School staff as a paraprofessional.

“I am very excited for this coming school year and hope that everyone has a fun and learning school year,” commented Janell.

ASHLEE HORNSBY

Ashlee is from Iron City and graduated from Seminole County High School in 2003. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Georgia.

She will be the 4th grade ELA teacher this year.

Ashlee is married to Will Hornsby, and they have three children, Mason, Preston, and Amzie.

Ashlee stated, “I am looking forward to the new school year and I am excited to be a part of the MCES staff.”

TERRI JOHNSON

Terri has been teaching for the last 13 years, some of those at Miller County. She holds a degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in reading and curriculum Instruction.

She is married to Doug, and they have three children and two grandchildren.

“I am excited to be back in Miller County where my roots are. I am looking forward to the new year,” said Terri.

SHUNADRELL

KELLY

Shunadrell was born and raised in Edison. She attended Calhoun County schools until 10th grade and then continued her education at Darsey Private High School where she graduated in 1997. She furthered her education at Darton College for a year and transferred to Albany Technical College. While attending ATC, she received a certificate in industrial electrical technology and also received an associates degree in criminal justice. She has lived in Miller County for over 10 years with her three daughters. Shunadrell started substituting in the school system in 2014. Since 2014, she has worked in both Calhoun and Miller County school systems. She will be over ISS for Miller County Elementary School.

MICHAEL SIMMONS

Michael is originally from Center Hill, Florida. He has been in education since 1994. He has served as a classroom teacher, coach, graduation coach, assistant principal, and executive director. Michael received a B.S. degree from the University of Tampa, Master’s degree from Troy State University, and a Specialist degree in Administration from Georgia Southern. He has been married to Vicki Simmons for 22 years, and they have 5 children.

VICKI SIMMONS

Vicki has many years of experience in education at the high school level, both as a teacher and a guidance counselor.

She holds a master’s degree in education, criminal justice and school counseling and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Troy University.

She is married to Michael, and they have four daughters and one son.

KAITLYN SMITH

Kaitlyn is a 2012 graduate of Miller County High School and the daughter of Larry and Joanna Smith. She has lived in Colquitt most of her life.

In 2015, she received an Associate’s Degree at Bainbridge State College.

Kaitlyn is excited to be a kindergarten paraprofessional at Miller County Elementary School.

LONNIE WADE

Lonnie is the new school resource officer. However, he is no stranger to Colquitt and Miller County. He was born and raised in Miller County and is a 1995 graduate of Miller County High School. He has been employed for the past 14 years with the Colquitt Police Department and the Miller County Sheriff’s Department where he will still work part-time with the City of Colquitt and will still serve as a full-time deputy with the sheriff’s department.

He is a certified school resource officer having completed his training in July of this year.

He is married to Bebe, and they have five children, two of whom are still students at Miller County, AJ, a senior, and Ayhanna, who is a fifth grader.

“I am here for the safety and security of the students and the staff,” said Wade.

CLEVE WEEKS

Cleve has lived in Colquitt all of his life and is a graduate of Miller County High School.

He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and obtained a four-year degree.

Cleve’s goal at Miller County is to provide his students with the opportunity to succeed and to become someone that will change the world.

He says, “There is nothing better than watching young people grow up in a small rural town and become something that the rest of the world can look up to.”

Cleve will be teaching at the middle school.

CINDY WILLIAMS

Cindy will be the math coach for the middle and high schools.

She is originally from Calhoun County and started her education at Georgia Tech, studying mechanical engineering. Long story short, she changed majors and started teaching math in Decatur County in 1987.

She retired from full-time teaching in May 2018.

She has been married to her husband, Steve, for 33 years and loves spending time outdoors.

“I am looking forward to serving as the math coach for Miller County,” stated Cindy.

ROXANNE WORSLEY

Life’s journey has brought Roxanne back to her home town of Colquitt. She previously worked at Miller County Elementary with kindergarten for nine years before moving to Early County’s Special Education department for seven years. After moving to Florida, Roxanne assisted in youth and children’s ministries until she and her husband joined the Florida Baptist Association and became House Parents for the Florida Baptist Children’s Home. Roxanne married her high school sweetheart, Mark Worsley. They have three children, six grandchildren, three dogs, and a cat. “God has taken us on a journey in our life of ministry and now has allowed us to return home to live and serve. We can’t wait to see what He has in store for us here in Miller County.”

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