23 new faces ready to smile at Seminole County schools System

New teachers pictured, from left to right, front row: Erica Boyett, Brittany Bowen, Jorden Gamble, Peggy Thompson, Tammy Hornsby, Patricia Cherry, Maria Zapatero, Laura Smith and Caitlin Loftin; second row: Dirk Williams, Jodi Harper, Lisa Enfinger, Tamera Enfinger, Renee Comerford, Melanie Schlimmer, Ryan Blackburn, Traci Armstrong and Jessica Ingram; back row: Trey Woolf, Phillip Simmons, Beth Hall, Kimberly Humphries and Karl Ingram.

 

The Seminole County School System is ready to open the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday, August 7. Pre-planning days, set for Thursday and Friday, August 1 and 2 and Monday and Tuesday, August 5 and 6, will include the following new teachers and professionals in their new roles at Seminole County elementary, middle and high schools.

Caitlin Loftin will be a special education teacher at the elementary school. A graduate of Geneva County High School, she is from Hartford, Alabama and has been teaching for three years. She earned a bachelor’s in speech-language pathology from the University of Montevallo and is currently working on a master’s in special education from Auburn University.

Laura Lynn Smith will be a teacher assistant for special education. A graduate of Early County High School, she is currently working on bachelor of science in early childhood education and early childhood special education degrees with Grand Canyon University.

Maria Zapatero, of Iron City,  will be a fifth grade special education paraprofessional. A 2011 graduate of Seminole County Middle/High School, she received an associate’s degree in computer information system from Bainbridge State College in May 2018. She says, “I enjoy being able to help children. I love to see the students be happy and see them smile. Working at SCES has been great! I love to help. Working with special ed has been great and I enjoy learning new things.”

Patricia Cherry, of Donalsonville, is a graduate of James Madison High School and received a bachelor’s degree in human development / studies in psychology from San Diego Christian College. She has two years experience and will be a special education paraprofessional. She commented, “I enjoy working with children! I have always wanted to have a career that I love and feel compassion for and working at Seminole County Elementary is a dream come true.”

Tammy Hornsby  will be teaching at the middle school and has a total of 25 years of experience in education. She was most recently the director / 4K teacher at Morningside Baptist Church. She earned her GED in Decatur County and also holds a master’s of curriculum and instruction, a BA in early childhood education and a special education certificate. She has also worked in crisis, and social work in a prior position.

Peggy Thompson, of Donalsonville, will be a paraprofessional at the middle school and was formerly a substitute teacher. A graduate of Seminole County Middle/High School, she received a bachelor of psychology from Troy University. She is retired from the U.S. Army.

Jorden R. Gamble, of Bainbridge, will be the new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education teacher at the middle/high school. Formerly a technology director, she is starting her sixth year in education. A graduate of Seymour High School, she holds a bachelor’s of science in elementary education and a master’s in library media science with concentration on technology. She is a certified Apple teacher, certified NFTE instructor and the “Momma of two beautiful babies”.

Brittany Bowen, from Bainbridge, will be a third grade teacher at SCES. A graduate of Bainbridge High School, she earned a bachelor’s of science in early childhood education from Albany State University. She is married to Dustin Bowen of Donalsonville and they have one child, John Emmett.

Erica Boyette, of Donalsonville, the director at Smiling Faces Daycare for 13 years, will be a special education teacher at the middle school. A graduate of Seminole County High School, she earned a bachelor’s in special education from the University of Georgia and a master’s in early childhood education from Ashford University.

Jessica Ingram, of Bainbridge, will be working at the board of education office. Formerly an administrative assistant, she is a graduate of Bainbridge High School and Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Traci Armstrong, from North Carolina, will be a teacher at Seminole County Elementary. She was formerly a PE teacher and girls basketball assistant coach. She has been working in education for 26 years. She is a graduate of Lee County Senior High School, Sanford, NC, and earned a BS in physical education from Troy State University and a MS in physical education from Jacksonville State University.

Ryan Blackburn, of Seminole County, will be the new school nurse at Seminole County Elementary. He was formerly an ER nurse at Donalsonville Hospital. A graduate of Seminole County High School, he earned an associate of psychology from Bainbridge College and a bachelor of science in nursing, BSN, Valdosta State.

Melonie Schlimmer will be a seventh grade reading teacher at the middle/high school. She grew up in Two Egg, Florida and now lives in Bainbridge. She has 20 years experience in education and was formerly a sixth grade reading teacher in Decatur County. A graduate of Malone High School, she received a master’s in elementary education and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, both from Troy University and holds a gifted endorsement.

Renee Comerford, of Brinson, will be a sixth grade math teacher at the middle/high school. A former sixth grade math teacher in Decatur County, she has 17 years of experience in education. A graduate of Bainbridge High School, she received an EdS in instructional technology from Valdosta State University; a M.Ed. from Troy State University; a bachelor’s in education from Albany State University; and a gifted endorsement from the State of Georgia.

Tamera K. (Tammi) Enfinger, of Bainbridge, is a fourth grade science teacher at SCES. Formerly a third grade teacher at John Johnson Elementary in Decatur County, she has 26 years of experience in education. She is a graduate of Bainbridge High School and received a B.S. in exceptional education from Georgia Southern University, a master’s in early childhood education from Valdosta State University and gifted endorsement from the State of Georgia.

Lisa Enfinger, of Bainbridge, will be a fifth grade science teacher. Formerly a media specialist at John Johnson in Decatur County, she has 29 years experience in education. A graduate of Bainbridge High School, she holds a B.S. in early childhood education, a master’s degree in early childhood education and a library media endorsement.

Jodi Daris Harper, of Miller County, will be a kindergarten teacher. She has 25 years of experience in education. A graduate of Southwest Georgia Academy, she earned a M.S. Ed from Troy State University and a B.S. Ed from Valdosta State University. She is a single mom to Collier, a Senior, and Caroline, a Sophomore.

Brandon Ingram, of Brinson, will be a PE teacher and the head girls basketball coach. Formerly a PE teacher at Upson Lee High School, he has 13 years experience in education. He is a graduate of Bainbridge High School and Thomas University.

Kimberly Humphries, who lives in Bainbridge now, is from Columbus, Ga. She will be an eighth grade English / language arts teacher at Seminole middle/high. She formerly taught sixth grade English / language arts at Ritch Middle School in Paulding County. A graduate of Kendrick High School in Columbus, she holds a bachelor’s and master’s in music education from Columbus State and has reading endorsement, special education certificate and English / language arts certification from the State of Georgia.

Beth Hall  will be a fourth grade math teacher at SCES. Originally from Augusta, she now lives in Donalsonville. She is a graduate of Lakeside High School and a 1994 graduate of Georgia Southern University.

Phillip Clay Simmons, of Bushnell, Florida, will be a PE teacher at the elementary school and was formerly a baseball coach  at IMG Academy. A graduate of South Sumter High School, he received a BA from the University of South Florida.

Trey Woolf, of Blakely, will be the head football coach / weight training. With 32 years of experience in education, he was most recently the head football coach/ AD at
Daleville High School. A graduate of Early County High School, he received a BS in physical education from Valdosta State College.

Dirk Williams, from P.C., Florida, will be an ISS teacher at the high school. He has 29 years of experience in education and was most recently a PE teacher and coach at Dothan High. He is a graduate of Rutherford and attended Troy University and Gulf Coast Community College. He was a 1989 Troy All American baseball player and a 2002 Troy Hall of Fame Baseball inductee.

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