Five Georgia school districts are included on the College Board’s 10th Annual AP District Honor Roll, with Hart County Schools among them, the organization announced this week.
“Our teachers are doing a great job preparing students at an early age. One of our goals is to provide equal access to the curriculum for all students. We are committed to finding a pathway for every student. I am grateful to our high school administrators and teachers for standing in the gap to provide the best education possible. We are #onehartbeat,” said Hart County School Superintendent Jaybez Floyd.
The AP District Honor Roll is a roster of districts that are increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. The five Georgia districts honored are:
“Our number-one focus is on expanding opportunities for students in Georgia’s public schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “I commend these districts as they expand access to advanced coursework for their students, while maintaining a high standard of performance.”
The College Board describes its AP District Honor Roll as “a roster of districts that are simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance.” Districts identified had to, since 2017, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
“With more students participating and succeeding in AP…more students are getting a head start on college by earning college credit during high school,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “We are pleased to honor the teachers and administrators who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to advance through AP.”
We're so excited to announce and invite you to the dedication ceremony of the Hart County High School basketball court! Please join us at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, for this exciting ceremony!
Parents, this is a great Facebook Live event to help you understand the ever-changing world of digital media and how it effects our students! Take part in the 3rd annual Pioneer RESA Technology "A Parent's Guide to Raising Digital Natives" at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 11! Take part, here https://www.facebook.com/pioneerresatech/.
Fourth grade students in Hart County schools took a great field trip today to Cateechee Golf Course for the county’s inaugural First Green program. Students learned a variety of topics about water conservation, soil management, irrigation systems and vegetation, among other eco-centered topics.
First Green is an innovative environmental and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education outreach program which utilizes golf courses as environmental learning labs. Golf Course Superintendents and local golf course representatives host students on field trips where they test water quality, collect soil samples, identify plants, design plantings, assist in stream bed restoration and are involved in the ecology and environmental aspects of the golf course. The students are also introduced to many other aspects of golf.
Join Hart County Schools in honoring those who have served in our military both at home and abroad with our two Veterans Day celebrations on Monday, November 11.
Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.
This is also a time to say Thank You to our bus drivers who work hard to ensure the safety of our students on the bus, going to and from school and school functions. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to our community!
Looking for school bus safety tips all year round? Click here for some great tips on how to maintain this high level of school bus safety.
Congratulations to the new class of REACH Georgia scholars! Selected for the class of 2025 are Mason Carey, Ethan Cleveland, Emily Evans, Jashon Gaines and Trinity Wilson. These five students were among more than 40 nominated students at Hart County Middle School, and were selected following an interview process with members of the REACH Hart Board of Directors.
Students were recognized Friday, Oct. 11, at the official Signing Day ceremony, with Dink NeSmith, president of Community Newspapers, Inc., as the guest speaker. Rep. Alan Powell, school board members, city and county officials, members of the scholars’ families, the current 9th and 10th grade class of REACH scholars and the entire 7th and 8th grade were in attendance at the program, held in the Lonnie Burns Fine Arts Center.
Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH). That is a powerful statement, and it is one being repeated in Hart County and throughout Georgia.
Now in its third year the REACH Hart Community Education Foundation (REACH Hart) Program has partnered with REACH Georgia to encourage Hart County Charter System students to seek higher education and broaden their options for future careers.
Hart County Charter System is excited to announced the new class of Teachers of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year!
Jenny Martin, a special education teacher, has been named the Teacher of the Year for Hartwell Elementary School. Emilee Patrick, a 5th grade English and Language Arts teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for North Hart Elementary School. Kathleen Teel, a Tier Intervention teacher for RTI/MTSS, has been named Teacher of the Year for South Hart Elementary School. Earl Fouch, a 6th grade math teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for Hart County Middle School. Christie Simpson, a science teacher, has been named Teacher of the Year for Hart County High School.
These five teachers will move on to an interview process with judges from various counties within the state, on November 4, and a Teacher of the Year for the county school system will then be named at a Teacher of the Year luncheon on November 15.
In order to be eligible for Teacher of the Year recognition, teachers are nominated and voted upon their peers and principal, and should be a certified classroom teacher in public pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including special education, physical education, art, music, media specialists and ROTC teachers. They also are teachers who inspire students, are dedicated and skilled in active teaching, play an active role in the community and are respected by both students and their parents.
Update: On November 15, Hart County High School Teacher of the Year Christie Simpson was named as the district-wide Teacher of the Year in Hart County! She will now move on to submit an application to be a nominee for Georgia’s Overall Teacher of the Year. Congratulations, Mrs. Simpson!
Congratulations to Hart County High School students Chandler Phillips, Erik Blomberg, A.J. Johnson and C.J. Jorensen who were named Technology Student Association (TSA) National Champions in Video Game Design, and to Hart County Middle School students Cassidy Gaines and Peyton Gaines, who placed 9th in Website Design! These students were proudly recognized by the Hart County Board of education at the Monday night Board meeting.
Learn more about their victories in the Spotlight on Schools post, here: In the News: Hart County is home to National Champions: Technology Student Association video game team takes title
Welcome back on August 1 to a new school year at Hart County Charter System schools! School doors open at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and students need to be in their classrooms by 7:50 a.m.
Be prepared for a bit of traffic in the car rider lanes and take these tips for a successful new school year: http://bit.ly/2M8IXLV
It's going to be a great year! #OneHartBeat
Hart County Charter System officials invite citizens to give their input on the Hart County Charter System’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs.
Assessment and District Improvement Plan. These documents are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students. In addition, officials are seeking input for the 2019 - 2020 Title I Schoolwide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1:00 – 3:00 on Monday, July 22, 2019 and 10:00 – 12:00 on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office at 284 Campbell Drive in Hartwell. Parents who review these documents will be encouraged to provide written feedback. In addition, you may view the documents on the Hart County Charter System’s website at www.hart.k12.ga.us. Comments are welcomed and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.
Hart County’s SkillsUSA team was among the Georgia students who went to Louisville, Ky., June 24-28, for the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) and earned more medallions than any other state.
The conference is a showcase of career and technical education students. This year, more than 6,500 outstanding career and technical education students –– all first place state contest winners –– competed in 103 hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields.
Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in their specialized occupations. The SkillsUSA Championships is the nation’s largest workforce development event for middle school, high school and post-secondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs.
Hart County High School took six students in four contests to the national competition. These students represented the best of Georgia in their areas. All 50 states had representatives at nationals. Georgia took 138 contestants as a state and placed 1st in the medallion count with 72 gold, silver and bronze medals.
“Georgia had 89 students who placed in the top 10. Hart County did a super job in representing Georgia,” said Vicky Carter, SkillsUSA coordinator for HCHS.
Hart County senior Tahtiyanna Maxwell placed fourth in Medical Terminology. She will be attending Toccoa Falls College this fall to continue her studies in nursing. Natasha Osborne is her Advisor.
The Chapter Display team Kassidy McClain, Logan Dowell and Carter Hunt placed seventh. The team is a combination of construction, graphic arts and drafting. Kassidy is working during the summer with Fabritex as a drafter. Logan is interested in the construction industry but is entertaining the idea of becoming a construction industry instructor. Carter is a rising Junior and is taking three pathways: Drafting, Graphic Arts and Auto Tech.
David Galvan placed 10th in Auto Refinishing, and in addition owns and operates David’s Paint and Body shop.
Ethan Sellars, who was in the HVAC division, placed in the top 50 percent of his group. Ethan is employed by McGee Heating and Air.
“Thank you to all the local businesses which made this trip possible. This trip would have not been possible without their support,” Carter said.
Two HCHS students received the Mike Rowe Works Scholarship. David Galvan and Ethan Sellars each received $1,000 for their essay on how they have benefited through participation in SkillsUSA and why they chose their particular trade or technical skill. Mike Carey, the students’ advisor, recommended both students for the scholarships.
Logan Dowell received a $2,500 scholarship from Fine Homebuilding’s “Keep Skills Alive” scholarship. This scholarship is given to SkillsUSA members who have a passion for their craft and are planning to continue their studies. Logan was one of two students in Georgia who received this scholarship
Summer is only getting started but the new school year will be here before you know it! Please note the following open house dates for our schools:
Please note, the Hart County Board of Education will be closed July 4 and 5 in observation of Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday!
Georgia House Bill 251 provides an Intradistrict transfer option to students when a school within their system has additional classroom space available within a particular school. This option does not apply to Hart County considering the district is a charter system. However, the system does offer parents the opportunity to request a transfer of schools at the elementary level following the process described below.
As a parent or guardian, you can request to have your child transferred to another public school within the school district of residence as long as the school district has determined that there is available classroom space at the school after all assigned students have been enrolled. If you choose to transfer your child to another school within the district, the law requires you to assume all costs and responsibilities related to the transportation of your child to and from the school as long as your child remains at that school.
Transfer requests will be reviewed and approved or denied on the basis of a lottery in the event a particular school has available space and the number of transfer requests exceeds the remaining available capacity. Once available classroom space is reached at a school, no more transfers will be accepted at that school. Since it is possible that you may not receive your first choice, you may indicate more than one choice on the enclosed Transfer Request Form. In order to process your request and be considered in the first lottery drawing for any available spaces, you will need to complete and submit the ‘Transfer Request Form’ by the close of business on July 16, 2019. You will be notified of the status (approved or denied) of your request no later than the twentieth day of school.
The following schools and grade levels within those schools currently have space for transfers:
If you have questions regarding this process, please call 706-376-5141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Superintendent Transfer Request Form
The Hart County Charter System is proud to announce it has been recognized for its achievement and status as a Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA) 2019 Exemplary School Board.
This is the first year for Hart County to earn Exemplary Status, which comes as a true honor not only for the school system, but for the community as a whole, said Jay Floyd, Superintendent of the Hart County Charter System.
“This recognition is an honor for our community,” Floyd said.
The recognition program is designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement.
The Hart County School Board of Education exceeded the criteria set by the GSBA to earn the honor of a 2019 Exemplary Board. This year, only 50 of the 180 public school boards in Georgia earned the Exemplary Board status.
The Hart County School Board is teamed by Chair Kim Pierce, Vice Chair Richard Sutherland, and members Matthew Honiotes, Dennis Dowell and Lonnie Robinson. It is the mission of Hart County schools and the board to prepare all students to meet tomorrow’s challenges by providing quality educational opportunities today, which is being acknowledged and recognized by the GSBA honor.
“This board has a great work ethic and they deeply care about our community,” Floyd said. “They have aligned our Charter Goals with our System Strategic Plan and the Budget Process. They have worked hard putting in extra training hours to support our students during the last three years.”
The GSBA Governance Team Recognition Program was developed by Georgia superintendents and board members based on the state board of education’s standards for effective governance to recognize exemplary leadership. In 1998, the Georgia School Boards Association was one of the first school board associations in the nation to develop a program of standards for local boards of education. The GSBA Board recognition program is a three-tiered program. For more information on the program, the GSBA website for awards and recognition.
You’re invited to the inaugural REACH Hart Prom!
When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24
Where: Southern Hart Brewing Company
What: This Harry Potter-themed event, featuring Big Teach band, is a fundraiser for the REACH Hart Community Education Foundation, a Hart County Schools non-profit scholarship organization. Attire is as formal as you wish! Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided with tickets, and a cash bar will be available. A silent auction will be open to attendees.
For tickets, click here.
Tickets are also available for purchase at the Board of Education main office, at Southern Hart Brewing Company or at the Hart County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, contact Anna Hall, Foundation Director, at email@example.com or 706-376-5141 x 71100.
Hart County Middle School will be closed for renovation this summer.
Offices will be temporarily relocated to the Hart Co. Agricultural Center at 1951 Bowman Hwy, Hartwell, GA 30643.
You may still contact the school at 706-376-5431.
Office hours will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a break for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
All parents are invited to participate in the annual Title I Planning Week at Hartwell Elementary, North Hart Elementary, South Hart Elementary, and Hart County Middle School.
These schools throughout the system receive Title I funds. Parents will have the opportunity to provide input on the school’s Schoolwide Plan; Parent/Family Engagement Plan; and the School Compacts. Parent and Family Engagement activities and funds for these activities will be discussed, along with discussion of Building Capacity activities.
We need parents to join school staff members on the last 3 days of the Planning Week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please call or email the school to inform the principal or assistant principal as to what day(s) you can attend. If you can’t stay all day, please join the school staff for whatever period of time that you are able to be with them. Your input and participation are important.
Planning Week is as follows: June 5 – 7 & June 10 – 11, 2019 (Parents attend June 7th, 10th, & 11th)
In addition, please also note, the below dates are scheduled for the annual Meet the Teacher, Title I Meeting, & Curriculum Night for the 2019-2020 school year:
English Learners in grades K-5 and their parents are invited to attend ESOL Parent Night. The event will take place today, May 9, at 6:30 p.m in Hart County High School's Community Room. Parking is directly across from the Board of Education office, which is located on Campbell Drive.
Students and parents will participate in math and literacy 'make-and-take' stations. Students will leave with books, summer activities, and popcorn. An interpreter will be present, and the event will last for approximately one hour.
Hart County Schools would like to thank all of our teachers for your commitment to the students and parents of Hart County. You will never fully understand the impact that you have made on so many families. We pause this week to thank you for your lifetime commitment. Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.
Last week, both Hart County chapters of the Future Farmers of America attended the 91st Georgia FFA Convention in Macon, joining more than 5,560 attendees from across the state. The Junior Livestock Judging Team was recognized on stage, with a 3rd place state finish, and four Hart County College and Career Academy FFA members were recognized with prestigious FFA State Degrees.
In addition, both the middle and high school chapters were recognized as having 100 percent Membership for the 2018-2019 school year.
ESOL Family Night: Blast Off Into Summer!
When: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Where: Hart County High School Community Room
What: Come celebrate an awesome year with fun reading and math activities!
This is a Title III event.
ESOL Noche Familiar: Despegar en Verano!
Cuando: Jueves, Mayo 9, 2019 a las 6:30 pm
Donde: Hart County High School sala de la comunidad
Que: Ven a celebrar un ano incredible con actividades divertidas de lectura y matematicas!
This is a Title III event.
The Hart County Charter System is looking toward the community for input and feedback as to the comprehensive needs for our schools. Input is specifically needed for the school system’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs Assessment and District Improvement Plan, and the Title I School-wide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan.
Citizens of Hart County are invited to provide comment on the se plans and suggest any possible changes. The documents for both plans are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.
Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes, which may be considered for the upcoming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1- 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 and 10 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, April 17.
The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office, 284 Campbell Drive in Hartwell. Parents who review these documents will be encouraged to provide written feedback. In addition, the documents are available for review on the Hart County Charter System’s website at www.hart.k12.ga.us.
For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.
Hart County Charter System officials invite citizens to give their input on the Hart County Charter System’s 2019 - 2020 Comprehensive Needs
Assessment and District Improvement Plan. These documents are the basis of how the school district will budget and spend federal funds to enhance the academic achievement of all students.
In addition, officials are seeking input for the 2019 - 2020 Title I Schoolwide Improvement Plans and the 2019 - 2020 Hart County Charter System Parent/Family Engagement Plan. Parents and community members will review the 2018 – 2019 documents, providing input on changes that should be considered for the coming school year. The plans will be available for review in the Professional Learning Room from 1:00 – 3:00 on Tuesday, April 16th and 10:00 – 12:00 on Wednesday, April 17th.
The Professional Learning Room is located in the Board of Education Office at 284 Campbell Drive in Hartwell. Parents who review these documents will be encouraged to provide written feedback. In addition, the documents are available for review on the Hart County Charter System’s website at www.hart.k12.ga.us. Comments are welcomed and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information, contact Jennifer Carter, Associate Superintendent, or Lamar Scott, Title I Director, by email or by phone at 706-376-5141.
It is certainly a historic time for the Hart County Charter System, as both the Hart County High School Boy’s and Girl’s basketball teams will be heading to the state finals this Thursday in Macon, a result of the joint wins this weekend in Savannah during the Final Four play-offs.
In light of these remarkable win, Hart County Schools will have an early release day on Thursday. Students, teachers and administrators will be released at noon (12 p.m.) on Thursday so supporters can make the trip to Macon. Superintendent Jay Floyd met with the school’s executive committee and principals Monday morning and decided to accommodate supporters by letting schools out early this Thursday. However, schools will remain on schedule Friday, with students, teachers and administrators expected to be present as normal.
As in previous years, fan buses to the Macon game will be available, with buses loading at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school. Buses will be loaded on a first come, first paid basis. Tickets for riding the fan bus are $10 per person. To purchase an advance ticket, contact the high school at 706-376-5461.
Congratulations to both our girl and boy high school basketball teams on this great accomplishment and Go Dogs!
Hart County Schools Recognize Students Well-Being with Community Health Fairs
Two fire trucks were parked outside the front entrance to Hart County Middle School on Thursday morning, while the common area at Hart County High School was flooded with students Friday morning, and Hart County Sheriff’s Office vehicles was parked just outside.
It would be easy to question, is something amiss at these two schools this week? Actually, the opposite was true.
In collaboration with Communities in Schools and Hart Partners, Hart County schools hosted community health fairs at each school during the two days, one at the middle school and one at the high school. The mission of each event was to highlight for students the community resources available to them locally, to help them partake in healthy lifestyles, and stay fit- physically, emotionally and mentally. These are all aspects of education which can lead to more productive and proactive students.
According to repeated studies and research by the Center for Disease Control, healthy students are better learners and are more apt for academic achievement, while likewise have greater incentive to create a future lifestyle which reflects well-rounded, healthful habits throughout their adult lives.
A variety of local partners were on display at each school, ranging from the non-profit MedLink corporation and St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital, to advocates for the YMCA, Harmony House advocacy center, and Teen Textline crisis prevention service. In addition, representatives with emergency and protective services such as the local police and sheriff’s departments, EMTs, and U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, were also on hand.
More than two dozen local industries and businesses were represented on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Hart County High School Career Day Expo, as part of the CTAE Month celebration. From the City of Hartwell and the Hartwell Telephone Company, to several branches of the military and more, the community showed up to show off to students possible local employment options once they finish high school and post-graduation options.
The career day expo is in conjunction with Georgia’s CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) month. Along with the career day, Hart County High School has also hosted a college day expo this week, and will bring in a financial wellness presentation, with host Dwayne Dye, on Friday.
Hart County High School students were exposed to a variety of post-secondary options Tuesday, as representatives and recruiters from colleges located throughout the state. From Brenau University to Georgia College and more, filled the Fine Arts Center to show students what they can look forward to after graduation.
The college day expo is in conjunction with Georgia’s CTAE (Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education) month. Along with the college event, Hart County High School will also host a career expo tomorrow, as well as a financial wellness presentation, with host Dwayne Dye, on Friday.
SkillsUSA Region 2 Championships were held at North Georgia Tech in Clarkesville, Ga. on January 31, with students from Hart County High School taking an active part in the event.
These championships offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and be recognized for them through competitive activities in occupational areas and leadership. There were 33 school represented at this completions. Hart County entered in several of the 30 contest offered. We bought home
1st place in T-Shirt Design - Tesia Freeman, every member who attended received a t-shirt with Hart County winning design furnished by SkillsUSA,
1st place Architect Drafting - Harleigh Finley
1st place Auto Finishing - David Galvin
2nd place Technical Drafting - Carter Hunt
2nd place Quiz Bowl Team – Janasia Gaines, Storrie Langston, Andrew Carlson, Kayla Ethridge
3rd place First Aid/CPR - Avery Miller
First and Second place winner represent Hart County and North East Georgia at State Conference in March in Atlanta. Ethan Sellers will also be advancing in HVAC.
Other students who competed were Megan Crump in Job Interview, Taylor Steele in Cosmetology, Selina Gutierrez in Esthetics, Brenden Winburn in Electrical Construction Wiring, Jacob Coil in Carpentry, Ethan Stroud in Auto Service Technology, Karra Jordan Pin Design and Tahtiyana Maxwell in T-shirt design.
Hart County will have many more students who will be starting competing at state level. If you would like to help sponsor any of our wonderful students, just get in touch with any of the HCCS advisors.
Registration information for pre-kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year is now available! Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 22, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26. All registration will be held at the Hart County Agriculture Center, 1951 Bowman Highway. For more information, please call 706-376-5141.
Pre-Kindergarten Registration FAQ:
Who can register?
If applicable, please bring:
Hart County Elementary Schools are pleased to announce registration for the 2019-2020 Pre-Kindergarten Program. Pre-K classes are located at Hartwell Elementary School, North Hart Elementary School, and South Hart Elementary School. Transportation will be provided when a student attends school within his/her attendance zone.
What do I bring to register?
Location: Hart County AgriscienceCenter, 1951 Bowman Hwy, Hartwell, Ga, 30643
Dates and Times: Monday, April 22, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An interpreter for Spanish speaking parents will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22nd and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m on April 26th.
Examples of proofs of residence: Current (within 60 days) utility bill from Ga. Power, Hart EMC, or Hart Communications (land line only); property tax bill; deed or lease agreement (notarized when parents and student live in a home belonging to another); construction contract or non-contingent sales contract.
For more information, please call (706) 376-5141.
After 25 years in the classroom, Dannette Bowers-Davis has become a reputable part of the Hart County Charter System, making a positive impact on hundreds of high school students. It was with great pleasure today, Nov. 16, 2018, that School Superintendent Jay Floyd opened an envelope to reveal Bowers-Davis as the school system-wide Hart County Schools Teacher of the Year.
To be named as the system wide teacher of the year, nominees submitted video and went through an interview with three out-of-county panel judges. Bowers-Davis will now move on to the state level Teacher of the Year competition. The state winner will be revealed in the spring.
Having taught World History, Civics/Government and U.S. History at Hart County High School, Bowers-Davis has spent more than two decades educating Hartwell students. She is motivated daily by watching her students unveil the history behind their country, piecing apart the backbone of America and helping high school students connect the dots that make up the fabric of the nation.
“I love seeing students’ eyes when the lightbulb goes off when they understand the many concepts we have to cover,” she said. “U.S. History allows me to delve deep into the students’ minds and allow them to think critically.”
Known throughout the school system for her catch phrase, “Back that thang up,” Bowers-Davis is not only a character with a kind heart, she is a force field of energy, which ensures her students never leave her classroom without a passion for learning.
“Even though I have five years before I can retire, I still see myself in Room 207 saying, ‘back that thang up’,” she said. “This is a phrase I have used for years to explain to my students that they must provide evidence to prove their statements. Therefore, I see myself in education teaching the children of my former students.”
Bowers-Davis has been married to William Davis, deputy sheriff for Elbert County’s Sheriff’s Department, for 22 years, and has three children: Brandi Davis, Corey Davis and Paul Davis. As well as an excellent teacher, she is likewise an excellent coach, serving as assistant coach for the girl’s basketball team at Hart County High School.
Also nominated for Teacher of the Year were Kimberley Ayers, kindergarten teacher at South Hart Elementary School; Stacy Martin, special education teacher at North Hart Elementary School; Andrea Gibbs, a third grade teacher at Hartwell Elementary School; and Kelley Gaines, an engineering and video production teacher at Hart County Middle School.
The current ESPLOST V referendum will be presented to Hart County voters on the upcoming November 6 ballot. ESPLOST V is a continuation of the one-penny sales tax, which has been in place in Hart County for 20 years and supports the school system’s efforts to continually improve educational efforts within our county.
ESPLOST V projects will allow the Hart County Charter System to enhance student safety and security, replace outdated technology, prepare for growth, and maintain current facilities.
The facts and information about the ESPLOST V can be found on our website, at ESPLOST V, under the programs tab. We encourage you to learn more about ESPLOST V before you head to the polls on November 6.