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Ready to Learn, Live, and Lead

On Friday, March 17, State School Superintendent Richard Woods visited Hart County High School to tour classrooms and have lunch with students and teachers. Superintendent Woods and staff were greeted by system administrators and board of education members at the Hart County Agriscience Center that morning, then transported to the high school.

While at the high school, Superintendent Woods spent time observing classrooms and engaging with students and teachers. He visited Ms. Heather Lloyd’s Advanced Algebra class, Mr. Mike Edwards’ AP World History class, and Mrs. Tara Bonds’ Chemistry-STEM/Mrs. Gail Dickerson’s Advanced Algebra-STEM class. Mr. Woods also toured the Hart College and Career Academy and health and wellness facility while at HCHS.

“It is great to see so many good things happening in Hart County,” said Woods. “What the kids are exposed to and what they can obtain, compared to when I was in school, the world is literally at their fingertips. It is really quite exciting to see.”  

Following the tour of the school, a small group of students and teachers joined Superintendent Woods and staff for lunch and roundtable discussion at the Agriscience Center. Superintendent Woods was especially interested in hearing from students about their future plans. 

HCHS student Jade Vickery said, “It was a great experience. I got to hear about other things schools in Georgia are doing. It’s nice that Mr. Woods is so interested in the students and not just the schools.”

Jade shared with Superintendent Woods that she hopes to attend Piedmont College to major in Mass Communications. She currently serves as producer of the Megatron scoreboard during Hart County Soccer games and would like to pursue as career as an editor or producer.

As State School Superintendent, Mr. Woods’ goal is to ensure that students are ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead. The purpose of his visit was to hear from students, educators, and other stakeholders to hear what is working, what changes can be made, and how the Georgia Department of Education can be of service.