Faculty and Staff Information

  • Ms. Trish Abston

    Mathematics / SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hello! My name is Trish Abston, and I am excited to be at Rome High School. This will be my 16th year of teaching. I taught Mathematics for 12 years and PE for 3 years. I graduated from Berry College in 2001 with a Mathematics degree. I then added a Masters in Education from Berry College and a Specialist degree in Education from Piedmont College. I have a wonderful husband named Scott. We have been married for over 16 years, and we have 2 beautiful children- Moses (10) and Kate (7). My hobbies include mountain biking, volleyball, swimming, and reading.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Julie Alford

    Media Specialist - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Mr. Cody Amos

    Physical Education - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I am a native of Rome Georgia. I grew up in Silver Creek GA before moving to Statesboro GA in 2005 to attend Georgia Southern University. I am a 2004 graduate of Darlington School, 2009 graduate of Georgia Southern University where I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology. In 2013 I graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Masters Degree in Health and Physical Education. I currently teach Health and Personal Fitness as well as coach football and baseball. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

      

    Ms. Leah Beck

    English Language Arts / Enrichment - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I am a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Duquesne University and Duquesne Paralegal Institute. For many years, I enjoyed working as a real estate paralegal (drafting and negotiating contracts), but I also found myself wanting to teach, which yearning eventually came to fruition. For the period of 2014-2017, I was employed as a paraprofessional at Rome Middle School. During this time, I immensely enjoyed working with students and mustered the courage to pursue my teacher certification. In 2018, this aspiration was fulfilled, and I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching (with concentrations in Reading and Special Education) from the University of West Georgia. With regard to education, I wish to impart knowledge and learning, so students feel empowered and equipped to self-advocate for their futures, as well as contribute to the betterment of this world. My hobbies include reading, baking, and traveling while spending time with my husband, our daughter, three (3) dogs and a cat. My general philosophy: Life is hard. Let us do our best to make the journey easier and kinder for others along the way. I can be reached at lbeck@rcs.rome.ga.us. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Hannah Bernstein

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    I grew up in a family that loved books and learning so it was natural for me to combine these two loves into teaching English. I graduated from Liberty University in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Business. While in college I was involved in both marching and concert band. After college, I worked five years outside of education before working at Adairsville High School for thirteen years. I took off three years to stay home with my children and then returned to teaching. I began at Rome High School last year, 2017-18 and look forward to my second year as a Wolf. Should you have any questions, I can be reached at hbernstein@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Cody Bentley

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Sarah Blalock

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hello! My name is Sarah Blalock, and I'm thrilled to be teaching high school English at Rome High School. I graduated from Athens State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Language Arts with a minor in Education. I enjoy gardening with my husband, being active with my two daughters in their sports and club activities and playing trivia games. I am happy to be a part of the Rome High family. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at sblalock@rcs.rome.ga.us. "We read to know we're not alone." - William Nicholson

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Chris Boden

    Physical Education - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    This is my seventh year teaching/coaching at the high school level. I was a college football coach for 21 years. At the college level, I coached at Central Michigan University (MI), Urbana University (OH), Valdosta State University (GA), Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX), Northern State University (SD), and Ferris State University (MI). I've been a teacher at Tift County High School and Rome High School.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Willam Bomar

    Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    I am extremely excited to be joining the team at Rome High School. I have a passion for history and enjoy sharing the human experience with students. I am from Rome and attended Darlington High School. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History Education in 2010 and am currently working on my Master’s in Educational Leadership at Berry College. I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife who is also a native Roman. I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sports, reading, traveling, music and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. As Ayrton Senna said, “The only limits we have are those we impose on ourselves.” I believe that all students have the capacity for greatness. If I can help you in any way please feel free to contact me at wbomar@rcs.rome.ga.us 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Ellen Brewer

    Academic Coach - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I received my B.S. in secondary education (with a major in English Language Arts and Speech Communication) in 1986 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Upon graduation, I immediately entered graduate school and worked at UA as a GTA (graduate teaching assistant) in the education and the English departments. In 1990, I completed my M.A in Secondary English Education. Additionally, I earned a certification in educational leadership and library information services from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, in 2001 and 2003 respectively. I earned my doctorate in curriculum and instruction in 2010 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I have taught English at many levels including grades 5-12, college composition and literature courses, and secondary education courses in ELA teaching methodologies. I have worked at numerous schools which include the Dekalb County School System in Northeast Alabama, Gadsden State Community College, Snead State Community College, Georgia Highlands College, and Shorter University. I also taught high school English for 7 years in Rome, Georgia, but now work as the academic coach in grades 9-12 for the last 7 years and as the literacy grant coordinator. I have also worked as a writing/reading consultant in many areas and as a college professor teaching graduate students. On a personal note, I live in Fort Payne, Alabama, with my husband Jamie. My hobbies include cooking, singing soprano, and spending time with my family and my Siberian Husky Stella, and of course, watching Alabama football. Roll Tide and Go Wolves! Contact me at ebrewer@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Jamie Branson

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My family and I just moved here from Tifton, GA, where I taught for 7 years. I am originally from Augusta, GA. I went to college at Georgia College in Milledgeville, where I received my Bachelors in Mathematics and my Masters in Teaching. I also have my specialist in teacher leadership from Valdosta State. I enjoy running, soccer, and playing with my boys! I have two boys, Jordan(3) and Beckett(1). I also have a stepdaughter, Mackenzie (13). My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years. We are excited to be in Rome and are enjoying the new atmosphere for our family!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Nicholas Bridges

    Credit Recovery - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    17 years in education (3 at Rome). -Bachelor's Degree: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2002) -Masters Degree: Grand Canyon University (2010) -Specialist Degree: Berry College (2013) -Varsity WR Coach -Head Track & Field Coach Married to Anna Bridges and we have two boys, Bear (7) and Myles (4).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Sarah Brown

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I realized that I wanted to pursue teaching as a career when I was a junior at Adairsville High School. Because I knew so many incredible teachers who had graduated from Berry College, I was positive I would love Berry. As it turns out, I was right. Now, why I decided to major in physics when I had only taken a freshman physical science course in high school, I'll never know. However, I'm so glad I did! Physics absolutely amazed me, and I was hooked. I obtained my bachelor's with a physics major and secondary education minor four years later. My high school sweetheart, Jason, and I got married a month after graduation. After one year of teaching at North Murray High School in Chatsworth and a long commute, I applied for a position at Rome High and have worked here ever since. Currently, I am attending Western Governors University and plan to graduate with a master's in secondary mathematics education in the spring of 2019. I cannot think of a better job than my current one-- teaching honors physics and astronomy at Rome High School. The school, the students, and the community are phenomenal. Go Wolves!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Kristine Burke

    Mathematics / SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Melody Burse

    Counselor - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hello, my name Melody Burse.  I am a proud native of Mississippi and a graduate of Alcorn State University where I received both my B.S. in Business Administration and M.S.Ed. in School Counseling. I have been a Professional School Counselor for 15 years.  I begin my career at Rome High School in 2006. My role as a school counselor has truly been rewarding. I am always excited to work with students and parents to provide support with academic achievement, college and career planning, and personal/social development.  I believe that ALL students can learn and achieve academic greatness when encouraged and nurtured in a respectful environment. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with my husband and family.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Eliana Campbell

    English Language Arts  - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    My name is Eliana Luiz Campbell. I am originally from Brazil. I have lived in Alabama for the past twenty years and have taught there for 18. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Portuguese/ English/ Literature from the Federal University of Vicosa, in Brazil. I also hold a Master of Arts in Secondary Education - concentration in English as a Second Language, from the University of Alabama. I have taught English as a Second Language in the elementary and middle school levels. I have also taught Secondary Spanish and English Language Arts. I am fluent in English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish. I am married to Ben Campbell and we have two children: Isabella and Enzo. I love teaching and working with children. I also love reading and traveling. This is my first year working at Rome High School. Go Wolves!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Scott Carden

    Criminal Justice - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Vanessa Carey

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have always had a passion for nature and science. While in college I researched the diversity of cave invertebrate species in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. During this research, I discovered several new species and published multiple papers. In 2011 I finished my Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Field Biology at Shorter University. After college, I moved to Medford, Oregon and enrolled in graduate school. Over the years, I worked with the BLM, state and local agencies to develop educational programs for students from kindergarten through high school. In 2014 I earned a Master's of Science in Environmental Education. The next year, I moved back to Georgia to teach at Rome High School. I believe that teaching is my calling and I am honored to work with the many amazing, talented and hardworking faculty, staff, and students at Rome High. Go Wolves!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Joshua Carpenter

    Self-Contained SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Carp This will be my 7th year teaching and coaching football. I have a passion for the fatherless generation. I grew up in and attended Venice High School, Florida and graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Happy to be living in Rome with my wife Mindy and our 4 dogs.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Laura Carter

    Social Studies SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    My passion for social studies began when I moved to Georgia, right before the 2004 election, and I've not slowed down since! While at Model High school, I honed my areas of interest to our country's own history and that of Europe. This resulted in my pursuit of a history major while attending Centre College in Danville, KY, at which I got to work behind the scenes on the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate!! When I graduated in 2013 with my Bachelor's degree, I carried two minors (secondary education and English) along with it. While in both high school and college, I played softball and enjoyed my time in the band and several choral groups- yes, I like to stay busy! Aside from my academic and extracurricular activities, I'm also an avid reader and I enjoy playing any game that makes my son laugh! I've spent the last several years teaching pre-k at the Berry College Child Development Center, and I'm more than thrilled to join the Rome family. Most of all, I'm a people person- I love meeting people and making connections, especially when they result in learning! So, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. I can be reached a lheida@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Ms. Haley Chandler

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have always had a strong passion for Mathematics ever since I was a student at Colquitt County High School. I then attended Georgia Southern University and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and graduated in 2003. My family and I have lived in Rome since 2005 and I began my teaching career at Rome High School that same year. I completed my Masters in Education at Berry College. I have been teaching at RHS for 13 years. I love the school, community, and my students. I am married and have two daughters and a son. I love spending time with my family, playing tennis, shopping, and traveling. If you have any questions, please contact me at hchandler@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Lendy Collins

    Science / SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Lendy Collins. I grew up in Anniston, Alabama. This is my 24th year teaching and my 7th year at Rome High School. I obtained a Bachelor's of Science and a Master's degree from Jacksonville State University. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We love taking cruises, as I will go on my 12th cruise this summer. This last summer my husband and I cruised to Cuba, where we spent two full days exploring Havanna.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Jason Colts

    Self-Contained SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Haley Cooper

    Mathematics / SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Mr. Adam Daniel

    Assistant Band Director - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Farrah Davis

    English Language Arts / SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hello, my name is Farrah Davis. I was born and raised in Scottsboro, Alabama. I currently reside in Rockmart, Georgia with my husband and two of our four children. We have two children in college. I graduated from Athens State University with a degree in Special Education. I started my teaching career at Hollywood Elementary School as a paraprofessional while still residing in Alabama. After relocating to Georgia in 2013, I taught English and History at a private school for two years. I found my home at Rome High in 2015. I enjoy Alabama football, traveling, and spending time with my family. Roll Tide and Go Wolves!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Mr. Kevin Davis

    AP Government - Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hi! My name is Kevin Davis and I am beginning my 26th year in education. I am a product of Rome City Schools, where I graduated from West Rome High in 1989. I then went on to complete my Bachelors in Social Sciences from Berry College in 1993 and later completed my Masters in Instructional Leadership at Jacksonville State University and my Specialist in Instructional Leadership at Lincoln Memorial University. Throughout my career I have coached Football, Basketball, Baseball and I'm currently the Boys Golf Coach at Rome High. My passion is my family. My wife of 17 years is Lori, who teaches Biology here at Rome and I have two daughters. Lauren (15) is a sophomore at Rome High and Caroline (12) is a 7th grader at Rome Middle. I also have a music ministry that I have shared with my brother and Father for the past 20 years. My desire is to live a life that is pleasing to God in every facet of my life. As a teacher, I try to work hard every day to be an example for my students of what it is to live a life full of joy. kedavis@rcs.rome.ga.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Lori Davis

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I developed a love for biology as a child. My passion continued throughout high school and college. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Shorter College. Afterward, I worked as a Lab Analyst for six years in a microbiology and gas chromatography lab. It is within that time, that I gained extensive laboratory and analysis skills. Although I had a wonderful job as a lab analyst, I longed to do something where I could make a difference in the lives of our youth. Teaching had always been in the back of my mind. After six years, I decided to pursue an education degree. I followed my heart and went to the University of West Georgia where I received my teaching certification and student taught biology. I continued my education at Walden University where I received a Master’s Degree in Science Education. I credit my master’s degree for inspiring me to be the teacher I am today. It focused on inquiry and the importance of teaching science for true and lasting understanding. Fortunately, biology is a subject that is relevant and naturally lends itself to scientific inquiry. It promotes learning by “doing.” You will find my students up and “doing” biology every day. It encompasses many wonderful, interesting sciences, such as genetics, biochemistry, cell processes, classification, evolution, and ecology. I believe that teaching is a calling in my life. Teaching and interacting with teenagers comes naturally to me. Designing investigations that engage students EVERY day is my passion. Teaching science at its best is when students design investigations, gather evidence and draw conclusions on their own. My ultimate desire is for my students to go one step further and apply what they learn to real-world problems. I believe that giving student autonomy in learning helps them take ownership and experience success.

     

     

     

     

      

    Ms. April Derochers

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    There is mathematics in almost everything that you do in our world! As a mathematics teacher, I enjoy sharing with my students the beauty and consistency of math in the world. Why should you learn math? Math will help you be successful in life, but it will also help you appreciate life. I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Georgia. I have been teaching math for over 10 years. I have lived in and taught students in multiple states. In addition to teaching, I am a mom to Carrie and Jack who are both in college. I have been a soccer mom, band mom, and theater mom. I am a huge Disney Fan and my daughter is currently interning at Walt Disney World. My husband, Glenn, is a former pig farmer and has raised thousands of piglets. In my spare time, I take Lucky Dog for a walk or catch up with my UGA friends.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Rachel Dunaway

    Veterinary Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Tenesia Eanes

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    My name is Tenesia Eanes and I am proud to call Rome High School my home away from home. Before deciding on teaching as a permanent career I was a paraprofessional for two years and that is when I decided to go back to school to complete my degree. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in education in 2010. I have been teaching for 7 years at the secondary level. Being the Varsity Football Cheer Coach here at Rome High School is one of my many other joys. While I am passionate about teaching and coaching my priorities are my husband and four children. When I am not spending time with them I enjoy reading, baking, and completing DIY projects around my house. I truly believe students are more successful in life when we all work together. It takes a village! If you would like to contact me, please feel free to at teanes@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Karen Ehrler

    AP Calculus - Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Karen Ehrler and I have taught at Rome High School for 22 out of my 28 years of teaching.  I am the Mathematics Department Chair and I currently teach AP Calculus and Honors Precalculus.  I also serve as the Lead Teacher for Gifted Services.  I graduated from Armuchee High School in 1986 as Salutatorian.  I attended Shorter College where I majored in secondary mathematics education and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1990.  I received my Master of Education degree in 2000 from Berry College and my Educational Specialist degree in 2005 from Piedmont College.  I am married to David Ehrler and together we have a 12-year-old son named Jack.  I love to read and shop!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. April Eidson

    Counselor - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I am originally from Middle Georgia, my family and I moved to Rome in 2015. I have enjoyed school counseling at all levels including elementary, middle and high school. I received a Bachelors Degree in Counseling from Toccoa Falls College and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from GA State University. My husband Patrick and I have been married 11 years, and we have a six-year-old son, Jack. Please email me at aeidson@rcs.rome.ga.us. with any questions regarding 9th-grade students.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

     

    Ms. Abra Gordon

    Healthcare - ROME HIGH SCHOOL  

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    Hi, my name is Abra Gordon and I’m excited to be spending my first year as a teacher at Rome High School. I attended GA Highlands College and Jacksonville University, earning a degree in nursing and psychology. For the last 12 years, I have worked as a registered nurse in several different areas, including adult and adolescent mental health and substance abuse, long-term care, and hospice. For the past six years, I have worked as an occupational health RN at Plant Bowen, something I continue to do on the weekends and holidays. I am married with four boys, who range in age from 6 to 17. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Luis Goya

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Goya My name is Luis Goya. I am originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. My native language is Spanish. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Math Education. This is my 5th year of teaching. Besides teaching, I am also the Varsity Cross Country Coach as well as the Boys' Varsity Soccer Coach. On the weekends, I enjoy running, playing soccer, and spending time with my 2 girls (Mia and Stella) and my wife, Mrs. Goya. My family enjoys traveling as much as possible.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Levon Grant

    Physical Education/ISS - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    My name is Levon Grant and I teach and coach at Rome High School in Rome, Georgia where I currently reside. I graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA. In addition to my B.S. degree in Education, I have thirteen years of teaching and coaching experience, in Georgia. I’m from Daytona Beach, Florida and my hobbies are hanging out with my wife and two kids and watching football on TV on weekends. While in education, I have demonstrated skills in the area of leadership, relationship building, maintaining excellence in athletics and academics. I am experienced in the management of staff. I love to motive and keep positive relationships with all my students.

     
      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Penny Graves

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    My name is Penny Graves, and I teach 9th grade Literature and Composition at Rome High School.  I graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where I graduated with an Education Specialist Degree in Secondary English and a Master’s Degree in English.  My two daughters Meagen and Kelsey live in Cave Spring. Meagen has two sons, Eli 2 and Colton 1 month. I enjoy spending time with my family in Louisiana and in Georgia as much as possible.  My passion is helping my students achieve academic, social, and emotional success.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Melissa Green

    Healthcare Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    When I was in 6th grade, my career day choices were a nurse or a teacher. I can happily say that I have worked in the medical field and now I am teaching Healthcare Science at Rome High School. Previously I worked in the forklift industry as an office manager for 24 years. When my company closed, I attended Georgia Northwestern Technical College where in 2010 where I received my Associate Degree in Medical Office Management and a Diploma in Medical Assisting. I went on to obtain my Certification as a Medical Assistant, which I still hold today. In 2010 I was given the opportunity to be a Certified Medical Assistant in Harbin Orthopaedics where I remained until taking the Healthcare Science Teacher position at RHS in 2015. I was also an adjunct instructor at GNTC and taught Medical Terminology and Introduction to Healthcare from 2014 to 2018. In June of 2017, I obtained my teaching certification thru Georgia TAPP and this June received my professional teaching certificate. My hobbies are scrapbooking and I am a member of the Crafty Ladies that meet once a month where we create "beautiful" crafting items. I am a firm believer in treating students fairly and talking to them, not at them. I love my students and this year RHS will graduate my very first set of students I have had my entire time at RHS. I am excited and sad all at the same time. I have built strong relationships with my students and hope in some way, I have helped them on the road to reaching their career goals. If you need me, I am always willing to help all you have to do is ask. My email is mgreen@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Ms. Deborah Grist

    Physical Education - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Debbie Grist. I teach Health and Personal Fitness at Rome High School. I earned my Bachelors in Health and Physical Education from Augusta College. I also have a Masters of Education Degree with a concentration in Health and Physical Education from Augusta State University. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me a dgrist@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Wayne Groves

    Physical Education - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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     I am originally from Lindale, Ga and a graduate of Pepperell High School.  During my time at Pepperell, I was a 3-sport letterman (Football, Baseball, and Basketball).  While at Pepperell I was a Defensive Captain, a member of two Final Four Football teams, and awarded the Pepperell Hustle Award 1998.  I received my B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of West Georgia in 2004.  Since then I have been teaching and coaching high school athletics for 16 years.  During that time I have coached Football, Baseball, and Track.  I started my coaching career in 2004 at Upson-Lee High school in Thomaston, Ga.  At Upson-Lee I  coached Defensive Backs (2004 #1 Defense in the State) Linebackers (2005-2006) and Running Backs (2007).  From 2008-2011 I help start the football program at North Paulding as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator.  In 2012 I moved to Titletown USA and taught at Valdosta High as the Linebackers Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, and Strength and Conditioning Coach.  In 2015 I came to Rome High School as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and Football Defensive Coordinator.  In the four years, I have been at Rome our Football record has been 49-7 with 4 straight playoff appearances, 3 Region Championships (2016/2017/2018), 2 State Championships (2016 and 2017).  I love it here at Rome High School and I'm so proud to call Rome High my home.    

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Ms. Amanda Hannah

    AP LITERATURE - English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I received my B.A. in English and my M.S. in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Before moving to Rome, I taught for 13 years at Choctawhatchee High School in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, and 3 years at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Alabama. I enjoy working out and spending time with my husband and our 3 miniature schnauzers. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Chad Hannah

    Band Director - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Chad Hannah is a graduate of Jacksonville State University. His bands have performed throughout the Southeast and as far North as New York and Philadelphia. In addition, his bands have consistently been rated Superior in marching, concert, and jazz by GMEA.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Scott Hansen

    Engineering - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My background is in engineering with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech with an emphasis in Systems Theory and Real Analysis. Prior to teaching, I worked at the Laboratory for Information Technologies as a Software Developer/Research Assistant. While working and going to school I had the opportunity to lecture undergraduate engineering courses and lead after-school science clubs for middle school students. Through these activities I developed a passion for teaching and mentoring students, culminating in a M.A.T in Secondary Mathematics Education from Kennesaw State University. I have taught math and I now teach the Engineering & Technology pathway at Rome High School. When I am not working with my students, I am gaming, gardening, woodworking, camping, and tinkering with electronics with the help of my two children Joey and Becca. I believe that curiosity and grit are the most important skills that a student (or any life-long learner) can develop.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Joseph Hastings

    Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Six years ago, I was 27, and I had finally started my life. Teaching is a calling, not a job. I was always passionate about teaching social studies, but I never knew how to be happy in the other professions I had previously held. Once I started teaching, I never wanted to do anything else. The intrinsic value of seeing a student finally understand and master a new concept was indescribable. I completed my undergrad degree at the University of Georgia in 2009. I am currently due to finish graduate school at Valdosta State in the spring. I coach cross country and soccer because they are both hobbies and passions of mine. Teaching has given me the opportunity to change lives for the better. Never hesitate to drop by my classroom if you ever need someone to chat with. Communication is the key! Not just for our students, but for our faculty as well.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

    Ms. Jenna Hemphill

    ESOL / ELL - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Mackenzi Hicks

    Audio/Video Tech - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Kelly Hill

    AP Chemistry - SCIENCE - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Melissa Holland

    Counselor - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hello! I am Melissa A. Holland. This will be my 10th year in the Counseling profession. I have a Specialist in School Counseling from Valdosta State University. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am married with two handsome boys EJ (14) and Ayden (9). I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and shopping. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Amanda Howell

    AP Literature - English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Secondary Education in 2003 and began teaching full time at Rome High School in 2004. I earned my Masters of Secondary Education from Berry College in 2007 with a concentration in Reading Comprehension and an Education Specialist in Curriculum from Lincoln Memorial University in 2012. Since then, I have earned Gifted Certification as well as Advanced Placement certification, served on numerous committees, completed many hours of study in the field of reading and literature, and am currently the Department Chair for the ELA department. I have known since I was young that I wanted to be a teacher and found a great love of literature through my high school courses. As a graduate of Berry College, I have embraced serving others with the head, heart, and hands and use this as a daily act of servitude with my students. I am lucky to have found a home at Rome High School and have a deep love of and pride in my school and my students. My husband and I are involved in our school and our community and our two daughters are our greatest joy. I believe that each day is a fresh start to learn something new in order to impact the world.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Ron Hyde

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I am a native of Selma, AL and graduated from West Rome High School. I earned a B.S. In Finance from Auburn University and used that degree in holding various positions during my banking career with First Union National Bank. I left banking after 12 years and looked for a second career. Deciding on teaching, I returned to school to earn my teaching certification from Shorter College. This is my 16th year teaching math, and I have earned my Masters degree from Walden University and my Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University during that time. I have been married to my wonderful wife, Rachel, for over 30 years. We have two grown sons, Spencer and Parker, that both graduated from Rome High. In my free time, I enjoy tinkering in my shop, working in the yard, traveling (especially to National Parks), and geocaching with my wife and beagle. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. LeAnna Iddings

    Chorus - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    I am originally from Albertville, Alabama and I graduated from Albertville High School in 2014. I loved being involved in school activities such as Show Choir, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Dance and Tennis. I am a recent graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. At JSU, I was involved in two choruses and discovered my love of theatre. My very favorite role that I have played over the past few years is Belle in Beauty and the Beast! I am thrilled to be at Rome High as the chorus director while also being the director of Grand Finale Show Choir. If you have any questions or have an interest in being a part of the chorus or show choir, please feel free to contact me at lfleming@rcs.rome.ga.us!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

       

    Ms. Marvalane Ivey

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Mr. Eli Jackson

    AP Human Geography/World History - Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I graduated from the University of Florida in 1996, taught various social studies for 12 years in Florida and coached a variety of sports.  I received from master’s degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2010 and moved to Rome with my wife, Cameron Jackson, who teaches at West Central Elementary.  This is my ninth year at Rome High School and I love it.  I love the students, the culture, and all the academics, arts, and athletics that makes being a Rome Wolf great.  For the past four years I have taught AP World History and AP Human Geography, courses that I love building into successful entities.  This fall I received my EDS from Piedmont College.  The Jackson family consists of Cameron and I, Collins (age 3), and Davis (age 3).  Please feel free to contact me at ejackson@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Brandon Johnson

    Self-Contained SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Brandon Johnson. I am originally from Dunlap Tennessee.  I graduated from Cumberland University in Lebanon Tn with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education.  I also graduated from Tennessee Tech with a master and Eds in Education Leadership. This is my 17th year of teaching.  I have a passion for special education students and love working with my self contain students.  Besides teaching, I have also severed as Head Baseball coach and Asst. Football coach at Rome High.  I currently run and manage Barron Stadium for the school system. On the weekends, I enjoy farming and Fishing. I have 2 boys (Baylor and Brooks) and my wife, Mrs. Daphne Johnson. My family enjoys traveling and showing cattle.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Lesley Johnson

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Desiree Jones

    Foreign Language - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have been teaching since 2000 when I student-taught here at Rome High. Back then, I was the French teacher here at Rome High, teaching French 1, 2, 3, 4 and Spanish 2. I have a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Berry College and a Bachelor's degree, Double Major-French and Spanish, Education-Minor from Berry College, as well. I am a Native Speaker of Spanish-my parents are from Nicaragua, and while in college, I lived in France and studied at the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, France. I taught at Berry for 4 years, Saint Mary's for 9 years and I have been teaching again at Rome High since 2015. I currently teach Spanish 1, Spanish 2 and Spanish for Native Speakers 1. My hobbies include spending time with my wonderful family and running. I believe in your child. I know he/she can achieve great things! I use a positive approach. My classroom is interactive, students work in groups, and I use many different teaching methods to meet the diverse learning needs of all of my students. If you have any questions, please contact me at djones@rcs.rome.ga.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Jordan Keith

    AP Studio Art 3D & 2D, AP Studio Art Drawing - Art - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Jordan Burrier and I love teaching at Rome High School. This is my sixth year in the Rome City Schools district. In elementary school when they ask you what you want to be when you grow up, I knew then I wanted to be an artist. My senior year at North Cobb Christian, I fell in love with art all over again and decided I wanted to be an art teacher. I then attended Belmont University, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education, and graduated in 2013. Shortly after graduation, I accepted a position at Rome Middle School and taught there for four years. I moved to Rome High School in 2017 to teach Ceramics and Painting. I also have the pleasure of coaching the Varsity Competition Cheer Team and the Diving Team. I can truly say I am at home here at Rome High School. When I am not coaching or in the classroom, I can be found hiking, raising my 9 chickens and lovable dog, Pepper, growing my own food, and of course painting or throwing on the wheel! If you would like to contact me, please feel free to at jburrier@rcs.rome.ga.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Jason King

    English Language Arts / Sped - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I knew I wanted to work in education when I was a student at Newnan High School. I am a SPED ELA inclusion teacher here at Rome high in the freshman academy. I was fortunate enough to attend Auburn University obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Criminology. I was blessed to be able to play football for Auburn University from 2006-2010 and help my team become Cotton bowl champions(2006), Chick-fil-a champions(2007, and Outback bowl champions (2010). I obtained my master's degree in special education from Grand Canyon University. I also coach Varsity Running-backs here at Rome High and Varsity Baseball as well. I have other hobbies that include working out, watching football, Braves baseball, and reading. I believe in a saying that Coach Trooper Taylor used to always tell us in the meeting rooms at Auburn and that is "every day is an interview" I believe in that wholeheartedly because you never know who is watching each and every day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Rashida King

    AP US History - Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    I have been an educator for over 16 years and have taught in Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio. I completed my undergraduate degree in Social Science Education at the University of Georgia in 1999 and my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at THE Ohio State University in 2005. I am a mom of 3 and took off the last 2 years to bring into the world and nurture my youngest son Buddy. I am a big sports fan and an avid genealogist. Can't is not in my vocabulary. I am excited to be returning back to my passion of teaching and making a difference in the lives of young adults. Feel free to contact me at rking@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Whitney King

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Amy Lawrence

    Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL  

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    I have been a teacher on and off for forty years!  I also worked in a Blood Bank for seventeen years. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI.  It is the same university that both my parents attended and where they met. They were both teachers. My paternal grandfather was a teacher and truant officer in Detroit.  So as much as I tried to resist becoming a teacher, it was in my DNA! I love teaching any Social Studies subject and enjoy switching subjects from time to time. I have been married since 1980, have three children and two grandchildren.  My husband and I enjoy four-wheeling on off-road trails and on the dunes at Silver Lake State Park on Lake Michigan.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Kimberly Lewis

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Teaching is a second career for me. I was in accounting for 10 years prior to becoming a teacher in 2009. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting in 1999. After deciding to make a career change, I completed a Master of Education degree in middle grades math and science from Berry College in 2009. I taught at Saint Mary's School for 7 years before coming to Rome High in 2016 and expanding my certification to include mathematics for grades 9-12. Outside of teaching, my interests and hobbies include church, raising my family, traveling, outdoor activities, and exercising. I believe in creating a caring, safe, and fun environment in my classroom so that all students have an opportunity to grow and succeed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at klewis@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

    Mr. Stephen Lizin

    AP French - Foreign Language - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Greetings! Originally from French-speaking Belgium, I have an Education Specialist in Educational Technology from Northwestern State University. I taught French in Louisiana for fourteen years. At the time, I was also on the team building the French curriculum for the Louisiana Virtual School, a pioneer online teacher, and on the PRAXIS exam committee for French. After going through several hurricanes, my family moved to Rome, Georgia, in 2006, where I taught at Rome Middle. I transferred to Rome High in 2014, where I have been teaching French 1, 2, 3, 4, and AP. In my private life, I enjoy running on the Berry College forest trails and riding my bicycle all over the Northwestern Georgia back roads. Traveling around the world to explore and discover the wonders of our planet and her cultures is my passion. Feel free to contact me at slizin@rcs.rome.ga.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

     

    Mr. Chris MacFarland

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    My name is Chris MacFarland. I have a wife, Christina; son, Garret (23); daughter, Cara(10); daughter, Hunter (13); dogs, Ella & Finn. I hold my Bachelors Degree from Heidelberg University and my Masters Degree in Education from Ashland University. I also held National Board Certification from 2001-2011. I have 27 years of experience teaching Mathematics: Ohio (Huron, Cincinnati & Norwalk), North Carolina (Wilmington), South Carolina (Greenville) & Georgia. At Rome High School, I am teaching Freshman Transition Mathematics. I have coached Football since 1987. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Ms. Suzan Mann

    Art - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Stephanie Masters

    SCIENCE - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    After spending all my school-age years in LaGrange, Georgia, I attended LaGrange College to play soccer and pursue a degree in biology. Little did I know that a short mission trip to El Salvador would change my perspective and my passions, leading to my Master’s degree in teaching and a desire to build relationships while mentoring teenagers. I spent 5 years teaching science and coaching soccer in a couple of small private schools before coming to Rome High School in 2017. My faith is really important to me, and it drives my passion for teaching. Other passions of mine include supporting my husband Nate, who coaches football at Berry College, spending time with my one-year-old son Myles, cooking, running, and traveling. I look forward to another awesome year at RHS!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Crissy Matlick

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I grew up in Duluth, GA and had an interest in Mathematics and French. I graduated from UGA in 1995 with a BA in French. I have worked for various companies such as Coca Cola and Bellsouth Mobility (now ATT wireless) before moving to Hershey, PA. My husband and I owned and operated a Fine Dining Restaurant in Hershey for over 6 years. We had a very successful restaurant on Chocolate Ave but decided to sell the restaurant when we started a family. I eventually chose to go back to school and work on my Secondary Mathematics certification. I received my Post-Baccalaureate Math certificate from Penn State University in 2016 and moved back to GA to be closer to my family. I also completed my ESOL endorsement in the Summer of 2018. I enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, knitting, and reading.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Ben McFry

    AP LITERATURE - English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ben has lived in Rome all his life, except for three years when he lived in Athens attending graduate school. He holds a Ph.D. and an MA in comparative literature from the University of Georgia, at which he taught for three years, and a BA in English from Shorter University, at which he taught for the 11 years. Ben was an administrator at Shorter for six years, in such roles as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research and SACSCOC Institutional Liaison. In volunteer capacities, he serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children in Floyd County, has worked in the Summer Recreation Program for foster children at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers and serves in a support role for Girl Scout Troop 7164. Ben is an active musician in the regional music scene.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Andrea McKenzie

    AP Biology - SCIENCE - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

     Andrea I teach AP Biology and CPA/Honors Anatomy here at Rome High School. This is my 21st year of teaching. Before Rome High, I taught in Cobb County at Wheeler High School and Sprayberry High School. I grew up in Cobb County, attending Wheeler High School. I went to The University of North Georgia and Kennesaw State University for my undergraduate degree in Secondary Science Education with a concentration in Biology. I also attended KSU for my Master's degree in Adolescent Education with a concentration in Science. I've known that I wanted to be a science teacher since my high school biology class. More than teaching science, I've always known I wanted to help people. What a great profession I am in: I get to combine my two passions, helping others and science. My husband teaches at Rome Middle School. We have a 3 1/2-year-old son named Sam, who is the best part of every day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Madison Mincey

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    At a very young age, I felt the calling to work with young people, and I immediately became involved in several extracurricular activities within my community. While in high school I knew that one day I was going to be a teacher. After high school, I attended Kennesaw State University where I put academics first. In the spring of 2018, I graduated from Kennesaw State University with my Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education. While teaching is my passion, a few of my favorite hobbies include traveling, crafting, and event planning. I believe that education is the first step to success. If you have any questions, please contact me at mmincey@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Jane Moore

    Business - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I haven't always been a teacher, I started my career in the Hospitality Industry in Sales and Operations. I worked for Marriott for about 8 years. It wasn't until my husband, my two boys and I moved to Rome, GA in 2006 that I decided to go back to school at Shorter College and get my Bachelors Degree in Sports Management. After completing my degree, I started out substitute teaching for Rome City Schools and I found that I absolutely loved the students at Rome High School. Eventually, I started working full-time in the Guidance office as the secretary and worked there for about a year. In 2015 I became the new Business and Technology Teacher at Rome High School and I LOVE IT!! Outside of teaching, I enjoy watching college football (GO GATORS) and Braves baseball! I believe that "Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today" - Tim Fargo. I can be reached at jmoore@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Dulce Morales

    ESOL / ELL - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Connie Morrow

    AP Psychology - Social Studies / Psychology - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have been in education for 29 years. During that time, I have taught most of the social studies and I have focused on Advanced Placement course work. I have taught AP American Government and Politics, AP Economics and AP Psychology. Teaching is my passion and I enjoy each day I spend with my students. I have a National Board Certification in Adult and Young Adult Social Studies and have maintained this certification for the past 15 years. I have degrees from Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama. I hold an Education Specialist degree with added graduate coursework in Psychology and History. I have been a reader for the College Board for 17 years. Here at Rome High School, I teach AP Psychology and CPA Economics. I serve as the Social Studies chair and sponsor the Psychology Club. Go Wolves!!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Robert Murdock

    SCIENCE - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Mr. David Musgrove

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Musgrove I was born in a small town in Southwest Georgia named Colquitt. It is the largest town in the smallest county in Georgia. Compared to Colquitt, Rome is the big city. I grew up with a love for characters and stories. In high school, I found myself drawn to my English classes.  It was there, and in the rows of my local library, that I discovered worlds beyond my small town’s borders. After graduating Miller County High School, I attended Bainbridge College and then Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia. There I found like-minded people and discovered that I loved discussing literature almost as much as reading it. I decided to become a teacher because I could not think of a better career than talking about stories with other people. I still can’t. I took my first job teaching in Waycross, Georgia. In a town I had never visited, I discovered the joys of interacting with students and engaging young minds. After seven years, it was time to move on. Following a short stint at Callaway High school in LaGrange, I came to Rome High School. In the last thirteen years,  I have built a life here. I found love, I raised my son, and I grew as an educator by completing my Masters degree from Berry College. I found myself and found my profession. I discovered that it is more than simply discussing literature. It is engaging students to help them prepare for the world that awaits them. It is doing my part to make the world better by trying my best to give each of my kids what they need to succeed. It is the best job in the world.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Kim Nichols 

    Computer Science and Programming - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Wolfhead Ms. Nichols graduated from East Tennessee State University with a BBA in Finance and from Kennesaw State University with an MBA in Marketing. She spent twenty years working in corporate finance with JTM Industries, Inc. (a subsidiary of Safety Kleen Corporation) and with UnitedHealth Group before returning to school to pursue a second Master's Degree in Business Education. In 2003 Ms. Nichols went to work at Rome High School (Go Wolves!) and has taught both business and computer science during her time at the high school. Since completing her Ed.S. in Business Education and her Computer Science certification, Ms. Nichols has also learned to code five programming languages and loves to code with her students. Her other interests include economics, stoicism, and gardening. If you have questions, please contact me at knichols@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Todd Ollis

    AP LITERATURE - English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Greetings! My name is Todd Ollis. As a native of Rome, Ga., it means a lot to me to teach at Rome High School. This is my 7th year of teaching high school, all of them at RHS. I previously taught as an adjunct instructor in English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. I have taught literature for all 7 years at RHS, teaching 10th-grade college prep and honors, 12th-grade college prep and honors, and AP Literature for the last two years. Three years ago, I became the yearbook advisor of the Rome High Yearbook, The Capitolium, and currently teach Journalism 1 - 4 as well as AP Literature. I graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2009 with a B.A. in English and finished my Teaching Certificate at UWG in 2012. I have a beautiful family who means the world to me with my wife Susan, and two daughters, Iona (9) and Cora (6). My hobbies include reading, writing, hiking, canoeing, camping, traveling, and playing music. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions at tollis@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Shanna O'Hara

    SCIENCE - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Shanna  Hello, I am a true Roman and have lived here my whole life. I went to West End Elementary, Rome Middle School, and graduated from Rome High in 2009. Rome City Schools system is near and dear to my heart. After my education through RCS I continued my education at Ga Highlands College and Shorter University. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Field Biology and Natural Science. I earned my teaching certificate through an alternate program called GATAPP. I have been honored to teach at RHS for 4 years. I enjoy teaching environmental science and installing a passion in my students for our Earth. I am married to my best friend, Jonathan O'Hara, and we have one daughter (8 months old) named McCaddin. I am currently attending Liberty University perusing a Masters in Educational Leadership. My favorite part of working at RHS is teaching in a diverse setting and seeing the joy in my students each day. Rome High School is truly my "home".

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Tara O'Neal

    AP German, AP European History - Foreign Language - ROME HIGH SCHOOL
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    It was in Mr. Supon's classroom at Cedartown High School when I discovered I loved learning a foreign language. I knew when I looked at the posters of Germany on the wall, that I would live there one day. After graduating from Auburn University with a major in History and minors in German and Political Science, I moved to Germany to live and work there for over a year. Upon returning, I enrolled in a Masters of Education program so that I could teach and share my experiences with my students, in hopes that they, too, would want to go there someday. I began teaching at Rome High School in the Fall of 2001. During this time, I married and had two children, earned an Educational Specialist degree, and served on the school board in my hometown of Cedartown, GA. Outside of the education field, I love to run (I ran my first 15k this past February), read, travel (I'm taking a group of 25 to Europe this Summer), and watching foreign language films and documentaries. I believe the world is the greatest teacher, and I hope to inspire all my students to go out there and explore! Please reach out to me if you have any questions toneal@rcs.rome.ga.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Shanna Patrick

    Cosmetology - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Patrick It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of Rome City Schools. I hold my Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University. Upon graduation I attended the Process Institute of Cosmetology where I received my License as a Hair Designer. I have worked as a cosmetologist for 9 years in an industry leading salon. I was given the opportunity to teach in 2015 and fell in love with it. I have such a passion for teaching students, and have grown a greater passion for Career and Technical Education. I recently graduated from the University of Georgia with my Masters in Workforce Education. As an educator I look forward to teaching students about the cosmetology profession, life skills, and the opportunities available through Career and Technical Education. If you have any questions I can be reached through email at spatrick@rcs.rome.ga.us.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

       

     Ms. Sylvia Parker

    AP Spanish - Foreign Language - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Parker I have been teaching for more than twenty years, both here in the United States as well as in Costa Rica and I have a Master’s degree in Education from Berry College. For the past six years, I have been fortunate enough to have been selected as an Advanced Placement Spanish Language Reader, where I travel to Ohio to grade AP tests. As a professional, I want my students not only to learn the grammatical structure of the sentences and parts of speech, I want them to see the importance of being bilingual and the opportunities that speaking another language will provide for them. It is important to me that my students feel confident in the classroom and I try to challenge them to do their best. Their accomplishments and interest to continue their studies up to the AP Spanish level, majoring or minoring in Spanish and beyond, inspires me to continue doing my job as an instructor. My students challenge me and encourage me to be a better educator each day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Jamie Parris

    Foreign Language - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hello, my name is Jaime Parris, and I teach Spanish at Rome High School. I've had a love for the language since childhood and am excited for the opportunity to share it with others. I have recently moved back to my hometown of Rome after teaching for several years south of Atlanta. I graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education degree, emphasis in Spanish, at Liberty University. I will graduate in 2019. I look forward to teaching your student Spanish. When I am not teaching or studying, I love spending time with my son (3) and family. I look forward to seeing your child succeed, so if you have any questions, please let me know. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Claire Pierce

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL
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    I graduated from Berry College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in secondary education, and I have been teaching for six years. I teach because I had some great literature teachers along the way who led me to fall in love with reading and writing in high school, and I found a deep love of teaching throughout my student teaching experiences in college. During my time at Berry College, I also worked with WinShape Camps in the summers. Both Berry and WinShape emphasize a "head, heart, and hands" approach to teaching, which has made its way into my classroom through our hands-on PBL projects, my open door policy, and my high expectations for my students. In the summers, I lead international trips for Rome High School students with EF Tours, which provide students with opportunities for amazing adventures as well as emphasize a discovery-style approach to learning. So far, we have traveled to Belize and Greece, and I am taking a group to Costa Rica in the summer of 2019. In addition to teaching and traveling, I love running and hiking with my dog, cooking, reading, and just about anything involving water! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at cpierce@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Hope Porter

    Social Studies / SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have 28 years in education (6 at Rome). -Bachelor's Degree: Jacksonville State University at (1988) -Masters Degree: Jacksonville State University (1990) -Specialist Degree: Jacksonville State University (1992). I’m currently a co-teacher in the Social Studies department at Rome High School.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Joey Powers

    Physical Education - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

    Powers My name is Coach Powers and I work in the Physical Education Department at Rome High School. I graduated from Auburn University in 2002 with a B.S. in Physical Education. Soon after, I started teaching at Rome High School in 2002. I then obtained my Masters degree from Jacksonville State University in Physical Education 2009. I obtained my Educational Specialist degree from Jacksonville State University in Physical Education 2009. I currently work as the Physical Education Department Head, Head Swim Coach, and Operations and Logistics Faculty Chair. I am also a member of the PBIS team, School Safety Team, and School Leadership Team. My hobbies include swimming, biking, running, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and Crossfit. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

       

    Mr. Eric Rittenhouse

    Self-Contatined SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Hello, My name is Eric Rittenhouse. This is my 13th year in education and my 13th year working at Rome High School. I graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video and a minor in Painting. I graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Masters in Special Education. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. David Rodriguez

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I'm from the Great State of Tennessee where I lived in Clarksville. I'm a 1973 graduate of Northwest High School and a 1978 graduate of Austin Peay State University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Music, with Certification. I then spent 26 years teaching at Northeast High School before I moved to Georgia in 2004. I have taught at Paulding County High, Woodland High, and Jones County High Schools before coming to Rome High School. This is my 38th year of teaching High School Mathematics and I love it! I've also been in Music and Pulpit Ministry for over 40 years. I'm looking forward to a great year here with our students! If you have any questions, please contact me at drodriguez@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Alison Ross

    Self-Contained SPED - ROME HIGH SCHOOL 

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    I have been teacher Special Education for 18 years. I graduated from Trion High School. I received a Bachelors Degree in Collaborative Teaching from Jacksonville State University in 2000, a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2002, and an Ed.S Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in 2012.  Outside of school I love spending time with my husband, Jason, our two sons Riley and Jonas, and our 3 dogs. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Luis Ruiz

    ESOL / ELL - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Dorota Rzucidlo

    Food Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Dr. Slawonir Rzucidlo

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Mr. Peter Santa-Maria

    AP Environmental Science - SCIENCE - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Peter Santa-Maria, and I teach AP Environmental Science and Physics at Rome High School. I graduated from Colorado State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the environmental field for over 15 years. I enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. I look forward to working with your student to help them achieve success in their school work. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at psantamaria@rcs.rome.ga.us.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Mr. Stephen Sewell

    Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have been teaching Social Studies for 12 years. I attended Clayton State University, graduating in 2006. My wife and I have been married for 31 years, and we have four children. We also have three grandchildren, and one more on the way. My favorite pastimes are baseball and football.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Mr. Brian Sikes

    Drama - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Tiffany Simon

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Ashley Smith

    AP Statistics - Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have been teaching math since I graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. I obtained a Master's Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005 and my Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. I thoroughly enjoy teaching math, especially Statistics. I love not only the content that I teach, but I also love the kids that I get to work with every day! I'm also the senior sponsor and help with graduation. Outside of school I mostly spend time with my family. I have been married for 10 years and we have 3 girls ages 7, 5, and 2. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at acsmith@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Cenise Smith

    Business - ROME HIGH SCHOOL
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    Greetings to Rome High School! My name is Cenise Michelle Smith and I am so excited to start my teaching career at Rome High School. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration: Business Management from Middle Georgia State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. I have worked in the education field for over 10 years and worked in corporate America for 10 years. I am also a long-standing active member of public service and volunteer organizations. I am currently married to Terry Smith. We have one daughter, Ashley and one granddaughter, Aubrie Kaylan. I am ready to have an awesome year at Rome High School in the CTAE Department teaching Marketing and Business. Can’t wait to meet everyone!

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Terry Smith

    Work-Based Learning - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Terry Smith, and I am proud to be joining the Rome Wolves family!! I am originally from Adel, Georgia where I graduated from Cook High School in 1992 in which I lettered in Football and Basketball. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University and a Masters Degree in Foundations of Education from Troy University. I received my Health and Physical Education Certification from Albany State University and I also have an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum Instruction and Administration from Nova Southeastern University. I will be entering my first year at Rome High School. My teaching and coaching duties will include Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Assistant Head Boys Basketball Coach, and Assistant Athletic Director. I am happily married to my wonderful wife Cenise who will also be joining the Rome Wolves family. We are looking forward to contributing to the continued excellence in academics, athletics, and art at Rome High School.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Randy Stafford

    AP Physics 1&2, AP Computer Science - SCIENCE - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I received a bachelor of science in physics from Texas A & M University. While working on my master’s at Georgia Tech, life happened and I had to suspend my education and get a job. What I planned on being a few semesters off turned out to be a few decades. In the meantime, I had several careers—owned some restaurants, did a little stint on the radio, started an Internet business, and I became the administrator of a fairly large church. The church ran a private school and I was eventually asked to teach physics, part-time. I agreed and promptly fell in love with teaching. It took several years but I rearranged my entire life so that I could teach full time. The rearrangement involved finishing my masters, moving to Rome, and taking a job at Rome High. That was eight years ago. Now I teach AP Physics 1 and 2, as well as AP Computer Science to the brightest, most hardworking, students imaginable. As science department head I get to work with an amazing and talented team of other science teachers, at a great school. Every day I love coming to work.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Jill Stassie

    Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I am starting my 18th year of teaching. I have spent the past 17 years in Carroll County, teaching Social Studies and, for a few years, Business Ed. and Computer Science to middle school. I love technology and finding new ways to integrate technology into my classroom and my life. I have attended the University of West Georgia for my Bachelor's Degree in History and Secondary Education. I completed my higher degrees in Administration, Instructional Technology, and finally, my Ed.D in Curriculum Studies, from Georgia Southern. I love being a student as much as I love being a teacher! I was raised in Hollywood, Florida and moved to the West Georgia area as an adult. I have 3 children, 2 sons, ages 23, and 26, and a 15-year-old daughter. We love to visit Disney World and the beach. I "discovered" Rome when my son attended Berry College, where he earned his degree in Animal Science and played football- go Vikings! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jstassie@rcs.rome.ga.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Erin Stewart

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Mr. Bray Stevenson

    Animation - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Miranda Styles

    Academic Coach - ROME HIGH SCHOOL
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    I am entering my 17th year as an educator at Rome High School. I taught math for 11 years and I am currently an Academic Coach. My job allows me to serve both teachers and students so I get the best of both worlds. I graduated from Shorter University in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Math Education and earned my Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2005. I am married and have two daughters, Ava and Georgia. My hobbies include traveling, exercising, and shopping.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Shalitha Swain

    Physical Education - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Julia Swancy

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

     Swancy I earned my Bachelor's degree in chemistry with a minor in biology from Kennesaw State University. After graduating, I worked in industry for a few years before attending the University of Georgia, where I researched the use of high-resolution mass spectrometry to investigate protein expression in bacteria in response to mercury exposure. When my oldest child was born, I made the decision to dedicate myself to mothering full-time and homeschooled all of my kids (I have three) for several years. I found myself called to teaching and began by teaching biology and chemistry at several homeschool cooperatives. In 2017 I made the decision to pursue teaching as my full-time career and never looked back! I'm earning my Master of Arts in Teaching, majoring in secondary science education, from the University of West Georgia. I'm so happy to be a part of the Rome High School faculty, encouraging students to love learning, think critically, and challenge themselves to be the best they can be. Go Wolves! I can be reached at jswancy@rcs.rome.ga.us

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

      

    Ms. April Thornton

    Foreign Language - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    ¡Hola! My name is April Thornton, and I am a proud Roman. My family has lived in this great city for many generations, and I have had the pleasure of attending both high school, and college here. I discovered my love for the Spanish language, and culture during my sophomore year of high school. That love continued throughout college, and I graduated with a major in Spanish, and a minor in Education from Berry College in 1992. I also have a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University, and a Gifted Certification. I began teaching Spanish at Rome High School 27 years ago when the school first opened. I have been here since day one, and can’t imagine being anywhere else. I absolutely love being a Spanish teacher! In my free time, I love to travel, garden, bake, read, and spend time with my husband, two daughters, and pets.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Master Sergeant Keith Thrash

    JROTC - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I serve as the Aerospace Science Instructor (ASI) here at Rome High School, Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC). My teaching focus is Leadership Education and Drill and Ceremonies. I grew up on the Southwest side of Atlanta, Georgia, where I graduated from Therrell High in June 1988 and enlisted into the US Air Force in March 1991. With my passion for working on things, I joined the US Air Force to become an aircraft mechanic. My military background includes serving overseas and deploying in support of a number of military operations and receiving many awards and decorations. While serving, I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, riding my motorcycle, and watching football (Rise Up).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Kayla Timberlake

    Science - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Twilya Toombs

    Counselor - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    My name is Twilya Toombs, and I serve as the Class of 2019 School Counselor. I am originally from Columbus, GA, and a Columbus High School graduate. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Valdosta State University. I am a proud alumni board member of Columbus State University where I graduated with a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling. I continued to Troy University to complete my Education Specialist Degree in School Counseling. I did not stop there, I went back to Valdosta State University to complete my add-on in Educational Leadership. I have been a school counselor for ten years. I enjoy encouraging and motivating all children to strive for their personal best. My hobbies include shopping, traveling, baking, scrapbooking, Zumba and event planning. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at ttoombs@rcs.rome.ga.us. I am excited about the year to come and Go Wolves! #ROLLTIDEROLL

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Addie Watkins

    English Language Arts - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    This is my 10th year teaching and my 7th at Rome High School. I am a Cave Spring native and 2004 Coosa High School graduate. I received a BA in English in 2008 from the University of Georgia, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State in 2012, and a Specialist in Secondary English Education from Kennesaw State in 2017. I love that I get paid to come to work every day and share my passion for literature with students, a subject that not only prepares them for the post-secondary world but life in general. I am married to David Musgrove and together we have a blended family comprised of Sam (16), Lucy Ann (9), and J.J. (7).  Outside of teaching, I enjoy reading, playing video games, painting, creating mosaics, and baking with my daughters. I am a passionately curious person and enjoy learning new and interesting ideas. I can be reached at awatkins@rcs.rome.ga.us if you need anything!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mr. Tracey Warren

    Construction - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Tracey Warren was born and raised in NWGA. Mr. Warren was one of Rockmart High School's first construction students.  He attended VICA at the region and state levels. Out of high school Mr. Warren entered into a career in public safety.  In 1993 Mr. Warren left public safety to pursue his passion and started his own Construction Company which he and his wife operated for over 20 years.  Mr. Warren has joined the CTAE team at Rome High School with great hopes of sharing his knowledge and passion for the industry with his students as they prepare themselves to enter the industry in which he loves so much!  Mr. Warren enjoys spending time with his wife Stacy, their children, grandchildren, and their 3 Jack Russel Terriers;  Skid Row, Sadie Mae, and Sambo.  His hobbies include working on his small farm, wood carving, and antique cars. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Colonel Seaborne Whatley

    JROTC - ROME HIGH SCHOOL
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    Colonel Seaborn J. Whatley III serves as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) at Rome High School's AFJROTC unit. Colonel Whatley retired as the Division Chief for the Strategic Planning Division in the Directorate of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, IL. He has held key positions at squadron, wing, major command, and Joint headquarters levels. Most recently, he was the Commander, 715th Air Mobility Operations Group, providing forward-deployed command and control, aerial port, and aircraft maintenance support throughout the Pacific theater. He is a master navigator with over 2,700 hours in both the KC-135R and C-141B. During his career, he has participated in various operations and exercises to include Operations DESERT CALM, PROVIDE COMFORT, RESTORE HOPE, DENY FLIGHT, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va and has thrice been awarded a Masters of Military Arts and Science degree. For questions about the AFJROTC program at Rome H.S, please contact him at swhatley@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Jessica White

    Mathematics - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I am delighted to teach once again within the Rome City School System. I enjoy working and teaching with the best of the best and RCS is where you can find extraordinary individuals. I graduated with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Western Governors University; however, after realizing my passion resided within teaching and understanding mathematics I returned to Western Governors and received my M.A. in Mathematics Education 6-12. When I'm not working or in school, I'm spending time on our farm with my family. I'm looking forward to an amazing year at RHS and can't wait to experience the culture and atmosphere that such a fantastic place provides. If you have any questions please email me at jewhite@rcs.rome.ga.us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Marci Wilson

    Sports Medicine - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Mr. Seth Winstead

    Social Studies - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Dr. Trina Wood

    CTI Coordinator - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    Ms. Amber Wright

    Cosmetology - ROME HIGH SCHOOL

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    I have taught Cosmetology at Rome High School for 8 years. I loved my job as a Cosmetologist, and when the opportunity came open for me to share my passion with students I was very excited to start teaching. Once hired, I completed my teacher certification process through Valdosta State University. It has been such a blessing to watch my students learn and grow over the 3 years they are in my program. It is very rewarding to see how they use the knowledge gained in Cosmetology to go on and be successful in either college or the workforce. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, riding four wheelers, boating, going to concerts, camping, and many other activities with my husband and three daughters. If you ever need to contact me, my email is awright@rcs.rome.ga.us.