• School Closings/Delays:

    Dear Troup County School System Community, 

    Governor Brian Kemp just issued an Executive Order mandating all schools in Georgia will remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. This includes TCSS.

    Please note that current grade calculations will be based upon student mastery of material covered through March 12, 2020 which was the end of the third nine weeks grading period. Student learning will continue after our scheduled Spring Break. We don’t want our kids to lose the valuable knowledge and skills they have gained this school year. Teachers will be contacting their students and working with them to ensure additional opportunities are available for students to demonstrate mastery of previously covered material. More details will be available the week of April 13th.

    At this time, we do not have any further updates. We know there are academic milestones and other events that our students and families were looking forward to this year. As updates are available, we will share them. 

    Over the past several weeks, our commitment to the students and the families of TCSS has been paramount. We will continue this commitment through the closure. Together, we will all get through this.

    Thank you,

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Staff Description
Gerald Wyatt

Gerald Wyatt


Position: CEO

Gerald Wyatt is a business leader who strives for excellence in all that he does.  Over his career, Mr. Wyatt has served in Manufacturing (Exxon-Mobil, Mando America), Financial Services (Synovus) and Non-profit capacities (Habitat for Humanity, Body of Christ Worship Center).  In each of these roles, Mr. Wyatt demonstrated exemplary leadership and organizational development.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wyatt served on the Board of THINC and filled the role of Finance Chair. 

Mr. Wyatt has a passion for Youth Enhancement, Economic Development and Strategic Thinking.  As CEO, his three main focuses are Brand Awareness, Model Duplication and Expanded Partnerships.  With the combination of these ideas, Mr. Wyatt is charged with positioning THINC for sustained growth and expansion.  Mr. Wyatt is extremely excited to collaborate with others in order to take THINC to its fullest potential.

Dr. Chris Williams

Dr. Chris Williams


Position: Principal/Director

Degree: BA Computer Science (LaGrange College); MA Teaching (LaGrange College); Ed.S Leadership & Supervision (CSU); Ed.D Curriculum & Leadership (CSU)

Years of Teaching: Science & Technology (2005-2012); 

Administration (2012-Present)

Other: U.S. Navy Veteran; Former Georgia State Trooper

Jennifer Pike




Jennifer Pike


Position: Assistant Principal/Registrar

Degree: BA Biology(Minor in Chemistry), M.Ed Educational Leadership, Ed.S Curriculum and Instruction

Years of Teaching: Teaching (1999-2009)Chemistry, Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Physical Science;

Administration: Assistant Principal/Registrar Middle School (2009-2013); Assistant Principal/Registrar High School(2013-Present)

Boards/Memberships: National Association of Gifted Children, Georgia Association of Gifted Educators, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Professional Associate of Georgia Educators, March of Dimes, Georgia Academy for Economic Development

Other: Teach endorsement classes through West Georgia RESA to educators pursing a gifted education endorsement; Worked with a group of 4 educators to write the state standards for Forensic Science

Veleka Battle




Veleka Battle


Position: Assistant Principal/ CTE Supervisor

Columbus State University, Ed.S in Educational Leadership
LaGrange College, M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education
LaGrange College, B.A. in Biology

Georgia, Educational Leadership, P-12
Georgia, Science, 6-12
Georgia, Earth/Space Science, 6-12
Georgia, Middle Grades Language Arts,Math, Science, and
Social Studies, 4-8

Years of Teaching:
15 years in education

Carrie Brkich




Carrie (Brkich)Tomlin


Position: Workforce Development Manager

Degree & Certifications: Master of Arts in English, Technical Communication (University of Central Florida); Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication (University of Central Florida); Global Career Development Facilitator certification (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing (University of Central Florida)

Years of Teaching: 2014-Present

Boards & Memberships: National Association of Career Development, Member, 2016-Present; West Georgia Society for Human Resource Management, Workforce Development chair, 2013-Present; National Society for Human Resource Management, Member, 2014- Present; Leadership Troup and Youth Leadership, Board member, 2013-Present; H.Y.P.E. (Young Professionals’ Group), Board Chair, 2013-2015; Troup County Schools’ CTAE Advisory Committee, Member, 2011-Present

Jessica Adams




Jessica Adams


Position: Healthcare Science

Degree: BS Nursing

Years Teaching: 9 years industry & teaching experience

Certification: American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor, HIPAA Privacy and Security, Infection Control in Healthcare, Safety in Healthcare

Organizations: THINC HOSA– Advisor, American Nurse Association (ANA) Member, Georgia Nurse Association (GNA) Member, Georgia Association of Career and Technical Education (GACTE) Member, Healthcare Science Technology Educators Association (HSTEA) Member

Aidan Blackwell




Aidan Blackwell


Position: AP Government and Politics/Government/Economics

Degree: Auburn 2007, Masters in Accomplished Teaching & Curriculum Design. AP College Board Certified for AP Government and AP US History

Years Teaching: 2008-Present

Academic: 94% EOCT Passing rate career; 85% Economics EOCT passing rate at THINC Fall 2016; Higher passing rate in AP Gov. & AP US History test than any teacher in State, Nation and Globe(Global Avg); 74% AP passing rate=AP Gov,; 78% AP US History passing rate; 2x Teacher of the year

Jami Briggs




Jami Briggs-North


Position: Marketing (Sports & Entertainment; Fashion, Merchandising & Retailing; Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism; Marketing Management)

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters of Business Administration in Marketing

Years of Teaching: 16

Boards/Memberships: School-Based Enterprise Manual Committee(2015)

Georgia Marketing Education Association(GMEA)(2007-present)

  • Executive Board Member, President-Elect (2018-Present), Treasurer(2015-2018), VP of Public Relations(2013-2015), VP of Membership and Training(2009-2013)

DECA Chapter

  • Award Winning Chapter both at the state level and internationally
  • State Officer Advisor(2012-2013,2010-2011,2009-2010)
  • Otis Spunkmeyer Advisor Scholarship Recipient(2012-2013)

Accomplishments: Industry Certified by the American Marketing Association (AMA) School Store

  • International Gold-Level School-Based Enterprise Certification
  • Tiger Stripes at Troup County High School (2009-2015)
  • THESPARK at THINC(2015-present)

Georgia DECA Statesman Award-12 years

State and National Championship winners: 10 State Winners, 5 top 20% Internationally, Participated in Internationals since 2007

Leo Ceballos




Leo Ceballos


Position: Game Design

Degree(s): B.F.A. Computer Art, Syracuse University, 2002

M.A. Interactive Design & Game Development, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2012

Years Teaching: 2017-Present

Other Notable: Has worked as a web designer and developer, and helped design and create Augmented Reality app prototypes for Qualcomm at tech square, and IO Data Centers. Recently worked with Atlanta-based AR developer CN2 Inc creating mixed reality experiences for GE, Stanley Black & Decker, West Pharmaceuticals, Thyssenkrupp, and Coca-cola, among others.  Will be preparing THINC Game Design students to take the Unity Engine certification test this year.  

James Genova

James Genova


Position: Spanish I & II

Degree: BA - Spanish & Portuguese Language and Literature (New York University)

Certifications: K-12 Spanish

Organizations: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language, Foreign Language Association of GA, International Baccalaureate Program (IB Schools) Cardiff, Wales

Notable Info.: 10 years of previous employment in Investment Banking: Lehman Brothers/ American Express/ Morgan Stanley; Senior VP International Sales Marketing and Equity Research

Susan Hinson



Susan Hinson


Position: Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Auburn University); Master of Business Administration MBA (LaGrange College); Education Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction (LaGrange College)

Years of Teaching: 16

Boards/Memberships: STEM Advisory Committee Member, Boy Scouts of America (Merit Badge Certification of STEM areas)

Josh King




Josh King


Position: Financial Literacy, Art Appreciation (facilitator)

Years Teaching Three

Degree: BBA - Marketing & Management

Certifications: Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE): Business I & II, GACE: Math, Reading & Writing

Notable Info: Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Troup High School; Head JV Baseball Coach at Troup High School


Christopher Lee




Christopher Lee


Position: Work-Based Learning; Business; Marketing

Degree: BA History/Pre-law, Duke University, 1994

Years of Teaching: 16

Boards/Memberships: GACTE Board - Division VP; GMEA Executive Board member; GBEA member; FBLA Advisor and Professional member

Other: Attended law school at Indiana Univ.; served on GADOE standards  committees and presented several times at statewide  conferences;  facilitates the annual “THINC-Tank” competition (a version of Shark Tank for THINC Entrepreneurship students), and conducts the GCEE Stock Market Game (THINC students won Region, Spr. 2017 & Fall 2018)

Melvin "Buddy" Lee




Melvin "Buddy" Lee


Position: Drafting, Engineering, STEM

Years: 29 in teaching/industry

Degree: Diploma in Drafting Technology, West Georgia Technical College
Associate in Science, Southern Union State Community College

Organizations: American Drafting Design Association (ADDA), Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), THINC STEM Advisory Committee, THINC Robotics Alliance– Advisor

Notable Info: Former instructor at WGTC– Drafting Technology & CAD; Former carpenter, material handler and product designer at various manufacturing plants

Dean LeRoux

Dean LeRoux


Position: Mechatronics

Years: 35 years industry/ teaching

Degree: M.S.– Business Administration; B.S.– Industrial Technology

Organizations: THINC Robotics Alliance– Advisor

Frederick Neubert


Frederick Neubert


Position: International Business

Years: 31 years industry/ teaching

Degree: BS, Central Michigan University; MA, Webster University

Certification: Command and General Staff College– US Army

Notable Info: Former business owner/operator; Former instructor at Big Bend College, University of Maryland

Jayne Pauley




Jayne Gallo Pauley, MS, RN


Position: Healthcare Science – Intro, Essentials (A&P), Allied Health and Medicine

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science (Parent/Child Nursing)

Years teaching: 7 years at the baccalaureate level; 4 years at THINC; 
Registered Nurse for 32 years. 10 years as the lead School Nurse for TCSS.

Memberships: HOSA (Future Healthcare Professionals Student organization) Advisor; Healthcare Advisory Committee Chair; GACTE

Professional Training/ Certifications: CPR Instructor; certified ~45 students last semester.


Laura Lee Pike




Laura Lee Pike


Position: AP Language, AP Literature, British Literature

Degree: 1987 M.Ed. Auburn University – Secondary Language Arts Education; 1986 B.S. Auburn University—Secondary Language Arts Education

Professional Training/Certifications:

2016 College Board AP Annual Conference in Anaheim, Ca.

2016 College Board Advanced Placement Language Certification at Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, Fl.

2015 College Board Advanced Placement Literature Certification at Auburn University

2014 Georgia Gifted In-field Certification at West Georgia RESA

2010 College Board A+ College Ready Training at Auburn-Montgomery

Years of Teaching: 33 (25 in Alabama/ 8 in Georgia)


 2015-16 AP Language Qualifying (3+):  Pike 67%, State 56%, Nation 55%

2014-1 American Lit EOCT Proficient+:  Pike 60%, State 32%

2013-1 American Lit EOCT: Exceeds 80%, State 42%

            * ranked first in achievement and growth within TCSS             

Other: 2004-2012 English Department Chairman, Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, Ala.  Supervisor for 19 Auburn University student teachers

Alabama Reading Initiative Lead Trainer

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reviewer

Numerous boards and committees at state and district levels

Brittany Poole




Brittany Poole


Position: Healthcare Science - Sports Medicine

Years: Four

Degree: B.S.– Athletic Training; 
M.S.– Health & Physical Education Emphasis in Exercise Science

Certifications: Board of Certification (BOC) Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer, Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) Certified Teacher, American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor

Notable Info: Holds Georgia Athletic Training License; Former collegiate, high school and middle school athletic trainer

Dr. Jane Robinson




Dr. Jane S. Robinson


Position: 10th grade English

Degree: BA, MS, PH.D. - Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Years of Teaching: 25 +

Boards/Memberships: Exceptional Educator (State), FCCLA (State), FFA (State), First Robotics Mentor

State and National Championship winners - RVI (Related Vocational Instruction) students competed at the State RVI competition at Jekyll Island, Ga and placed first in the Interviewing competition.

Other: Dr. Robinson has taught from elementary to postsecondary education. Her doctorate is focused on transition, which emphasizes the importance of supporting students as they move from high school to technical training programs and future employment. She has coordinated Job Fairs, Career Days, and supervised work-based students at the high school level. Her passion is to help connect students with career pathways that allows them to grow individually and contribute to society.

Ryan Slay




Ryan Slay


Position: Government, Constitutional Theory, World History

Degree: B.S. Auburn University, Masters in Teaching & Curriculum (CSU)   

Years Teaching: 2002-Present

Academic: AP College Board Certified for AP Psychology, ETS Certified Reader for AP Psychology Exam, 12 year teacher of AP Psychology, 6 year average AP Psych. Exam score average 4.43, Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 at LHS 

Other:  12 Year Adjunct Instructor at Columbus State University 

Ken White



Kenneth White


Position: World History, US Government

Degree: BA in History and Religion; currently working on certification through West GA RESA

Years of Teaching: 2016-Present

Other: Mr. White was a Corporate Trainer and owned his own business for 12 years. He was also in management for such companies as Coca-Cola and Sara Lee Corporation. He also served on a Presidential Campaign Staff.

Steve Will



Steve Will


Position: Engineering, STEM

Years: 36 years industry/ teaching

Degree: B.E.– Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.B.A., Mercer University

Organizations: Mississippi Workforce Investment Board– Governor Appointee, United Way Board Northeast Mississippi, United Way Board West Georgia, Alcorn County Economic Development Committee

Notable Info.: Former industry experience in: Engineering, Project Management, Prod-uct and Process Development, Business Support, Acquisitions and Opera-tions Leadership

Kim Burgess

Kim Burgess


Position: Administrative Asst.

Lindsey Hutto

Lindsey Hutto


Position: Administrative Asst.

O'Brian Lockhart

O' Brian Lockhart


Position: Paraprofessional

Regan Mock

Regan Mock


Position: Administrative Asst.

Robin Morris

Robin Morris


Position: Administrative Asst.

Elizabeth Norton

Elizabeth Norton


Position: Paraprofessional