Hello to all! I bring you greetings from the Office of the Assistant Principal. I have been a part of Southwest Magnet High School & Law Academy since July 2009. I am very glad to serve the students and parents of this community.
I want to congratulate and welcome Dr. Kilcrease on becoming the new principal for the 2013-14 school year. I look forward to working with her and the school staff.
I am a product of the Bibb County Public Schools. I have degrees from Macon State College (AA), Fort Valley State University (BS), and Troy University (MS). Additionally, I received my educational leadership training at West Georgia University.
My background encompasses 14 years of teaching experience and five years of school administration experience. My leadership style can be best described as collaborative for I pride myself on involving others in the decision-making process.
I want students to know that in order to be successful in the 21st Century, they will have to learn to solve complex problems, deal with a rapidly changing environment, infuse technology more effectively and efficiently, be more creative, collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds, think critically, and recognize the world as a global community.
As students begin the 2013-2014 school year at Southwest Magnet High School & Law Academy, they should expect the blending of 21st Century Skills with the teaching of academic content. Students will embark on a new journey in education with the teaching of The Common Core Standards. These standards will challenge students in many new ways.
Additionally, students planning to graduate in the Spring of 2014 will need to focus immensely and place a great deal of attention on passing all required state-mandated test like the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) and the End of Course Test (EOCT). If students do not pass all five parts of the GHSGT, then students will not receive a high school diploma. This year's senior class will be the last cohort of student who will be responsible for passing all five parts of the GHSGT.
I cannot stress enough the importance of preparing adequately for all test and to participate in taking the test at the required time. Student can enhance their understanding of content material and prepare for upcoming test by visiting websites like Khanacademy.org and/or the Georgiaoas.org websites. These resources are free and only require access to the internet.
Moreover, students will be taking even more assessments this school year. One particular assessment students will be responsible for taking will be the Growth Learning Objectives (GLO) test. All classes that do not require an EOCT will have to take a GLO assessment at the beginning of the school year and again at the end of the school year. This is an important test and students must approach the test with their best intentions to pass it.
If you have any questions or concerns and you want to reach me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the school at 478-779-4500.