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The EJCHS counselors Holly Turton, Denise Backus, and Shane Chaisson have prepared an extensive webpage to help students navigate various aspects of student life and transition post high school. Please click HERE to view the web page.

If you are interested in CTAE pathways, please view an informational video here.

CTAE Staff:

Stephanie Ware
Whitney Hardigree
Candace Crenshaw
David Adams
Felipe Pedraza
Josh Whitworth
Greg Gilman
Ryan Bussell
Emily Gunderson
Mollie Neufeld
Renee Chandler
Traci Smith
LTC Eric Hughes
Master Sgt. Shon Wilson
Kate Wilson

The department head for CTAE is Stephanie Ware. Mrs. Ware is the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at EJCHS. She teaches within the Nutrition and Food Science pathway. Mrs. Ware is beginning her 22nd year of teaching and has been teaching in Jackson County for the last 21 years. She grew up in Toccoa and attended Stephens County High School. After high school, Mrs. Ware went on to graduate from the University of Georgia. She, along with her husband Clay and their two children, Sydney and Blake live in Jefferson. Sydney and Blake attend East Jackson Elementary and we are all PROUD to be East Jackson Eagles!! To see the latest news about CTAE, please visit:

To view an informational video about CTAE pathways, please click here.

CTAE Department and Classes Taught

AGRICULTURE:  Greg Gilman, Felipe Pedraza and Josh Whitworth

  • Basic Agriculture Science
  • Agricultural Mechanics I
  • Agriculture Metal Fabrication
  • Ag Electricity and Electrical Controls
  • Agriculture Mechanics II
  • Animal Science and Biotechnology
  • Small Animal Care
  • General Horticulture and Plant Science
  • Floral Design and Management




  • Introduction to Drafting and Design
  • Survey of Engineering Graphics
  • 3D Modeling and Analysis
  • Architectural Drawing and Design I
  • Architectural Drawing and Design II


JROTC: Lt. Col. Eric Hughes and Master Sgt. Shon Wilson

  • JROTC Army Leadership and Education Training 1, 2, 3, and 4


AUDIOVISUAL Technology and Film: Traci Smith

  • Audio-Video Technology I
  • Audio-Video Technology II
  • Audio-Video Technology III
  • Broadcast and Video Production Applications


INFORMATION Technology, Business, and Administration:  Renee Chandler

  • Computer Science-
  • Introduction to Digital Technology
  • Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science
  • Programming-
  • Introduction to Digital Technology
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Programming, Games, Apps, and Society



  • Industry Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Construction
  • Habitat Academy
  • Carpentry I



  • Food, Nutrition, and Wellness
  • Food for Life
  • Food Science


HEALTHCARE SCIENCES – Whitney Hardigree and Emily Gunderson

  • Introduction to Healthcare Science
  • Essentials to Healthcare
  • Allied Health and Medicine
  • Essentials of Biotechnology
  • Applications of Biotechnolgy


WORK BASED LEARNING – Dr. Shannon Lawrence

English Department Faculty:

8th Grade:

Michael Conley

Janet Michelletti

Lydia Peterman

Meganne Skinner


9th-12th Grades: 

Linda Frederick

Nancy Gaultney

Melanie Lawhorn

Jessica McEver

Terry Miller

Erin Nickerson

Helen Rhinehart

Tia Turco

English Department Head : Erin Nickerson

Mrs. Nickerson has been teaching for sixteen years. Currently, she is working on her doctorate at Piedmont College. Reading and watching movies are two of her favorite things to do when she has free time.

English courses offered at EJCHS:
Communication skills
English I
English I Honors
English II
English II Honors
American Literature
AP Lang
Advanced Composition
AP Lit
Women’s Lit

The department head for Fine Arts is Dr. Todd Chandler.  If you have any questions about fine arts, please email Dr. Chandler at

Staff included within Fine Arts are:

Mr. Jonathan Bagley, Band
Ms. Kim Buell, Art
Dr. Todd Chandler, Chorus
Ms. Nancy Gaultney, Drama
Ms. Kelly Loggins, Dance
Ms. Tamara Manchester, Art
Fine Arts courses offered at EJCHS are:
Modern Dance I

Modern Dance II

Modern Dance III

Modern Dance IV

Dance I

Dance II

Dance III


Jazz Band

Concert Band

Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

AP Music Theory

Drama I

Drama II

Drama III

Drama IV

Theater Arts

Technical Theater Arts I

Advanced Chorus I

Advanced Chorus II

Mens Mastery Chorus

Mastery Mixed Chorus

Visual Art I

Drawing and Painting I

Drawing and Painting II

Drawing and Painting III

Ceramics and Pottery I

Ceramics and Pottery II

Ceramics and Pottery III

Photography I

Photography II

Teachers in the Math Department include:

Taylor Patrick
Bucky Sorrow
Amanda Gerber
Tyler Gamble
Chelsea Posey
Breesa Crocker
Nicole Forrester
Christy DeLay
Andrew Gaddy
Tommy Palmer
Jennifer Webb
Lindsey Weinand
Jocelyn Newell
Andy Briscoe
Darrel Presley

Darrel Presley, the EJCHS Mathematics Department Chair, graduated from UGA in 1992.  He earned both his MAT and Education Specialist from Piedmont College.  He has taught for 25 years, 20 of those in Jackson County, and has been with EJCHS since its inception.

He has served on the UGA Mathematics Curriculum Team since 2005.  The team consists of UGA professors and public school teachers that have critically examined the frequently-changing curriculum and implementation efforts in Georgia over that time.  He was chosen as EJCHS Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.  He holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio License (KG4MVD) and loves retrocomputing and wargaming. His wife Sharon serves as a paraprofessional at EJES, and his two sons and daughter-in-law (Brian, Joshua and Holly Presley) all graduated from EJCHS.  Blue Pride!

Mathematics Courses offered at EJCHS:
Algebra I
Honors Algebra I
Algebra I Support
Honors Geometry
Geometry Support
Algebra II
Honors Algebra II
Advanced Mathematical Decision Making
Honors Pre-Calculus
Statistical Reasoning
AP Calculus
AP Statistics

The Media Specialist for EJCHS is Holly Canup. She has been teaching in the Jackson County school system for 28 years. Mrs. Canup taught middle school science for 13 years and has been a librarian for 15 years. She earned her bachelor, master, and specialist degrees in education, as well as her media certification, from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Canup resides in Commerce with her husband, Ken, and their two children. Her favorite pastimes are reading and swimming!

Tammy Looney is the EJCHS Technology staff.

Science Department members:
Angie Wall
Robbie Bryan
Nancy Brim
Justin Schupska
Amy Johnson-Scofield
Andy Morrison
Rith Wilson
Leslie Stephens
Tyler Gamble
Ryan Mewborn
Matthew Dahlke
Emily Gunderson

Dr. Robbie Bryan is the Science department head and has been at EJCHS since the school opened. He is originally from Stone Mountain, GA where he attended Tucker High School. He went to Presbyterian College and then he went to UGA for graduate school. Dr. Bryan currently holds the world record for “Hairiest Science Teacher”…even though he has no hair on his head. As an Eagle Scout, he has an affinity for the outdoors, Marvel movies and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (especially the Easter egg ones).

Courses offered in the sci department
AP Biology
Human Anatomy
Environmental Science
AP Environmental Science
AP Chemistry
Earth Systems
Physical Science
AP Physics

Our teaching staff is Mrs. Julie Cornelius (Spanish), Mrs. Lara Harkins (Spanish), and Mrs. Kelly Doyle (French and Spanish).  Our class offerings consist of levels 1 and 2 of all languages previously mentioned and advanced levels of Spanish and French.

World Languages department chair, Julie Cornelius, has traveled to numerous Spanish and French speaking countries in Europe and Central America.  Mrs. Cornelius graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens with Bachelor and Master’s degrees.  She began teaching at East Jackson in 2014.  She began her professional teaching career in 1996.

The classes offered by this department are:

  • Spanish 1
  • Spanish 1 and 2 honors
  • Spanish 2
  • Spanish 3
  • Spanish 4
  • Latin 1 for 8th grade
  • Latin 1 for 9-12th grades
  • French 1
  • French 2
  • French 3
  • French 4


The EJCHS office staff consist of:

Mandy Byers, Administrative Assistant to the Principal

Lauren Kemp, Front Desk

Lisha Hardy, Registrar

Sheila Bolton, Bookkeeper

Gailey Palmer, Attendance Clerk

Tamera Freeman, Nurse

The PE Department members are:

Cherrelle Pullen
Wesley Wheeler
Cameron Pettus
Scott Myers
Josh Dawson
Caleb Hardy

Coach Wheeler is in his 13th year at East Jackson. He started his career at East Jackson Middle School as a special education teacher. Since 2005 he has taught Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and P.E. He is currently the defensive line coach for the Eagles football team and also coaches shot-put and discus for the track team. Before starting his teaching career, he attended Jackson County High School and received a full athletic scholarship to play football for Elon University in North Carolina. At Elon, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. He is married to the love of his life, Ashley Wheeler and they have two children (Brookelyn and Cooper).

The EJCHS Physical Education Department offers a variety of courses to pique the interest of the student seeking an active lifestyle. These courses include:

Health/Personal Fitness

Lifetime Sports

Weight Training

Body Sculpting

Exercise and Weight Control

Outdoor Education

Shawanna Greene is the Special Education Department Chair at East Jackson Comprehensive High School.  She supports special education teachers with the duties assigned to them in resource, co-taught, and self-contained classrooms. She also helps students reach their full potential in the regular education setting.

When not working with students, she enjoys sporting events and watching the student-athletes develop as individuals. Ms. Greene is a DAWGs fan, who enjoys Drift Racing, camping and spending time with her two sons  Cameron (24), and Caleb (20), and her dog Dooley (56 in dog years).

Ms. Greene is a graduate of Commerce High School and Brenau University with a Master’s Degree in Education. This is her nineteenth year in Education and she loves it.

Special Education Paraprofessionals

Janice Ward, Jean Sorrow, Heather Nelson, Jenny Mealor, Amanda Gerber, Tiffany Petrisko, Wendy Lane, Coach Michael Stanley, Jamie Shackford, Blake Cotton, Mr. David Fountain, Lynne Murray, Emma Dorsey, and Barbara Thompson

History Teachers:
8th Grade: Nikki Dowdy and Clinton Womack

Steven Havick, Jocelyn Newell, Eric Wike, Roger Edmonds, Joseph Brubaker,  Tomy Sitton, Mike Newton, Will Barlett

Mrs. Jessie Wood is currently a Social Studies teacher and the Department Chair at East Jackson Comprehensive High School.

Social Studies Courses currently offered:

Civics, Civics/Geography, World History, US History, Economics, Psychology
AP: Human Geography, World History, US History, Macroeconomics, Psychology

Food Service:

Vickey Minish-Manger

Susan Linder
Linda Adams
Brenda Wood
Shirley Wilson
Katherine White
Marie Bettis
Patsey Brock
Tom Terry
Ollie Appleby
Shirley Peters


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What is Foothills?

The Foothills Education Charter High School is North-Middle Georgia’s answer to the dropout problem. We offer a unique opportunity to any student who wishes to earn an accredited Georgia High School Diploma.

We have 7 locations across the North-Middle Georgia region, offering a full range of high school courses in a convenient, flexible, self-paced format. All Classes are held in the evening so you can work during the day and attend school at night. Tuition is 100% FREE for students who enroll at Foothills full time.

All courses are mastery-based, which means you cannot fail a course. There are no deadlines, so you can take as much or as little time as you need to successfully complete your coursework. To better meet the different learning styles of students, Foothills offers a variety of course formats including textbook and web-based instruction. All methods provide self-paced, individualized mastery learning.

Approved by the Georgia Department of Education October 2014

Approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia September 2014

For information regarding Foothills Charter School, visit their website by clicking HERE.

TitleI Designation Letter 20-21, please see links below this letter for more information about Title 1 or Parent Involvement.

EJCHS FY21EJHS Annual Title I PPT.pptx (1)

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Sponsor for yearbook is Melanie Lawhorn.

Title 1 Information

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2019-2020 Title I Compact

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