OUR FACULTY

Dr. Catherine Mallanda

Administration

 

Education: Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology;  M.Ed. Secondary Mathematics from State University of West Georgia; Ed. S. in Administration and Supervision from State University of West Georgia; Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from University of Southern Mississippi

 

Certification: Leadership, Secondary Mathematics, AP Calculus

 

Interesting fact(s): I attended East Side Elementary, Dickerson MS and Walton HS!

 

Quote: “What the society thinks is of no interest to me. All that's important is how I see myself. I know who I am. I know the value of my work.”

Robin S. Sharma

Dr. Tina Link

Director

Subject(s): AP Biology ,Honors Biology, AP Seminar, AP Research

 

Education: BS in Science Education, Georgia State University; M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina; Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden University.

 

Certification: Secondary Science, Leadership, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science; AP Seminar, AP Research, Gifted Endorsed, Coaching Endorsed

 

Interesting fact(s):  My favorite pastimes are spending time with my family, reading, and  I love to travel.

 

Quote: “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

Louis Pasteur

 

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Spiderman

Ann Baxley

STEM Honors Chemistry

 

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Brian Benton

Principles of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, AP Computer Science, Beginning Programming

 

Education: BS Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse; MS in Real Estate from Georgia State University

 

Certification: Secondary Mathematics, PLTW Engineering, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Gifted Endorsed

 

Interesting fact(s): Head Coach Walton Robotics Team, I'm a certified commercial pilot with multi-engine instrument ratings. I've flown over 850 hours. My favorite activity is riding my bicycle. I rode 50 miles on my 50th birthday. 

 

Favorite quote:  "On the road of life there are passengers and there are drivers. Drivers wanted!"

Volkswagen

Donna Blankenbecler

Accelerated Geometry/Advanced Algebra

 

Education: ABJ from University of Georgia, Post Baccalaureate in Secondary Mathematics from Kennesaw State University

 

Certification: Secondary Mathematics, AP Calculus Certified, Gifted Endorsed

 

Interesting fact(s): I am becoming an American citizen this year.

 

Quote: "Life is like a math equation.  To get the most out of it, you must learn how to turn the negatives into positives."

Meri Cain

Honors Biology and Chemistry

 

Education: B.A. Double major in Biology and English Literature from Agnes Scott College, M. Ed. in Science Education from Kennesaw State University

 

Certifications: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Gifted Endorsement

 

Interesting fact(s): I am an amateur poet and hobbyist artist in my leisure time. And a mother of six with grandchildren!

 

Quote: “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”

Albert Einstein

“Questions of science, science and progress, do not speak as loud as my heart.”

Coldplay

Dr. Sharon Camp

AP Environmental Science and Chemistry

 

Education: BS in Geology from The University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Certification: Secondary Science, AP Environmental Science; Gifted Endorsed

 

Interesting fact(s): My favorite pastimes are spending time with my family, hiking and gardening, and being outside whenever I can

 

Quote: “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

Carl Sagan

Amanda Edwards

Honors and AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science

 

Education: BS Chemistry from Wofford College; M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from Converse College; Ed.S. in Chemistry Education from Kennesaw State University

 

Certification: Chemistry Education, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science,

Gifted Endorsed

 

Interesting fact(s): I love to learn new things related to science.  In my mind, science (especially Chemistry) holds the answer to every question in the universe.  I love to figure out how Chemistry explains things in the other sciences, and then share that with my students.

 

Favorite quote: "What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on."

Jacques Cousteau

Maggie Hemmady

PLTW Medical Interventions, Honors Biotechnology, and Honors Anatomy

 

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Tobie Hendricks

Honors Biology,  PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science, and Forensic Science

 

Education: BA in Biology Minor Chemistry from Georgia State University; M.Ed. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute

 

Certification: Science Education, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, PLTW Biomedical, Gifted Endorsed

 

Interesting fact(s): I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uruguay, South America where I worked in Environmental Education.  I have also done an internship with the National Zoo and worked at National Wildlife Federation.

 

Quote: “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

Carl Sagan

Allen Hubbard

STEM AP Physics C, AP Physics C

 

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Dr. Vince Mull

PLTW Human Body Systems, Honors Anatomy and Honors Biology

 

Education: BS in Biology from Oglethorpe University; BM in Music Education from Kennesaw State University; MM in Music Education from Georgia State University; Ed.S. and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University

 

Certification: K-12 Music, 6-12 Science, K-12 Educational Leadership, Coaching and Gifted Endorsement, AP Certification in Music Theory

 

Interesting fact(s): I visit more haunted houses in one year than most people do in a lifetime!

 

Quote: Never settle for less than what you are capable of achieving

Jennifer Phillips

AP Calculus BC

 

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Laura Speer

Accelerated Precalculus BC

 

Education: BGS in Humanities from Samford University; M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from University of Toledo; Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

 

Certification: Secondary Mathematics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, Gifted Endorsed.

 

Favorite Quote(s): “We think in generalities, but we live in details.”

Alfred North Whitehead

Wes Taylor

Astronomy, AP Physics 1, and AP Physics 2

 

Education: BS in physics from Berry College; M.Ed. in secondary education from Grand Canyon University

 

Certification: 6-12 Science with gifted endorsement, AP Certification in Physics 1, 2, C: Mechanics, and C: Electricity and Magnetism

 

Interesting fact(s): I am a co-coach for the Science Olympiad team, play the tuba, and am a fan of Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and LEGOs.

Quote: “We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the COSMOS to know itself.” –Carl Sagan

Ty Vernon

Honors Physical Science, Introduction to Engineering, Digital Electronics

 

Education: B.S. Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, M.A.T. Mathematics Education from Mercer University

 

Certification: 6-12 Mathematics, 6-12 Physics, 6-12 Technology Education, PLTW Engineering, Gifted Endorsement

 

Interesting fact(s): I coach soccer and swimming.

 

Favorite Quotes: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

William Blake

 

“Do or do not – there is no try.”

Master Yoda 

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