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Bulloch County Schools’ faculty receive local & state recognitions

Bulloch County Schools’ educators are being recognized for excellence and leadership in their schools, our community, and our state. 

Rogers elected president of state association
Members of the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences have elected Kristen Rogers as their next president.

Rogers, a teacher at Statesboro High School, serves as the school’s Work-Based Learning coordinator and chairperson of its Career Technical & Agricultural Education Department. She worked 14 years as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher before transitioning to Work-Based Learning.

“We are extremely proud of Mrs. Rogers and the leadership she is demonstrating as she represents Bulloch County at the state level,” said Bethany Gilliam, Bulloch County Schools’ director of Career Technical & Agricultural Education.

Wellman wins state award for counseling & career development
The Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education has selected a Bulloch County educator for its Counseling and Career Development Professional Award.

Katherine Wellman, a counselor at Southeast Bulloch High School, received the award during the association’s 75th Annual Summer Conference held June 12-17, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Bethany Gilliam, Bulloch County’s director of Career Technical & Agricultural Education and the 2021-2022 president of the association, had the honor of presenting Wellman with her award in front of more than 1,500 career and technical educators from around the state.

Wellman was nominated by the members, and then she was selected by the association’s awards committee. She received a plaque and a $500 stipend to attend the Association for Career & Technical Education’s Region II Conference to be held October 5-7, in Virginia Beach, VA, where she will represent Georgia in the next level of the competition.

Georgia Music Educators Association to showcase Whitaker’s choral program
The Georgia Music Educators Association will showcase Brent Whitaker’s Southeast Bulloch High School Choral Program during its annual In-Service Conference at the Classic Center in Athens, on January 26-28.

Touted as one of the premiere professional development events for music educators, each year the association selects a limited number of choirs (usually four or less) to perform in mini concerts during the event to showcase the best of what Georgia schools have to offer in choral music.

“Choir directors go to these concerts to see the pinnacle of what is possible and to motivate themselves,” said Whitaker, who is the director of choral activities and the Fine Arts Department chairman for SEBHS, where he has served since 2001. “For myself, this is what opened my eyes up to what a choir program could be, and immediately set me on fire to try to become one of them. This is an incredible honor for us, and this is the second time we have been chosen.”

More than 4,000 music directors from elementary to college levels, fine arts supervisors, college students, school administrators, students, and professional musicians performing with selected performing groups will be in attendance at the event.

Whitaker, who has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Music Technology from Georgia Southern University, established the choral program at Southeast Bulloch High School, which now features an Advanced, a Women’s and a Concert Choir.

The program has achieved international acclaim, has performed at Carnegie Hall, and has been awarded top honors at many national and state competitions, including being twice selected as the Best Overall Choir at Festival Disney in 2017 and 2022. Each year as many as 11 of its student vocalists audition and are selected for the prestigious All-State Chorus and All-State Reading Chorus due to the vocal and sight reading musical skills learned in Whitaker’s program.

McCombs honored by Georgia Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

McCombs honored by Georgia Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Atlanta Falcons honor Southeast Bulloch Flag Football Coach
The Atlanta Falcons presented Southeast Bulloch High School Flag Football Coach Marci Cochran with a State Champion Award during the NFL team's inaugural High School Football Awards Show presented by Emory Healthcare on March 7, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Cochran, along with team captains, led the school's Flag Football Team to an undefeated 19-win season and a Georgia High School Association Division I Class A-AAAA State Championship in their very first season as a team.

The Atlanta Falcons invited all Georgia High School Association-member tackle and flag football teams to attend the event to celebrate the best of high school football and crown the Atlanta Falcons High School Man of the Year.

Pictured: Cochran (second from left) along with Coach Nick Cochran and the Flag Football Teams' captains during the award presentation.

First-Year Teacher Honored by First District Regional Educational Service Area

First-Year Teacher Honored by First District Regional Educational Service Area

Oliver honored as exceptional mentor to future teachers

Oliver honored as exceptional mentor to future teachers

Gilliam & Newkirk selected for 2023 Leadership Bulloch class
The Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2023 Leadership Bulloch class. The 24-member cohort includes Bulloch County Schools' director of Career Technical & Agricultural Education, Bethany Gilliam, and District 4 Board of Education Member April Newkirk.

According to the Chamber of Commerce's website, Leadership Bulloch is one of its flagship programs. It is designed to expose business leaders to the opportunities and challenges facing our community as well as to promote and foster the development of leadership. The program educates and prepares community leaders who are committed to shaping the future of our community.

The ten-month program engages the selected leaders in day-long class sessions that cover topics such as regional economics, healthcare, public safety, education, workforce, demographics, diversification and agribusiness.

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