Morgan BOE makes leadership appointments

 

 

The Morgan County Board of Education made three appointments to leadership positions during a called meeting held on April 30.

​Greg Thompson was named an assistant principal at Morgan County High School.

He had been serving as an interim assistant since January.

Thompson, 49, is in his 20th year in education, the past 14 in Morgan County. He will be awarded his Ed.S in leadership from Georgia College and State University in July of this year. He has a master’s degree in education from The University of North Georgia and two bachelor’s degrees in psychology, and health & physical education from Georgia College and State University.

Thompson’s teaching career began as a P.E. teacher. He taught physical education for 11 years, five of those at Morgan County Primary School. He then served as a teacher for five years at the Morgan County Alternative Education Program and has spent the last four years as director.

 He has also experienced success as a coach of numerous sports during his career, winning several region championships and coach of the year honors. Throughout his career as an educator and coach, Thompson has always had a commitment to the overall success of students and athletes. He is a firm believer that working with and supporting students is his calling and could not imagine doing anything else.

Thompson and his wife Allison have been married for 20 years and have two children. Allison is employed with the Bank of Madison and was in real estate for 15 years before making a career change. She is a lifelong resident of Morgan County. Their son Will attends Morgan County Middle School. Will is a sports junkie like his dad and has enjoyed tagging along with Thompson to practices and games over the years. Their daughter Aliza will be starting the Pre-K program at Morgan County Primary School in the fall. Mr.

The Thompson family are dedicated members of Madison Baptist Church where Greg also serves as a deacon. They enjoy spending time together as a family. As an avid golfer, Thompson enjoys playing as much as possible when time

allows.   

 

James "Dusty" Sidwell was named an ​assistant principal at Morgan County Elementary School.

 

 

Sidwell graduated from Morgan County High School in 2004. After proudly serving his country in the United States Marine Corp, he graduated from Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education.  He began his teaching career in 2009 and has since earned his masters of education and educational specialist in special education. He has recently completed the Georgia Tier II Leadership Certificate Program through Valdosta State University.

During his tenure at Morgan County High School, Sidwell has served the community in multiple roles. He has not only coached for MCHS football, wrestling, track and golf, but he also drove a bus route for the transportation department, serves as Special Education Coordinator for MCHS, and is a member of the Leadership and HPPLC committees. Dusty is currently the PBIS Coordinator for the county and serves Morgan County students in a non-traditional setting at Foothills Charter High School in the evenings.

Heis married to Kaleigh Sidwell, another MCHS graduate and current Morgan County teacher. Together they have two children, Jackson and McKinleigh.

 

Jay Homan had been named assistant superintendent for student support and community relations.

 

 

 

Homan has 23 years of experience as an educator. He started his career teaching and coaching football and basketball at the middle school and high school level. He taught art, math, social studies, science and language arts at for nine years. Homan transitioned into administration as a assistant principal in Griffin. He later served as a principal at the middle school and high school level for 11 years in Jackson and Eatonton.

 

During his time as a principal, Homan was recognized by the Georgia State Superintendent and the State Board of Education for Excellence in School Improvement as he led two separate schools from “Needs Improvement” status by significantly improving student achievement and graduation rates. His school was also recognized as a Title I School of Distinction and as the Breakthrough School of the year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. This award identifies, recognizes and showcases schools that are dramatically improving student achievement and is the highest honor a school can earn through the GASSP organization.

 

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Homan now lives with his wife and eight year old daughter in Georgia. He finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, completed his master’s degree from Columbus State University and received a specialist in educational leadership from Georgia College and State University.

 

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