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TLC 10Tim Rountree, Administrator 

Tim Rountree has been the Transitions Learning Center's administrator since 2010.  He has nearly 20 years experience in education, and he was previously the assistant principal at Stilson Elementary School. 

He has a bachelor's degree in middle grades education from Georgia Southern University, a master's degree in education from Central Michigan University, and a specialist's degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.   He was selected as one of the first "Master Teachers" from the State of Georgia in 2006.

Before moving into administration, Rountree was a classroom teacher.  He started his career at Swainsboro Middle School teaching interrelated special education. During that first year, he was selected to research and implement a co-teaching model for his special education students and teachers. Once that was implemented, he co-taught math and language arts as well as several resource classes.

Rountree has been with Bulloch County Schools for 18 years.  He taught seven years at William James Middle School, where he taught sixth-grade language arts for two years and sixth-grade math for five years.  While at WJMS, he also coached football, basketball, golf, and track, and the teams won multiple region championships in these sports.  The remainder of his tenure has been at Stilson Elementary and the TLC.

Rachael Akridge, Administrative Assistant

2015-07-30 11.50.15.jpgRachael Akridge has been employed by Bulloch County Schools since 2008, all of those as an administrative assistant with the school system's alternative school program. Ms. Akridge handles all administrative duties for the TLC, which includes processing student records and handling communications between faculty, parents, students, and the students' schools of record. She attended Swainsboro Technical Institute and Ogeechee Technical College.



Kristell Jones -Turner , Instructor

2015-07-30 11.43.33.jpgKristell Turner is a native Floridian with family roots in Bulloch County. She earned a Bachelor's in Biology from Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland, and later a Master's in Education from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton Florida. Mrs. Turner began her teaching career in 2000 in Palm Beach County Schools teaching high school Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science. She moved to Bulloch County in 2006. In 2007, Mrs. Turner worked at Langston Chapel Middle as a Graduation Coach and Science Teacher. Mrs. Turner has been working with "at-promise" students at Transitions Learning Center since they opened in 2010. She is very dedicated and passionate about the opportunities that she has each day to work with students with unlimited potential.


 Tawana Hill, Instructor

2015-07-30 11.41.00.jpgTawana Hill has been an educator for 12 years, nine of those with Bulloch County Schools.  She was previously with Langston Chapel Middle School. Prior to Bulloch County Schools, she taught for three years at the Georgia Network for Educational Therapeutic Support's Cedarwood campus that serves Bulloch County students. Before becoming a teacher, she was a child and adolescent community counselor. She has both a bachelor's and a master's degree in sociology with an emphasis in social services.  She also holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in special education from Georgia Southern University.  At the TLC, she provides support in all academic areas by providing special education services either in small groups or on an individual basis. 

Jan S. Haggins, Instructor 

2015-07-30 11.44.42.jpgJan Haggins attended and graduated from Bulloch County Schools. She has been teaching 39 years, 37 of them in Bulloch County. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a specialist's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies. She teaches all core subjects and some electives.


Daphne N. Jackson, Instructor

2015-07-30 11.39.20.jpgDaphne N. Jackson, is a 1996 graduate of Statesboro High School.  She attended South Carolina State University and later earned her bachelor’s  degree in English from Armstrong Atlantic University. Ms. Jackson began her teaching career with Liberty County School Schools as a sixth-grade English language arts teacher. During her time as a middle school teacher, she has became a certified abstinence coach and implemented a school-wide club, "I’m Worth the Wait," for middle school girls.  Ms. Jackson worked briefly in Tampa, Florida, for a program created to bridge the gap between middle-school and high school-aged students with academic difficulties. She is devoted to the academic growth of students and lives to enhance the life of our children educationally.


Renee Perry, Counselor

2015-07-30 11.42.43.jpgRenee Perry joined the Transitions Learning Center as the full-time school counselor in November 2014.  She was previously a part of the TLC as the Project Success counselor through the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services. Before moving to Bulloch County, Mrs. Perry started her career in Effingham County as the school counselor for Ebenezer Elementary School.  She also served as a counselor in Swainsboro and was the testing and pupil services coordinator for Emanuel County Schools.  Mrs. Perry graduated from Georgia Southern University with bachelor's, master's and specialist's degrees in school counseling and school psychology.


Steven Smith, Instructor

2015-07-30 11.44.02.jpgSteven Smith graduated from Lovejoy High School in 2006. He attended Florida International University before transferring to Georgia Southern University, where he received his bachelor's degree.  In 2012, he became a paraprofessional and coach at Portal Middle High School.  He received his master's degree from Georgia Southern in 2014. He has worked with many programs such as Breakthrough/Summerbridge Miami, YMCA, and Upward Bound on his way to becoming a full-time educator.