Academic Department Faculty 2017-2018


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LTC Douglas Reynolds, US Army Retired

Dean of Academics

Hometown: Columbia, SC
Education: University of South Carolina - BA Political Science    Louisiana State University - MA Military History
Military Background: Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel - Combat Veteran of OIF  - over 25 years of service
Hobbies: Running / reading
Favorite Quote: "Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel"
Family: Wife Charissa / Tyler, Cody (2 sons) daughter Launa

 

CHIEF Jeremy (J.C.) Ogletree, Retired

Assistant Dean of Academics

President Academic Boosters, STEM Director, Senior Science Instructor, Athletic Director

Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Education: BA Business Administration, Columbia Southern University.  MA Environmental Science University of Alabama
Military Background: Law Enforcement – Retired Chief of Police
Hobbies: traveling, volunteering, community involvement, Professional Development
Favorite Quote: “When I was young my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down “Happy”.   They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”  - Unknown

 Terry Arwood    Senior Math Instructor     Hometown : Opelika, AL  Education : BS Business Administration  Military Background : US Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class  Hobbies : baseball, football, fishing, weekend cooking  Favorite Quote : “Ambition is the root from which all growth of nobleness proceeds”  Family : Married, two children

Terry Arwood

Senior Math Instructor

Hometown: Opelika, AL
Education: BS Business Administration
Military Background: US Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class
Hobbies: baseball, football, fishing, weekend cooking
Favorite Quote: “Ambition is the root from which all growth of nobleness proceeds”
Family: Married, two children

 Toni Baker    Administrative Assistant to the Dean     Hometown :   Favorite Quote:  “Dreams grow if you grow.” Zig Ziglar  Family:  Widow

Toni Baker

Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Hometown:

Favorite Quote: “Dreams grow if you grow.” Zig Ziglar
Family: Widow

 LTC John Cole (retired)    Senior Army Instructor     Hometown : Florence, AL  Education:  BA Geography - Auburn University / MA Leadership & Management – Webster University  Military Background:  US Army 1994-2015, Field Artillery Officer – Combat Veteran of Iraq  Hobbies:  Shooting Sports, Gun & Knife collecting, hunting, reading, travel with family  Favorite Quote:  “doing right aint got no end” - Outlaw Josey Wales  Family:  Wife, Michelle / Kids: Mary 12, Gabrielle 8

LTC John Cole (retired)

Senior Army Instructor

Hometown: Florence, AL
Education: BA Geography - Auburn University / MA Leadership & Management – Webster University
Military Background: US Army 1994-2015, Field Artillery Officer – Combat Veteran of Iraq
Hobbies: Shooting Sports, Gun & Knife collecting, hunting, reading, travel with family
Favorite Quote: “doing right aint got no end” - Outlaw Josey Wales
Family: Wife, Michelle / Kids: Mary 12, Gabrielle 8


 Dorinda Cooper    English Instructor     Hometown : Montgomery, AL  Education : BA English & Psychology – Spring Hill College / MA English – Indiana State University  Hobbies : reading, horseback riding, traveling  Favorite Quote : “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” - Winston Churchill  Family : Husband: Michael, Son: Ryan

Dorinda Cooper

English Instructor

Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Education: BA English & Psychology – Spring Hill College / MA English – Indiana State University
Hobbies: reading, horseback riding, traveling
Favorite Quote: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” - Winston Churchill
Family: Husband: Michael, Son: Ryan

 Amy Giddens    Language Arts Instructor     Hometown :  Education : I studied education at Auburn University in Montgomery.  I currently hold a B.S in Psychology, M.Ed in Special Education, Ed. Sp. in 6-12 Cooperative Teaching, and Certification in Language Arts 6-12  Hobbies : Camping and traveling  Favorite Quote : “It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”. Albus Dumbledore ,   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets   Family:  I am married to Rushin Giddens. He works for ATT as a manager/supervisor for the buried fiber division. He holds a B.S. Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University. I have three children, Zachary Giddens, Cade Giddens, and Beth Lowman  .

Amy Giddens

Language Arts Instructor

Hometown:
Education: I studied education at Auburn University in Montgomery.  I currently hold a B.S in Psychology, M.Ed in Special Education, Ed. Sp. in 6-12 Cooperative Teaching, and Certification in Language Arts 6-12
Hobbies: Camping and traveling
Favorite Quote: “It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”. Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Family: I am married to Rushin Giddens. He works for ATT as a manager/supervisor for the buried fiber division. He holds a B.S. Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University. I have three children, Zachary Giddens, Cade Giddens, and Beth Lowman.

 George Hall    Math & Spanish Instructor     Hometown : Auburn, AL  Education : BS Math, Spanish – Auburn University, MS Public Administration, Accounting  Hobbies : family and traveling  Favorite Quote : “Your focus determines your reality” – Star Wars, Episode I  Family : Married, two sons: 21-year-old USAF enlisted, 17-year-old Auburn HS Senior

George Hall

Math & Spanish Instructor

Hometown: Auburn, AL
Education: BS Math, Spanish – Auburn University, MS Public Administration, Accounting
Hobbies: family and traveling
Favorite Quote: “Your focus determines your reality” – Star Wars, Episode I
Family: Married, two sons: 21-year-old USAF enlisted, 17-year-old Auburn HS Senior


 1SG Lee A. Kolb    JROTC Army Instructor      Hometown : Damiansville, IL  Education : AA Georgia Military  Military Background : 23 years active duty, Signal Corps  Hobbies:  Outdoors, hunting, Bass fishing  Favorite Quote : “Leave no one behind” – Unknown  Family : Married, three children, 8 grandchildren

1SG Lee A. Kolb

JROTC Army Instructor

Hometown: Damiansville, IL
Education: AA Georgia Military
Military Background: 23 years active duty, Signal Corps
Hobbies: Outdoors, hunting, Bass fishing
Favorite Quote: “Leave no one behind” – Unknown
Family: Married, three children, 8 grandchildren

 Charissa Reynolds    College and Career Counselor - BETA Club     Hometown : Dadeville, AL  Education : BS Health Sciences – San Diego State University    / Certified Etiquette Instructor from the American School of Protocol  Hobbies:  raising butterflies with daughter, reading, being Mom  Favorite Quote:  “You can’t reach what is in front of you until you let go of what is behind you.”  - Unknown  Family:  Husband, Doug – 2 boys: Tyler and Cody   1 girl: Launa

Charissa Reynolds

College and Career Counselor - BETA Club

Hometown: Dadeville, AL
Education: BS Health Sciences – San Diego State University    / Certified Etiquette Instructor from the American School of Protocol
Hobbies: raising butterflies with daughter, reading, being Mom
Favorite Quote: “You can’t reach what is in front of you until you let go of what is behind you.”  - Unknown
Family: Husband, Doug – 2 boys: Tyler and Cody   1 girl: Launa

 Brandi Saffold    Junior School Teacher     Hometown : Alexander City, AL  Education : BS Early Childhood Education, Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA  Hobbies : reading / kayaking  Favorite Quote : “Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.” – Chris Bradford  Family : Husband: Ben   one girl: Maddy   one boy: Gunner

Brandi Saffold

Junior School Teacher

Hometown: Alexander City, AL
Education: BS Early Childhood Education, Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, GA
Hobbies: reading / kayaking
Favorite Quote: “Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.” – Chris Bradford
Family: Husband: Ben   one girl: Maddy   one boy: Gunner