Assistant superintendent, principals hired

Tia Lynn Ivey News

Morgan County schools is welcoming new leadership this week. At a special called meeting on Monday, April 30, The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) hired a new assistant superintendent for Student Support and Community Relations, Jay Homan, a new assistant principal for Morgan County High School (MCHS), Greg Thompson, and new assistant principal for Morgan County Middle School (MCMS), James Dusty Sidwell.

Jay Homan will serve as the new superintendent for student support and community relations. According to the school system, “Jay W. 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 middle school Assistant Principal in Griffin, Georgia. He later served as a Principal at the middle school and high school level for 11 years in Jackson, Georgia and in Eatonton, Georgia. During his time as a Principal, Mr. 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.”

According to the school system, Greg Thompson, the new assistant principal for MCHS, has 20-year education career, with 14 years in Morgan County. “Mr. Thompson will be awarded his Ed.S in leadership from Georgia College and State University in July, 2018. 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. Mr. Thompson’s teaching career began as a Physical Education 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 the Director. Thompson has been serving as the interim assistant principal at Morgan County High School since January, 2018.  He has also experienced great success as a coach of numerous sports during his career, including several region championships, and Coach of the Year honors. Throughout his career as an educator and coach, Mr. Thompson has always had a commitment to the overall success of students and athletes. Thompson is a firm believer that working with and supporting students is his calling, and could not imagine doing anything else. Mr. 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. Thompson is 49 years old, and Aliza is helping to keep him young. 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.

James Dustin Sidwell, the new assistant principal for MCMS, is a MCHS graduate and veteran. According to the school system, “James Dustin 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.  Sidwell 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 even 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.

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