Franklin Welcomes New Educators
The Franklin County School welcomed 19 new educators to the Seahawk Family this school year. "We are excited to be adding to our school’s diverse faculty and staff," said Principal Jill Rudd. The new educators spent two days participating in a PAEC New Educator Camp and then had one day of New Educator training at FCS before the students arrived on August 13th. The newest educators range from brand new teachers, who have just graduated from college with an abundance of ideas pertaining to the newest trends, to veteran teachers, who will bring knowledge and ideas from other districts to enhance the students’ education.
Hayden Warren: Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education from Troy University
Hayden is originally from Samson, AL and has recently relocated to Franklin County. He will be teaching 6th grade Social Studies and Science this year. Hayden is a huge football fan and always cheers for the Atlanta Braves in baseball. He is hoping for a fantastic year with the Seahawks.
Ellis Hartley: Degree in Environmental Studies with a Biology minor from University of Central Florida
Ellis is an avid outdoor enthusiast. After graduating in 2015, he taught at a marine science camp in the Florida Keys and led environmental programs as a Park Naturalist in Massachusetts. Ellis will be teaching Algebra, Environmental Science, and Aero Space this school year. His hobbies include diving, sailing, and hiking. Ellis places an emphasis on experiential learning and is looking forward to an exciting school year.
Dakota (Cody) Tillis: Degree in Social Science Education from Troy University
Dakota is originally from Headland, AL. and has recently relocated to Franklin County. He graduated from Troy University where he was also a student assistant football coach. This year, Dakota will be teaching Law Studies, World History, and Psychology in addition to being a coach. Dakota has always enjoyed visiting the Franklin County area and can’t wait to put roots down and become involved within the community. He is looking forward to a great school year and football season here at Franklin County. Go Seahawks!
Gracyn Kirvin: Degree in Elementary Education from Troy University.
Gracyn is a local of Franklin County and is glad to be back home. She will be teaching 5th grade this school year and is also one of the Seahawk Volleyball coaches. She is excited to connect with the community and help our kids grow.
Judy (Diane) Mohrfeld: Degree in Early Childhood Education from Thomas University
Judy is a Tallahassee native and has lived in Georgia for the past eighteen years. She has been a teacher for the past ten years. She and her husband have two sons. They now live in Eastpoint and she looks forward to teaching Kindergarten.
Ms. Jan Neshat: BA in Elementary Ed from the University of New Hampshire and M. Ed. Special Ed from McGill University, Montreal
Jan loves teaching and states it is her passion and joy. She has worked in various capacities in education for 40+ years. Jan has mostly taught special needs students but has taught all ages, K thru graduate students. This year she will be teaching grades 3-6 varying exceptionalities class. She moved to Franklin, County 18 years ago- delighted in the beauty, the quiet, and the wonderful proximity to nature. She currently lives in Eastpoint. Jan states, “I am an avid artist (primarily drawing and painting) and find this a fabulous area for creative people. A proud mom of a grown son and proud grandmother of 3.” She is excited to be teaching at FCS this year!
Erica Lawrence: BS in Child Development from Florida State University
Erica has been working in Early Childhood Education since 1998. She has taught preschool, GA Pre-K, FL VPK and been employed as an Education Specialist and site director of a local head start and early head start program. She is looking forward to teaching Kindergarten for Franklin County Schools.
Calen Turner: Degree in Mathematics from Troy University
Calen is originally from Dothan, AL but, grew up spending a lot of her summers in Franklin County with family. This year, Calen is teaching 6th grade Math and will also be an athletic coach. She is excited about being here permanently and is looking forward to this school year. Go Seahawks!
Jaime Parfitt: Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at the College of Wooster, Wooster Ohio.
Jaime is originally from Pennsylvania and has lived in Franklin County for 3 years, working as a substitute teacher, a paraprofessional, and a first-grade teacher at the Charter School. This year she will be teaching first grade at FCS.
James N. Nolen: BA English from New York Institute of Technology
James is a father of two and originally from Bristol. He has been in Education for 27 years and has taught 1st, 4th, Middle and High School English in New York and Fort Lauderdale. James will be teaching 9th and 11th grade English Language Arts. He enjoys the beach, snowboarding, horseback riding, traveling to historic sites, and reading. He has been away for 20 years and is excited to bring back a vast of experience and reconnect with everyone.
Samantha Mathis: Bachelor of Science, Middle Grades Education from College of Coastal Georgia
Samantha is a Georgia native and grew up around the commercial fishing industry. She will be teaching Chemistry and Biology this school year. Her love for science stems from spending much of her time on the water. Her dad was a shrimp boat captain and her mom a pre-school teacher, which is where her love for kids comes from. Samantha loves to garden and has a small farm with goats, chickens, a turkey, and rabbits
Zack Wilson: Bachelor of Music Education from Troy University
Zack is originally from Gosher, AL, an area very similar in size to Franklin County. While at Troy, he was on the Sound of The South snare line for two years. He was also was part of the Troy University Symphony Band, the TU Percussion Ensemble, and the pop music ensemble. Zack will be teaching drama and band this year. In his spare time, he likes to hike, kayak, and go to concerts.
Cindy Hainchek: BA Elementary Ed. / MA Teaching and Leadership from UWF and St. Xavier University
Cindy has recently moved back to Florida after living in Illinois for 25 years. She says, “I am NEVER leaving again!” Cindy will be teaching 6th grade English Language Arts. She is a UWF alumni and has earned her Master’s degree from St. Xavier. This will be her 19th year in the classroom. It’s still her passion after all this time. She is a mother of two sons, 25 and 18 and loves everything about the water! Cindy enjoys cooking, sports, reading, and singing. She looks forward to meeting the students and becoming part of this community.
EJ Hampson: MA in Education: Reading/ Literacy from Benedictine University
E.J. will be teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA. She is coming to Franklin County from Maine with 17 years of teaching experience. E.J. is married to a musician and has four grown children.
Kieran Williams: Bachelors in History from the University of Alabama
Kieran was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. His mother has taught Special Ed in Gwinnett County for 18 years and was a huge influence on him becoming a teacher. He will be teaching 5th grade this year. He played football at the University of Alabama under Coach Nick Saban. Kieran is very excited to be a part of the Seahawk family and is looking forward to a great school year.
Scott Stephens: Bachelors in Public Administration from Ole Miss
Scott is a 5th generation Floridian with experience in private sector Sales/ Marketing. He will be teaching digital design this year and is excited to share his knowledge of Graphic Design with our high school students.