Mr. Corey Crockett
Mr. Corey Crockett is the Audio Engineering Instructor at Grayson Tech. Still working in the professional audio industry and currently serving in Atlanta’s Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society Committee, Mr. Crockett has worked in several recording studios in Nashville and in Atlanta as an audio engineer, sound designer, & producer. Mr. Crockett earned a Master of Science degree in Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Industry Technology & Production from Middle Tennessee State University.
Ms. Christina Conners
Ms. Christy Connor's love for art and design began as a teenager growing up in the Northwest. Living in Seattle, she learned to appreciate nature and the beauty of the world. It was there that she learned about the various forms of art including dance, drama, music, and fine arts. Her family moved to Snellville when she was in the ninth grade. She was a competitive swimmer on the Brookwood team as well as Swim Atlanta. When she wasn't swimming she spent most of her time in her darkroom, learning photography from her father. Mrs. Connor went on to pursue photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. After graduating she began working as a freelance designer. Using her strengths in photography and graphic design she also worked at a marketing company doing advertising. In the summers you could find her at the Hudgens Center for the arts teaching a variety of fine art classes. While working there, Ms. Connor discovered a love for teaching and began working as a substitute in Gwinnett County. Her first teaching position was at Hull Middle School back in 2005 and from there she moved to Grace Snell Middle. Ms. Connor is very excited to be at Grayson Tech this year teaching Commercial Photography. She's looking forward to sharing her love for art and design with her students while providing them the tools they need to succeed in the future.
Chef Matt Neal
Chef Matt Neal earned his Associate in Science Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC before being accepted into the culinary honors program in Providence, RI, where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Culinary Arts and a minor in Food Science. During his time at Johnson and Wales, Chef Neal worked as a corporate back of the house trainer with Ruby Tuesday’s, a Lead line cook at Magnolia’s, and a Chef de Cuisine at Kiawah Island Resort. After graduating he worked as an Executive Sous Chef at Kurt’s Restaurant and Chef Tournant at Mill’s Tavern, a Kitchen Manager for Taco Mac, and Executive Chef at the Sycamore Grill. Chef Neal has two step-daughters and a wonderful girlfriend that are all very supportive of his ventures. In his spare time, Chef Neal competes in Bass fishing tournaments and “would fish everyday if he could.”
Mrs. Hannah Bailey
DIGITAL MEDIA & DESIGN
Mrs. Hannah Bailey is the Digital Media/Graphic Design Instructor at Grayson Tech. Mrs. Bailey is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is a freelance graphic designer and fine artist, and has experience working in contemporary art galleries, magazine production, public relations, and design research. Mrs. Bailey loves the arts and hopes to inspire her students with creativity and passion. Her goal is to encourage students to see their own creative potential, while preparing them with vital design-industry skills and knowledge. Mrs. Bailey is a native to Gwinnett County and returned to the area for the unique opportunity to teach Graphic Design at Grayson Tech.
Mrs. Heather Kishun
Mrs. Heather Kishun joined the Grayson Tech team for the 2016-2017 school year to launch the new entrepreneurship program. She previously student taught at Grayson High School and graduated from UGA with a degree in Business Education. Her work experience includes restaurant, retail, office management, and 10 years of substitute teaching. Her entrepreneurial ventures are a retail car lot, used parts sales, finance, and owner/management of residential and commercial properties, which she co-manages with her husband. She has a 12-year-old son in 7th grade.
Mr. Anthony Edwards
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & NETWORKING
Mr. Anthony Edwards is the Information Technology Instructor at Grayson Tech. Mr. Edwards earned a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. He is currently working on a Masters in Workforce Education at the University of Georgia. His industry background includes three Internet startups and working for a Fortune 1000 company. His spare time hobbies include astronomy and falconry.
Mr. Antonio "Tony" Ward
LAW AND JUSTICE
Mr. "Tony" Ward comes to Grayson High from the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, where he served as a Felony Probation Officer for three years in the Gwinnett County Judicial circuit. Mr. Ward specialized in community surveillance, Felon supervision and Drug rehabilitation. He received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University, and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration for Northern Illinois University. Mr. Ward resides in Gwinnett County with his wife and three children.
Mr. Andre DeRamus
Mr. Eddie Knox
“Promoting safe and healthy communities one step at a time”
Eddie Knox moved to Gwinnett County shortly after attending college at Valdosta State University. He studied athletic training at Valdosta State University and proceeded to work in a diverse dynamic setting in Atlanta, Georgia. Passionate about sports medicine, he was given the opportunity to work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in year 2009. Shortly afterwards, in year 2010, Eddie moved to Gwinnett County and started working in the clinical setting as a certified athletic trainer. He began athletic training outreach through Gwinnett Medical Center Sports Medicine Program. Eddie has been actively working in the sports medicine field for eight years and has plans to continue the direction of sports medicine through interactive public health and athletic training services. Currently, he works with the Mountain View High School program and is actively involved in sports medicine daily activities as the Head Athletic Trainer. In addition, Eddie has completed his Master Degree of Public Health, with a focus in epidemiology from Benedictine University. He has interacted with the Georgia Department of Public Health, and piloted a injury prevention program for agencies in the state of georgia. With encouragement from health professionals alike, Eddie has continued to embrace new opportunities of development in the field of athletic training and sports medicine. These new opportunities include research and publication additions. In his free time, Eddie enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, recreational activities, and DIY projects.
Mr. Chip "Doc" McCarty, M.Ed. A.T., C./L.
“Doc” McCarty, a National Athletic Trainer’s Association Certified Athletic Trainer, is one of our Sports Medicine Instructors at Grayson Tech. He is a native of Griffin, GA and was the Student Athletic Trainer for the 1978 Griffin High School State Championship Football team. Doc earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Valdosta State College and his Masters of Education from Valdosta State University. He completed a NFL internship with the Indianapolis Colts during his undergraduate curriculum at VSC. Some of Chip’s Athletic Training experience includes Carolina Elite Soccer Academy, Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy, Warner Robins High School, Bainbridge High School, and Griffin High School.
In addition, he has previously been certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Orthopaedic Technologist. Doc is able use all of his combined experiences in the classroom and bring real life emergency care of sick and injured athletes to applicable use. He was on the committee that helped get Concussion Legislation passed in Georgia.
He just purchased a home in Gwinnett County and enjoys gardening, yard work, and cooking on his Big Green Egg.
Mr. Will Perry
Mr. Will Perry is the TV/Video Broadcasting Instructor and comes to Grayson Tech from eleven years in the industry producing websites, music videos, and commercials for television. In his third year here, Mr. Perry earned a Master of Arts degree from the Academy of Arts University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University.
Mrs. Jennifer Allen
Mrs. Jennifer Allen is the Veterinary Science instructor at Grayson Tech. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician with 13 years of industry experience specializing in small animal medicine and hospital management. Mrs. Allen earned her associates degree in Veterinary Technology at Gwinnett Technical College and lives in Walton County with her husband, child, dog and cat.
Mr. Michael Gary
Mr. Gary is a CTI Coordinator for Grayson Tech. Mr. Gary has also worked at Berkmar High School, and in Fulton and Walton County schools. He earned a Masters of Education from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. Mr. Gary lives in Bogart Georgia with his two daughters Grace and Miriam.
Dr. Yolonda Rollins
Dr. Yolonda Rollins is a CTI Coordinator for Grayson Tech. She has taught at Hull Middle School, Central Gwinnett High School, and Grayson High School. Dr. Rollins is a native of Chicago, Illinois and has been in Georgia for over 20 years. After graduating from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services she attended Clark Atlanta University and received a Master's degree in Social Work. Dr. Rollins worked as a Social Worker for over 10 years in Georgia and Illinois prior to becoming a teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a teaching degree in Special Education. She received her Educational Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning and her Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University Atlanta. Dr. Rollins is married and has one daughter who is a junior in college. She is very involved in her community and loves to serve. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and shopping.
Mrs. Joy Thompson
LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHER
Mrs. Thompson is the embedded Advanced Composition teacher at Grayson Tech. She has taught Language Arts for 19 years in elementary, middle, and high school. Mrs. Thompson graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an Associate degree of Science in Fashion Merchandising/Retail Marketing, Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Master of Science degree in Educational Technology, and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources at Keller Graduate School of Management and completed her Graduate Studies in Reading/Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami. Mrs. Thompson’s passion for writing grew from her creative writing experiences at the university level. As a result, she takes a great joy in helping students improve their voice and writing style. Her goal is to prepare students for not only post-secondary education, but life-long career communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. She resides in Gwinnett County with her husband, four children, and grand-daughter.