the great work that has been done at SHS and look for­ward to work­ing with the stu­dents who I came to know dur­ing my time at Red Bud Mid­dle School. These stu­dents are my stu­dents (many I have been in­volved with since Pre- K) and I am ex­cited to have the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port them dur­ing the high school phase of their ed­u­ca­tional ca­reers.”

Amy Ste­wart has also called Gor­don County Schools home her en­tire pro­fes­sional ca­reer. A na­tive of the Red Bud com­mu­nity and a prod­uct of the school district, Ste­wart at­tended Red Bud schools be­fore grad­u­at­ing from Gor­don Cen­tral High School, where she re­turned to be­gin her teach­ing ca­reer, shortly af­ter earn­ing her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree from Shorter Univer­sity. Ste­wart went on to ad­vance her ed­u­ca­tion by earn­ing grad­u­ate de­grees in ed­u­ca­tion and lead­er­ship from Berry Col­lege and Lin­coln Memo­rial Univer­sity.

In 2005, Ste­wart trans­ferred to Sono­rav­ille High School as a mem­ber of its in­au­gu­ral fac­ulty. Dur­ing her teach­ing ten­ure, Ste­wart was named District Teacher of the Year on two dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions, once go­ing on to be named a state fi­nal­ist. She has pre­sented on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions on both state and na­tional stages to share her ex­per­tise with col­leagues across the na­tion. In 2008, Ste­wart took on the role of as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Sono­rav­ille High School. In this ca­pac­ity, she has served as a Fel­low for the na­tion­ally- rec­og­nized Sch­lecty Cen­ter and has con­ducted mul­ti­ple pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment ses­sions for the Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ge­or­gia Ed­u­ca­tors.

Ste­wart is steeped in the com­mu­nity, serv­ing as a mem­ber of the Gor­don Op­ti­mist Club and Fair­mount Ki­wa­nis. She and her hus­band Jody, also a na­tive of Gor­don County, have two chil­dren. Luke is a se­nior at Sono­rav­ille High School, and Zane is a part of Red Bud Mid­dle School’s eighth grade class. The Ste­warts are mem­bers of Rock­bridge Com­mu­nity Church, where Amy serves on the wor­ship team.

“I am hon­ored to have the op­por­tu­nity to lead a school where I have so much his­tory and fam­ily con­nec­tion,” said Ste­wart. “I have been blessed to serve the Phoenix Na­tion for more than a decade, and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing my ser­vice to this com­mu­nity and up­hold­ing the high ex­pec­ta­tions es­tab­lished by Mrs. Hayes and her staff.”

The two lead­ers will as­sume their new roles ef­fec­tive Feb. 26.


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