NCSS hires new CTAE co­or­di­na­tor

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­

Tim Sch­mitt has been hired as the New­ton County School Sys­tem’s new Ca­reer, Tech­ni­cal and Agri­cul­tural Ed­u­ca­tion Co­or­di­na­tor.

Sch­mitt re­placed James Woodard, who held the first and dual role of NCSS CTAE direc­tor and New­ton Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy (NCCA) prin­ci­pal/CEO be­fore va­cat­ing the po­si­tions to be­come su­per­in­ten­dent for the Mor­gan County Char­ter School Sys­tem. The prin­ci­pal/CEO po­si­tion had al­ready been filled by Chad Walker, who moved to New­ton County from Rock­dale Ca­reer Academy.

“I am very ex­cited to be join­ing NCSS,” Sch­mitt said. “My pre­de­ces­sor, Mr. Woodard, has done an out­stand­ing job, along

with the CTAE teach­ers and staff through­out the county, of set­ting a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion for (CTAE) in New­ton County. I’m hon­ored to have been cho­sen to help con­tinue that work.”

Sch­mitt is leav­ing DeKalb County Schools, where he has served as ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion in­struc­tional co­or­di­na­tor since March 2011. He pre­vi­ously worked for the Clay­ton County School Sys­tem as the CTAE school im­prove­ment spe­cial­ist.

He holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, a Mas­ter’s de­gree in school coun­sel­ing from the Univer­sity of West Alabama and an ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist de­gree in ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion and su­per­vi­sion from Lin­coln Me­mo­rial Univer­sity. He is cur­rently work­ing on his doc­tor­ate in work­force ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia.

“I look for­ward to cap­i­tal­iz­ing on Mr. Sch­mitt’s ex­pe­ri­ences in the world of CTAE,” said NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey. “His ex­per­tise will be in­stru­men­tal to the on­go­ing ex­pan­sion of mean­ing­ful, rel­e­vant ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences that con­nect aca­demic lessons to real-world ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Sch­mitt’s CTAE ex­pe­ri­ences date back to his own high school years.

“I have spent my en­tire ed­u­ca­tional ca­reer in CTAE and feel strongly that it is an im­por­tant piece of the puzzle for stu­dent suc­cess,” Sch­mitt said. “My in­ter­est in CTAE ac­tu­ally be­gan as a high school stu­dent, where I dis­cov­ered our busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion and en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy pro­grams. I was able to grad­u­ate with five high school cour­ses in those pro­grams and en­tered UGA with those ex­pe­ri­ences having made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pres­sion on me. Within my first year of col­lege, I made the de­ci­sion to be­come an en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy teacher, and I’ve never looked back.

“CTAE pro­vides stu­dents with mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions between aca­demic con­tent and real-world ap­pli­ca­tions. The future work­force needs of New­ton County, the state of Ge­or­gia and the United States will re­quire em­ploy­ees to be able to pro­duce, per­form, cre­ate and com­mu­ni­cate in a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. The types of 21st cen­tury skills needed to do that have always been a fo­cus of CTAE, and that con­nec­tion con­tin­ues to grow stronger as new stan­dards and ini­tia­tives are rolled out. It’s this con­nec­tion, along with the op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to en­gage in lead­er­ship devel­op­ment through their co-cur­ric­u­lar stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tions like CTI, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, Skill­sUSA and TSA that in­ter­ests me most about CTAE. Once stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence this type of en­gage­ment, they are more likely to stay in school, pur­sue their in­ter­ests and achieve in ar­eas that once thought may not be pos­si­ble.”

Sch­mitt’s ex­pected first day of work is Tues­day, Sept. 2.


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