Valkyrie Anderson

Valkyrie Anderson is half-Canadian, and was raised in Macon, GA.  She holds a Master’s degree in International Policy, has traveled to and lived in several countries, and is currently in the certification process through ACTFL. She taught French at Mount de Sales Academy for four years, moved to Haiti to work with a scholarship program for young women and returned to Macon where she now teaches French at Northeast High School. She loves Northeast and teaching French and looks forward to helping student achieves their academic goals this summer. 

Phone:  706-489-0850


Rachid Chafyaay

Rachid Chafyaay, is a native of Morocco and a resident of Macon since 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, in Morocco, and his master's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Georgia State University. Chafyaay has been teaching mathematics at Southwest High School and Law Academy in Macon Georgia since 2009, and has been serving as the Math department chair since 2011.  
In 2018, Mr. Chafyaay was selected as Khan Academy ambassador and is among 500 people worldwide to coach teachers and students into how to benefit from Khan Academy free resources.Chafyaay resides with his wife and three children in Macon Georgia, and when he is not teaching, he enjoys gardening, playing soccer, and spending quality time with his family. 



Shawana Davis

Shawana Davis is from the small town of Albany, Georgia.  From a young age, she knew she was called to educate others.  She exclaimed, “You know, there are some called to preach, but me, I was called to teach.”  Her education career began in 2009 as a Business Education Teacher.  She is passion about education and about helping the students achieve.  Currently, Ms. Davis serves multiple roles at Central High - Marketing Teacher, Work-based Learning Coordinator, DECA Advisor, and School Store Coordinator.  Under her leadership, the Central Station School Store earned its certification in 2018 as a food and retail store, which CHS Central Station is the only certified school store in the district.  In addition, she is also the PBIS Coach and an Adjunct Instructor at Central Georgia Technical College.  Amongst all this, she values instilling qualities and characteristics that make the students stand out amongst the rest.  Ms. Davis is serving in the capacity of Administration Intern for the Summer Opportunity Program.  Ms. Davis completed her Master’s degree from the University of West Georgia and has continued her educational journey at Columbus State University.  In her spare time, she loves to write poetry, spend time with family and shop!  "Great things never happen from your comfort zones!"    

Phone:  478-216-8794


Jena DerziJena Derzi has been a Physical Education and Health educator for 28 years.  She began her teaching career at McEvoy Middle School where she taught for two years.  For the next 11 years, she taught at a local private school; however, in 2005 she returned to the Bibb County School District. She taught for 3 years at Heritage Elementary and 4 years at Sonny Carter Elementary before becoming an ELA instructional coach for 1 year at Southwest High School under the SIG grant.  The next year she returned to teaching and taught Study Skills first semester at Bloomfield Middle, and second semester she worked in Kindergarten at Barden Elementary.  Coach Derzi returned to teaching physical education the next year at Bernd and Jones Elementary schools for one year.  When Jones merged with MLK, she was moved to her last teaching assignment at Springdale Elementary.  She continued teaching at Springdale for 1 ½ years before becoming the PEP Grant physical education coordinator for elementary and middle schools. With the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Coach Derzi moved into the newly created position of Health and Physical Education Coordinator for the Bibb County School District.
Coach Derzi is a native to Macon, and she has been married for 31 years.  She has a daughter and a son who both graduated from Rutland High School and the most precious, wonderful grandson.



Karen Evans-Daniel

Karen Evans-Daniel is a proud graduate of Southwest High School and nothing pleases her more than to serve as the BCSD Summer Opportunity Program Counselor.  Currently, she serves as the eighth grade counselor at Ballard-Hudson Middle School. May 2020 concluded her 10th year in education, and she is looking forward to many more wonderful years to come. 
“Student success is my goal because I truly believe that every student can and wants to learn.” 

Phone:  478-207-7661


Ellie Farriba

Ellie Farriba is from Macon but lived in Sewanee, TN, Lexington, KY, and Watkinsville, GA. Currently, she is living in Macon and teaching ESOL at Howard High School. She attended the University of the South in Sewanee for two years. Then, she transferred to Mercer University where she received a BA in English and a Middle and High School English Teaching Certificate. She has been married to Mark Farriba for 34 years and has three grown children. Additionally, she has been an ESOL teacher for 15 years. As an ESOL teacher, Ms. Farriba offers language support to students who are new to the county and/or the language and gives support to these English Learners during the school year in ELA, Math, Science and History.  She also teaches sheltered ELA classes to students when possible.
“I love my job and my students.  When I am not teaching, you will find me out walking with my husband, working in our yard or competing on the Pickleball court!” 

Phone:  478-227-6242


Eve Fincher

Entering her 17th year of teaching, Eve Fincher has seen her three children graduate from Howard High School after having attended Alexander II Math and Science Magnet School and Howard Middle School. She has taught English and Reading in elementary, middle and high school in Bibb County. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at GMC, Warner Robins. Ms. Fincher earned her English degree from the University of Georgia and a Master’s in Teaching from Georgia College & State University. Her passion for teaching students in Bibb County has never wavered. She is looking forward to helping our students through this “virtual” challenge this summer. 

Phone:  478-227-0995


Dr. Sheree Gray

Dr. Sheree Gray was born and raised in Bibb County. She has been the Media Specialist at Central Fine Arts and International Baccalaureate Magnet High School since 2015. Beginning her career in education in 2005, she found her niche for teaching at the same middle school, McEvoy Middle School, where she attended as an adolescent. During her tenure in Bibb County, Dr. Gray has had the opportunity to give back and serve the youth, – the future of our community. She stated, “It is with great honor that I represent this district as a role model, leader, and educator.” 
Dr. Gray has been married for 19.5 years and has two very athletic boys. When she is not busy with work, church, or parenting, she enjoys spending time with my sisters and friends, relaxing, reading a good book, and shopping. As the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Gray continued a legacy for her children by earning a Master’s and Specialist degree in Education, and finally a Doctor of Education in 2016. She is dedicated to her career in education and will strive to help the future generation reach their maximum potential by helping them envision and executing something other than the things to which they are accustomed.

Phone:  478-227-6178


Octavia Holloway

Octavia Holloway is a graduate of Fort Valley State University. She is a mathematics teacher at Central High School. In addition to teaching, she is the head cheerleading coach. She is a product of the Bibb County School District and is committed to educating the children of BCSD. Ms. Holloway believes that education is the key that frees us from captivity. She is passionate about teaching and learning. She is an advocate for children and believes that all children deserve a high-quality education. 

Phone:  478-227-6318


Julia Manard

Julia Manard completed her 30th year of teaching in Bibb County this year.  In 1990, she started her teaching career at Northeast High School.  When Westside opened in 1998, she moved there because it was closer to her home in Monroe County.  Ten years ago, she transferred to Rutland High School.  Being at those three schools enabled her to see students from different areas of Macon.  Teaching summer school for sixteen years also enabled her to see an even wider spectrum of students.  When Mrs. Manard thinks of retiring, she gets very lonely and discouraged. She and her husband have two sons (Ben-34 and Ryan-26).  Since their sons left home, teaching is even more important to her.  In her spare time, she reads Stephen King novels and binge watches Netflix shows.  If she did not have school, she would turn into a couch potato!  Being out of school since March 17 has made her even more excited about teaching summer school. Mrs. Manard looks forward to helping students be successful through this complex time!

Phone:  478-227-6315


Kalo Oglesby

Kalo Oglesby attended Fort Valley State University College of Education where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As a third-year teacher at Southwest High School Magnet and Law Academy, he has served in many different roles within the school while enjoying the journey. Serving as a lead teacher, Unites States History teacher and World History teacher, he has gained an immense amount of experience that has solidified his commitment to Bibb County Students. His passion for all students flows from his role as a proud father of his 2-year-old son August Oglesby. 
"Kids don't learn from people they do not like."-Rita Pierson

Phone:  478-216-8516


Mark Paschal

Mr. Paschal has been in education since 1996, following a successful 15-year career in Industrial Safety & Maintenance.  He holds GaPSC certifications in Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Engineering & Technology, and STEM Education.  He was a charter BCSD recipient of the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification and is classified as "Expert" in the Microsoft Innovative Education (MIE) Program.  Mr. Paschal holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Georgia (1976) and a Master of Arts in Teaching with Alpha Chi Honors from Grand Canyon University (2011).  During his 20+ years of service to Bibb County, he has been named Teacher of the Year, served on the Superintendent's Advisory Council, and held a seat on the BCSD Technology Committee.  He currently manages the Industry Certified Pre-Engineering Magnet Program at Westside High, is Advisor for the Technology Student Association (TSA), and coaches both the "Gravity Challenge" Magnolia Soapbox Derby Racing Team and the Westside FTC First Tech Challenge "Alpha Phoenix" Robotics Team.  He also manages Westside's social media channels as chair of the Public Relations Team.   "Mr. P" will be supporting Science Courses for the Summer Opportunity Program, as well as monitoring the e2020 Edgenuity eLearning platform during evening hours and weekends to ensure a smooth digital experience for our students.

Phone:  478-227-8366


Dr. Barbara Peck

Dr. Barbara Peck is originally from Macon and is a 1978 graduate from Northeast High School.  After high school, she furthered her education by attaining a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Mercer University and a master’s degree from Georgia College & State University in Special Education. Dr. Peck loved education and children so much that she earned her Education Specialist's Degree and Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Instructional Education with a minor in Brain Base Learning.  For the past 25 plus years, she has been employed with the Bibb County Board of Education. She was fortunate enough to become an Adjunct Professor at Fort Valley State University.
Dr. Peck has three children, a daughter and a set of twins. She also has three beautiful grandchildren and loves drawing, dancing, reading and helping others. She is proud of who she is and the students whom she positively influences. 

Phone:  478-216-8946


Keturah Reese

Dr. Keturah Reese is a native of Batesville, MS, and graduated from South Panola High School in 1996.  She continued her educational journey to Alcorn State University where she received a bachelor's degree in Biology Education.  After she graduated from Alcorn, Dr. Reese was chosen to teach at Batesville Junior High School.  She then taught for four years at Picayune Junior High School in Picayune, MS. While teaching at Picayune Junior High, she decided to return to school for her master’s degree.  In 2003, she received her Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.  After teaching in Mississippi for five years, she and her husband relocated to Georgia.  Once in Georgia, she was chosen to teach at McEvoy Middle School.  In 2008, McEvoy was replaced by Ballard-Hudson Middle School.  At Ballard, she was a part of the leadership team and Better Seeking Team.  Ballard-Hudson presented her with many opportunities to excel.  Dr. Reese had the exciting opportunity to coordinate Leadership Georgia’s visit to Ballard-Hudson.  During this time, she was also chosen by the District Science Coordinator to attend the NSTA Conference in Boston, MA.  Ballard-Hudson was also the place where she was first recognized as Teacher of the Year.  In that year, she also was named Bibb County Teacher of the Year.  In 2011, Dr. Reese moved to Westside High School.  While at Westside, she obtained her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University.  In 2016, she became the Academic Coach at Central High School.  During her time at Central, she obtained the leadership certification from Middle GA RESA.  As of 2020, she has been named one of the Assistant Principals at Central High School.  

Phone:  478-227-6282


Patrick Saladrigas

Patrick Saladrigas is a World and U.S. History teacher, Head Wrestling Coach, and Assistant Football Coach at Southwest High School. Prior to joining the SWHS faculty, Saladrigas worked in business and is a U.S. Army veteran. He has a passion for history, Eastern philosophy, and fitness. Saladrigas believes that education can unite us all and is honored to be able to do his part to make that belief a reality.

Phone:  678-590-2790


Demeiko Vaughn

Demeiko Vaughn has been in education for 13 years. She taught Math for eight years and is currently a Math Coach. Vaughn has experience with all math courses and has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and College Readiness. She loves math and strives to make it fun and easy to learn.

Phone:  478-227-6280


Dr. Laquonta Williams-Smith

Dr. Laquonta Williams-Smith is a visionary leader and educator with more than 15 years of experience in the content areas of ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science in grades K-12. She is also a successful Problem Solver, Curriculum Leader, Assistant Principal, District Intervention Coach, Academic Coach and a Strategic Planner for school improvement.  She has extensive experience in professional development, special education and in the supervision of diverse learning groups. 
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Phone:  478-227-2367

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