Dr. Laine Reichert begins her second year as Thomasville City Schools Superintendent.
“We are so excited to welcome three high-caliber administrators to continue the good work at our middle and high schools,” said Dr. Reichert.
A champion is a person who has surpassed all rivals in a competition, but a champion is also a person who fights for a cause or on behalf of someone else.
MacIntyre Park Middle School Principal Dr. Tret Witherspoon plans to build on the strengths of the school district to achieve his goals.
“The strengths of the Thomasville City School District include a strong faculty, support staff, and stakeholders who place the needs of our students as priority,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Thomasville High School Principal Dr. Shannon Norfleet notes that when most people think of champions, they would naturally think about all of the successful athletes that have been a part of the Thomasville City School System, but there is so much more.
“TCS is a part of and a reflection of the Thomasville community. This community is a strong and tight-knit community of people who are proud to live and work here,” said Dr. Norfleet.
He added that since moving here, usually the first thing people say is that they graduated from THS and the year that they graduated.
“This is a community of successful people who are proud to have gone to THS. These are champions,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Scholars Academy Director Jeanene Wallace is proud that her students earn awards in areas from academics to athletics to fine arts, but knows that a champion doesn’t always receive public accolades.
“I want to be a part of helping students see that they are champions because they have reached their goals and have succeeded in a way, which may not win a trophy, but will prepare them to graduate high school and to succeed in whatever their next steps are in life,” said Wallace.
Dr. Witherspoon hopes to close, what he calls, “the attitude gap.” He refers to this as the gap between those students who have the will to strive for academic excellence and those who do not. When the attitude gap closes, so will the achievement gap. He aims for the transformation of student attitudes through intentional reflection of teachers’ and administrators’ own attitudes toward the students, their practice, and their development.
"I plan to close the attitude gap by creating an environment for learning, having a positive attitude toward students, building relationships with students, showing compassion for students, and creating relevance in instruction,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Dr. Norfleet’s goals for THS involve a focus on the current students as well as the schools’ heritage.
“I hope to build a strong culture at the school that ensures a quality learning environment for every student and that honors the great legacy of Thomasville High School,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Wallace will focus on the unique nature of her students at the 6-12 accelerated magnet program and will continue to focus on positive connections with students as the foundation to further increase academic success.
“At Scholars Academy we have high achievers who are willing to put in the work to achieve at the highest level. The Scholars Academy team will continue to provide incredible instruction to support our students’ successes and are willing to spend the extra hours it takes before and after school and on weekends to make that happen,” said Wallace.
Dr. Witherspoon joins Thomasville City Schools again at MacIntyre Park Middle School. Witherspoon began his professional career as an 8th grade teacher at Cook Middle School in Adel. After two years at Cook Middle School, he spent the next three years teaching English and Employability Skills at Moultrie Technical College and then two years as teacher/administrator at Valdosta Technical College Cook County Campus. Witherspoon went on to serve as assistant principal of Cook Elementary School and principal at Taliaferro County School, before he accepted the principal’s position at Scott Elementary in July of 2007 where he served for next six years. His next assignment was at Stringfellow Elementary in Moultrie where he served as principal for four years. After serving as an elementary principal the last 11 years, he is extremely excited to begin his tenure as principal of MacIntyre Park Middle School.
Dr. Norfleet comes to Thomasville High School as a public educator for the past 24 years, including 13 years of classroom experience teaching chemistry in Houston, Putnam, and Bleckley Counties. For the past 10 years, he has served the Bibb County School District in several administrative positions, including successful tenures as principal at the middle and high school levels.
Wallace is following up 21 years as the director of Pathways Educational Program where she lead a vital part of local school systems' continuum of services for students in Pre-K through 12th grade with severe emotional disorders or autism from all socio-economic backgrounds and range of academic abilities
Dr. Witherspoon said that he has grown personally and professionally and believes that his educational preparation and professional experiences have prepared him for this position.
“My successful track record and experience in successfully executing strategic plans and deploying necessary supports for continuous improvements have prepared me to lead at the next level,” said Dr. Witherspoon.
Dr. Norfleet said that he has never been welcomed so nicely to any job or community.
“Thomasville is a wonderful place and I am thankful for having been given the opportunity to serve here,” said Dr. Norfleet.
Wallace entered education with the goal to help every student reach his or her potential. One of the most important things she wants students to know is that she’s interested in them— who they are.
“Just recently a student walked up to me and said, ‘Mrs. Wallace, I am one of your students, and I wanted to introduce myself.’ They know I want to know them— not just their names and faces but what they enjoy, what their goals are, or even where they may struggle,” said Wallace.
Wallace added that TCS understands the importance of relationships in education. It is one of the many reasons joining the district was so appealing.
“Superintendent Reichert is working to continue to show that this is a district that cares— not just about test scores and numbers, but where administrators, faculty, and support staff at and among the schools are working to continue to make the district even better for every student,” said Wallace.
All are invited to a Meet and Greet for the new administrators on Tuesday, August 28 from 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Thomasville City Schools Board Meeting Room (404 N. Broad Street, 3rd Floor). TCS scheduled Board Meeting will follow at 5:00 p.m.