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Congratulations to Brad Simmons !!

Dr. Robert Barron, Pat Taylor, and Doug Westmoreland presented The Extra Mile Award to Brad Simmons, Math Teacher at Habersham Success Academy.  Ernie Garrett, Loretta Dalton, Donna Barrett, Bo Phongsavanh, and Darrin Critchlow made the nomination and in their nomination state:

The Habersham Success Academy is honored to recommend Mr. Brad Simmons for the extra mile award. Mr. Simmons continually goes the extra mile at the Success Academy to fulfill our system mission of success for all students. Not only is he a tremendous asset to the Habersham County Success Academy, but also to our students. Mr. Simmons is a hero, working with them one-on-one to boost their confidence and remediate areas of weakness. Many of our students lack knowledge of the fundamental concepts of math and have fallen further and further behind each year. Even though math is difficult for many of our students, he reminds them to tackle this obstacle with patience and practice. Mr. Simmons has an amazing command of the subject matter and enjoys sharing his expertise. You can see the love he has for his job when students line up to ask questions, and he helps each one with a smile on his face. He works tirelessly with both middle and high school students and freely gives up his planning time each day to help them. But his work ethic and positive attitude does not end with students. He has a great attitude about everything he does, always going above and beyond. He is an immense help to new staff, always ready to answer questions and help out in any way he can. He willingly takes on extra duties to lesson the load of our staff, and willingly drives the bus for our students to go on field trips or service projects. I can’t say enough positive things about Mr. Simmons, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. The students however, receive the greatest reward by having Mr. Simmons at our school. They are making great gains due to the focused and intentional planning and instruction provided by Mr. Simmons. His positive attitude is contagious and shows in all he does.  Mr. Simmons is a highly motivated and passionate professional, and his dedication to our profession makes him a teacher leader in our school and district.    

The Habersham Success Academy is thankful for Mr. Simmons and his willingness to go the extra mile each day to make sure all of our students succeed! 

Mr. Simmons received a framed certificate of recognition and a gift certificate to Zaxbys.


Congratulations to Lindsey Dilbeck !!

Dr. Robert Barron presented the Clarkesville Rotary Club Service Above Self Award to Lindsay Dilbeck, Athletic Trainer for Habersham County Schools.  Marybeth Thomas and Jonathan Stribling made the nomination and in their nomination state:


Lindsay Dilbeck is a tremendous asset to the Habersham County School system. As a parent of a student athlete, I appreciate Lindsays level of professionalism that she exemplifies both with the athletes and parents. She provides quality care for the athletes and excellent communication with parents. She goes above and beyond to work with the medical community to ensure that appropriate services are being provided to our injured athletes. Her level of communication and follow up is second to none. As a principal, I appreciate the quality athletic training program she provides for all of our athletes. When she and her trainers are present at athletic events I know our athletes are in good hands. 


Lindsay Dilbeck does an outstanding job caring for the medical needs of our athletes and managing the Raider athletic training program.  She not only tends to medical concerns, but also manages and mentors a team of students interested in the career of sports medicine.


On November 14th, Lindsay went above and beyond her normal duties and took ten Habersham Central Students to Piedmont College to a Sports Medicine Symposium.   At this event, students were informed about the education required to become an Athletic Trainer as well as all aspects of a career in sports medicine.  I appreciate Lindsay taking a genuine interest in our students' health, as well as their education and their future goals.  She demonstrates daily that she is bought into the Habersham Central motto "Students First" and the Habersham Schools mission of "Success for All Students!"


Ms. Dilbeck received a framed certificate of recognition from the Clarkesville Rotary Club and a gift certificate to Midtown Grill. 

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