Dr. Samuel Clemons, Jr.Dr. Samuel Clemons, Jr.,  Principal
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I feel honored to be the principal at Pine Grove Middle School. I look forward  to all the new challenges we'll face together and to all of the successes we will achieve together. I am very excited to work with such a dedicated staff, hard-working students, supportive parents, and caring community. Developing positive and trusting relationships are very important to me. Also, safety and learning are my top priorities. My goal is to work within the school, the district and with the community to develop our students into hard-working young men and women who are ready to succeed beyond middle school. I have an open-door policy and I welcome communication. I invite you to contact me with any questions or concerns anytime.

On a personal note, I am a product of the Lowndes County School System. All of my formal education was acquired from various schools within the Lowndes County School District. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Special Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. I have been teaching at Pine Grove Middle school since 2009. In addition to teaching, I have also served as a basketball and track coach. I am married to Mrs. Tiffany Clemons, and we have three daughters: Sydney, Kennedy, and McKenzy.

Janet Hendley
Janet Hendley, Assistant Principal
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Mrs. Hendley began her career teaching at Hahira Middle School in 1995. She served as a teacher, academic coach, assistiant principal, and principal during her 20 year tenure at HMS. Since June 2015, she has served as an assistant principal at Lowndes High School. She earned her B.Ed. in Middle Grades Education and Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University. She and her husband, Roger, have two children and seven grandchildren.

Brittany Carswell
Brittany Carswell, Assistant Principal
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I have had the opportunity first hand over the past eleven years to be a part of Pine Grove Middle School. Our vision, mission, values, and beliefs are centered around “building relationships with our colleagues, community, parents, and most importantly our students.” The Grove is made up of the best educational team that functions as professional learning communities which empower others to use the best instructional/school practices that result in an environment of accountability and high standards for all students.

My goal as a leader is to become a stronger mentor for others and to support Pine Grove Middle. I want to help increase stakeholder involvement as another innovative outlet to support and educate our students. I strive daily to build strong relationships and trust with our community and parents to enhance our school’s effectiveness. In turn, together we become active participants in the school’s educational goals and show our students that they have “a village” fighting for them.

Personally, I hold educational experience in both elementary and middle grades and began my teaching career in Sumter County, where I obtained both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Georgia Southwestern State University. Once I returned to Valdosta, I continued my education and earned my Specialist Degree from Valdosta State University. My husband, Sean, and I have two beautiful children, Kai - 6, and Corbin - 3.

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