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Newton County School System (NCSS) has hired Mr. Tim Schmitt as the district’s new Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Coordinator. He replaces Mr. James Woodard, who held the dual role of NCSS CTAE Director and CEO of Newton College and Career Academy. Woodard was recently named Superintendent of Morgan County Schools.

Schmitt is leaving DeKalb County Schools, where he has served as the Career and Technical Education Instructional Coordinator since March 2011. He previously worked for the Clayton County School System as a CTAE School Improvement Specialist.

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

“I am very excited to be joining NCSS,” said Schmitt. “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 Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education in Newton County. I’m honored to have been chosen to help continue that work.”

Schmitt has an obvious passion for CTAE—one he’s had since he was in high school himself.

“I have spent my entire educational career in CTAE and feel strongly that it is an important piece of the puzzle for student success,” he 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.”

Schmitt added, “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 they once thought may not be possible.”

Schmitt is scheduled to report to work for Newton County Schools on Tuesday, September 2.

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

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis-Viniard, Director of Public Relations for Newton County Schools, at davis-viniard.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

 

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