Faculty & Staff

GCEC Faculty and Staff 2021

Mr. Zachary Balkcom,

High School History Teacher

Mr. Zachary Balkcom was born in Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Peachtree Ridge High School. He attended Georgia College and State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science in 2014. He then completed Georgia Colleges MAT Program in Secondary Education in 2015. He has been teaching in Baldwin County since 2016.

Mrs. Jaimee Y. Beal,

High School English Teacher

Mrs. Jaimee Beal was born and raised in Greensboro, Georgia. She graduated from Greene County High School in 2010 as salutatorian. While attending Greene County High School, Mrs. Beal was active in various extracurricular activities including 4-H, Student Government/Council, State Superintendent Student Advisory Council, and tennis, to name a few. During her high school years, Jaimee was awarded Greene County Chamber of Commerce’s Student of the Year, Master 4-H’er, and Senior 4-H’er of the Year, in addition to several scholarships based on academic merit and community service. 

After high school, Mrs. Beal attended Georgia College and State University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Literature in 2014. During this time, she joined the Eta Sigma Alpha Honors Society, Inc., in addition to the Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority, Inc., while she worked as a youth director for First Baptist Church of Union Point and as a peer writing consultant at GCSU. After earning her B.A., she immediately returned to GCSU to work on a graduate degree in education where she was able to student-teach at GCEC. In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Teaching degree in Secondary Education and specialization in English Education with a 4.0 GPA.  

Since 2015, Mrs. Beal has taught World Literature at Henry County High School, Science at Union Point STEAM Academy, and a plethora of English courses at Georgia College Early College. She is going into her 6th year of teaching, her 3rd of which will be served at GCEC. Since coming into the teaching profession, she has earned her Gifted Certification from NE RESA in addition to AP Language and Literature certifications from UGA. 

Mrs. Jaimee Beal is the granddaughter of Paulette Sims-Harris and Tim Sims and wife of Matthew Beal, GIS Administrator for Oconee County. She is a member of Grace Fellowship Church of Greensboro, Georgia where she has  volunteered with the youth ministry, international mission teams, and community events. When Mrs. Beal is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two puppies, Honey and Cinnamon in addition to cooking/baking, gardening, traveling, reading, volunteering, and crafting. 

Ms. Dwianitra Bone,

High School Math & Science Teacher

Ms. Dwianitra Bone was raised in Sandersville, Georgia where she graduated with honors from Washington County High School in 2010. In 2014, she graduated from Georgia Southern University with her B.S. in Biology, and later earned her M.S in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences with a concentration in Biochemical and Pharmacologic Principles from Drexel University.

Ms. Bone is set to earn her B.S. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics from Georgia College and State University in 2021 and will be teaching Science and Mathematics at Georgia College Early College.

Though Ms. Bone aspires to one day have a career in dentistry, her love for STEM and pre-health science education along with her years of facilitating K-12 student learning led her to education. She is excited to take on the in-classroom teacher role and to continue learning, volunteering, adventure sporting, and drawing outside of the classroom.

Ms. Lucy M. Brown,

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Charles S. “Chuck” Claxton,

7th Grade Science & Reading/Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Charles S. “Chuck” Claxton grew up and went to high school in Macon, Georgia . He attended Georgia College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing, and a Bachelor of Science degree in middle school education.

Mr. Claxton has taught in Baldwin County for most of his career, and was chosen as Baldwin Teacher of the Year, twice. He also taught in Putnam County for several years and was once named Putnam Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Claxton loves teaching life science and has a passion for helping young people  understand the importance of ecological and environmental concepts and practicing wise stewardship of our Earth’s resources. He is thankful and excited to be a part of GCEC’s plan for student success.

Mrs. Julie Claxton,

8th Grade Algebra I and Reading/Language Arts Teacher

Mrs. Julie Claxton has been teaching middle school math in the Baldwin County School System for almost 26 years and is a self proclaimed “math nerd”.  She received a Bachelor of Business degree in Business Information Systems at Georgia College.  Mrs. Claxton worked in the business field for 10 years before deciding to follow her dream of teaching school.  She continued her education by obtaining a master’s degree and specialist degree in Middle Grades Education at Georgia College & State University. 

Mrs. Claxton is married to Chuck Claxton and has three grown children, Jenna, Brent and Eryn.  

Mr. Lindell Dillon,

7th Grade Math & Reading/Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Tynisha Harris,

8th Grade Physical Science & Reading/Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Tynisha Harris was born and raised in Warrenton, Ga where she graduated with honors from Warren County High School in 2010. Afterwards, she attended Georgia College & State University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Science and Language Arts. Tynisha was named Outstanding Program Major in 2015 for representing the ideals of the John H. Lounsbury Middle Grades Education program. She completed her senior teaching internship at GCEC and shortly after, decided to remain part of the GCEC family to begin her teaching career.  In May 2017, Ms. Harris became a two-time alumna of Georgia College, earning her masters degree in Education. 

Mrs. Yi'Sheika Lawrence,

High School English & History Teacher

Mrs. Yi’Sheika Lawrence was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, where she attended Westside High School. While in high school, Mrs. Lawrence was a member and leader in various organizations and sports teams. She attended Georgia College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Health Promotion, and Masters of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Education.

Mrs. Lawrence has been teaching for the past 5 years. Four of which were she taught in Bibb County, serving as a 9th and 10th Grade English teacher. Mrs. Lawrence loves teaching and building lasting relationships with her students.

Ms. Julia Reams,

High School Science Teacher

Ms. Julia Reams teaches high school sciences at Georgia College Early College. Ms. Reams graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a minor in Political Science from Georgia College in 2014. Following graduation, Ms. Reams spent three years teaching abroad in both Thailand and China. It was then that Ms. Reams decided to continue her dream of teaching and returned to Georgia College. She graduated from their MAT Program in 2019. During her master’s program, Ms. Reams spent time interning with GCEC. She says it was an easy decision to remain a part of the GCEC family with such a positive and supportive environment. Ms. Reams has a special interest in environmental sustainability, ecology, and other cultures. She loves sharing her passions with her students. Outside of work, Ms. Reams can often be found volunteering with animal rescue. 

Mrs. Aymi Rosado,

High School Spanish, Health, & Physical Education Teacher

Aymi Rosado Flores teaches Spanish, health, physical education and college support at Georgia College Early College. Mrs. Rosado graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto with an honors B.A. in Spanish and Equity Studies with a minor in Political Science. After graduation, she attended the University of Mississippi on a full scholarship,  where she earned a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Rosado recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a specialist degree in World Language Education.

Prior to coming to Early College in 2015, Mrs. Rosado taught in Spain, Mississippi, Canada and New York. She loves teaching at Early College because of its innovative programming and close-knit learning community.

In her free time, Mrs. Rosado loves to travel, read, workout and dance salsa with her husband, Peter.

Mrs. Kelly Smith,

8th Grade Georgia Studies & Reading/Language Arts

Mr. Kenneth H. Smith, Jr.

7th Grade Social Studies, Geography & Reading/Language Arts

Mr. Kenneth H. Smith, Jr. was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. After graduating from high school in 1988, he worked on the railroad and for the Postal Service until going back to school in 1998. Mr. Smith was Freshman of the Year in 1999 at GMC, where he graduated with his associate degree. Mr. Smith graduated from Georgia College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education. He later earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Troy University and a specialist degree in Social Sciences and Reading from Georgia College.

Dr. Runee B. Sallad,

Director

Dr. Runee Bryant Sallad was born and raised in Washington County where she graduated with honors from Washington County High School in 1989. Afterwards, she attended Georgia College and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1993. This was followed by a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Fort Valley State University (1996), and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Troy State University (1998). Dr. Sallad earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, December 2006.

Dr. Sallad became an administrator after teaching fourth grade language art and social studies for four years. She served as assistant principal at Blandy Hills Elementary School (1997-1999) and Baldwin High School (1999-2008). She later served as principal of Blandy Hills Elementary School (2008-2010) and Johnson County Middle/High School (2010-2011). Currently, Dr Sallad is the director of Georgia College Early College where she supports students in beginning their dreams of earning college degrees.

MsJayla Waller,

High School Math Teacher

Ms. Jayla Waller was born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 2013 as salutatorian. While attending Baldwin High School, Ms. Waller was active in various of clubs and sports including band, basketball, and FBLA, to name a few. During her basketball career, Jayla was a four-year letter winner, a two-time captain, and received several accolades for her sportsmanship.

After high school, Ms. Waller attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania on a basketball scholarship. After Ms. Waller’s freshman year, she transferred to Georgia College and graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy. During her time at Georgia College, she continued playing basketball and joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jayla was also inducted in the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and participated in the GC SOAR Leadership program. Jayla graduated from Georgia College's MAT Program in 2019.

Although Ms. Waller dreams of becoming a physical therapist one day, her passion for wanting to help people improve their lives has led her to the education field.

Ms. Waller is the daughter of Tony and Vickie Waller and the sister of Ki’ Amber Waller. She is a member of Union Baptist Church in Milledgeville, Georgia. When Ms. Waller is not working, she enjoys playing sports and spending time with family.