Your child is about to embark on a remarkable journey at Harlem High School. It is our desire as administrators, counselors, and teachers that every student has a successful and memorable high school experience. We want the students to embrace all four years and take advantage of all that our high school has to offer! There are unlimited opportunities that await your child and we encourage them to get involved while here.

Harlem High is a growing school that seeks to help all students reach the goals they will set for themselves. As we move through this year, please know that the faculty and staff are always here to help with any concerns you may have. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help.

We look forward to serving you and your child throughout their time at Harlem High School!

Casey Dees


Assistant Principals

This is Mr. Hooper’s 3rd year at Harlem High School and he loves being a bulldog.

He is married and has 3 adult children. He is a veteran and served in the Gulf War.


Mr. Hooper has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Augusta University.

He received a Master of Education & Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from The University of South Carolina.


He started his educational career in Aiken County. There, he worked as a teacher's aide, middle school teacher, assistant principal and principal.

He moved to Columbia County 14 years ago working as an AP at Evans High before moving to Harlem.


He enjoys working with the CTAE department and has been doing so over 14 years. He is a Harlem Bulldog Band groupie and goes to all of the competitions.

This year Mr. Hooper has slightly changed positions. In addition to his assistant principal duties, he is teaching three classes in the Teacher as a Profession pathway. He is excited to be spending time in the classroom. It is the reason he became an educator in the first place.

Mr. Jim Hooper

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11th & 12th Grade Discipline

CTAE    ELA     AU Building Coordinator

EOPA Testing Administrator

Mrs. Maria Knight

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Guidance    Math    AP Coordinator

Mrs. Maria Knight attended Mercer University for her undergraduate degree and the University of West Georgia for both her Masters and Specialist degrees.  Before becoming an administrator, Mrs. Knight taught ELA then became a Media Specialist at her former school.   She started here at Harlem as the Instructional Technology Specialist and now serves at Assistant Principal and Registrar. 

Her free time is spent with her family outdoors and at athletic events as her two boys play multiple sports.  She loves cheering on the Bulldogs of HMS and HHS!

Hello!  My name is Joe Lott and I am an assistant principal of Harlem High School.  I have been in education over 20 years.  I am a native of Warrenton, Georgia, about 23 miles away from Harlem.

  I graduated from Warren County High School in 1993.  I furthered my education at Georgia Southern University, where I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology in 1997.  In 1999, I attended Paine College where I received my Teacher Certification in Middle Grades Math and Science.  

My teaching career began in 1999 at the Hi-Tech Alternative School for Jefferson County.  I left the following year and went to Richmond County to serve as a 6th grade Math teacher, where I taught for eight years at the Glenn Hills Middle School.  While in Richmond County, I earned a Master’s and Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Augusta State University.  I also earned my Gifted Education certification through Augusta State University.  In 2008, I was hired as a 6th grade Math teacher at Thomson Middle School, which became Thomson-McDuffie Middle School during the 2010-2011 school year.  In 2013, I became an assistant principal Thomson-McDuffie Middle School.  From there I was the head principal of Hancock Central High School in 2016.  For six years after, I had the honor of being the principal of the Columbia County Alternative school, beginning in 2017.  

Best of all, I have become an assistant principal here at Harlem High School!  I am grateful for the opportunity and privilege to serve the children of Harlem.  Go Dawgs!

Dr. Joe Lott

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10th Grade Discipline

PE       Fine Arts    Foreign Lang

MKES    Hospital/Homebound

Mrs. Kimberly Wall

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9th Grade Discipline

Science     SS     EOCs    504s 

WIDA Testing Administrator

This is my 20th year in Education, and I still cannot believe I get paid to do what I do! I graduated from Augusta State University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Secondary Education.  I also earned a Master of Education degree in History Education and a Specialist degree, in Curriculum and Instruction, from Augusta State University.  l have served the Columbia County School District as a History Teacher, Teaching as a Profession instructor, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Assistant Principal. 


The relationships that I build with both students and colleagues in my school is something I take a great amount of pride in. I have seen a direct correlation between student engagement and positive teacher relationships. As a servant leader, I strive to help provide a positive and safe learning environment for both our students and teachers. My heart is for the students, and I believe the best way to see student success is pushing them to be the best they can be daily.  I am passionate about working with all of our stakeholders to ensure that Harlem High School students are inspired to continue leading the way in all of their post-secondary endeavors.  Go Dawgs!