Board of Directors

Current Board Members






Amanda Pugh - President

(President - 2 year term)Law and Justice Teacher - Apalachee High School940 Harmon-Morris Road Winder, Georgia 30680 Amanda.pugh@barrow.k12.ga.us(770) 586-5111






Tom White - Vice-President

(Elected 1 year term)Automotive Teacher - Maxwell High School990 McElvaney Lane Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044max_chavez@gwinnett.k12.ga.us(770) 338-4618

Jim Steel - Past President

(Previous President - 2 year term)Construction Teacher - Harris County High School8281 GA Hwy 116 Hamilton, Georgia 31811Steel-j@harris.k12.ga.us OR Jimsteel71@gmail.com(229) 376-2253

Brad Simmons - Post-Secondary Director (1)

(Elected 2 year term- odd years)Welding Instructor- Southern Regional Technical College52 Tech Drive Tifton, Georgia 31794bsimmons@southernregional.edu(229) 391-2634




Cora Walden - Post-Secondary Director (2)

(Elected 2 year term- even years)Cosmetology Instructor - Southern Regional Technical College15689 Highway 19 North Tifton, Georgia 31794cwalden@southernregional.edu(229) 225-5004

Rebecca Pool - Secondary Director (1)

(Elected 2 year term- even years)






Gina Smith - Secondary Director (2)

(Elected 2 year term- odd years)Logistics Teacer - Robert W Groves High School100 Priscilla D Thomas Way Garden City, Georgia 31408gina.smith@sccpss.com (912) 395-2520

Ben Lowe - Secondary Director (3)

(Elected 2 year term- odd years)Construction Teacher -Jackson High School717 South Harkness Street Jackson, Georgia 30233benjamin.lowe@bcssk12.org(770) 504-2340

Max Chavez - At Large Director (1)

(Elected 2 year term- even years)Automotive Teacher - Maxwell High School990 McElvaney Lane Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044max_chavez@gwinnett.k12.ga.us(770) 338-4618





Jacquelyn Sumpter - At Large Director (2)

(Elected 2 year term- odd years)Nail Technology Teacher - SOLS - Savannah High School405 Pleasant Hill Savannah, Georgia 31404jacquelyn.sumpter@sccpss.com(912) 395-5050

Amanda McClure - Secretary

(Board Appointed)Architecture Teacher - Union Grove High School120 East Lake Road McDonough, Georgia 30252amanda.mcclure@henry.k12.ga.us(678) 583-8502





Connie Highnote - Treasurer

(Board Appointed)Architecture/Engineering Drawing Teacher - Chapel Hill High School4899 Chapel Hill Road Douglassville, Georgia 30135connie.highnote@dcssga.org(770) 651-6293

Matthew White - Vice-President to GACTE

(Elected 3 year term)Director of Teacher Support - CEFGAStatesboro, Georgia 30458matthew.white@cefga.org(229) 942-3104





Tammy Barnes - Awards Committee Chair

(Board Appointed)Drafting Technology Instructor - Southern Regional Technical College52 Tech Drive Tifton, Georgia 31794tbarnes@southernregional.edu(229) 391-2631

Tim Elliott- Ex-Officio

(GADOE Program Specialist)Architecture and Construction ClusterArts, Audio/Video, Technology and Communications ClusterTransportation, Distribution & Logistics Clustertelliott@doe.k12.ga.us






Sandra Martin- Ex-Officio

(GADOE Program Specialist)Healthcare Science, Government & Public Safety,Personal Care Services, Health Science Cluster,Human Services Cluster, Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Clustersandra.martin@doe.k12.ga.us

Pam Dobbins - Teacher Trainer

(Appointed by VSU) - Valdosta State University1500 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31636padobbins@valdosta.edu




Elaine Adams - Teacher Trainer

(Appointed by UGA)Associate Professor, Department of Career and Information Studies (Workforce Education) - University of Georgia206 River's Crossing Athens, Georgia 30602adamsje@uga.edu(706) 542-

- Teacher Trainer

(Appointed by GSU)- Georgia State University30 Pryor Street Atlanta, Georgia 30302@gsu.edu

2020 Open Board Positions


At-Large Director (1)

Secondary Director (1)

Vice-President (1)

Post-Secondary Director (1)

Board Member NOMINATIONS



If interested in serving on the TIEGA board you can complete the nomination form or a peer can nominate you by completing the nomination form or by nominating you at one of the TIEGA business meetings at the TIEGA winter conference or GACTE conference.