White County High School

Teacher: Dr. Andrea Irvin

Instructor of: English

Contact Info


I am a life-long resident of White County and I grew up just north of Smithgall Woods state recreation area. I love anything outdoors and I am an avid gardener. After graduating from Truett-McConnell College with an Associates in Arts degree in Business, I pursued my Bachelor's degree (Middle Grades Education) and Masters degree (Early Childhood Education) at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. I also hold a Specialist degree in Leadership and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University. In April of 2013, I completed my Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Liberty University. Due to my interest in our own Ninth Grade Academy in White County, my dissertation topic was the study of Ninth Grade Academies in the state of Georgia. The research results were quite interesting and I must say, that the Ninth Grade Academy and White County School High School as a whole is an incredible place! I have been teaching for over twenty years, going from middle school to primary school, to high school, teaching many grade levels and subjects along the way and I still enjoy teaching students just as much now as when I first began! Not only do I love to teach reading and writing, but I love to read and write myself. In 2012, I had an article on curriculum and instruction within the high school classroom published in the popular publication for teachers, English Journal. Even though I am currently working on other pieces to publish in the future, lately much of my time these days is devoted to playing with my grandchildren. I love teaching and I think one of the best aspects of my job is that I get to spend every day with the future...and hopefully....impact our world in a better way because of it.

Philosophy of Education

Education breathes life; it breathes hope and confidence. I believe that education should allow students to use and to strengthen the knowledge they possess, while at the same time allowing them to discover how to learn through new challenges, therefore producing life-long learners. I believe that the process of learning is a vital part of the curriculum, not just the content of the curriculum. I believe that education should always be based on each student’s unique needs as individuals and their input should be valued and used by the educator to help that student actualize their potential. I believe in an education that allows for the diversity that the students will encounter in real life, therefore I believe education should strive to achieve the goals of multicultural education in order to produce good citizens and a better future society. Most importantly, I believe in a loving, caring, and devoted school community that will communicate knowledge, facilitate learning, and nurture self-esteem.