Meet Our Staff
Position: Culinary Arts
Christine Wallace has taught for 5 years in the Liberty County School System. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Midway Middle School
before coming to Liberty College and Career Academy to teach the Culinary Arts pathway. Mrs. Wallace received her degree from Truman State University in
Kirksville, Missouri and will soon complete the requirements for Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation.
Position: Graphic Communications
Mr. Collins began working in the printing industry in 1979 in Athens, GA. He has worked in all areas of the Graphics Industry,
including sales, production, and design. He started the printing program at Bradwell in 1994, BIGraphics was PrintEd
certified in 2000.
John Trimmer is proud member of the American Welding Society. He has only been teaching for Savannah Technical College for about 5 years. However his welding experience as a welder spans over 24 years. Mr. Trimmer has 12 years of welding with the United States ARMY, with 48 months of that, hazardous welding and fabrication in Iraq. He has also spent six years welding as a contractor in 6 countries and 15 states. Mr. Trimmer has trained, schooled, and worked at one of the most prestigious welding schools in America. Lincoln, in Cleveland Ohio it is like the Harvard’s and Yale’s of welding schools. It was at Lincoln he was given the opportunity to test and receive many AWS certifications in many processes and with many different types of materials. He carries certifications from AWS D1.1 structural steel, 3G/4G to AWS D1.6 structural Aluminum and AWS D17 Aerospace just to name a few.
Michael Goodson has been an Engineering and Technology teacher for 20 years. Fourteen of those years have been in Liberty County at Bradwell Institute. He received his Bachelors degree for Mississippi State University in Industrial Technology. He has earned a Masters of Education in Technology Education from Georgia Southern University and completed coursework through Valdosta State University for a state endorsement in Adult and Career Education. He is a former US Army Engineer, having served combat tours in the Persian Gulf and performed nation building work in Central America. Mr. Goodson is an avid outdoorsman and sports fan who is also active in his local church.
Donnie Gillis comes to you with over forty years of experience in masonry and carpentry. He received his NCCER certification in 2009. He has taught as an adjunct instructor for Savannah Technical College for 14 1/2 years. Mr. Gillis has 10 years with General Motors Delso Remy Division, along with several different contractors in the US doing carpentry and masonry. He is also associated with several other trades.
Ms. Brenda Whipple-Jones, RN-BSN is a native of Miami, Florida. She has been a resident of Liberty County for over 20 years. She is a former graduate of Albany State University in Albany, Georgia, 1970-1974. She comes with 40 Years of various nursing experience, to include Army military travel experience around the world
Position: Therapeutic Services-Medical Services
Pamela Scott has been working in the Liberty County School system for 12 years. Her first two years was as the School Nurse at Jordye Bacon Elementary school and her last ten years has been as a fourth grade teacher at Jordye Bacon. She graduated from the University of Anchorage Alaska with a Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing as a registered nurse in 1980, was certified to teach at Georgia Southern University receiving her master's in Reading in 2005.In the field of nursing she has worked as a Coronary Care Nurse, Mother-Baby Nurse, Orthopedic nurse, School Nurse, and as a Medical Surgical nurse in various locations traveling with the military. She is the wife of Pastor Hermon Scott, mother of three adult children, and grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren.
Position: Law & Justice
Jonathan McDavid came to Savannah Technical College in 2014 after 24 total years of military service; retiring from the United States Army as a CID Special Agent in 2011 and conducting graduate studies until he started teaching at LCCA. He has about 30 years of criminal justice experience wherein he has enforced laws in three U.S. states, as well as federal and military laws within the U. S. and overseas in numerous countries. He was involved in military operations after 9/11/2001 and he has supported numerous homeland security measures thereafter. He is a highly decorated military and law enforcement veteran who earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College.
Position: Food & Nutrition
Brenda Rich is a Family and Consumer Science teacher. She has been teaching for 25 years. She has a Bachelor in Family and Consumer Science from Georgia Southern University. She currently teaches the Nutrition and Food Science Pathway which includes Nutrition & Wellness, Nutrition through the Lifespan, and Food Science. One of her favorite quotes is “The Worth of a Person is defined by their CHARACTER”.
Karisa Young was born and raised in Upstate New York. She attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services Counseling. She received a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Karisa has worked in the field of education for the last 7 years. She is married to her wonderful husband Brian and they have 3 daughters, Jasmine, Adrienne, and Mackenzie. Growing up an only girl with 3 brothers has greatly influenced her love for sports, especially football. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, attending cultural events, watching movies, and exploring new restaurants.
Director of High School Programs
Executive Director of Special Programs
Sonja Duncan graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration and then transferred to Valdosta State (College) University where she received Bachelors, Masters, and Ed.S. degrees in Business Education. She has been employed by the Liberty County School System for 32 years. She taught business courses and served as the Cooperative Business Education Coordinator and FBLA Co-Advisor at Bradwell Institute for 11 years. In 1995 she began her service as Vocational Supervisor for the system. She currently serves as Executive Director of Special Programs with additional responsibilities for the system to include—Safe & Drug Free Schools Consortium member; system contact for CTAE, Fine Arts, Health & PE, and Modern Languages; Sick Leave Bank Coordinator; and AdvancED (SACS) system-level co-chair.
Business Community Coordinator
Teaching as a Profession Pathway
Connie Bragg has taught for 17 years in the Liberty County School System. She has a BBA from Savannah State University, Master's Degree in Adult Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University and a Specialists Degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. Past positions include Business Education teacher, Teaching as a Profession instructor and Work-Based Learning Coordinator.
Marla Troha is a native and life-long resident of Liberty County and a graduate of Bradwell Institute. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from South University. She has worked for the Liberty County School System for 12 years in several capacities; at Joseph Martin Elementary as a parasub and bookkeeper, at the Central Office in the Finance Department with Federal Programs and also in the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Department, and currently as bookkeeper and administrative assistant at Liberty College and Career Academy. She and her husband of 31 years, Steve, have two adult sons and one beautiful granddaughter. They anticipate the birth of their second granddaughter in early 2016.