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 Jennifer Allen, Department Chair

Phone: 770-554-7094

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Jennifer Allen, Department Chair

Jennifer Allen is the Veterinary Science instructor at Grayson Tech. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician with 13 years of industry experience specializing in small animal medicine and hospital management. Mrs. Allen earned her associates degree in Veterinary Technology at Gwinnett Technical College and lives in Walton County with her husband, child, dog and cat.

 Hannah Bailey

Phone: 770-554-7096

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Hannah Bailey

Hannah Bailey is the Graphic Design Instructor at Grayson Tech. Mrs. Bailey is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art where she earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is a freelance graphic designer and fine artist, and has experience working in contemporary art galleries, magazine production, public relations, and design research. Mrs. Bailey loves the arts and hopes to inspire her students with creativity and passion. Her goal is to encourage students to see their own creative potential, while preparing them with vital design-industry skills and knowledge. Mrs. Bailey is a native to Gwinnett County and returned to the area for the unique opportunity to teach Graphic Design at Grayson Tech.

 Alan Blake

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Alan Blake

Alan Blake is the Law and Justice Instructor at Grayson Tech. Mr. Blake comes to Grayson Tech after a twenty-year career in Law Enforcement. In addition to his experience in uniform patrol with DeKalb County and Georgia Gwinnett College, he spent the majority of his time as an investigator with the Lawrenceville Police Department. Mr. Blake has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Public Administration. He lives in the Lawrenceville area with his wife and three children.

 Christy Conners

Phone: 770-554-7086

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Christy Conners

Christy Conners love for art and design began as a teenager growing up in the Northwest. Living in Seattle, she learned to appreciate nature and the beauty of the world. It was there that she learned about the various forms of art including dance, drama, music, and fine arts. Her family moved to Snellville when she was in the ninth grade. She was a competitive swimmer on the Brookwood team as well as Swim Atlanta. When she wasn't swimming she spent most of her time in her darkroom, learning photography from her father. Ms. Conners went on to pursue photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. After graduating she began working as a freelance designer. Using her strengths in photography and graphic design she also worked at a marketing company doing advertising. In the summers you could find her at the Hudgens Center for the arts teaching a variety of fine art classes. While working there, Ms. Conners discovered a love for teaching and began working as a substitute in Gwinnett County. Her first teaching position was at Hull Middle School back in 2005 and from there she moved to Grace Snell Middle. Ms. Conners is very excited to be at Grayson Tech this year teaching Commercial Photography. She's looking forward to sharing her love for art and design with her students while providing them the tools they need to succeed in the future.

 Andre DeRamus

Phone: 770-554-7088

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Andre DeRamus

Andre DeRamus has worked as the music technology/production instructor for the Grayson Technical Education Program of Gwinnett County Public Schools for seven years. Andre manages clients in the entertainment field who are affiliated with Warner Records, Atlantic Records, BMG Music Publishing, and also serves as an A&R in the music publishing field. He is a two-time Grammy Nominee and the 2016 University of Chicago Most Outstanding Teacher recipient.  

 Anthony Edwards

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Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards is the Information Technology Instructor at Grayson Tech. Mr. Edwards earned a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University and a Masters in Arts Teaching from University of Georgia. He is currently working on his Doctors of Philosophy in Workforce Education at the University of Georgia. His industry background includes three Internet startups and working for a Fortune 1000 company. His spare time hobbies include astronomy and falconry.

 Allison Falch

Phone: 770-554-7087

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Allison Falch

Allison Falch is the Audio Video Technology and Film instructor at Grayson Tech. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education from Piedmont College. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Falch worked as a performer in live stage productions both home and abroad. She eventually turned to teaching as a career and has found the experience very rewarding. Although new to Grayson Tech, she has been teaching high school for 18 years and has been honored to receive local teaching awards such as the STAR Teacher and Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Falch enjoys teaching the AVTF course because it is a broad, engaging program where creativity meets technology.

 Michael Gary

Phone: 770-554-7844

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Michael Gary

Michael Gary is a CTI Coordinator for Grayson Tech. Mr. Gary has also worked at Berkmar High School, and in Fulton and Walton County schools. He earned a Masters of Education from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University. Mr. Gary lives in Bogart Georgia with his two daughters Grace and Miriam.

 Shaylin Holley

Phone: 770-554-7093

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Shaylin Holley

Shaylin Holley is a CTI Coordinator for Grayson Tech. He earned his BA degree in Political Science from Morgan State University and earned his Master of Teaching degree with a specialty in ESOL from the School for International Training Graduate Institute. He has a plethora of life and inter-cultural experiences - namely, living and teaching abroad in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region for over a decade as a Language Faculty Member and Coordinator of Instruction. He’s traveled extensively throughout the US and dozens of countries making his way to the world’s prime meridian site in England, exploring rice and tea plantations in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and visiting the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai. He currently serves as a mentor with the GCPS Community Mentor Program and volunteers as a youth football and basketball coach. He enjoys eating gelatos and spicy Thai food.

 Eddie Knox

Phone: 770-554-7093

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Eddie Knox

“Promoting safe and healthy communities one step at a time”

Eddie Knox moved to Gwinnett County shortly after attending college at Valdosta State University. He studied athletic training at Valdosta State University and proceeded to work in a diverse dynamic setting in Atlanta, Georgia. Passionate about sports medicine, he was given the opportunity to work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in year 2009. Shortly afterwards, in year 2010, Eddie moved to Gwinnett County and started working in the clinical setting as a certified athletic trainer. He began athletic training outreach through Gwinnett Medical Center Sports Medicine Program. Eddie has been actively working in the sports medicine field for eight years and has plans to continue the direction of sports medicine through interactive public health and athletic training services. Currently, he works with the Mountain View High School program and is actively involved in sports medicine daily activities as the Head Athletic Trainer. In addition, Eddie has completed his Master Degree of Public Health, with a focus in epidemiology from Benedictine University. He has interacted with the Georgia Department of Public Health, and piloted a injury prevention program for agencies in the state of georgia. With encouragement from health professionals alike, Eddie has continued to embrace new opportunities of development in the field of athletic training and sports medicine. These new opportunities include research and publication additions.  In his free time, Eddie enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, recreational activities, and DIY projects.

 Matt Neal

Phone: 770-554-7095

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Matt Neal

Chef Matt Neal earned his Associate in Science Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC before being accepted into the culinary honors program in Providence, RI, where he earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Culinary Arts and a minor in Food Science. During his time at Johnson and Wales, Chef Neal worked as a corporate back of the house trainer with Ruby Tuesday’s, a Lead line cook at Magnolia’s, and a Chef de Cuisine at Kiawah Island Resort. After graduating he worked as an Executive Sous Chef at Kurt’s Restaurant and Chef Tournant at Mill’s Tavern, a Kitchen Manager for Taco Mac, and Executive Chef at the Sycamore Grill. Chef Neal has two step-daughters and a wonderful girlfriend that are all very supportive of his ventures. In his spare time, Chef Neal competes in Bass fishing tournaments and “would fish everyday if he could.”

 Ray Parsons

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Ray Parsons

Raymond Parsons is the I.T. Networking Instructor at Grayson Tech. He received his Bachelors degree from Ball State University, and Masters degree from The University of Georgia. Mr. Parsons has taught information technology, computer programming, robotics, and business technology courses in Gwinnett high schools starting in 2006. He has sponsored student career and technology clubs (SkillsUSA and FIRST, VEX, and BEST robotics) where students reached the region, state, and international competition levels.

With work experience of over twenty years in product technology, marketing, and sales development, Mr. Parsons encourages students to problem solve and build employability skills. Students are challenged to think creatively and look for market opportunities with their emerging knowledge, new relationships, and innovations.

 Dr. LaSheena Simpson

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Dr. LaSheena Simpson

Dr. LaSheena McAfee Simpson is the Entrepreneurship Pathway Instructor at Grayson Tech. Her love for business started at the age of 10 when she created a newspaper to sell to her neighbors and members of her community. Her professional portfolio consists of over 16 years of industry experience in sales, marketing, and management. She currently operates an online retail company. Dr. Simpson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Marketing/Design and a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the American InterContinental University. She decided to pursue a career in education after she realized her desire to mentor business students. As a result, she began working as an Academic Counselor and Adjunct Business Faculty Member at the University of Phoenix. While employed at the University of Phoenix, she earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. Simpson is committed to helping others bring their dream to fruition, which is why she loves teaching young entrepreneurs. When she is not shaping the minds of tomorrow’s business leaders, she enjoys spending time with her family.

 Joy Thompson

Phone: 770-554-7078

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Joy Thompson

Joy Thompson is the embedded Advanced Composition teacher at Grayson Tech. She has taught Language Arts for 19 years in elementary, middle, and high school. Mrs. Thompson graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an Associate degree of Science in Fashion Merchandising/Retail Marketing, Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Master of Science degree in Educational Technology, and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources at Keller Graduate School of Management and completed her Graduate Studies in Reading/Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami. Mrs. Thompson’s passion for writing grew from her creative writing experiences at the university level. As a result, she takes a great joy in helping students improve their voice and writing style. Her goal is to prepare students for not only post-secondary education, but life-long career communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. She resides in Gwinnett County with her husband, four children, and grand-daughter.

 Mori Turner

Phone: 770-554-7093

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Mori Turner

Mori S. Turner is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. While in high school, he participated in football as a four-year letterman. After high school, he continued his education at Truett-McConnell College located in Cleveland, Georgia. While attending Truett-McConnell, he worked with both the men’s and women’s NJCAA Basketball programs for two years.

He enrolled in Georgia State’s Exercise Science program, successfully graduating in the fall of 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree. During his time at GSU, Mori also worked with the Football team during their inaugural season while they recorded their first winning season. Most of his time with the football team was spent alongside the athletic trainers, as well as with the team physician.

Mori had several successful years as a professional exercise physiologist at Genesis Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as a fitness expert at Wellstar Hospital.  Mori went on to earn a Master’s degree from the University of Miami in Sports Administration.  His goals for the future include becoming an Athletic Director.  He is now a member of the Grayson Technical Program for Sports Medicine and coaches football for the Rams.