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​Superintendent Woods names new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Director

February 19, 2015 – The State Board of Education today approved State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation for Dr. Barbara Wall to serve as the Georgia Department of Education’s new Career, Technical and Agricultural (CTAE) director. A CTAE educator with teaching experience at both the middle and high school levels, Dr. Wall is currently the Houston County School System’s CTAE Director.

“I am thrilled to welcome Barbara Wall to the GaDOE team,” Superintendent Woods said. “CTAE is one of our most critical areas of focus as we work to move Georgia education forward and personalize education for our students. The leadership of the CTAE program is of utmost importance, and Dr. Wall has all of the experience and leadership qualities necessary to ensure Georgia’s CTAE program is second to n

Dr. Wall has a wealth of experience in the CTAE field. She has worked in small, medium and large school districts. As the CTAE director in Houston County, Dr. Wall partners with numerous businesses to ensure students in the district are able to participate in youth apprenticeship programs and take part in soft skills seminars so they connect what they learn in the classroom with the jobs available to them after high school. Under Dr. Wall’s direct leadership in Houston County, the agricultural education program has grown to become the largest program in the state, and by fall 2015 all eight of the district’s middle schools will have an agricultural education program.

2006 to present: Houston County School System CTAE Director
1994 to 2006: Baldwin High School, High School Assistant Principal and County Director of CTAE
1993 to 1994: Wilkinson County High School,  Director of CTAE
1979 to 1993: Wilkinson County High School, Teacher (Family and Consumer Science, Computer Literacy, English, Math

Doctor of Education in Workforce Education Development, University of Georgia
Specialist in Education – Supervision and Administration, Georgia College and State University
Masters of Home Economics Education, Georgia College
Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education, Georgia College

In addition to years of experience and relevant education, Dr. Wall has many references from leaders who have worked closely with her during her time as a CTAE administrator and teacher.

Sonny Perdue, former Governor of Georgia, wrote in his letter of reference: “It is my belief that Ms. Wall has the wherewithal and motivation to succeed at the State level just as she has in Houston County. She has shown leadership, quick thinking, and a true servant’s heart. She has character, integrity, dedication and the tenacity to put forth whatever is necessary to accomplish common goals and better Georgia.”

State Representative Amy Carter, who is also a CTAE teacher at Lowndes County High School, stated in her letter of reference: “Barbara has been instrumental in helping to further relationships between the Georgia Department of Education, the Technical College System of Georgia, the University System of Georgia, and the Georgia Association of Career & Technical Education. … When I consider the complexity of issues surrounding CTAE, Barbara Wall is definitely one of the most experienced and capable CTAE leaders in Georgia.”