Please allow me a few words to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Georgetown, South Carolina. After high school, I reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island South Carolina, where I was trained to become a United States Marine.
Some of my duties included communication officer, administrator and instructor at the leadership academy, drill instructor, Drill Instructor School instructor, military advisor to the Saudi Marine Force, Base Education Officer, and Personal Services Head. My travels included countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Japan, Haiti, Germany, Saudi Arabia, England, Philippines, and Korea to name a few.
After almost 23 years in the Corps, I chose to end my career as an activity duty Marine and began serving my community as a first grade teacher at Crosswell Drive Elementary School, Sumter, South Carolina. I taught first and third grade before relocating to Spring, where I taught fourth and fifth grade at McNabb Elementary. I also served as assistant principal at McNabb and Gloria Marshall Elementary.
My education includes a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Master’s degree in elementary education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies degree in educational leadership.
I am very blessed to have been married to my wonderful wife, Octavia, for 25 years. We have four fantastic children, one daughter Candice (25) and 3 sons, Edward (18), Kailem (17), and Gabriel (14).
I am thrilled to be the principal at Hirsch Elementary. Hirsch has a rich tradition that I certainly will strive to uphold with the support of staff, students, and of course the Hirsch community.
Assistant Principal: C'ne Dawkins
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! This school year will bring many exciting changes for Hirsch Elementary. I am delighted to be a part of the great change. For the past 3 years I have served the Hirsch family in the role of school counselor. This year I look forward to serving as your assistant principal. Counselor: Georgia Matthews
I began my education career 19 years ago after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science at the University of Houston Downtown. In 2002, I received a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling at Prairie View A & M University.
Treasured moments for me are spent with my husband, Jon, and daughters Lorie and Elyssa. I also take great pleasure in working with the youth of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in the Fifth Ward community.
As assistant principal my goal is to empower students to think, problem-solve, and become productive innovative citizens of our global community.
Hello Hirsch Hawks! My name is Georgia Matthews, and I am so excited to be the new counselor here at Hirsch Elementary. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with my Bachelors Degree and then taught for 5 years before obtaining my Masters in Counselor Education from Sam Houston State University as well.
My goal is to encourage all students to grow and develop emotionally, socially and academically. I plan to do this by implementing a comprehensive guidance and counseling program to help meet the individual needs of each student. This is done through counseling individual students, group counseling and classroom guidance lessons. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of help to your child in any way.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. This includes my husband, Sean, and our four girls, Kamryn (7), Ava (6), Micah (1), and Zoey (1). We like to watch movies, go roller skating, rock climbing, and swimming.
I am looking forward to a great year at Hirsch Elementary while helping your child to be successful!
Counselor: Georgia Matthews