J.T. Reddick is in my heart. I began my career at Reddick as a seventh grade English teacher in 1990 under Principal John Smith. I coached Reddick Raiders football across the street on the old rec field and coached Raiders and Raiderette basketball in the Mott Gym. Since then I’ve taught or been an administrator at G.O. Bailey, Charles Spencer, Eighth Street Middle School, the “new” Tift County High School and even at TCHS when it was on Eighth Street. Either I’m well-rounded or I can’t keep a job! Bottom line – I love this school.
This modern era of Reddick has been spectacular. The governor and the state board of education in the Spring of 2016 recognized our school as a great place to learn and grow when they named Reddick to the list of schools earning the Georgia Gold Award for Greatest Gains for the 2015 school year. Incredibly, Reddick repeated the feat in 2016!
Seven years ago, our little “sixth grade only school” became Tift County’s bridge from the elementary schools to the middle and high schools. Under the steady direction of Principal Jamie Penoncello, the Reddick staff blossomed and became known around the county, RESA and state as a group of dedicated and caring professionals ready to do whatever it takes to push their students to grow and succeed.
Greatest Gains schools earned a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score ranking in at least the 93rd percentile, according to the state board of education website. Of the roughly 2,300 public schools in Georgia, only 127 earned the greatest gains distinction in 2015. Reddick then became one of seven schools to repeat the distinction! The school is indeed in elite company.
As we go through this 2018 school year, I could not be more proud to be part of this staff. Along with my assistant principal Jennifer Howell, we plan to celebrate our many successes and build upon the habits that have become a tradition of excellence. As a parent, student or community stakeholder, I hope you will come be a part of a great school.
Reddick Teacher 1990-1996
Principal since 2016