Elementary School Special Education Coordinator
Tammy Simpson-Shirley joined Jackson County School System in 2018 as elementary school special education coordinator. She is certified in both early childhood education and special education. She also earned an advanced degree in educational leadership from Columbus State University.
Mrs. Simpson-Shirley has 19 years of experience in education. Her teaching career began in Gwinnett County Public Schools, and during her first 15 years in Gwinnett County, she worked in both the general and special education settings at the elementary level where she gained experience in all grade levels. Before joining JCSS, she served as department chair and as a special education coordinator for Jefferson City Schools.
Mrs. Simpson-Shirley lives in Braselton with her husband and two children.
Secondary School Special Education Coordinator
Becky Edge joined the special education staff as a coordinator in 2015. She is a lifelong resident of Jackson County; she attended and graduated from Jackson County Elementary School and Jackson County High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Georgia. She also holds master’s, specialist and leadership degrees.
Her teaching career began in Jackson County where she has taught in all areas of special education, with the majority of her time in adaptive curriculum. She served as special education department chair at Jackson County Comprehensive High School for eight years prior to joining the central office staff.
She and her husband live in Braselton, and both her son and daughter graduated from Jackson County.
K-12 Behavior Coordinator
Dr. Leslie Teague joined the special education team at the Central Office in July 2019. She holds degrees in psychology and education. She is certified in both elementary education and special education. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in the education of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and specialist and doctoral degrees in education.
Dr. Teague has 24 years of experience in education. She began her teaching career in Liberty County where she worked for 10 years in the area GNET center serving Liberty, Long and Bryan Counties. She also worked in Oglethorpe County where she served in various roles, including district behavior specialist, which gave her the opportunity to support students pre-k through 12th grade.
Since moving to Jackson County in 2016 she has enjoyed working with students and supporting teachers in the West Jackson Elementary area.