Harry Cooper has been teaching in Georgia since 1989. He taught Social Studies at Clarke Central High School from 1989 to 2014. He came to Jefferson High School in 2014 and is in the Social Studies Department. He currently teaches A.P. United States History, Honors U.S. History and the History of the Cold War. In addition to his teaching, Harry contributes by being:
Harry authored the History of the Cold War curriculum for the Jefferson City School District and has also authored two elective class curriculums for the State DOE:
Mr. Cooper is a native of Athens, Georgia. He and his wife of thirty-five years, Mary Ann Cooper, have four children.
"Mr. Cooper truly enjoys engaging and challenging his students. He understands that education goes beyond the four walls of a classroom. Whether it is leading 25 JHS students on the National Parks trip out West, taking his students to participate in the State Youth Assembly, doing play-by-play of football games on the Dragon Football Network or providing his students doughnuts on the morning of the AP exam, Mr. Cooper goes above and beyond for Jefferson High School. "
Taylor Brown, Jefferson Middle Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, is a 2007 graduate of The University of Georgia and is in her eleventh year of teaching. She joined the JMS staff in 2015 where she chartered the JMS FFA Chapter. Under her guidance, JMS FFA has been named a Three-Star National FFA Chapter and Middle School Model of Excellence National Finalist in both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. Taylor is currently enrolled at Auburn University pursing her Agriscience Education Specialist Degree. She, her husband, and their son operate a beef cattle farm in Franklin County.
"If you want to see a teacher that engages students and makes learning fun, visit Taylor Brown's classroom. She challenges students to reach their potential while also giving them the support needed to be successful."
Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Lori Gunter graduated from Central Gwinnett High school in 1993. She received her degree in Middle Grades Education from North Georgia University in 1997. Lori began teaching 7th grade at Lanier Middle School for Gwinnett County Schools. She took an eight year break to stay home with her boys. After subbing and working as a paraprofessional for several years, she added Early Childhood Education (P-5) to her degree. This is Mrs. Gunter’s 11th year as a teacher and her 6th year in Jefferson. Lori has been married to her husband, Johnny, for 19 years. They have 2 boys; Chatham is a sophomore at JHS, and Camden is a 7th grader at JMS. They have lived in Jefferson for thirteen years.
"Lori Gunter is the definition of dedication. She is dedicated to her students and supports them each and every day in order for them to discover their strengths. She is our personal "Ray of Sunshine" at Jefferson Academy. She makes our school a better place - we are so proud to have her represent us as our Teacher of the Year."
This year’s Jefferson Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mr. Markus John Mullis. Mr. Mullis earned his high school diploma from Tift County High School in 1989. During his years in high school, Mr. Mullis experienced working with young children as the YMCA Youth Coach for three years in a variety of sports including football, basketball, and tee ball. He also worked at the Lifeway Camps (Crosspoint Christian Sports Camp) in the summer for four years as a coach in several sports. After highschool he continued onto the University of Georgia where he studied kinesiology, and in 1999, he received a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed).
Mr. Mullis began his teaching career at Walker Park Elementary School in Walton, Georgia as a physical education teacher. After teaching for a year at Walker Park Elementary School, he switched to Cleveland Road Elementary School where he again taught physical education from 2000-2005. During these years, in the summer months, Mr. Mullis worked as a Lifeway Camp Consultant writing Sports-Time Devotions and developing games and recreation for the campers. In 2005, Mr. Mullis came to Jefferson and was the Children’s Minister at the First Baptist Church. In 2007 he was hired by Jefferson City Elementary School to work as a Physical Education teacher. At Jefferson Middle School, he works as a cross country and soccer coach. Since Mr. Mullis came to Jefferson, he has worked with several different organizations in the community. Mr. Mullis has served as a Winshape Camp Consultant since 2007, he was a recreation director at Grove Level Baptist Church and Southside Church, and was the coach for several sports teams for the Jefferson Recreation Department. Mr. Mullis has been a valuable member of the Jefferson community for many years, whether it's been as a coach, as a teacher, or at a church or camp. Jefferson is truly grateful for all he has done and looks forward to many more great years.
"P.E. at Jefferson Elementary School is an event you have to see to understand. Coach Mullis creates exciting and engaging games that unlock a love of physical activity in ALL of our students."