Carter Akins, Ed.D.
Dr. Carter Akins assumed the role of Principal at Glynn Middle School in June 2021. In joining the community of Glynn Middle School, he looks forward to striving for excellence and making a positive difference. Helping teachers with Georgia Standards of Excellence, promoting solid instructional strategies and curriculum programs, overseeing district curriculum and assessment initiatives, working with families on new ideas for students, and getting to know students, families, and staff, are just a few of the many ways he seeks to enhance teaching and learning at Glynn Middle School. Akins previously served as Principal of C.B. Greer Elementary School from July 2017 - May 2021 and Principal of Oglethorpe Point Elementary School from July 2012 - June 2017. During his tenure at C.B. Greer, the school was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School, and students excelled in academics. During his tenure at Oglethorpe Point Elementary, the school was recognized with the Silver Award for Highest Performing by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and moved students on to greater academic achievements. Prior to the principalship, Akins served in the elementary school setting (C.B. Greer Elementary) as a classroom teacher, Instructional Coach, Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, and Assistant Principal. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (B.A. in English) and Georgia Southern University (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership), and he completed teacher certification at Armstrong Atlantic State University and the gifted endorsement at Valdosta State University. Akins enjoys the excitement each day brings at school, and he is proud to be a Glynn Middle Hurricane!
Todd Collier was named Assistant Principal and Athletic Coordinator at Glynn Middle School in 2019. Prior to moving to these roles, Mr. Collier served as Physical Education and Health teacher, head football coach, and athletic coordinator. Mr. Collier is a graduate of Armstrong State University and Troy State University. He continued his studies at Columbus State University with an add-on degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Collier graduated from Glynn Academy and is excited to be part of Glynn Middle School. He looks forward to continuing his educational career as a Hurricane with the amazing students, staff, and parents of Glynn Middle School.
Leah Ellingsen was named Assistant Principal at Glynn Middle School in July 2020. She has had many opportunities to teach a variety of grade levels, students, and adults in her career. Prior to serving as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Ellingsen held the positions of Instructional Lead Teacher (Sterling Elementary School), Gifted Resource and Grade 5 Teacher (Satilla Marsh Elementary), and middle grades teacher (Gwinnett County, Georgia). She also serves as an instructor for the gifted endorsement for First District RESA. Mrs. Ellingsen is a graduate of Georgia State University (B.S. in Middle Grades Education), University of Georgia (M.Ed in Educational Leadership), and Valdosta State University (Ed.S. in Teaching and Learning), and she completed her gifted and leadership endorsements through First District RESA. Mrs. Ellingsen has a love for teaching and students. She views her role as an advocate for students and staff and states, “This job allows an opportunity to promote growth with all students, provide quality leadership, and create opportunities for all students to excel.”
Mrs. Heather Harp moved into the role of Instructional Coach at Glynn Middle School in July 2020. She has a passion for empowering student voice through meaningful and authentic experiences and increasing student ownership of learning. Prior to becoming a Glynn Middle Hurricane, Mrs. Harp taught social studies courses at the high school level and most recently at Glynn Academy. While teaching at Glynn Academy, Mrs. Harp was recognized as the 2020 - 2021 Teacher of the Year for Glynn Academy and Glynn County Schools. Mrs. Harp is a graduate of Troy University (B.S. in History Education and M.S. in Education) and Valdosta State University (Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership). She looks forward to another exciting school year sharing her love of students, teaching, and learning with the Glynn Middle School family.