Bert Smith 
Principal ~ Ware County High School

Email: bertsmith@ware.k12.ga.us

Mr. Bert Smith attended Valdosta State University where he earned his B.S. degree in Secondary Mathematics. He also earned a M.S. in Secondary Education and ED. S in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State. Mr. Smith has 20 years of educational experience including 10 years as an administrator.Mr. Smith began his career as a math teacher and coach before transitioning to administration.Mr. Smith is no stranger to Ware County High School serving as CHAPS Academy Principal from 2008-2012. After serving Ware County High students as academy principal, Mr. Smith became principal of Brantley County High School and Williams Heights Elementary School.

He enjoys watching college football and anything to do with the Gators. Mr. Smith also enjoys playing golf.

Mr. Smith is married to the former Rebecca Lee and they are the proud parents of two sons, Sy and Lee Smith. Sy and Lee attend Waycross Middle School.

Dr. L. Renee Stephens
Principal ~ Cornerstone


Dr. Stephens is a former United States Marine who is proud to have experienced the opportunity to serve the United States of America for eight years, serving in Okinawa, Japan and Inchon, Korea and other bases within the United States. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Stephens attended Augusta State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Management. As a self-professed life-long learner, L. Renee Stephens pursued a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and earned a Library Media Certification from Valdosta State University. Additional Post-Secondary Education accomplishments included Educational Specialist and Doctorate Degrees in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.L. Renee Stephens is the Cornerstone Academy Principal with 15 years’ experience in education serving in the following capacities: Instructional Coach, Career Technical and Agricultural Education Teacher, Department Chair, Attendance Protocol Manager, Hearing Officer, FBLA Advisor and 2015-2016 Middle School Conference Champion Assistant Girls Track Coach for Waycross Middle School.As principal of the 9th grade academy, one of Dr. Stephens’ goal is to set a strong educational foundation for ninth grade students that empowers freshmen to take ownership of their educational outcomes focusing on academic success, promotion to tenth grade, social growth and maturity as well as respect. Another primary goal for WCHS’ 9th grade students is that each student utilizes information and experiences from their freshmen year to earn the maximum number of yearly credits to graduate on time from Ware County High School in the year 2020.

Dr. Stephens is married to Dr. Franklin D. Stephens Jr., Head Football Coach of the Ware County Gators team.

“Life is about decisions and choices; make them wisely”.

Lee Robertson
Principal ~ TIME Academy

Email: lrobertson@ware.k12.ga.us

Mr. Robertson attended Valdosta State College and earned a BA in Science Education. He also earned a MA in Educational Leadership as well as an ED.S in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.Mr. Robertson began his career teaching science. He has taught a variety of subjects from 7th grade Life Science to 12th grade Physics. Mr. Robertson is a native of Darien, Georgia and moved to Waycross with his loving family; Tricia, his wife, and their two sons, Joe and Jon. He enjoys Blacksmithing, helping with the Boy Scouts (Troop 304), hunting and fishing.
Anthony Nazworth
Principal ~ Ware A&M Academy
Email: anazworth@ware.k12.ga.us
Dr.Anthony Nazworth is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University. HIs 21 years of service to education has spanned across 3 Georgia counties. He has worked as a teacher, coach, special education coordinator and administrator. Professionally, Dr. Nazworth's primary focus is on building relationships that enable students and teachers to be successful.Dr. Nazworth is originally from Folkston, Georgia where he and his family currently reside. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Shauna for 21 years. They are blessed with two children; Lexi (17) and Beau (15). Their family is completed by Rylee and Siri, two dogs that are rescues from the local human society. In his personal time, Dr. Nazworth enjoys chasing fitness goals, playing the guitar, reading and above all..... cooking.

Paul Callahan
Principal ~ CHAPS Academy

Email: pcallahan@ware.k12.ga.us

Dr. Paul Callahan obtained his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Georgia Southern University. He also completed his M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University. Dr. Callahan attended University of Sarasota and completed his Ed. S. and Ed. D. in Educational Leadership.Dr. Callahan is starting his 10th year at Ware County High School and 22nd in education as a whole. Dr. Callahan will be the CHAPS Academy Principal for the upcoming year. He is married to the former Kim Bennett of Waycross. They have two children: Lauren (15) and Jojo (11). He enjoys spending time with his family and all outdoor activities in his spare time.
Ms. Mary Alice Aldridge
Instructional Coach


Mrs. Mary Alice Aldridge graduated from Ware County High School in 1980. She completed an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology from Waycross College (South Georgia State College at Waycross) in 1982. She is married to Victor Aldridge, a Pierce County native. Together they have loved agriculture and building a commercial row-drop farming business over the past 34 years. They have three children: Nick Aldridge (wife Tess Tanner Aldridge, daughters Preslie and Addie) and Jarred Aldridge (wife Roxanne White Aldridge, daughter Lexie) and one daughter, Maisie Aldridge Stewart (husband Daniel Stewart). She most enjoys spending time with her husband, children, their spouses and her grandchildren.In December of 1982, Ms. Aldridge completed a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State College. In 2002 she completed a Master of Arts Degree from Central Michigan University in Education with an Emphasis in Adult Education.Mrs. Aldridge taught elementary school for eleven years at Waresboro Elementary from 1993 – 2004. Upon adding on secondary broad-field Social Studies certification, in the fall of 2005, she transferred to Ware County High School and began teaching ninth grade social studies. While at Ware County High School she has: completed the Gifted Endorsement, piloted the Ware County High School Leadership Class (a service learning course) from its inception (2007) through 2014, served as Anchor Club advisor (2008-2014), filled department chair position, taught World Geography, US History, Honor’s US History, World History, Advanced Content World History and Advanced Placement World History. Her passion in the classroom was Advanced Placement World History because of her love of the challenge that students are willing to take in order to succeed in the course and with the fact that course content allows students to expand knowledge which will be a basis for day to day life events.
Stacie Sheys
Special Ed Coordinator

Email: ssheys@ware.k12.ga.us