Learning Support Specialists
Ms. Johnnie Baker
Hello, my name is Johnnie Baker. I graduated from Columbus College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. I enrolled in the Master’s program and graduated from Columbus State University with a Master’s degree in Education in 2005. I also attended Nova Southeastern University in Florida and was recently awarded an Educational Specialist Degree. I was hired by the Muscogee County school district in 1998 and assigned to BRMS. This is my 22nd year at Blackmon Road middle school as a Learning Support Specialist. I am a native of Alabama where I grew to love school and learning. I lived in Alabama for seventeen years and moved to Georgia. I have three wonderful adult children and five grandchildren. My hobby is renovating houses and providing homes for others.
Mr. Chad Bray
Learning Support Specialist, Athletic Director
Welcome to Blackmon Road! I am Coach Bray and I am one of the Learning Support Specialist for our school. I have taught various subjects in two schools, Midland Middle and Blackmon Road for 21 years. I have made BRMS my home for the last 12 years. I taught PE for my first 11 here then decided to make a move back into the classroom last year. I am the Athletic Director and Head Football coach for the Eagles.
I have a beautiful wife and three wonderful children. I received my bachelors and specialist from Columbus State University and obtained my masters from Troy University. I also played four years of baseball for Columbus State University. I love college football and the SEC! I am a big Georgia Bulldog fan! I also love spending time with my family and going on vacations to make endless memories.
I am a firm believer in hard work builds success, so no matter what, work hard and never give up!
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Mrs. Elisia Emberton
Hi, my name is Elisia Emberton. I have been teaching for 20 years. For the past 11 years, I have been teaching at Blackmon Road Middle School. I graduated from the University of Montevallo with a degree in Deaf Education. I am certified to teach students in Special Education and students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I grew up moving around due to my father being in the military. I have lived in Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia and I also spent several years living in Germany. Growing up my family liked to travel via camper, so I have been fortunate to see most of our country as well as many countries in Europe. To this day I have a passion for traveling. I have two boys, William (15) and Rogan (4). I am looking forward to seeing all my new students for the 2020-2021 school year.
Mrs. Janet Fine
Hi, my name is Janet Fine. I have taught middle and high school for 25 years. This will be my 14th year at Blackmon Road Middle School. I have a Bachelors (1995) and Masters (2001) degree from Columbus State University in various areas of Special Education. I am certified to teach all of the areas of Special Education and I am highly qualified in all of the academic areas. I was born and raised all over Georgia – from the suburbs of Atlanta (Griffin), the Blue Ridge Mountains where I graduated from high school (Habersham County), and to the very hot middle area of Macon. I would take a mountain vacation that involves horses over the ocean. Although, I have only lived in one state, I have been fortunate enough to have visited 29 of the 50, as well as 3 countries outside of our own. My husband John and I have 6 children ranging from the ages of 24 to 11 and 2 grandchildren.
In addition to being a Learning Support Specialist, I am a Girls with Pearls sponsor and I greatly enjoy empowering tomorrow’s Ladies. I look forward to meeting the 2020-2021 BRMS students!
Ms. Rachel Funk
Hello! My name is Rachel Funk, and I have been a Learning Support Specialist at Blackmon Road for four years. I primarily teach Language Arts, and I love it! Reading and writing are personal passions of mine, and I enjoy sharing those with my students. I also coach debate at BRMS, which has been a wild but immensely rewarding ride in the last three years. I graduated in 2016 from Columbus State with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education ELA & Social Studies, and I just graduated (May 2020) with my master’s degree in Special Education. I grew up in northeast Tennessee, where there is such a thing as four seasons and snow—I miss the mountains! But my family moved to Alabama during my high school years, and I’ve stayed here ever since. My husband and I have been married for almost five years, and we enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and traveling during the summer. I am looking forward to meeting my students this next year!
Mr. Billy Howard
Hello! My name is Billy Howard and I graduated from Columbus State University in 2019 with a Master’s of Arts of Teaching in Special Education. I earned my Bachelors of Science at CSU in 2001 in General Studies with an emphasis in Computer Science. I just finished my fourth year at Blackmon Road Middle School, where I am a Learning Specialist – Special Education teacher and teach mostly inclusion Social Studies. I am also a retired veteran of the Air Force National Guard. I have been married to my wonderful wife Darlene for 24 years, three great (grown) kids Amanda, Cathy and David. Three awesome grand-kids Patrick, Ruby and Ellie. Two dogs Sparky ad Hollie. When I can get around to it I enjoy fishing and DIY projects. I am looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year and collaborating with my amazing team and seeing all my cool and fun students.
Ms. Vikea Lockhart-Moore
Mr. Leonard Pittman
Mrs. Kristen Riddell
Hi! My name is Kristin Riddell. I am an Educational Interpreter here at Blackmon Road. I grew up in Columbus and I have a Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language/Interpreting from Valdosta State University. I have been working for MCSD for 11 years. Ten of those were at the high school level and last year was my first here at BRMS. My husband and I have been married for 7 years and we have a 3 yr. old son and a 7-month-old daughter. In my free time I enjoy reading, biking and spending time with my family. I love working with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students and being a part of their education!
Ms. Teresa Dawson
Hi! My name is Teresa Dawson. I was in the Army for over 13 years as a truck driver. I got out in 2013 and became a massage therapist but quickly realized that it’s hard work for little pay, so I went to school and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Columbus State University. Currently, I am a, very new, one-on-one special education paraprofessional here at BRMS. I have been married to my husband, Jon, for 9 years and I have a 7-year-old daughter, Annabelle. I have 3 dogs and 1 cat. Their names are Ben, Molly, Cooper and Tausha. I enjoy working in my yard, to include gardening, lounging at the beach and camping in the mountains.
Ms. Jessica Sink
Moderate Intellectual Disabilities (MOID) Teacher
Hello! My name is Jessica Sink. I am the Moderate Intellectual Disabilities (MOID) Teacher here at Blackmon Road Middle School. I have been working here in Columbus, GA for 5 years, this past year was my first year at BRMS and I am so blessed to be here. I have a Bachelors Degree in American Sign Language / Interpreting from Gardner-Webb University in NC and I am currently working on my Masters in Teaching at the University of West Georgia. I love working with students with special needs and students who are deaf and hard of hearing. I recently got engaged over Christmas and will be getting married in November. I also teach the color guard at Northside High School and Hardaway High School and I am the director of Renegade Independent Winter Guard here in Columbus. I have a pet pig named Rootie and a cat named Oscar.