Mr. Bell completed a Master’s in Education Administration at CSU and his Education Specialist at Troy University. He and his wife Trina have two children, Jeffrey and Samantha.
It is with extreme pleasure and excitement that I welcome each of you to Hardaway High School. The administration, faculty, and staff are looking forward to the school year with enthusiasm. Our mission at Hardaway High School is to develop enthusiastic, life-long learners who are productive, contributing members of a global society. To be successful, it is imperative that you become an active member of your school. Take ownership! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your teachers, counselors, or administrators.
Matt Bell, Principal
I am excited to serve as your Assistant Principal at Hardaway High School. Some of my beliefs are below so you can better understand the way I am.
- The safety of my students is my #1 concern.
- I believe ALL students are capable of learning.
- Relationships are vital to student performance.
- Teachers and leaders should lead by example.
- Teachers and leaders must present engaging work.
- Teachers must facilitate learning in the classroom.
- My door is always open.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Valentine has lived in Columbus since 1988. She is a graduate of Columbus State University where she received her a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, Master of Education in Mathematics, and Specialist in Education in Leadership. She has been part of the Hardaway family since 1996. Starting in the Math classroom, she moved to the International Baccalaureate Coordinator position in 2007. In 2014 she became an Assistant Principal.
Mrs. Valentine enjoys working in the garden with her husband, Ryan, and playing in the yard with her two doggie babies, Emma and Buster.
Coach Kendall Mills is entering his 24 year as an educator, presently serves as Athletic Director, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, and Volleyball Head Coach. Graduate of Auburn University in 1996, B.S. in Elementary Education, Troy University 2010, M.S. in Sport and Fitness Management. Coach Mills loves being in the gym with his student/athletes helping them perfect their athletic skills and equally wants to make sure he is preparing them for life after sports, spending a lot of time talking about college, careers, and of course academic and athletic scholarship opportunities for all student/ athletes. Coach Mills is married to Linda Mills, teenage daughter, Jordan Mills (Florida), adult daughters: Shaemeka Miller ((Florida), grandkids Jayden, Leyla, and Elijah), Lauren Breaux (Columbus), Desiree Weldon (Columbus), Kaitlyn Flowers (Germany), and adult son: Benjamin Weldon (Columbus).
Learning Support Coordinator
After working at AFLAC for 9 years, Mrs. Fulford joined the Hardaway family in 2002. She currently serves as LEA for Hardaway High School, Blackmon Road Middle School, and Blanchard Elementary School. Mrs. Fulford has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters of Special Education, and Specialist in Educational Leadership.
School Counseling Director
Mrs. Metcalfe was born in Uruguay but grew up in Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, NY. She moved to Georgia in 1989 with her husband and two daughters, both now Hardaway graduates. She has three grandchildren.
Mrs. Metcalfe has been a member of the Hardaway family since August 1998. She has had the privilege of working under the leadership of four principals at HHS. Current duties which she’s held since 2000 are School Secretary/Principal’s Assistant with bookkeeping duties added in 2005.
Front Office Clerk
After working for TSYS for 15 years, Mrs. Harris started at Hardaway in 2008 as a Parent Volunteer when her oldest son attended, then to become a full-time employee in 2010. She has enjoyed being with the Hardaway Hawk family for the last 10 years as the Main Office Clerk, processing Student Registrations and Enrollments. And being the first face to greet you when you enter the building!
Married to Michael Harris, they have two sons, Jeffery and Christopher Harris, who are both graduates of Hardaway High.
When not at work, she enjoys traveling with her family and spending time with her fur baby, Nico.
Mrs. Carr started working at Hardaway in 2006. She’s worked in the Main office, attendance, and, her current and favorite position, discipline. Mrs. Carr and her husband, Bobby, share their home with our three kitties Polly, Charlie and Opal. When not working she enjoys baking and crafting.