Vicki Hollinshead – Dean of the School of Education
Vicki Hollinshead, professor, currently serves as dean of the School of Education. She holds an A.A. in general education from Emmanuel College, a B.S.Ed. in elementary education and M.Ed., Ed.S. and Ph.D. in middle grades education from the University of Georgia. She taught reading, language arts and social studies to middle school students for 19-plus years in public schools in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. She came to Emmanuel in January 1997 as an instructor in Middle Grades Education. Her research interests include service learning, preservice teacher education, and instructional strategies. Vicki and her husband, Tom, live in Hart County and attend Providence United Methodist Church. They have four children.
Dr. Rick Wilson – Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Rick Wilson, Professor of Health and Physical Education, holds an Ed.D. degree in Athletic Administration from Northcentral University in Arizona as well as a B.A. degree in Physical Education and Health and a M.Ed. in Physical Education from Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Dr. Wilson also serves as the Health and Physical Education Program Director at Emmanuel and leads the Homeschool PE program for area families. Dr. Wilson came to Emmanuel from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, where he served as Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance and Head Cross Country and Track Coach. Originally from Ohio, Rick taught Pre-K through 12th grade physical education and served as the Athletic Director for 9 years at Heartland Christian School in Columbiana, Ohio and has also coached cross country and track teams at Salem High School in Salem, Ohio and at Judson College in Elgin, Illinois.
Rick and his wife, Mary, have two wonderful children, Amani and Samara. Dr. Wilson feels incredibly blessed to be part of the family and ministry of Emmanuel College and thank God for the opportunity to serve in a community where faith and scholarship are blended in the pursuit of excellence. The “Wilson family runners” are a very close family and enjoy doing everything together, with running, camping, and spending time on the lake being some of their favorite recreational activities.
Dr. Judi Mills – Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Judi Mills currently serves as an assistant professor in the School of Education. She holds a BA in religion from Emmanuel College, a MAT from the University of South Carolina, and an Ed.D from Gardner-Webb University in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Mills spent 26 years teaching Elementary Special Education in South Carolina and has served as an adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb University. Judi is married to Wayne Mills. They have 3 children, Andrew, Matthew, and Lindsey. Her research interests include teacher retention, special education assessment, and reading strategies.
Dr. Paige Boomer
Dr. Paige Boomer, assistant professor in the School of Education. She holds a B.S. and M.ED in Elementary Education from Kennesaw State University, Ed.S in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College, and an Ed.D in Educational leadership from Liberty University. She taught for 25 years in Georgia schools. She also holds an ELL (English Language Learners) certificate and taught ELL for about 6 years. She and her husband, Mike, live in Lula and attend Homer United Methodist Church. They have two sons in college.
Dr. Cyndee Phillips – Director of Institutional Research and School of Education Assessment Coordinator
Dr. Cyndee Phillips is the Director of Institutional Research and the SOE Assessment Coordinator and an adjunct professor. She holds a BA degree from Emmanuel College, a MEd degree from Brenau University, an EdS in Leadership and Supervision from Clemson University, and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. She spent 32 years in K-12 public education, having taught middle grades (5th – all content areas through 8th – science, ELA, and reading) for 14 years and as curriculum director and Assistant Superintendent for the past 18 years. Cyndee retired from the Franklin County School System in the spring of 2018. She is married to Dr. David Phillips, a retired middle school Engineering and Technology teacher and has two adult children. Courtney, and her husband Joshua both teach in Madison County Schools and have a daughter, Annabeth. Grayson is a recent graduate with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry at Kennesaw State University and his wife, Victoria, is an artist, adjunct professor and an elementary art teacher in Fulton County. Cyndee (83), her husband (82), daughter (2010, son-in-law (2010), and son (2017, non-degree) all attended Emmanuel College.
Cyndee serves on the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce board, and is chairperson of the Education Committee. She leads the Leadership Franklin and Youth Leadership Franklin programs for the Chamber. She is also a board member for The Ark. Cyndee and her husband attend Ekklesia Centre in Royston.
Debbie Maxwell – School of Education Director of Field Experience
Debbie Maxwell graduated from EC in 1976 with an AA. Following, she graduated from the University of Georgia in 1978 with a BS in Exceptional Education. She began her career in teaching and worked on my Master’s degree at UGA which she received in 1981. For 31 years, she taught special education and general education in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. In 2013, she completed my Education Specialists degree at Valdosta State University. In 2015, her research on the effects of inquiry-based learning of science on achievement was published in the Asia Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching.
Dr. Tammy Foster – Adjunct Professor of Education
Dr. Tammy Foster, adjunct professor in the School of Education holds a B.S.Ed. in Special Education and a M.ED. in Interrelated Special Education from the University of Georgia, Ed.S in Teaching and Learning and Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. She taught at the preschool, elementary, and high school levels for 20 years in Georgia schools and served as the Special Education Director in Franklin County for 10 years. In addition to Special Education certification, she holds certification in preschool handicapped education, reading education, and educational leadership. Her research interests include academic resilience and school success, instructional coaching, and instructional strategies.
Tammy serves on the Franklin First Readers Community Action Team, promoting the importance of early literacy. She serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Boyd Outz Learning Center Afterschool Program. Prior to transitioning to her adjunct role, Tammy spent five years as a full-time faculty member in the SOE. She and her husband, Randy, live in Lavonia and attend Lavonia First Baptist Church. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Amy Hancock has been an educator for 19 years and currently teaches English/Language Arts at Commerce Middle School. Prior to her return to public schools, she spent four years teaching World Literature, British Literature, and AP English at Athens Christian School. She holds a B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education, and a M.Ed. and Ed.S. in English Education from the University of Georgia. She taught full-time at Emmanuel College from 2010 until 2015, where she split her time between the English Department and the School of Education. Mrs. Hancock lives in Colbert with her husband, Jeff, and their children, Emily, Anna, and Eli. She attends Jones Chapel United Methodist Church in Danielsville, where she serves as Children’s Minister.
Dr. Lavon Grizzle
1999- Athens Technical College: Diploma- Early Childhood Education
Mrs. Latana Coile
Mrs. Latana Coile served 30 years as a secondary education teacher at Franklin and Madison County High Schools before retiring in 2016. During her career, Mrs. Coile taught Social Studies, served as a Secondary Education Instructional Coach and Gifted Coordinator, and coached basketball and softball.
Presently, in addition to her adjunct work at Emmanuel, Mrs. Coile serves as the Testing Coordinator and Instructional Coach for the Madison campus of Foothills Education Charter High School in Danielsville, Georgia. She currently holds a Georgia certification in P-5 Elementary Education and Georgia 6-12 certifications in Behavioral Science; Economics; Geography; Gifted In-Field; History; and Political Science. Mrs. Coile has also completed GA DOE training as a Teacher Support Specialist; Instructional Coach; and Co-Teacher and is approved by the College Board as an Advanced Placement U.S. History and Psychology instructor.
During her teaching career, Mrs. Coile was selected by her students as STAR Teacher seven times, by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year twice, and as the System (Madison County) Teacher of the Year. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College, the University of Georgia, and Piedmont College.
Mrs. Coile and her husband, Robin, reside in the Shiloh community of Madison County and have a daughter (Lori) and grandson (Ethan). In her spare time, Mrs. Coile enjoys reading and relaxing on the screened porch, outdoor activities, watching Carolina Tarheel basketball games, and being “Nana C” to the most handsome red-headed young man around.
Dr. Michelle Kendrick
Mr. Carl Davis