Dr. Traci M. Jackson began her career as a public school educator and administrator over twenty-eight years ago. She is recognized as a National and State Award winning principal. She graduated from The Fort Valley State College (now The Fort Valley State University) where she reigned as Miss Fort Valley State College 85-86 and graduated with honors. Dr. Jackson received her Masters Degree in Middle Grades Education from Fort Valley State College and later Leadership Certification and Specialist in Education Degree from the University of Georgia, Athens. She received her Doctor of Education from Argosy University Atlanta in 2007. She received the distinguished honor of being named the recipient of the 2007 Student Government Leadership Award from Argosy University.

Dr. Jackson was recognized as one of seven principals in the United States to receive the 2011-2012 Terrell Bell Award (named after the Secretary of Education) by United States Department of Education and National Association of Elementary School Principals for outstanding leadership and archived as the First Principal in the State of Georgia to receive this distinct honor. Shirley Hills Elementary has also been recognized six times as a Georgia Title 1 Reward School for High Performing and High Progress.

Other accolades include 2012 Georgia Outstanding Woman in Education Recipient, 2012 and 2018 Georgia Distinguished Principal, 2012 Georgia Association of Educational Leaders President’s Professional of the Year, 2012 Distinguished Alumna in Academic Service from Fort Valley State University and 2013 National Principal Mentor by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Dr. Jackson is the first recipient of The 2018 Dorothy I. Height Leadership Award for Educational Development from the Warner Robins Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a member of First Baptist Church Garmon Street, Warner Robins Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is an active member of numerous educational organizations.

Dr. Jackson became a published author in April of 2019.

Matt Dewitt

Matt Dewitt

Assistant Principal of Discipline

Matthew DeWitt is originally from along the shores of Lake Erie near Cleveland, Ohio.   He graduated from Saint Edward High School in 1992.  From there he received an athletic scholarship to play football at Ohio University.  While there Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education (minor in Spanish).   After teaching in Ohio for one year, Matt moved to Naples, Florida where he taught fourth grade and first grade for a total of five years.  


He has been resident of Houston County since 2006 with his wife and two children.  Matt taught fifth grade at Eagle Springs Elementary for seven years.  In 2008 he was chosen as the Eagle Springs Elementary Teacher of the Year.  In addition, he was also a 2008 recipient of the Channel 13WMAZ “My Teacher is Tops” award.  During his time at Eagle Springs, he also earned his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University.  


In 2013, he was selected as Assistant Principal of Discipline at both Russell Elementary and Shirley Hills Elementary schools.  He considers it an honor and a privilege to be serving and working with the staff, students, and parents of Shirley Hills Elementary. 

Charlotte Dunlap

Charlotte Dunlap

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Charlotte Dunlap was born and raised in Brunswick, Georgia.  She attended Shorter College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She later earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southwestern State University and a Specialists in Educational Leadership form Columbus State University.

Mrs. Dunlap has been an educator for 27 years.  She joined the Houston County team in 1998.  Prior to becoming an administrator, she served in the following capacities: Teacher in Kindergarten, 1st , and 2nd Grades, EIP Reading Specialist for Grade 3-5, and Literacy/Instructional Coach.  She holds both Reading and Gifted endorsements.  In 2015, she was named Assistant Principal for Instruction at Shirley Hills Elementary.  She is a proud Mustang!

 Mrs. Dunlap is married to LaDavid Dunlap, Air Force Retiree.  They have two children and three grandchildren.