Professional Learning

For HGRESA members, many sessions are available from Dr. Laura Riffel, the Behavior Doctor, on Classroom Management and Mental Health. Additional mental health sessions will be added as the year unfolds. There are four sessions from Dr. Barbara Blackburn. One is on remote learning strategies that will be very helpful for those adjusting to this mode of instruction. Several sessions are included from Mr. Brian Buffington. One is on Google apps and one is on the Google classroom. He has done one that targets parents. We have included Amie Dean's Classroom Management online class as an option. In September, Dr. Harry Wong's online Classroom Management class will be available. Please note that the New Teacher Induction online, on-demand event will probably be ready by the last week in July. The on-demand, online substitute teacher training session is always available. The Zoom substitute teacher training dates are July 23, August 11, and August 27.  In January 2020, the Heart of Georgia RESA consultants coined the acronym CODE to help identify courses or classes that were on demand for educators at all times. 



The HGRESA Contest information has been shared with Curriculum Directors or Contest Coordinator. Please give them a few days to review and share.  The Curriculum Directors and Contest Coordinators are instrumental in the process. The  trophies and certificates will be available in a few weeks.

Fingerprinting for New Hires will occur from August 3rd through August 12th. Please click on the link to select date and time to be fingerprinted.  Please remember that a mask is required to enter the building. Please also sanitize hands and practice social distancing practices. You must bring a signed form from the Board of Education office and photo identification.



Mrs. Joy Stanley officially retired after working for the Heart of Georgia RESA for 42 years. She has served the organization in a positive, professional, confidential manner serving as the Financial Director. We wish Mrs. Stanley the best as the future unfolds for her. We are going to miss her because she has been a major heartbeat in the HGRESA organization for so many years.  Mrs. "Joy" has brought much "joy" through the years. 

Mr. Alan Gayton, North Georgia RESA, for helping us design our Professional Learning Site. YEAH MR. Gayton! 

Mr. Nathan Buhl, Finalsite, for helping us with a vision for our new website.

Mr. Jason Stanizza, Finalsite, for helping lead us through the website creation and all of its complexities.

Mrs. June Lewis, former HGRESA Consultant, former HGRESA Technology Director, current Independent Contractor, for helping us with the design and content of our new website and our new  PL website. She is a lifelong RESA friend!

Mr. Bucky Bush for helping us LAUNCH our new website! It went live today, July 16. YEAH, Mr. Bush.



HGRESA welcomes two new superintendents:  Dr. Susan Long (Dodge) and Mr. Clifford Garnto  (Laurens).

Welcome to Mr. Horace Austin, New Technology Coordinator at Heart of Georgia RESA. We are excited to have him join our team.


Congratulations to the following Positive Athlete Winners. (Regional)

Most Positive High School:  West Laurens High School

Girls' Soccer:  Calle Cauley (Treutlen)

Football:  A. J. Mathis (West Laurens)

Girls' Track and Field: Brianna McRae (Dublin)

Boys' Cross Country:  Hunter Yawn (Telfair)

Boys' Golf:  Ty Cranford (Bleckley)

Girls' Golf:  Tabatha Bailey (Montgomery)


Congratulations to the following Positive Athlete Winner. (STATE)

Football:  A. J. Mathis (West Laurens)


Important Information:  For those who want to have posters printed or laminated, please email for an appointment. Before entering the building, you must put on a mask. Please use hand sanitizer located at the entrance upon arrival and practice social distancing once you enter the building. Thank you for your help and support. 


Our Deepest Sympathy

Mrs. Judy Milner passed away on March 18, 2020. Mrs. Milner was a math consultant for the Heart of Georgia RESA for many years. After retirement from the Dodge County School System as Curriculum Director, she worked as a part-time math consultant and then as an Independent Consultant for the Heart of Georgia RESA.  She also worked for the GDOE as a  consultant with the America's Choice program, and  also served as team leader of the GDOE Care Team for Wheeler County. Most recently, she conducted the Substitute Teacher Trainings for the HGRESA organization. Mrs. Milner was respected by her educator friends and was a dedicated HGRESA supporter. Our lives were positively impacted because she shared her expertise and love of education.  We miss her very much! She will not be forgotten.