Dr. Brigid Nesmith joined Effingham College and Career Academy in 2020, following five years as principal of South Effingham Middle school. She has a total of twenty-six years of service within the Effingham County School District. Her career began at South Effingham High School, where she taught English and French. She also taught Gifted English at South Effingham Middle School before obtaining an Instructional Supervisor at Sand Hill Elementary School.
Dr. Nesmith grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Piscataway High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Hardin Simmons University. Dr. Nesmith earned her master’s degree (2005), Education Specialist degree (2009), and Doctorate (2018) in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.
Dr. Nesmith believes partnerships with parents and community partners are essential to enriching the experience at ECCA.
During her free time, Dr. Nesmith enjoys attending Auburn football games, spending time with her family, listening to audiobooks, making door hangers, and cuddling with her three dogs!
Mrs. Sara Huntley has been the Instructional Supervisor at Effingham College and Career Academy since 2023. She began her teaching career at Effingham County High School in 2006, where she taught mathematics. She later moved to ECCA in 2019 as Director of Mathematics and Ebenezer Elementary in 2022 as an assistant principal. While teaching, Mrs. Huntley taught multiple mathematics courses including collaborative, gifted, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. She was recognized as the Effingham County High School STAR Teacher and the Effingham County STAR Teacher in 2013 and 2022 and the South Effingham County High STAR Teacher, the Effingham County STAR Teacher, and the Region 8 STAR Teacher in 2023.
Mrs. Huntley grew up in Evans, Georgia and graduated from Lakeside High School. She received her undergraduate degree, master's degree, and Education Specialist degree from Georgia Southern University and her leadership certificate from the University of West Georgia.
Mrs. Huntley is passionate about instruction and embraces the district's mission that every moment counts because every student matters. She is an advocate for STEM, desires to ensure student engagement for success, believes in high expectations for all, acknowledges that learning is a shared responsibility, supports the education of the whole child, strives to employ a positive and caring staff, and recognizes that everyone should be treated with respect.
During her free time, Mrs. Huntley enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading, listening to music, and being at the beach.
My name is Shelly Hobbs and I am a native of Effingham County. Growing up, I attended Rincon Elementary School, Central Junior High School and Effingham County High School. (C/O'86) I have been happily married to my husband, Chris Hobbs, since 1991. We have four children: Kristen Horton (Wesley), Will (Breanna) Hobbs, Nicholas Hobbs and Jeremiah Hobbs and a Bonus Daughter, Destiny (Geoffrey) Waldhour. We have four grandchildren, Karlee, Tanner and Easton Horton and Amelia Waldhour and we have three GrandCats - Remus, Rory, and Rooney. I am a Triple Eagle from Georgia Southern and a diehard Georgia Bulldog fan.
I began teaching in Effingham in August of 1994 at the 6th grade annex (the current location of the BOE) and moved to South Effingham Middle School when the county grew large enough that we had to split. I moved tof SEMS where I taught at all grade levels and many different subjects in both academics and connections for 25 years. My most favorite subjects to teach were those related to Science and STEM. I completed the GACE requirements to teach 6-12 Science and had the privilege to teach Advanced Content Physical Science at SEMS for many years. I also served as the STEM Coach at South Middle for several years as we began our mission for STEM Certification. When the opportunity came open for me to apply at Effingham College and Career Academy as the STEM Facilitator, I was excited to face a new challenge and become part of this awesome school program.
I currently serve as the STEM Facilitator at ECCA as well as the STEM Education Facilitator at Honey Ridge Agricenter where I have been for the last three years.
In the words of Marc Anthony..."If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." Science and STEM are my PASSION! I absolutely love serving ECCA and all of the students that I get to see and work with out at Honey Ridge Agricenter!