John DeWaal has been named the new director of education for Eagle Ranch in Chestnut Mountain.
A native of Ontario, Canada, DeWaal last served as a key administrator with Academia Los Pinares in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Prior to that, DeWaal spent 25 years with Kalamazoo Christian School Association in Michigan.
“When I first came to Eagle Ranch, I was immediately impressed with the dedicated and committed people I met throughout the organization,” DeWaal said, according to a news release. “I am excited to be part of a ministry that provides so many resources and opportunities for struggling children and their families.”
DeWaal received a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. DeWaal and his family relocated to Georgia from Honduras this summer.
Eagle Ranch works with children, focusing on family restoration and reunification. The school serves students in grades 6-9, providing individualized learning plans depending on academic need.
Hall school system attends active shooter training at FBI conference
The Hall County School District and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office recently sent representatives to the FBI Active Shooter Executive Law Enforcement Conference in Cherokee County. The two-day conference provided training on how to respond to either an active shooter or a potential active shooter incident.
The training was not in response to the Aug. 20 school shooting at DeKalb County’s McNair Discovery Learning Academy, but it was timely, said Lt. Earl Roach.
Topics included looking at dealing with improvised explosive devices, how to respond to national media and behavioral analysis.
Each session was highlighted with video and slide presentations of national and local events.
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