Courtesy of The Warcry
Written by: Ivy Hyatt and Staff
Heard County is always trying to improve scholastic programs in some way. As a way to advance this school year, new teachers and coaches have been added to Heard County High School’s faculty.
They are all very eager to make a difference, not only at Heard County High School but throughout the community. The new educators for this school year are Trent Bianco, Lee Burson, Ryan Duffey, Brian Long, Armand Tyson, and Kyle Yates.
Trent Bianco is the new head baseball coach and an assistant softball coach. He will also be teaching Analytic Geometry for sophomores and Math IV for seniors. His hopes for this school year are to give his students a better understanding about how math works outside of the classroom, prepare them for college mathematics, and for all of his students to pass the End of Course Test.
Heard County High School softball and assistant baseball Coach Matt Hornsby and he have the same sports goals. They wish to achieve thirty wins, win region title, make it to the elite eight, and take home the state title for softball.
For the baseball team, they anticipate to continue to improve from summer practices, compete for the region title, and host the first round of the state playoffs. Bianco played college baseball at Columbus State University where he led his team to the NCAA Division II World Series runner up finish in 2007. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and his Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education in Mathematics.
Bianco has been a teacher and coach at Carrollton High School before accepting a position at Heard County High School.
When asked about his feelings about going into his first year at Heard County High School, he responded, “I am excited about coming to Heard County because of what a close community it is. I have heard nothing but good things about the students here, and I am ready to get started.”
Lee Burson has been an educator for twenty-one years. He will be filling the position of Spanish teacher which was formerly held by Maritza Reneau. Burson graduated from Baylor University, where he studied English and Spanish. He lived in Spain for a short period of time in the summer of 1992.
In 1996, Burson was names Carrollton City Teacher of the Year, and in 1999 he was named AATSP Spanish Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia.
Besides holding a teaching position at Heard County High School, he also instructs a cycling class and a flow class that is similar to yoga. Burson states, “I am enjoying teaching in Heard County, and I wish everyone good luck with the school year.”
Ryan Duffey is one of six new teachers that Heard County has acquired this year. This is Duffey’s first teaching job, and he is excited to get the year underway.
Duffey graduated from Jackson High School in 2006. He then went on to attend Brewton Parker College right out of high school where he played college baseball. From Brewton Parker, he transferred to Gordon College. Then, he transferred to the University of West Georgia where he graduated with a degree in special education.
This year, not only will Duffey be co-teaching Geometry and Math III, but he will also be helping in sports. He will be helping out on the softball and baseball field alongside Coach Bianco and Coach Hornsby.
Duffey was the first person in his family to graduate from college. When asked about the new school year Duffey stated, “I am excited to be a Heard County Brave and have the opportunity to be a part of the great success in the classroom and on the field.”
Brian Long grew up in East Texas and did not move to Texas until 1999. “I am very ecstatic to be a part of this staff, and I plan on becoming a very valuable member of the Heard County community,” claims Long. He will be teaching construction this year for Heard County High School.
Apart from being a construction educator, he also works at Banning Mills part time. He has worked in the Carrollton City Schools in the past. He graduated from McEachern High School and continued his education at the University of West Georgia, where he graduated there with a Degree in Education.
Not only was Long getting his Education Degree at the University of West Georgia, but he was also a college minister. He is married and enjoys playing beach volleyball and tennis during his leisure time.
The new band director, Armand Tyson, resides in Newnan with his dog Rascal. He is twenty-seven years old and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of West Georgia. Along with the ability to play ten different instruments, Tyson enjoys painting and writing music.
In his first year of being band director he has already gotten the Heard County High School Color Guard new uniforms to go along with their show, “A Trip to Vegas.” Songs from the new show include “Viva Las Vegas” and “It’s Not Unusual.”
Tyson has many expectations for the band this year. “I am so excited to be a part of the Marching Braves this year,” states Tyson. “I hope that all of us get along really well and work together to make great things happen.” The Marching Braves plan to debut their show at the regular season opener against Callaway.
Kyle Yates was born and raised in Heard County. He competed in football and wrestling all four years of his high school career and excelled in both.
After graduating from high school, Yates continued his education and his football career at the University of West Georgia. Yates then graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Physical Education Degree.
He will not only be helping academically in a lot of classrooms, but will also be the head wrestling coach and the offensive lineman coach for the Heard County High School football team.
Yates is very anxious to get things going this year. “I want to help this school academically and with the athletics. I want to help continue Heard County High School’s tradition of being an outstanding institution and cannot wait to make a difference,” stated Yates.