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Chuck RockettMy name is Chuck Rockett, and I am a Georgia History teacher at William James Middle School, where I have served for 13 years. I’ve been teaching for 25 years, and I have taught every content subject while coaching six different sports.  I have a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgia Southern University. 

My original career goals did not include teaching. I made a conscious decision to become an educator after a job in outside sales. Both of my parents modeled a life of learning and encouraged me to follow my heart. My decision was to become an outstanding educator and one whom students would remember. I returned to GA Southern and obtained a master’s degree in middle grades education with an emphasis in science and math. 

My mother teacher and both of my sisters were teachers.  When I decided to go into education, my father told me that education is a serious career, and I would be entrusted with the futures of students, the community, state and nation.  I set out each day with this thought in mind, and I rise to its challenge.

 Working in a public middle school setting, I encounter many things that fall outside of traditional teaching responsibilities. Often I am transformed into an advisor, counselor, confidant and protector. As a teacher, I have learned that teaching is a lifestyle that extends well beyond the contracted hours. 

I remember myself at various points in my journey, and I celebrate every milestone in the learning process because I know this is not the end of my students’ journey.  It is my understanding of diversity that helps me develop lasting relationships with my students and inspire them to learn and achieve. I made a commitment to show students they are important. I help them learn they must be their best selves. Students who realize they are performing and learning at their personal best begin to learn for the sake of learning and understand I am a partner in their academic journey.

I have the wonderful opportunity to enrich students’ lives. I try to make every day special for them.  Facilitating an engaging and interactive learning environment is critical to student success. If you enjoy your job, students enjoy coming to your class. 

As a teacher I pride myself on being fair and democratic while fostering an environment where students feel capable of success. I gain the respect of my students and this diminishes hindrances to the learning process. My educational philosophy is demonstrated in this teaching style every day. I make it a priority to make personal connections and establish trust among my students. I use humor to engage them and always add a personal touch to my lessons. 

As a history teacher I am sure to include culturally relevant lessons and include examples that relate to all students. When students feel included, they are inclined to perform better in school.  By students knowing that I care has motivated them to be successful on the state test.  For the past six years, over 90 percent of my students have passed the CRCT or Georgia Milestones Assessments, and each year I have a growth rate of over 75 percent. 

            I am a teacher because teaching gives me complete pride and fulfillment in a profession in which I believe I am truly making a difference. I am blessed to call my passion and love of teaching my work. What a privilege it is to be a witness to lives being transformed.



Summer Camps Advertisement

We hope our students and their families have a safe and fun summer break.  We look forward to welcoming you back on Thursday, July 27 for Open House and Tuesday, August 1, for the first day of school.  If you are looking for activities to keep you active, our schools are hosting some athletic and academic camps this summer. Check out our summer academic and athletics offerings at www.bullochschools.org/summercamps or those offered through the Averitt Center for the Arts, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department, and Georgia Southern University's STEM Camps.


Portal Middle High Graduation Walk

Schools in Portal hosted their very first graduation walk on May 19, at Portal Elementary for the Class of 2017. The close-knit, 55-member graduating class of Portal Middle High School has been together since their pre-kindergarten days at neighboring PES. Friday's walk was a chance for the senior class to reminisce, hug former elementary teachers, encourage their younger peers, and enjoy a special reception in their honor.


The graduates were greeted by PES faculty, staff and students, including Dr. Debbie Cartee, the school's music teacher, who like many faculty members taught them for seven years from prekindergarten through fifth grade. "These are my babies," Cartee said as the entire line of graduates each stopped to give her a hug.


After weaving their way down each grade level's hallway while "Pomp and Circumstance," played over the building's public address system, the seniors joined PES's students in the gym.  There Dr. Laurie Mascolo, principal of Portal Elementary, spoke briefly about working hard to attain success.  Mascolo also used the time to reward PES students for their hard work on the recent Georgia Milestones Assessments.  She had challenged the children to do their best, and if they did, one student would get to cut her ponytail. "It doesn't take much work to grow my hair," Mascolo said. "But it does take work to grow you. We are proud of your success and the success of the Portal High graduates."


The graduates were then treated to a special reception.  PES faculty had made a bulletin board in the cafeteria which featured the Class of 2017's prekindergarten through fifth-grade class pictures. This was a big hit along with a graduation cake and a gift cup filled with goodies and their high school graduation picture. "They (PES faculty) really went all out," said PMHS Principal Patrick Hill.


The new graduation walk tradition is a result of the collaboration between new principals Hill and Mascolo and their faculty. The two neighboring schools have worked together this year on a number of events for fine arts and Veterans Day. PES and PMHS together serve only 806 students in Pre-K - 12th grade, and PES is the combined middle-high campus' only feeder school. This adds to the closeness of its graduating classes.  PMHS's graduation is Friday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m., at the PMHS Athletic Complex.


To see pictures and videos of the PMHS Graduation Walk, click here.