Dr. Maura Lewis, Principal

Maura Lewis was born in Norfolk, VA and comes to southern Georgia by ways of western Michigan. She graduated from Rockford High School in Rockford, MI in 1999. She then attended Michigan State University where she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science in Advertising and Public Relations. Her sister, who was stationed at Moody Air Force Base at that time, proposed that upon graduation from MSU Maura come watch her house and dog while she went overseas. Maura complied and quickly fell in love with Georgia and has been here ever since.

Realizing her heart had always been in education, Maura graduated from Valdosta State University in 2008 with her Teaching Certification and Masters in Secondary Education. She began her teaching career as an English teacher at Clinch County High School in 2008, and moved to Valdosta High School in 2012 where she continued teaching English and became Department Head of the ELA Department. In 2017, she came to Brooks County High School as the Instructional Coach, and, in 2018, moved to Brooks County Middle School as an Assistant Principal and Instructional Coach. Maura was given the honor of becoming Brooks County Middle School's Principal in the fall of 2021. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in May 2022.

Maura is blessed with a wonderful and supportive husband and two beautiful little boys. 


Mrs. Sam Harden, Assistant Principal

Sam Harden  was born in Charleston, SC.  She grew up in a small community about 35 miles from Charleston called Pinopolis.  Her high school days were spent at Berkeley High School, where she met a teacher that inspired her to do better.  This teacher was Ms. Carol King, and she was Sam’s Speech and Literature teacher. Ms. King pushed Sam out of her comfort zone and the love for the arts soon ensued.  After graduating from high school in 1995, Sam attended Valdosta State University to pursue a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Telecommunications (now mass media).  Her intentions were always to return to South Carolina, but fate stepped in and she met “the one” and has been a Georgia girl ever since.  

Upon graduating from college in 1998, Sam lived what she thought was her dream for a short period of time as a news reporter.  As a reporter, she covered anything that dealt with education that came into the newsroom.  This was the beginning of her educational career, so to speak.  

After a few years of reporting the news, she decided to leave the business and obtain a degree in middle grades education.  Her first teaching job came in 2001 as an 8th grade writing teacher at Gladden Middle School in Chatsworth, GA.  A year later, Sam and her family moved to South Georgia to be closer to family.  She started teaching 6th grade reading, writing, and social studies at Willie J. Williams Middle School in Moultrie, GA, where she remained for seven years.  She earned her Master’s in Middle Grades Science and Social Studies in 2004 from Albany State University,  and a Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012 from Valdosta State.  In 2008, she transitioned to Colquitt County High School as their Video Broadcasting Teacher, and remained there until 2017.  It was during this time that she earned her Leadership Certification.  After leaving Colquitt County High, she moved to Brooks County as the principal of Brooks County Early Learning Center.  Although she loved the littles, she really wanted to be at the middle school which is what makes her heart most happy. She is now an assistant principal at Brooks County Middle School. 

 Sam has been married to her husband Clark, who is also an educator, for over 25 years.  They share two VERY handsome and talented boys, Jaycee and Camden.  Sam and her husband also have three grandpups (Shug, Doc, and Dolly).

Photo of Maura Lewis.

Mr. Dominique Love, Assistant Principal

Dominique Love was born in Ft. Hood, Texas but resided in Columbus, Ga for the majority of his life. He graduated from Kendrick High School, here he was a multi-sport athlete, homecoming and prom king. He was also the Vice President of the German Club (Wer hätte das gedacht?) and Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematic Honors Society). After graduating from KHS in 2006, he ventured to Valdosta State University. He graduated with a Middle Grade Education Degree from Valdosta State University in 2011. While at Valdosta State University, he was a part of the Valdosta State Football team in 2007.

In 2008, he became a member of Alpha Phi Omega which is a National Community Service Organization. In 2013, he joined the greatest fraternity known to man, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated! In 2014, Coach Love began his teaching career at Brooks County Middle School as an 8th grade physical science teacher. During his time at BCMS he served as a Physical Science Teacher, Life Science Teacher, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Mentor, Teacher of the Year in 2021, football coach, girls' basketball coach and he now serves as the Assistant Principal.