Degrees and Certifications:
Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership Gifted Endorsement
Dr. Holly Harvil - Principal
Holly Harvil served as a teacher and administrator for sixteen years in the Newton County School System. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2001 and began her teaching career as a Pre-K teacher. After her first year in the classroom, Dr. Harvil taught first grade for four years, third grade for a year, and one year in fifth grade. She was Teacher of the Year for East Newton Elementary School in 2007. In 2008, Dr. Harvil was chosen to serve as an assistant principal in the Newton County School System. During her nine years as assistant principal, she worked at Porterdale Elementary for six years and Rocky Plains Elementary for three years.
Dr. Harvil has both a Master’s Degree and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Gifted Endorsement. She recently completed her doctorate with a focus on technology and English Language Learners. During her free time she enjoys reading biographies and traveling. During her travels, Dr. Harvil has visited 34 countries with some of her favorites being Austria, Scotland, Curacao, Denmark, Italy, Bermuda, and Greece.
Dr. Harvil is a native of Madison, Georgia. She moved to Monroe County in 2014 when she married her husband, Todd. She and Todd have five children. Their oldest, Sara, is a sophomore in college, and Ransom is completing coursework toward his diploma. Twins, Ana and Thomas, are in 12th grade and their youngest, Rush Larkin, is in ninth grade. Their children enjoy learning Spanish, participating in band, playing guitar, playing football, riding dirt bikes, fishing, and taking care of their pets, Axel Lamar, Rocky, and Sir Dean.
Dr. Harvil is excited to be serving the students of Pike County Primary School and working closely with parents, faculty, and district staff to ensure success and growth for all students.
Degrees and Certifications:
Early Childhood Education Instructional Technology Coaching Endorsement Educational Leadership
Ms. April D. Teal
April Teal has been an educator for twenty years. After graduating from Mercer University in 1998, she began teaching fourth grade at Upson-Lee North Elementary School in Thomaston, Georgia. She earned a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Georgia College and served as an Instructional Technologist and first grade teacher at Upson-Lee South Elementary School. She was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award as a first grade teacher in 2002. April began teaching first grade at Pike County Primary School in 2006. She was the Teacher of the Year for Pike Primary School and District Teacher of the Year for Pike County in 2008. After teaching first and second grades, she earned a Coaching Endorsement and moved to the position of Instructional Coach at Pike Primary School. She received a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Columbus College and became Assistant Principal of Pike County Primary in 2016.
April has one son, Jess, who currently attends Bainbridge College. She enjoys traveling, and she is an avid reader.
As an educator in Pike County, April has always focused on helping students and teachers succeed. She has a passion for curriculum and instruction. Through a district partnership with The Center for Authentic Intellectual Work, she has become a certified coach to aid teachers as they participate in professional development. This work allows teachers to work collaboratively to make learning a more meaningful experience for all children.