Mrs. Patty Hancock
A career-long educator, Mrs. Hancock’s path to Quitman Elementary has been filled with a variety of opportunities to learn and grow as an educator to best serve children. Prior to joining QES, Mrs. Hancock was as the Instructional Lead Teacher (ILT) at NBES and also served as the assistant principal until 2008.
Mrs. Hancock’s professional career began in her hometown school in Barwick, Georgia, with the Brooks County School District where she taught First Grade in the same classroom that she was a ‘first grade’ student. Mrs. Hancock was a lead kindergarten teacher and first grade teacher at Morven Primary and NBES.
Mrs. Hancock earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education at Valdosta State College in Valdosta, Georgia. She then went on to earn a Masters degree in ECE at Valdosta State. In 2005, Mrs. Hancock earned her Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision at Valdosta State University.
Mrs. Hancock is proud of the rich history of Brooks County. She is honored to be part of QES and the Brooks County School System. Mrs. Hancock believes in educating the “whole child” and lives by the philosophy of putting students first.
Mrs. Hancock is diligent, focused, and passionate about learning and wants the best for all students. Her priority is to ensure that all students receive a quality education and that they are able to compete in an international society. Mrs. Hancock credits the success of QES, to the dynamic faculty and staff, with the support of our parents and community. At QES our motto is: “QES: Where Quality Education Starts!”
Mr. Derrick Jenkins
Derrick Jenkins was born and raised in Morven, GA. A graduate of Brooks County High School in 1992, Mr. Jenkins went on to attend Valdosta State University (VSU). During his junior year in college, he began to work full-time as a retail manager, and graduated from VSU in 1997 with a business degree in management. After spending 10 years in retail management, he switched his career field and pursued a career in education. Mr. Jenkins re-enrolled at VSU and received his bachelor’s degree in education and eventually joined the teaching staff within the Brooks County
School system in 2005. Mr. Jenkins earned a Masters in Education in 2009 and
received an educational specialist degree in leadership in 2011. During his time within the Brooks County School system, he has worked at the Academic Enhancement Program, working with both middle school and high school students. He later joined the staff at Brooks County Middle School, where he taught 7th and 8th grade social studies, as well as work with the after school ECHOES program with 6th-8th grade students. In addition to his other credentials, he has worked at every level to become a highly qualified teacher, by receiving certification in reading and gifted education. In the fall of 2013, he began the next phase of his educational career by joining the staff at Quitman Elementary as the new assistant principal. “I am looking forward to working with the teachers as well our youngest student population in an effort to continue promoting quality education and instruction,” he says.