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Mrs. Krystin Hall

Krystin Hall, proud principal, is beginning her 23rd year in education. She began her Fayette County career as the marketing teacher at Whitewater, where she was awarded the 2011 Teacher of the Year. She was promoted to an Assistant Principal at McIntosh High School where she served for 4 years and then served as an Assistant Principal at Starr's Mill High School for 6 years. Mrs. Hall attended The University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Masters of Education degree. She also received her Specialist in Education from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Hall is married to Casey and is the proud mother of four children- Tyler (Charleston Southern University sophomore, football scholarship), Nash (Brown University freshman), Koen (11th grade) and Ava (10th grade). Mrs. Hall is an avid sports fan who enjoys watching her kids play sports and loves spending time with her family and two dogs.

Mrs. Hall was selected to the Governor's Office of Student Achievement Leadership Academy for the 2023-2024 school year. Mrs. Hall is honored to serve the Whitewater community and loves the tradition, culture and high expectations for all stakeholders. Whitewater provides an environment where students excel in and out of the classroom and Mrs. Hall is dedicated to providing opportunities that help students achieve their personal best. GO CATS!

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Mr. Jason Barnes

Jason Barnes is embarking on his 24th year in education. Before joining Whitewater High School as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, he served as Assistant Principal and Instructional Lead Teacher at Whitewater Middle School. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of West Georgia, a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University.

Mr. Barnes has a rich instructional background, having taught Mathematics, Reading, 8th Grade Georgia Studies, 7th Grade World Geography, Health, and Physical Education across several schools: Fayette Middle School, Whitewater Middle School, Whitewater High School, and Rising Starr Middle School. From 2011 to 2013, he was the head boys' basketball coach at Whitewater High School, leading his team to a region championship in 2013.

Outside of his professional life, Mr. Barnes enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending quality time with his family and friends. He is married to Erin and is a proud father of three daughters: Madison (WHS Class of 2023), Kallie (7th grade), and Ellie (3rd grade).

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Mrs. Kelly Hoofnagle

Kelly Hoofnagle began her education career in 2003 as a high school social studies teacher. In 2005, she returned to Fayette County and started teaching at Whitewater High School, where she spent nine years—five years as a classroom teacher and four years as a school counselor. From 2014 to 2019, she served as an elementary school counselor at Cleveland Elementary, earning the title of Fayette County’s Elementary School Counselor of the Year in 2016. In 2019, she returned to Whitewater High School as an assistant principal.

Mrs. Hoofnagle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Science Education from Brewton-Parker College, a Master of Education in Professional School Counseling from the University of West Georgia, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University. She is married and has three children. When she is not attending Whitewater events, she is likely at one of her kids' sporting or fine arts events.

From a young age, Mrs. Hoofnagle knew she wanted a career in education. She is passionate about supporting students, parents, and teachers to create a learning environment where students can grow and thrive. Mrs. Hoofnagle considers it a privilege to work with the Wildcat team to provide a high-quality education for all students.

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Mr. Jay Manning

Jay Manning is entering his 8th year in education and his 2nd year as an administrator at Whitewater. Upon starting as a 7th grade World Geography teacher at Bennett's Mill Middle School, Mr. Manning also coached Boys' Basketball at McIntosh High School and served as a Varsity Assistant, Head JV, and Head 9th Grade Coach. Mr. Manning was selected to the Fayette County Administrative Internship program, gaining valuable experience as an Assistant Principal intern at McIntosh High School before being promoted to Assistant Principal at Whitewater High School. Mr. Manning, a Texas native who grew up in Fayette County, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education from Point University and a Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Columbus State University. 
 
Outside of education, Mr. Manning enjoys sports and traveling and serves the community as a mentor, author, youth leader, and business owner. Mr. Manning has a purpose and passion for the youth, believes in inclusive learning environments for all students, and values the role of teachers and community members in education. Mr. Manning is enthusiastic about being a part of the Wildcat family and forming strong relationships with students, staff, and the community.
 

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Mrs. Christina Rufenacht

Christina Rufenacht brings 15+ years of educational experience to Wildcat Way and serves as Assistant Principal / Registrar.  Upon graduation from Starr's Mill High School, Mrs. Rufenacht continued her education at Georgia Tech, where she earned a Bachelor's of Science in International Affairs and Modern Languages.  During her time at Georgia Tech, Mrs. Rufenacht worked with NASA to provide educational STEM programs to inner-city schools and a career in education caught her gaze.  After graduation, Mrs. Rufenacht began working as a high school Spanish teacher in Dekalb County and then Atlanta Public Schools. Mrs. Rufenacht earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching Special Education and an Educational Specialist in Teacher Leadership from Valdosta State University. 

When it was time to return home to Fayette County, Mrs. Rufenacht taught English to Speakers of Other Languages at Flat Rock Middle School.  During her seven years at Flat Rock, Mrs. Rufenacht was honored as the school's 2019 Teacher of the Year and Fayette County's 2020 Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Rufenacht started as Assistant Principal at Whitewater High School in 2021 and is excited to continue serving the wildcat community. Mrs. Rufenacht and her husband Jacob have two children, Adrielle (7th grade) and Paul (3rd grade) and enjoys being a soccer mom every weekend. Mrs. Rufenacht aspires to invest in student success, support teachers, and create the ideal environment for learning to happen every day.  Go CATS!