Mrs. Yolanda Briggs-Johnson, Principal
Mrs. Yolanda Briggs-Johnson is in her 22nd year of education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Columbia College, then matriculated to South Carolina State University, earning a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, later completing her Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Curriculum from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Collaborative teacher, and Administrator for 23 years. She began her career in Fulton County School District in 1998. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson moved to the Fayette County School District in 2007, where she has taught at Cleveland Elementary, JC Booth Middle, and as the Assistant Principal/ Registrar at Whitewater High School for six years (2012-2018). Mrs. Briggs-Johnson and her husband, Shawn, will be married for 23 years in July (2021); they have two sons, Seth and Kyle-Zachary. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, and attends Fountain of Faith Baptist Church. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching old classic movies, listening to music, traveling, and snuggling with Milo, the family dog, a Jack Russell/ Chihuahua mix, while on the sofa watching TV and enjoying a bowl of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson believes that "A child must learn early to believe that (s)he is somebody worthwhile, and that (s)he can do many praiseworthy things" Benjamin E. Mays ~ THE Fayette County's Motto is (to exemplify) Excellence In All We Do (with Tiger Pride).
Mrs. Briggs-Johnson is affectionately called Mrs. YBJ. Mrs. YBJ was named the Principal of THE Fayette County High School on May 30th, 2018. She was named Principal of the first high school in the Fayette County community, dating back to August 1925. She is the first female Principal and the first African American Principal of the school. FCHS has a long history of traditions, that support, encourage, and expect academic excellence, with a laser sharp focus on student and community stakeholders engagement and positive relationships that promote teaching the whole child. On Tiger Trail the Tiger family will see and hear Mrs. YBJ continuously saying Knowledge Is Power and Do what You have to Do, to Do what You want to Do! She has created and implemented academic programming and initiatives that focus on learning, safety, social/emotional well-being, and creative outlets for students to thrive in the school environment free of judgement and harm. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson believes that "A child must learn early to believe that he/she is somebody worthwhile, and that he/she can do many praiseworthy things" ~ Benjamin E. Mays.
Mrs. Andrea Cherry-Lee, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Cherry-Lee is looking forward to an amazing school year as a new member of the Fayette County High School administration team. She has 14 years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum chairperson (CCP) and administrative assistant. Originally from Florida, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from Florida State University. She also has earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Her passion is providing a quality education for all students and causing a spark in students that will change the world. Mrs. Cherry-Lee is married to her husband, DeMone and they have a daughter, Chayse. Mrs. Cherry-Lee enjoys spending time with her family and watching Florida State football.
Mr. Johnathan Hall, Assistant Principal
A native of Kinston, NC, Mr. Hall earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Upon graduation from Morehouse, Mr. Hall joined the Metro Atlanta Corps of Teach for America. Prior to FCHS, Mr. Hall served as a Teacher Leader in Fulton County Schools. During his tenure at Fulton, he served as a social studies department chair as well as school governance council chair. Mr. Hall has experience in creating district wide curriculum for Fulton County Schools and served as a Teacher Selector for the district. Mr. Hall was a Teacher of the Year recipient (2018-2019) and finalist in the Fulton County South Learning Community Teacher of the Year. Mr. Hall also holds a Master of Science degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Hall is an active member at his church, The House of Hope Atlanta and lives by the quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Mr. Bill Stikes, Assistant Principal
Mr. Stikes is in his fourth year as athletic director/assistant principal at FCHS, overseeing athletics, operations, facilities, and supervising the Science, Health/PE, Fine Arts departments. Mr. Stikes holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Master of Arts in Teaching from LaGrange College; he also received an Educational Specialist in Leadership from Columbus State University. He is an Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) through the NFHS and a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) through the NIAAA. He taught History and Government for ten years at Griffin High School prior to his appointment at Fayette County High. His educational experience includes serving as a Content Leader, Department Chair, and Head Coach for Soccer; additionally, Mr. Stikes has worked on safety plans, designing and implementing curriculum, assessment initiatives, and supporting engaging academics. Mr. Stikes was selected by his peers as the Region 3-AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2019-2020 and has led the Tigers Athletic Department to the two highest finishes in the GADA Director's Cup in school history, including recognition as the best athletic department in Region 5-AAAA in 2020-2021.
Mr. Stikes and his wife have a five year old son, three year old daughter, and are expecting their third child in September of 2021. Mr. Stikes is active in the United Methodist Church on the local and international level. He is a supporter of historical preservation efforts and he enjoys reading, golfing, and all sports.