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Mr. Melnick is a product of the Houston County School System. After graduating from Northside High School, he earned a degree in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University. He went on to attend graduate school at Fort Valley State University where he earned a Master’s degree in middle school education. Mr. Melnick continued his education and went on to earn a Specialist’s degree in school administration from Georgia College and State University. Mr. Melnick has been an employee of the Houston County School system since 1994. He started teaching science at Northside Middle School. At the end of his first year of teaching, the county opened Feagin Mill Middle School. Mr. Melnick transferred to Feagin Mill Middle where he spent the next five years teaching science, social studies, and career education. After teaching for six years, he was selected as the assistant principal at Bonaire Middle in 2001. Mr. Melnick is married to Laura Anne Melnick, the counselor at Matt Arthur Elementary. They are the proud parents of Marissa and Matthew Melnick.


               Mr. Jan Melnick   









Assistant Principal of Discipline
        Mr. Greg Ellison

 Mr. Ellison is a native of Sandersville, Georgia where he attended Washington County High School. He is in his seventeenth year as an educator. He has worked in Pulaski, Irwin and Houston counties as a teacher, coach and administrator. Mr. Ellison attended Fort Valley State University on a football scholarship where he obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in middle grades education. He also attended Valdosta State University where he obtained his Specialists's degree in educational leadership. Mr. Ellison is proud to be a part of Northside Middle School and looks forward to assisting the students to becoming well prepared productive adults.  
 Assistant Principal of Instruction
Dr. Catherine Gardner
 Dr. Gardner was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia where she received her B.S.Ed. in Middle Grades Education. She earned her M.Ed. in Reading Education from Georgia Southern, her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Mercer University. As part of the Houston County School System, she has served as a Language Arts teacher at both Perry Middle School and Mossy Creek Middle School. In 2013, she was selected as the Assistant Principal for Instruction at Northside Middle School. She is married to Casey Gardner who works at Headquarters AFRC. Together they have a beautiful daughter named Anna Cate and a handsome son named Thomas. Dr. Gardner is thrilled to be in the Northside Middle family!