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chris hammock

art educator

Chris Hammock, like Darilyn Esterline, are two of the original fine arts educators at Whitewater High School. Mr. Hammock began his career at WHS as a science teacher until Fall 2021 when he chose to pursue his passion for art and happily accepted the role of art teacher at WHS. Hammock attended the University of Georgia as an art student and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Culture. Years later he returned to UGA to earn his science education certification so that he could teach science.  Hammock also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia. Hammock is unique educator in his approach to art through the sciences and the integration of each of these disciplines for a more enriched experience in creative expression.


chad j. reynolds, department chair

director of bands

Chad Reynolds, a music educator from Atlanta Georgia, was appointed Director of Bands of Whitewater High School in the summer of 2021. Reynolds, an 18-year teaching veteran of Georgia Public Schools, also served as the Visual Captain Head for Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps for ten years. He is also the lead conductor of the Whitewater High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Catz. Prior to his appointment at Whitewater High School, Reynolds held band director positions at Newnan High School, Evans Middle School, and Pike County High School. He marched lead baritone with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps and trombone with the University of Georgia Redcoat Band. He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2005 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and earned a Master of Music Education degree in 2008. Reynolds also worked as a program coordinator, marching band consultant, adjudicator, and clinicians for band programs across the Eastern United States. He serves on the GIPA Board and held a position on the WGI Winds Advisory Board for three years. He holds professional affiliations with Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Reynolds is a native of McDonough, Georgia, and currently resides in Hollonville, Georgia.


dana lamb-schaubroeck, m.mus.ed.

choral director/music theater/

songwriters club/guitar class

Dana Lamb-Schaubroeck is thrilled to serve Whitewater High School in a variety of capacities, in both choral, instrumental, music direction for Spec, and songwriting.

She holds a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Education degree from Western Governors University, a Master of Music Education degree from Boston University, and is currently a doctoral candidate holding a 4.0 at American College of Education in Instructional Technology with an emphasis in fine arts. She has been named Teacher of the Year, a Grammy Semifinalist in Music Education, and named one of the Top 25 Music Educators in the United States by Music & Arts. She has been recognized twice by the Fayette County Board of Education for her accomplishments in the commercial music business as a professional songwriter and for a student being named Music Theater International Student of the Month. She has also been recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for her work in music to bring awareness to middle school mental health and suicidal thoughts. She is also a professional songwriter, with her most notable title being "You Should Dream" which was the title track of The Texas Tenors' (America's Got Talent second place) sophomore album and subsequent PBS special of the same title which won an Emmy for Musical Composition. She has led numerous choirs from Connecticut to Georgia, including church choirs, children's choirs, and school choirs. Her school choirs have earned numerous accolades including superior and excellent ratings at LGPE, as well as earning Grand Champion titles at the Oak Mountain Invitational and Southern Star Choral Festival. Her students have performed with notable talent such as Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles), Bucky Covington (American Idol), Itzhak Perlman at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Dave Koz and Kristin Chenoweth at the Cobb Energy Center, and Lisa Howard (Wicked touring cast). She has served as the Director of the Educational Advisory Committee for the Muzart World Foundation, working with Mark Wood to create the first virtual string orchestra, and has performed with Jackie Evancho, Mark Wood, Sheila Raye Charles, Nathan Osmond, Sam Kahre, and Masa Fukuda and the One Voice Children's Choir. Most recently, she wrote an original musical, SATB: The Musical, which debuted at the Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival in fall 2022. This year, she has quadrupled the number of students accepted to All-State, her women's trio won Literary Competition, and her student have been asked to perform solos at All-State, charity galas, and at Atlanta-based professional theaters. She has also been a keynote speaker at the We Are Hope Event for Muzart World Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah for PBS, GMEA In-Service Conference, and at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference. She is currently a member of Georgia Music Educators Association, BMI, International Society for Music Educators, and Nashville Songwriters Association.


susan simich, M.Ed.

drama/music theater

Susan began her training at the age of eight with the Decatur School of Ballet under the direction of

Marie Roberts. At the age of 12 she was accepted into The Decatur-Dekalb Civic Ballet junior company

and at 13 she was the youngest member ever accepted into the senior/professional company. She

remained with the company until she started college. She has studied under Rose Barile, Elizabeth

Turley, Cynthia McCranie, and Terrell Paulk of the Atlanta Ballet and Stanley Zampokas of the American Ballet Theatre. Additionally she has done dance intensives with Judith Jamison of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Eglevsky Ballet. She was invited to audition for Eglevsky Ballet at the age of 14. Susan was selected as a Young Artist in Dance which allowed her to perform and teach dance workshops in schools throughout Georgia She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from LaGrange College in Theatre and Psychology with a minor in dance, art history, and photography. She holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University where she graduated summa cum laude. After working as a counselor in a wilderness treatment center then as a probation officer, she began her work as a dance and theater teacher. In addition to her teaching career, Susan has worked extensively in regional theater as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and director. Her performing work has included working for Six Flags in the Crystal Pistol Fright Fest shows and several independent films. She has done vocal work for numerous artists and as a studio vocalist which led to several awards in national vocal competitions. Susan has performed in, directed, choreographed, and designed over 200 musicals, plays, and dance recitals while continuing her vocal, dance, and acting/directing training with other professionals across the country. Her current work allows her to perform and film as various historical characters for history museums. She has former student s working in the industry as choreographers, performers, and directors, as well as lighting/sound designers, and make-up artists on major motion pictures and television shows. Her students have won scholarships to schools such as SCAD, Berkeley, Elan, and NYU and have won countless play and dance competitions. In 2016, Susan was awarded The Georgia State Thespian Theatre Educator of the Year.  Her most important goal is to help others find their unique magic and to share that magic with the world.


alex swindle

assistant director of bands

Alex Swindle joined Whitewater High School as Assistant Band Director in the summer of 2021. Mr. Swindle is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and he attended the University of West Georgia where graduated cum laude with a degree in Music Education. While at UWG, he performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Brass Ensemble, Tuba Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. Swindle is currently a graduate student at the University of Arkansas studying Euphonium Performance with Dr. Ben Pierce. Swindle was also served on the music and visual staffs for Atlanta CB Drum & Bugle Corps and the brass staff for Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. Prior to Whitewater High School, he taught at Villa Rica Middle and High School and served on staff with multiple Atlanta-area high school music programs. He was a performing member of Spirit of Atlanta from 2008 to 2011 where he served as a euphonium soloist, horn sargeant, drum major, and recently served as the principal euphonium for Atlanta's Tara Winds and S. F. Nova Alianca based in San Jose, CA. His professional affiliations include the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia University.

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