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Dr. Joy Collins

Pineville Christian Academy

PCA HeadMaster Clint Welch

Education Is Where It All Begins


      The mission at Evans County schools is to ensure high levels of learning for ALL students in a safe and challenging educational environment enabling them to graduate and compete successfully in our ever-changing world. 
      More than 1,800 students are enrolled in grades Pre-K through 12.  Claxton High houses grades 9-12 and is located on Clark Street behind the middle school, which includes grades 6-8.  Claxton Middle School is still utilizing one of the first schools built in Claxton, a stately two-story building on Highway 280, built in 1921.  Claxton Elementary can be found on Highway 301, south of Claxton, with grades K-5.  The six Pre-Kindergarten classes, employee day-care center, and the pre-school intervention classes moved into a new facility in 2008, located next to CES.  Church Street Center, an alternative school, is located at the Church Street facility.  All schools are Accredited with Quality by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), as well as the Georgia Accrediting Commission.
      The school nutrition program serves breakfast and lunch, with over 90% participation for lunch and 45% for breakfast. Support staff keeps our schools running smoothly and operating at an optimum level. The highly-qualified faculty provides excellent instruction to all of our students in well-equipped and up-to-date classrooms.  With mobile laptop carts, wireless schools, school MP3 players, smart boards, numerous computer labs, etc., the technology is on the cutting edge.  Many of the teachers have web sites that parents and students can visit in order to review or check on assignments.  Pod casts of some classes can be downloaded if a student is absent or just wants to review material.  All of the schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2008-09 school year.
      Evans County Board of Education members are:  Steve NeSmith (Chair), Tarrie Powell, David Greene, Jennifer Jernigan, Jerry Wiggins, Wanda Morgan, and Vernella Welch.  Regular board meetings are conducted the second Monday of each month at 6:00 PM, at the BOE office on Highway 280 West.  You may contact the BOE at 912-739-3544 or at 613 West Main Street, Claxton, GA  30417. 

Dr. Joy Collins,

     Having served in the Evans County schools for 19 years as a teacher and administrator, Joy Collins is dedicated to the success of our children.  Her primary focus is to provide a high quality education for all students.  She is very proud of the outstanding staff and their many achievements, including all Evans County schools having made AYP for the 2007-2008 school year. The schools also have two high-performing principals in Dr. Diane Holland at CMS and Dr. Daryl Fineran at CHS.  Also, both CMS and CES are Title I Distinguished Schools.  There is much to be proud of in the Evans County school system.


    Pinewood Christian Academy is a private, non-denominational, Christian, college preparatory day school that currently enrolls students from Evans and surrounding counties.
    Founded in 1970, the school offers quality education to boys and girls in grades K-12. PCA is a member of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) and has been accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission since the 1978-79 school year. The highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff includes many who hold advanced degrees. They are chosen for their love of young people, professional qualifications and dedication to the principles of PCA.

Clint Welch, PCA Headmaster

Welch is not new to the academy.  Hired in 2007 as assistant headmaster over the lower school and as head varsity boys' basketball coach, he has had an opportunity to get to know the Pinewood family at all grade levels. 
    Originally from Macon, Welch earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Georgia College and a master's in school administration from North Central University.  he coached girls' basketball at LaGrange Academy in LaGrange for four years before coming to Pinewood.  He had served as a coach and athletic director at other schools.
    His wife, Celeste, is a speech therapist employed at Claxton Elementary School.  However, their three children are enrolled at Pinewood. Amelia will be in fourth grade, Jackson in second grade, and Luke in kindergarten (K5) this year.
    "Not only do I work here, I also have kids here, so I also have that vested interest in my children's education".
    "God has blessed us in so many ways and we pray he continues to do so".





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