Our School


Welcome to Jackson County Comprehensive High School!

We hope that you will find our site informative as it gives you a glimpse of the wide variety of activities and experiences that make our school special.

All of us at JCCHS are excited to welcome approximately 1,150 students for this year, and we are looking forward to helping our Senior class leave a lasting legacy of excellence.

As principal, I want our school to provide a challenging and nurturing environment for all of our students as we prepare them for college and careers. We want to excel in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities to provide our students the very best education, and to help them become well-rounded and productive citizens. Our teachers, administration, and staff look forward to partnering with parents and the community to help JCCHS become a model of excellence for other schools around the country.

Because we see education as a partnership, we hope that if you have any questions or would like to become more involved with JCCHS, you will reach out to us.

Thank you again for visiting. I hope that you have a great school year.

And, as always… it’s a Great Day to Be a Panther!

Pete Jones

Picture of JCCHS Building

Pete Jones, Principal

Dr. Jones has worked in public education since 1995. He enjoys helping high school students pursue their goals and dreams as they work toward earning their diplomas. Dr. Jones graduated from Florida State University with a double major in History and Social Studies education. He earned a master’s degree in Social Studies Education from Georgia State University, and completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Georgia. Dr. Jones worked as a teacher for nine years, and was named the Teacher of the Year and STAR Teacher at Dacula High School. He served as an Assistant Principal for six years before becoming principal at Jackson County High School. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children. His hobbies include reading, watching sports, growing vegetables, and playing games.

Kendra Phillips Assistant Principal for Instruction
Kendra Phillips, Assistant Principal for Instruction


Kendra Phillips, Assistant Principal

Kendra Phillips joined the Jackson County School System in 1990 at North Jackson teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mathematics. She moved to the high school setting when the new Jackson County Comprehensive High School opened in the fall of 1991 and taught math for fifteen years. She taught courses such as Applied Math, Algebra I, and Trigonometry. During her time as a teacher, Mrs. Phillips was involved in the advisement process and creation of a summer program where students could recover credit for courses failed the previous year. Mrs. Phillips stepped into the Assistant Principal role in the summer of 2006.

Mrs. Phillips grew up in Jackson County and graduated as Valedictorian from Jackson County High School in 1984. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Mathematics Education. She earned a Master’s degree in Middle School Education from Brenau University and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama.

During her free time, Mrs. Phillips enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the keyboard at church, shopping, and traveling.

Jessica Rehberg Assistant Principal for Instruction
Jessica Rehberg, Assistant Principal for Instruction


Jessica Rehberg, Assistant Principal

As an alumna of the University of Georgia, Ms. Rehberg is thrilled to be wearing red and black and at JCCHS! Before joining the JC team in 2016, she taught English, primarily American Literature, at the high school level for eleven years. While teaching in Barrow County, she was named System STAR Teacher and high school Teacher of the Year. Ms. Rehberg also sponsored numerous clubs and events and was a yearbook adviser for many years.

Originally from Thomasville, Georgia, Ms. Rehberg earned multiple degrees in English and English Education from UGA and her Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University.  She currently serves as Testing and AP Coordinator in her role as Assistant Principal at JCCHS. She loves photography, attending sporting events, and traveling, and she enjoys observing students explore their own worldviews through academics and extra-curricular experiences.


Jason Wester, Assistant Principal

Mr. Wester’s bio is coming soon.

Brad Hayes Athletic Director
Brad Hayes, Athletic Director


Brad Hayes, Athletic Director

Brad Hayes serves as Athletic Director of Jackson County Comprehensive High  School as well as teaches AP Human Geography. He has been teaching and coaching at the high school level since 1998.

Coach Hayes coached for 12 years at Collins Hill High School before joining the staff at Jackson County High School in 2015.  At Collins Hill, he had the privilege of coaching several players who played at both the collegiate and professional levels, as well as several teams that had great success in one of the hardest regions in Georgia.

He and his family live in Jackson County and he enjoys spending time with them in his free time.

Dr. Shannon Lawrence

Shannon Lawrence is Named 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for JCCHS

Principal Dr. Pete Jones along with the faculty and staff of Jackson County Comprehensive High School are proud to announce Dr. Shannon Lawrence as the 2018-2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Georgia’s Teacher of the Year Program (GTOTY) annually spotlights the teaching profession and recognizes outstanding public school teachers at the local and state levels. The program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. It is a prestigious awards program that focuses on excellence in teaching.

Shannon Lawrence obtained his BSA and Master’s in agricultural education and leadership from the University of Georgia before starting his career teaching at WJMS in 2004. He was named JCCHS Teacher of the Year in 2008. Dr. Lawrence obtained his PhD in Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University, in 2012 with his research focusing on the retention of induction teachers. He has designed and instructed courses at Texas A&M, Clemson University and Emmanuel College. He has been at  JCCHS in his current teaching role since 2015.

Dr. Lawrence strives to build rigor in his students while reinforcing the need for solid character traits in future career placement. He has worked with the Kubota Corporation in efforts to teach industry relevant practices in his classroom. He is often found engaging students in hands-on application in mechanics and science. In a world inundated with technological connectivity, Dr. Lawrence attempts to instill work ethic, critical thinking and time management with his students, while stressing their need to positively interact in team and leadership roles.

Dr. Lawrence has consistently guided students to success on the state and national level in FFA. Dr. Lawrence considers his role as “teacher of future educators” one of the most important. It is no surprise that many of his students have gone on to become teachers in agricultural education with his encouragement.

Congratulations, Dr. Lawrence! We are proud of your hard work, dedication, and on-going pursuit of excellence on behalf of our students at JCCHS.

Previous Teachers’ of the Year for JCCHS
2017-2018 – Matt Bolt
2016-2017 – Crystal Colley
2015-2016 – Denise Wilbanks
2014-2015 – Jason Powers


Address: 1668 Winder Highway, Jefferson, GA 30549
Phone: 706.367.5003
Fax: 706.367.7275
School hours: 8:00 AM-3:10 PM
(Doors open at 7:15 a.m.)

Printable School-Year Calendars

GET CONNECTEDStay up-to-date of the goings-on of JCCHS through these online sources.

ADVISEMENTCheckout monthly advisement lessons here.



DEPARTMENTS & PROGRAMS – List of faculty by department and school-wide programs such as Foothills, Graduation Honors Requirements, & Yearbook.

JCAT – Jackson County Academic Team is a joint venture between teachers, parents, & community to serve JCCHS students.

STAFF DIRECTORY and Teacher Websites – Master list housed on the district website





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