Meet Our District Leadership Team

Rob Brown

Dr. Rob Brown

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Rob Brown is a native of Marietta, Georgia and a graduate of Sprayberry High School in Cobb County. He attended Carson-Newman College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education & Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He later earned a Master’s Degree and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama.

Dr. Brown has served in public education for 28 years; jobs have included teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, executive director of secondary schools, and superintendent. After serving as superintendent for 4 years in Jeff Davis County, Brown is currently serving in his 8th year as superintendent for Lumpkin County Schools.

Dr. Brown is a recognized leader within his professional organizations. He is a past President for the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association and was selected as a 2022 Jim Puckett Outstanding Educator award winner by the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. He serves on numerous state and local boards including the Governor’s Superintendent Advisory Council. 

During his career, Dr. Brown has presented at numerous state and national conferences including the Georgia School Boards Association Conference, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Conference, the Georgia Charter System Foundation Conference, the National Youth At-Risk Conference, the National Dropout Prevention Conference, the National Alternative Education Conference, and COSSBA.

Schools and school systems under Dr. Brown’s leadership have been identified as some of the best in the state and country. Awards including a National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse School, a Georgia School Boards Association State Finalist for the Governance Team of the Year, multiple GSBA Leading Edge Awards, the Georgia Charter System Leadership Development Award, Georgia School Public Relations Gold Award, and the GASPA Best in Class for Teacher Retention Award have been received under Dr. Brown’s leadership.   

In addition to his professional role, Brown is an active community leader.  While living and working in multiple Georgia cities, he has served as Rotary Club President, Kiwanis Club President, Hospital Board Chairman, volunteer youth coach, and remains active as on several community boards.

Dr. Brown and his wife Betsy, a retired educator, have been married for 25 years. They have a 22-year old son, Keller, and a daughter-in-law, Emily, who live and work in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sharon Head

Mrs. Sharon Head

Deputy Superintendent

Mrs. Head has been getting up every morning for most of her life and walking through the doors of Lumpkin County Schools. She attended Lumpkin County Schools as a student from grades K-12, and some of her fondest memories are riding her grandpa's bus to school each day in elementary school. After graduating from North Georgia College (now University of North Georgia) with her bachelor's and master's degrees, she went on to obtain her specialist degree in leadership and administration from Lincoln Memorial University. She spent twenty years at Long Branch Elementary School as a classroom teacher, instructional lead teacher, assistant principal and principal. Mrs. Head has spent the last nine years at the central office working in human resources and serving as the Associate Superintendent of Schools. Lumpkin County Schools holds a special place in her heart, and she loves being a part of this school system and community.

Greg Trammell

Mr. Greg Trammell

Assistant Superintendent of Operations

Mr. Trammell serves as the Chief Operations Officer for Lumpkin County Schools. As a graduate and lifelong native of this school system and community, Greg Trammell has spent his entire career in education with LCSS. Prior to becoming the COO five years ago, Mr. Trammell was the Director of Operations for many years. Before moving into that position for our district, Greg could be found teaching many, many of our community's students in his automotive classes at Lumpkin County High School. Greg is a graduate of Lanier Technical College in Gainesville, Georgia where he received his degree and certifications in automotive technology. Upon beginning his career in education in 1996, Mr. Trammell received his teaching certification from Georgia State University. Mr. Greg Trammell serves on numerous committees and works alongside our local county government on projects that benefit all of Lumpkin County.

Katie Lowry

Dr. Katie Lowry

Director of Special Education

Katie Lowry is beginning her 4th year as the Special Education Director in the Lumpkin County School System. Before moving to Dahlonega in June of 2018, Dr. Lowry served as the Student Services & Special Education Director in Rabun County Schools from 2014 - 2018. Prior to joining District-Level leadership, she served as the Special Education Department Chair/Mentor Teacher in Gwinnett County Schools from 2006 - 2014. Dr. Lowry began her career as a Special Education teacher at Telfair County High School in 2004 - 2006. Dr. Lowry graduated from Liberty University in May of 2022 with a doctorate in Education Leadership. In 2015, Dr. Lowry earned her Educational Specialist degree, from the University of Georgia, in Leadership, Educational Administration, and Policy. She received her Master's degree in Special Education from the University of West Alabama in 2009 and a B.S. in Psychology from Brewton-Parker College in 2003.

Whittney McPherson

Dr. Whittney McPherson

Director of Finance

Whittney McPherson is originally from South Alabama. Soon after graduating high school, she moved to a town outside of Birmingham, AL where she attended the University of Montevallo and received her Bachelor's Degree in FACS Education. Dr. McPherson went on to earn a Master's Degree from the University of North Georgia in Science Education, a Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont University and a Tier II Leadership Certification from the University of North Georgia. Dr. McPherson completed the doctoral program at the University of South Carolina in 2023. She fell in love with Dahlonega and Lumpkin County on her first visit here in 2007 and moved here soon after. Dr. McPherson started her teaching career at Gainesville High School where she worked for eleven years. After earning her leadership certification, she worked as the Assistant Principal for Lumpkin County High School from 2017-2022. She currently serves in the role of Director of Finance for Lumpkin County Schools. 

Jane Mullinax

Mrs. Jane Mullinax

Director of Accountability

Jane Mullinax taught elementary and middle school for several years before becoming an administrator in Lumpkin County. She worked at Blackburn as an Assistant Principal for 8 years and then served Long Branch Elementary as the Principal for 10 years. Mrs. Mullinax has recently joined the Central Office team as the Director of Accountability. She is excited and eager about her new role and looks forward to helping all of our Lumpkin County Schools.

Julie Knight-Brown

Mrs. Julie Knight-Brown

Director of School Nutrition

Julie Knight-Brown has lived in Georgia for the past 27 years and worked in school nutrition for the past 18 years. She received her School Nutrition Director Certification from the University of Georgia, and prior to that her Masters & Bachelors degrees both in Human Nutrition & Foods from University of Bridgeport, CT and Virginia Tech respectively. Julie is a Licensed & Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a member of national & local dietetic and school nutrition associations. She is a Board member of the Georgia Mountain Food Bank and serves a leadership role in the local Hometown Harvest Dahlonega-UNG community garden collaboration. Julie and her team provide nourishing food paired with subtle yet clear education about how to eat right and be healthy, with the aim to help our students establish beneficial eating and wellness habits that last a lifetime.

Jason Lemley

Mr. Jason D. Lemley

Director of Community Engagement & CTAE

Jason D. Lemley is a product of Dahlonega, Georgia and the Lumpkin County School System. Having attended the school system in which he works from kindergarten through high school graduation, Mr. Lemley went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of Georgia. Throughout his professional career as an educator, Lemley attended the University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College & State University) receiving both his Master’s Degree in English and an Educational Specialist degree in School Leadership. Mr. Lemley serves as the Director of Community Engagement and CTAE for Lumpkin County Schools and as the CEO of the LC College and Career Academy.

Jennifer Moss

Mrs. Jennifer Moss

Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Mrs. Jennifer Moss serves as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Lumpkin County School System. Prior to her current position, she served as the principal of Cottrell Elementary School. She also served as an assistance principal and teacher within the school as well. She is a life-long resident of Lumpkin County and loves her community deeply. Mrs. Moss obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from University of North Georgia (formally North Georgia College and State University), and she obtained her Education Specialist in Education Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Sean Mullins

Mr. Sean Mullins

Director of Technology and Digital Learning

Sean has been a Dahlonega resident for the past 20 years. Sean has attended Gainesville State College, North Georgia College & State University, and Kennesaw State University where he completed his AS in Education, BS in Computer Science, and MS in Computer Science. Sean joined Lumpkin County Schools in 2017 after 12 years working in IT & research at the University of North Georgia.

Kerri Whitmire

Mrs. Kerri Whitmire

Director of Student Services

Kerri Whitmire grew up in Dawson County and began her teaching career there. She wanted to give back to the community that helped shape her into the person she became. Mrs. Whitmire earned her teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from North Georgia College. Throughout her teaching career, she attended Piedmont College and North Georgia College and State University receiving both her Master's Degree in Early Education and an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction and Leadership. Mrs. Whitmire began working in Lumpkin County Schools five years ago, and now serves as the Director of Student Services for Lumpkin County Schools.