West Haralson Elementary School principal says GHC was ‘launching pad’ to dream career

As far back as she can remember, Kim Causey always knew exactly what she wanted to be, and she credits her foundation at Georgia Highlands College for getting her there.

“I have always known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl,” she said.

For Causey, a career in education is the result of a lifetime pursuit aided by the positive influence of others, including her time at GHC (then named Floyd College).

She said she enjoyed her time as a student at GHC, noting how well the faculty and staff help recent high school graduates transition to the college setting and succeed.

“There are so many people from various departments that shaped me into the person I am today and provided me with the best educational experience while I was at GHC,” Causey said. “I am forever grateful for my experience there. It served as the launching pad to the career that I always dreamt of.”

Causey now serves as principal at West Haralson Elementary School (WHES) in Tallapoosa.


Prior to taking on the role of Principal, Causey served Haralson County Middle School as a Language Arts and Social Studies teacher for 11 years, and then as an Assistant Principal for five years. While teaching, she also coached basketball, softball and tennis.

“I have had a wonderful experience at WHES,” Causey said. “I am surrounded by knowledgeable and hardworking people, and we all work together very well to enhance the learning environment for our students.”

Through her career in education, Causey is able to serve as a role model for her students and share with them the lessons passed down to her by her role models as a student and young adult.

“My goal is to prepare these young students for their next level of education in hopes of watching them walk across the stage one day to receive their high school diploma, while also shaping them to be good people and productive citizens of society as they continue to grow,” Causey said.

After earning an Associate of Science in Teacher Education from GHC (then Floyd College), Causey went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from the University of West Georgia, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Piedmont University, an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont University and an Educational Leadership Certificate from Valdosta State University.