Instructional Coordinators & Coaches Bios


Dr. Tricia Waters began her career teaching math at Calhoun Elementary School. For 13 years, Dr. Waters taught in Calhoun City Schools from 3rd grade through 6th grade.  After 13 years with Calhoun schools, she served as a math coach at Rome City Schools for one year before moving to the Rome City Schools district office to serve as the Math/Science coordinator for 3 years.  She came home to the Calhoun City Schools family in 2021 as an Instructional Specialist and now serves as the Instructional Coordinator for Math, Science, and the Gifted Programs. She is dedicated to supporting Calhoun City School teachers and instructional coaches to ensure students have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential in and out of the classroom.  

Dr. Waters holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from the University of Alaska-Anchorage, a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Berry College, a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University. She also holds math, science, gifted, coaching, and online teaching endorsements. She embraces the idea of lifelong learning, so she is always open to pursuing new learning opportunities.
Both of Dr. Waters’ children attended Calhoun City Schools K-12. Her husband, Steven, is also a graduate of CHS and is an associate pastor now at Calhoun First Baptist Church. In her free time, Ms. Waters loves to spend time with a book on a beach or playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, Charlie.

Dr. Tricia Waters

Instructional Specialist
334 South Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701
Phone: 706.602.6811


Dr. Justin Lindsey is a lifelong resident of Northwest Georgia and 2009 graduate of Calhoun High School. Dr. Lindsey is committed to servant leadership and building authentic relationships with students, parents, teachers, and the community. He believes that public education opens the door to lifelong success for all students when combined with student centered learning, strong community partnerships, and innovative practices. Due to the tradition of excellence and steadfast community support, he considers it a privilege and honor to serve in any capacity at Calhoun City Schools.

Dr. Lindsey has been employed by Calhoun City Schools for ten years and most recently served as the Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) coordinator and Lead ESS teacher at Calhoun High School. As CTI Coordinator, he provided a variety of support to students enrolled in career technical agricultural education (CTAE) classes and led students at multiple state level trainings and conferences sponsored by Georgia CTI. He began his career as a paraprofessional at Calhoun High School before working as an ESS teacher of multiple subjects in the resource and inclusion setting at Calhoun Middle School for 8 years. As ESS Instructional Coordinator, Dr. Lindsey will support all ESS teachers and students throughout the district. 

Dr. Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Field Biology at Shorter University, a Master of Education in Special Education at Walden University, and a Doctor of Education in School Improvement at the University of West Georgia. He also holds a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Leadership Certificate from Kennesaw State University. Dr. Lindsey was named as the 2020 Calhoun Middle School Teacher of the Year and 2020 Calhoun City Schools' Teacher of the Year.  He was named a Dennis Washington Leadership Scholar by the Horatio Algers Association and also recognized North Georgia Autism Conference Teacher of the Year in 2017. As a coach, Dr. Lindsey was named Region 6-AAA Boys Coach of the Year and Girls Coach of the Year twice, Rome All Area Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year, three time Region Boys’ Soccer Assistant Coach of the Year, and Region Boys’ Assistant Cross Country Coach of the Year. He has been happily married for eight years to his wife Emily, who is a dietitian at AdventHealth Gordon. They enjoy serving the community, all things outdoors, spending time with family, running, traveling, and more.

Dr. Justin Lindsey

ESS Instructional Coordinator
334 South Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701


Mrs. Amanda Swift has been a proud resident of Calhoun since 2009. She spent many years working for Dalton Public Schools as an elementary teacher and as an intermediate instructional coach before becoming part of the Jacket family. She served as a literacy lead and coordinator for COLA Jr. for Calhoun Primary & Elementary and also served as one of the assistant principals at Calhoun Middle School. Amanda is dedicated to helping teachers and students grow as learners through professional development, modeling, and coaching. 
Swift holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish from Ball State University, a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in literacy from Lesley University, an ESOL endorsement, and is currently completing her leadership degree with Kennesaw State University. 
Amanda and her husband, Ryan, have two boys. Asher is in 3rd grade at Calhoun Primary School, and Levi is in Kindergarten at the Early Learning Academy.

Amanda Swift

Instructional Coordinator
334 South Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701
Phone: 706.602.6602