Social Studies Department


Mrs. Mayes

Kelsie Mayes is a graduate of the University of North Georgia. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and Secondary Education in 2017, and a Master's Degree in History in 2021. She is an Appalachian historian and wrote a Master's Thesis on the Batesville community in Habersham County. Kelsie loves to incorporate local history and Appalachian culture into her U.S. History classes. 

kmayes@rabuncountyschools.org


Ms. White

Alicia is a 2007 graduate of Rabun County High School. She earned a Bachelor's degree in History, Master's Degree in Teaching, and an Educational Specialist Degree from Piedmont University (formally Piedmont College).  Alicia began her teaching career in 2014 at Rabun County Middle School where she taught eighth grade Georgia Studies until 2021 when she made the move to Rabun County High School.  Alicia currently teaches tenth grade world history and is an advisor to the Rabun County High School Yearbook. 

akilby@rabuncountyschools.org


Mr. Pitts

Preston is a 2010 Graduate of Stephens County High School in Toccoa, GA. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in History Education from Kennesaw State University.  He has been teaching Social Studies at Rabun County High School since 2015, teaching U.S. and World History along with AP World History. Preston also serves as an assistant coach for the Wildcats baseball team. 

ppitts@rabuncountyschools.org


Mr. Shook

Justin is a graduate of Towns County High School (1996), Young Harris College (1998, Associate's Degree), Berry College (2000, Bachelor of Arts), and Liberty University (2010, Master of Arts), with additional coursework from NGCSU in Dahlonega. He taught at Towns County Middle School, 2003-2005, and Rabun County Elementary, 2005-2007. He taught in the RCHS English Department, 2007-2020. Currently, he teaches the Government course, as well as French language and culture. 

jshook@rabuncountyschools.org


Mrs. Cleveland

Virginia Cleveland is a 2016 graduate of North Forsyth High School. She has earned both a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Secondary History Education from Piedmont University. Virginia currently teaches economics.

vcleveland@rabuncountyschools.org