Principal - Mr. Neil Wilkes


Welcome to Hahira Elementary School! My name is Neil Wilkes, and I am the Principal at HES. For the past 19 years, I have been in the Lowndes County school system. For education, I received a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master's Degree In Educational Leadership, and a Specialist in Performance-Based leadership Degree through VSU.

I am truly blessed to have a wonderful family! My wife is Brandy Wilkes, and we have two loving children, Aidan and Isabelle.  Aiden is a Ninth grader at Lowndes High, and Isabelle is a Seventh grader at Hahira Middle School.

Hahira Elementary School has a wonderful tradition of learning and excellence. I am excited and proud to work with such excellent teachers at HES. I love to work with children and help students develop skills and values that will be beneficial for future success.

If you would like to contact me, please feel free to email or call.


Neil Wilkes, Principal

Hahira Elementary School

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Assistant Principal - Mrs. Sarah Merriman

Hello Hahira Family! My name is Sarah Merriman and I am so happy and blessed to be the new Assistant Principal at HES. I attended the Lowndes County School System myself and I am so happy to further my career in the school system I attended. I am a dedicated Viking fan with over 14 years of teaching experience. I have a Masters degree in Education from Valdosta State University and a Specialist degree from Kennesaw State University. 
My husband, Austin Merriman, is the Assistant Director of Transportation for the school system and we have two girls Audrey, 16 and Molly,11.
I have a huge heart for teachers and students! My door is always open and I can't wait to see all the fun this school year will hold. 

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