Phone: 706-769-7760 ext. 4208
Degrees and Certifications:
Tier 1 Certificate in Educational Leadership, UGA (in progress) Master's in Public Administration, Public Policy UGA '13 Bachelor's in Social Science Education, History UGA '07 Associate's in Education, Young Harris College '03 Broad Field Social Science Certified (6-12) In-field Gifted Certified (6-12) Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2016
Mr. Kirk Shook
Kirk Shook has had a passion for teaching since he first worked as a Teacher’s Assistant during his junior year in high school. Working with struggling students in a remedial math class was difficult at first, but to see the look on their faces when a “breakthrough” was made and everything “clicked” was priceless for him. It was at this point that he decided to become a teacher. He received his Associate’s Degree in Education at Young Harris College in 2005 and his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Georgia in 2007. Since July 2007, he has been employed as a Social Studies teacher at North Oconee High School in Bogart, GA, where he has taught Economics, American Government, Law, World History, and Sociology. He has also served as a football and wrestling coach, the Mock Trial Teacher Coach, a club advisor, SACs Committee Chair, and Advanced Placement teacher. For his efforts, he was chosen by the State Board of Education to work on the Statewide Social Studies Resource Committee in 2014, and in 2015 as a member of the Working Committee that revised the state academic standards in Economics. He was one of three finalists for Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year in 2016.
In addition to his degrees in Education, Kirk also attended the University of Georgia part-time to receive his Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Policy Analysis. Before receiving his degree in 2013, Kirk worked at the Board of Regents in Atlanta where he served as a research assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs. In his research, Kirk worked with leaders from more than a dozen states to develop a plan to restructure funding mechanisms for higher education in Georgia. As such, Kirk was appointed to the Higher Education Performance Funding Subcommittee and his plan was presented before the Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education funding. This plan is currently in the process of being revised and implemented in both the University System and the Technical College System of Georgia. In 2016, Shook was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Governor's Teacher Advisory Committee to provide input on the future of K-12 education in the state. As part of this role, he offered advice on the governor's legislative agenda for the the 2017 session of the General Assembly.
Kirk has also been involved in politics since he was 16 years old, and has served in various leadership positions in the state of Georgia. In 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for State Representative for Oconee, Oglethorpe, Clarke, and Morgan counties. He is currently serving as the Secretary of the Georgia Republican Party and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2012 and 2016. Shook was also appointed as a member of the Electoral College in 2016 for Georgia. He loves to share his experiences with students to help them make connections between the textbook content and the real-world. He hopes that his experiences in politics makes students grasp the classroom content in a more tangible manner. On January 20, 2017, Shook and his wife attended their first presidential inauguration, when President Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th President of the United States.
Kirk and his wife Miriam live in Athens with Lucy, their miniature schnauzer, and Libby, their miniature poodle. Miriam is the Media Specialist at Colham Ferry Elementary School in Watkinsville. They enjoy going to country music concerts, UGA athletic events, working in their church, enjoying time by the pool, and playing with their puppies.