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Dr. Grubbs (Susan Kirksey) graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1975.

Her senior year she attended Bainbridge College.

She earned her Bachelor of Science on Education from Valdosta State University in 1989 with Georgia Certification in Middle School. 

 Middle Grades Certification:


She graduated with her Master's of Education in May of 2002 from Valdosta State University. 

She graduated with her Doctorate of Education degree in November of 2004.

She has both a Gifted Endorsement and a Reading Endorsement.


Dr. Grubbs taught six years in the DoDDS school system in Germany.  First at Hahn American High School, then at Spangdaham Middle School.

She and her family returned to Bainbridge in 1994. 

She taught at Bainbridge High School for two years followed by teaching three years at West Bainbridge Elementary school. 

She was at Hutto Middle School for nine years.

In 2010, when Bainbridge Middle School was structured to serve Decatur County's 7th and 8th Grade students, Dr. Grubbs began teaching at BMS.


My Teaching Philosophy:

My goal is to give life to learning and to create a learning environment that fosters discovery learning and sparks their curiosity. My responsibility is to teach - the student's responsibility is to learn. My students have a right to learn and no one has a right to interfere with the learning environment. My goal is to give life to learning and discipline students - not control them. 

I want to teach my students to learn and give each student these three life-skills:

1. I can like myself.

2. I can think for myself.

3. There is no problem so great that I can't solve it.


I believe the best discipline is self-discipline, which comes from a genuine concern for the needs and rights of others. Everyone is responsible for behaving in a way that does not prevent teachers from teaching and students from learning. Individual responsibilities go hand-in-hand with individual rights.

I have a passion for for teaching.  I love teaching! Teaching is not a job; it is a calling. I have the joy of teaching some of the best students in the state. I love teaching math and reading. My Suzy Smart doll and I taught my other dolls and my brothers' GI Joe and action figures in the classroom of my bedroom. I look forward to many more years of teaching and touching the future.

Twenty plus years of teaching and learning has taught me many strategies and I understand that I still have much to learn. I realize that I don't have all the answers because all the questions have not even been asked. I am eager and willing to seek answers to the questions and provide the rich learning environment to foster such endeavors. I look forward to teaching and learning with our students this year.

Changing the future - one student at a time,

Dr. Susan Grubbs

Topaz Team - 7th Grade