Meet Harold Roach, Principal of Bryan County High School, administrator,
educator, husband, father and, it turns out, an avid rock and roll fan.
Roach is in his third year in Pembroke, and
though he does not reside in Bryan County, he is an active participator in Bryan County events and is widely regarded as having a significant impact on his students.
Where are you from originally from and how long have you been in Bryan County?
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, moved to Statesboro in 1996 with my wife, Susan, and our son, Alex.
I have been principal at Bryan County High School
for nearly three years.
How long have you been teaching?I am in my 29th year of education.I spent 17 years as a social studies teacher/ coach; four years as assistant principal at Statesboro High; and five years as principal at Jenkins County High; completing my third year as principal At BCHS.
What do you like about Bryan County High School?
The people, they are warm and friendly. The adults care about the students and
strive to take them to higher levels of learning each day. The students are well mannered and respectful. This is a reflection of how the students have been raised by their parents or guardians. It is a true pleasure to come to work each morning!
What is your favorite subject or subjects?
history & EconomicsDo you enjoy school and what particularly do you like about school?
Yes, the interaction with the students is the best part of my day.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities, and if so what are they and how
long have you participated in that particular activity?
I coached Football, Track, and Baseball at 6 schools in Georgia and Virginia.
When you are not in school, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Go to sporting events, especially football. Watch TV and movies, read, and just rest!
What do you plan to do or be when you are no longer in school?
When I retire I have considered several areas of work. These include educational consultant, some form of tax planning, coaching, some type of service to help
people and my personal favorite Mega Millions Lottery winner.
What else do you like to do?
I wish I had more time and money to Travel, travel, travel, attend live concerts and comedy performances.
If you could change one thing about North Bryan County, what would it be and
I know that growth is coming to North Bryan and with this growth more jobs and business that people want and need. We as educators need to prepare our students
for these new jobs. Bryan County has been awarded a grant to help with work force readiness. The high school students will learn skills that they can translate into jobs after they graduate from school. We are in support of this program and have started taking steps to ensure our students have skills that employers need to compete for these new jobs.
What is your favorite book and what particularly do you like about it?
How full is your bucket? The book is about how to make a positive impact in
people’s lives.What is your favorite movie and what articularly do you like about it?
12 Angry Men; it’s an old movie that deals with the process of a jury to
determine guilty or innocence. It shows how one person can make a difference andto stand up for what you believe in no matter the odds.
What kind of music do you like?
I ‘m a rock & roll fan. New or old it does not matter as long as it’s loud.
What is your favorite TV show? 24
Where is your favorite place to visit?
I would love to travel the world some day, but the last 3 places that my family traveled for vacations were wonderful. We visited Philadelphia, Chicago and our yearly visit to Jekyll Island. Each place was wonderful in different ways.Philadelphia was a history lesson of our country and Chicago was our first visit
to the mid west and to see the Great Lakes. Jekyll is about nature and
interacting with the creatures of the island.
Is there anything else you would like say about you and what you like to
I want to thank the BOE and Dr. Brewer for all they do to support the students at BCHS. The resources they provide give our students opportunities that they
would not have otherwise. Finally, to the North Bryan community I want them to
know that it is a privilege to be able to help your children each day. Your
children deserve a quality education and all of us at BCHS are doing our best to ensure that happens.
- by Gina Sutherland