Antonio Ingram is in his first year serving as the Director of the Baldwin Success Academy, but he is also known as the former Principal of Midway Hills Academy. This year marks his 25th year working in education.
The Baldwin Success Academy has taken the place of the Ombudsman Educational Services alternative school and will provide academic recovery and social/emotional learning for students. This attribute of the newly formed alternative school is what Mr. Ingram enjoys the most about his job.
"Because the school is set up to help us work one on one with students, I'm able to develop a personal relationship with all of the students. This then helps us to be able to work closely with academics and social/emotional behaviors of the students, which makes my job as director worthwhile," he said.
The Baldwin native grew up in the very public education system where he now works. His dedication and love for education started young. He had perfect attendance from grades K-12 and graduated in the top 5 of his graduating class.
After graduating from Baldwin High School in 1993, he attended Georgia College & State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in History and Secondary Education. He then began to work on his Master degrees at GCSU, obtaining a Masters in History and Secondary Education as well as a Masters in Supervision and Administration. Mr. Ingram received his Specialist degree in Supervision and Administration from Troy University.
He is happily married to Nicole Ingram and they have three children.
Out of the 25 years he has worked in education, 21 of those years have been spent working in Baldwin County. He began teaching at Baldwin High School as a Social Studies teacher focusing on Geography, American History and World History. He then moved to Oak Hill Middle School and served as the 8th Grade Assistant Principal for five years. His last role in the Baldwin County School District was at Midway Hills Academy, where he served as the principal for 8 years, prior to being chosen as the director for the Baldwin Success Academy.
Mr. Ingram says that his main goal for the Baldwin Success Academy alternative school is to get students to see their potential and to use it to accomplish their goals.
"As director, I believe in maximizing the potential of students and staff. I also believe in maintaining a positive attitude and being a role model for students to help them achieve their goals and be successful."
The name of the alternative program came from Mr. Ingram.
"I wanted it to have a positive name. I researched alternative schools across the state and found a name with Success Academy. I naturally added Baldwin and the Baldwin Success Academy was created."
Thank you Mr. Ingram for being a role model for our students throughout your years of leadership in the Baldwin County School District.