CTAE Spotlight



Meet the Faculty

Department Head: Alan Johnson

Hi there! I am Mr. Alan Johnson and I am the department chair for the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) department here at Sequoyah High School. I currently have two BBAs, one in Management Information Systems and the other in Finance. I also hold a MED in Business Education and coursework equivalency MED in Educational Leadership. I have worked in public education for 16 years, with the last 10 being at Sequoyah High School. I teach the Business and Technology pathway. The focus of the pathway is to introduce students to the world of business and have them complete Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications in the MS Office suite, including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. Technology plays a vital role in, not only today’s workforce but society in general. Technical certifications prove to employers that you have the skill sets they desire. I prepare my students for a workforce that demands technical competence. What a great resource to be able to prepare for and complete these certifications in high school at no cost to the student! I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with my students and help better prepare them for the technical workforce that lies in front of them. If I may be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me at alan.johnson@cherokee.k12.ga.us. Learn more about the business program.

Courses Offered



Business / Technology / Computer Science



FFCLA and Consumer Science

Jeff Beinke

Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Beinke spent 22 years in the software business working for Management Science America, PeopleSoft, and Employease. He performed in a variety of roles including programmer, presales consultant, sales management, and senior management. Mr. Beinke began teaching at Dunwoody High School in 2007, where he coached football and track. Mr. Beinke joined the staff at Sequoyah High School in 2010 at which time he launched the computer science curriculum. He is also an assistant football coach. Mr. Beinke earned a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia. and currently resides in Woodstock with his wife, Denise. They have 3 children – their son is an aerospace engineer in Alabama, their older daughter teaches in Alexandria, VA, and their younger daughter (graduate of Sequoyah) is attending Georgia Southern. Contact him at jeffrey.beinke@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is John Cribb. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Georgia Southern University, and from Valdosta State University, I hold a M.Ed in Adult and Career Education and a Ed.S in Instructional Technology. For most of my career, I taught engineering and technology education. In 2013, I was hired as the Audio Video Technology and Film (AVTF) teacher at Gilmer High School. While at Gilmer, I started a sports broadcasting program ran by students in which they live streamed various sports and events. I look forward to developing this same program at Sequoyah High School. You can watch our live broadcasts at www.chiefstv.org. I love my job. Each day, I have the opportunity to help students become the best storytellers they can. Contact me at john.cribb@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

CMSAF (Retired) John Futral

I am Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) John Futral and teach Air Force Junior ROTC. I have been teaching Air Force Junior ROTC at Sequoyah High School since the unit opened in July 1995. I entered the Air Force in 1973 and retired in 1993. My career as an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor started at Karns High School in Knoxville, TN where I taught from July 1993 to June 1995. My greatest joy in teaching is watching the cadets mature and become young adults. Our mission is to help the students prepare for life after high school and become good citizens dedicated to helping their community. Contact me at john.futral@cherokee.k12.ga.us. Learn more about the JROTC program.

Molly Miller

My name is Molly Miller and I am very excited to teach the Food and Nutrition Pathway at Sequoyah High School! I grew up in Cobb County and graduated from McEachern High School in 2006. I attended The University of Georgia and received a degree in Family and Consumer Science Education with a minor in Consumer Foods. After graduating from UGA in 2010, I began teaching in Douglas County before coming to Cherokee County in 2013. I will also be coaching Freshman Cheerleading and advising FCCLA at Sequoyah this year. I teach the following three classes in the Nutrition and Food Science Pathway: Nutrition and Wellness, Food for Life and Food Science. In my courses, we have hands-on food labs, cater events for Sequoyah and learn skills for real life. I am so excited for this year and the opportunity to teach the Nutrition and Food Science Pathway! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at molly.miller@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is Lauren Miller and I am the CTI Coordinator here at Sequoyah High School. This is my 4th year teaching here at SHS. I attended Longwood University for my undergrad and graduate degrees. There I majored in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Special Education. I have been a teacher for 13 years and have taught in Virginia, North Carolina, and here in Georgia. My husband, James, is the Head Football Coach at Reinhardt University. We have a son Keegan who will be 2 in October. I look forward to seeing your faces in your CTAE classes this year. Please let me know if you have any questions as I’d be glad to help. Contact me at lauren.miller@cherokee.k12.ga.us

Kari Palmer

As a former sales and marketing professional, Kari Palmer strives to use her industry experience in sales and marketing to integrate real-world learning opportunities for her students. Mrs. Palmer’s classroom accomplishments include:

  • Led her Marketing/DECA program to win the Ecolink Social Media Marketing Campaign – a statewide contest with a prize of over $4,000 in prize money.
  • Received the 2016 Dr. Paul DeLargy, REAL Ledge Angel Award, at the annual International Entrepreneurship Institute.
  • Presented at the 2011 DECA ICDC New Advisor Academy in Orlando, FL
  • Led DECA community service campaigns raising more than $15,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Prepared students who competed at regional, state and international DECA Career Development Conferences every year
  • Earned a Work-Based Learning/Career-Related Education Endorsement in 2011

As a former high school Marketing Education student and national DECA competitor, Mrs. Palmer attributes these student experiences for her choosing to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University. After working in sales and marketing for over 10 years, she changed careers to teach Marketing Education. Contact her at Kari.Palmer@cherokee.k12.ga.us. Learn more about the marketing program.

Rachel LaChine

Rachel LaChine is a Cherokee County native and highly involved in Sequoyah’s extra-curricular activities. She is the Basketball Cheerleading coach and sponsor of the spirit club and one of the pep rally coordinators. Rachel teaches Spanish in our World Languages Department and is the program instructor for one of Sequoyah’s career pathways. As the instructor for the Teaching as a Profession Pathway, Rachel provides students with hands-on experience in the classroom setting for those that are interested in becoming future teachers and/or coaches. Rachel is a graduate of Woodstock High School, Georgia College and State University, has a Masters in Secondary Education. She also has an ESL Endorsement Certificate. Contact her at rachel.lachine@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

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My name is Heath Wilkie and I teach Engineering Graphics and Architectural Drawing. I enjoy teaching subjects that have a direct link to the real world. I am a Sequoyah High alumnus and hold a BS in secondary math education. My wife and I both teach and our 3 children keep us busy. Contact me at heath.wilkie@cherokee.k12.ga.us. Learn more about the drafting program.

Charles Wilson

This is my 25th year of teaching Automotive Technology at the High School level.  I have a BBA degree from Georgia State University and an Associate’s degree from DeKalb Technical Institute (formerly DeKalb Community College). I am an ASE Master Technician. I also am certified by ASE to serve as an evaluator of other high school’s Automotive Technology Programs in need of industry certification. Prior to teaching, I worked as a technician for 10 years with General Motors and as a Master Technician with Subaru. I was a member of the Sports Car Club of America and participated in the racing program as a builder/driver in the road racing series. I started my high school teaching career at North Cobb in 1993, spent a few years at Forsyth Central, and then came to Sequoyah in 2007. Contact me at charles.wilson@cherokee.k12.ga.us.

Lt. Col. Ronald Whittle

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Ron Whittle has been the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for Sequoyah’s Air Force Junior ROTC program since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and two Master degrees: one in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the other in Military Operational Art and Science from the Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College. Prior to arriving at Sequoyah, Lt Col Whittle completed a 27-year Air Force career as an officer and pilot. His previous teaching experience includes the United States Military Academy at West Point where he taught the capstone officership course as well as coached West Point’s competitive flying team. He also taught military operational capabilities and planning at the graduate level at the Air Command and Staff College. Additionally, he has 1500+ hours of flight instructor experience in numerous military and civilian aircraft. Lt Col Whittle is married to his beautiful wife, Christie, and they have four children, Allison, Andy, Aaron, and Austin. You can contact him at ronald.whittle@cherokee.k12.ga.us. Learn more about the JROTC program.