Principal: Mrs. Beth Lind


Dear Parents and Families,

I am excited about our upcoming year! I look forward to working together with with the students, parents, staff, and community members to make this year memorable and educational.

I have been a school administrator for 15 years and an educator for 20 years. Over the years, I've learned that students perform best when they feel safe, respected and valued. I am here to help all the children grow and succeed.

At Westside Elementary, we value our parents and want to work with you to help your child be the best they can be. Together, with Mr. Summerlin, Mr. Lassiter and our fantastic faculty, we can help all our students exceed.

If ever I can be of service to you, please don't hesitate to call me at the school or send me an email -


Beth Lind

Assistant Principal:  Mr.Tim Hatton
Hello I am Tim Hatton and I am excited to be one of your Assistant Principals at Westside Elementary School for the 2020-21 school year. I am beginning my 23rd year in education with 21 of those years in Lowndes County. I have served as an administrator at the Lowndes Alternative School, Lowndes High School, Hahira Middle School and Moulton Branch Elementary School. 

My wife, Jill, teaches at Lowndes High School. Our three daughters attended WES and loved every minute of it. Dowry is now 18 and attending Georgia College in Milledgeville. Catherine and Caroline are 13 and 8th graders at Hahira Middle. Westside has always held a special place with the Hattons and I am thrilled to get to be a part of this wonderful team.

Assistant Principal:  Dr. Sam Lassiter

Picture of Assistant Principal Lassiter

Hello, my name is Dr. Sam Lassiter and I am completely privileged to return to Westside Elementary as an Assistant Principal. Education has always been my passion although I took a nontraditional route before beginning my teaching career at Lowndes High School in 1994.

I attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and graduated with a BBA, with concentrations in Economics and Finance, in 1983. I was then accepted and attended Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law, also in Macon. My ultimate goal was to teach law and I wanted to have a true idea of what I planned to teach. I graduated in 1986 and my first job was with a law firm in Moultrie. I later practiced in Valdosta, Quitman, where I was also a Municipal Court Judge, and Nashville. While in Nashville, I was appointed to a temporary position as a Juvenile Court Judge. The appointment extended the time I planned to practice law.

In 1993, I began working on becoming certified to teach. I enrolled at Valdosta State University and by the summer of 1994 I had a provisional teaching certificate in middle and high school social studies. I became fully certified in 1995. In 1994, I was hired to teach in the social studies department at Lowndes High School and I spent 9 incredible years teaching government and law. I was also an Adjunct Professor in the Political Science from 1995 - 1998. I stopped teaching at VSU in order to concentrate on graduate school at VSU. I graduated in 2000 with a MEd in Leadership. I received my EdS in Leadership in 2002 and my EdD in Leadership in 2010.

In 2003, I was hired to be the Assistant Principal at Moulton Branch Elementary. It was definitely a learning curve moving from high school to elementary but I loved it. This is the beginning of my 16th year in administration and I’ve had the privilege of working with many incredible people in different schools in our system. I spent two years at Moulton Branch then moved to Parker Mathis Elementary. After three years at PME, we packed up the building and opened Westside Elementary. I was at Westside for two years then moved to Dewar Elementary. I was at Dewar for two years, moved to Lake Park Elementary for six years, and now am very excited to return to Westside - the school I consider home.
Please feel free to contact me anytime for any reason.