The Gulf Shores City Council appointed five citizens to the Gulf Shores City Board of Education. The five member board collectively brings nearly 90 years of related, yet diverse experience and was unanimously selected from a group of 34 applicants. Each board member will serve staggered initial terms from one to five years beginning December 4, 2017.
The board will represent the Gulf Shores community in all education-related matters including working with the Baldwin County Board of Education to finalize a separation agreement and will ultimately hire the school system’s Superintendent and Chief School Financial Officer.
Left to right: Kevin Corcoran, Kelly Walker, Nicky Gotschall, Dale Kayser Jernigan, Ralph Gold Jr.
Kevin Corcoran, President
Kevin Corcoran graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. He also attended Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. After moving to Alabama in 1996, he joined RE/MAX of Gulf Shores in 1999 and purchased the franchise in June of 2004, where he and his wife, Domini, are co-owners.
Kevin has over 10 years of experience serving on a board of education during which time he held the office of President, Vice President and Secretary. He served as the Chairman of the Baldwin County Community Advisory Task Force for Education as well as the Co-Chairman of the Island Wide Task Force for Education. Kevin’s engagement in the community has allowed him to serve on numerous Boards of Directors including serving as President for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Gulf Coast Athletic Club and Dolphin Athletics Club. Kevin spent eight years providing play-by-play for the Gulf Shores High School Dolphins football team and the last two as the Public Address announcer at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium for GSHS home football games.
Kelly Walker, Secretary
Kelly Walker is a Special Needs Specialist for the Georgia Department of Education online school, Georgia Virtual Learning. Mrs. Walker serves as a liaison between schools, parents, and online instructors to accommodate middle and high school students with special needs in order to give the best chance at success in the online classroom. She provides supports to special needs students and online instructors to help raise student achievement. She also creates and administers regular professional development for online instructors regarding special needs students and best teaching practices. Prior to this administrative role, she taught high school science for Georgia Virtual School.
In her fifteen years as an educator, she has also taught in a traditional classroom. She taught for nine years in the face-to-face classroom working with at-risk students. Some of her roles included leading a team of teachers on a Freshman/Career Academy, mentoring new teachers, coaching volleyball, and developing county-wide science curriculum based on State Standards.
Kelly Walker received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia, and her Master of Arts in Special Education from Piedmont College.
Nicky Gotschall, Vice President
For 17 years, Dr. Nichole (Nicky) Gotschall has enjoyed a successful career in post-secondary education. As an academic administrator, Dr. Gotschall chaired the Department of Developmental Studies at Sullivan University. There she was the inaugural recipient of the Above and Beyond Award, Sullivan’s Faculty Member of the Quarter Award. She joined Columbia Southern University in 2007 and chaired the Department of General Education at Columbia Sothern University. Dr. Gotschall then served as dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and was later appointed dean of the undergraduate programs at Columbia Southern University. Dr. Gotschall has also participated in the accreditation reaffirmation process at SACSCOC and DEAC institutions. Currently, she is a professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Columbia Southern University.
Dr. Gotschall is also an active member of the Gulf Shores community. An advocate for the success of all students, she has been a parent representative for Gulf Shores Elementary School’s Parent Involvement Planning Committee since 2012 and the School Improvement Leadership Team since 2014. She has served on the Gulf Shores Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Board since 2013 and is the current president. In 2017, Dr. Gotschall co-authored the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant which awarded $450,000.00 to the after-school program at Gulf Shores Elementary School.
Dr. Gotschall holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Livingston University, a master’s degree in the art of teaching from the University of West Alabama, and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Walden University.
Dale Kayser Jernigan RN, MSN, holds a specialty area 5 teaching certification in secondary education. She previously was the Director of Education, and Director of Nursing Administration at SBRMC. Mrs. Jernigan was a governor’s appointee to the Alabama Board of Nursing, has written two textbooks on Standards of Practice, and Human Resource Management, and has published in numerous periodicals. She halted her career to raise two sons, who were educated through the Gulf Shores schools, while serving as an active parent volunteer and PTSO officer during those years.
In August 2012 Mrs. Jernigan was hired to design, implement and develop a Health Science Career Academy at GSHS, where she also teaches progressive levels of health science coursework.
Ralph Gold, Jr.
Dr. Gold began his teaching career in 1978 as an elementary physical education teacher and swimming instructor. During his thirty-nine years in education Dr. Gold has held numerous academic positions such as; elementary teacher, high school teacher, junior high principal, athletic director, university intramural director, high school varsity coach, and university professor.
Dr. Gold received his Bachelor’s degree in physical education from Clearwater Christian College, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Tampa, an Educational Specialist Degree, in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Samford University.