SAA School Council Nominees

Published on: 2/2/2023

​The school council is an important element of our school. It provides critical feedback to the progress and improvement of our school. It is a priority to make sure that it is in place and included in the school improvement process.

For more information about the nominees, see the biographies below, as well as the video found HERE.

With only 5 nominees all will join our council.  We will send out a voting ballot in the near future just for our records but all will be accepted. 

Savannah Arts Academy School Council Nominee Bios

Rose Shaw
Shaw grew up in Connecticut and has been married for 28 years and has 2 sons (Marcus 25 and
Tyler 14). Shaw’s husband is a professor at Mercer School of Medicine teaching public Health and
Research. He is also the Research Director for Memorial Hospital. Shaw has a master’s degree in
counseling and is a co-partner of a non-profit organization in NJ providing after school programs (tutoring
program- Elementary, Middle school students and a Career/College readiness program-High school
students) to at risks youth in Essex and Union Counties of NJ. Also, they provide family and individual
counseling to families, DYFS, and kids in the foster care system with or without disability. Shaw is very
diligent in getting things done. She is the Chief Financial Officer and Program Administrator and has
experiences working in non-profit and profit sectors. Currently, Shaw also works as a part time intake
counselor at Coastal Harbor Treatment Center in Savannah doing clinical assessments. Shaw’s vision for
Savannah Arts is to collaborate with local and national organization connecting students to local or
national groups that could help them pursue their goals (acting, Broadway, and theater). Shaw would love
to see SAA students accepted to top schools in the country with many great academic scholarships.

Tara Scott-Brown
Scott-Brown’s vision for SAA is a flawless team effort between administration, teachers, students,
and parents with each entity working with a common goal of ensuring that all students at SAA are
successful beyond graduation. Scott-Brown has worked with numerous groups mentoring young people
with an emphasis in supporting them in their endeavors and has great organizational and planning skills
for group projects and events.

Dr. Ned Rinalducci
Dr. Rinalducci is a professor at Georgia Southern University (Armstrong) where he has taught for
the past 23 years. He can often be seen on local news programs giving election/political analysis, as well
as running candidate debates for local and state offices. He has extensive experience serving on school
councils and previously served on the SAA School Council from 2011-2019 (vice-chair 2018-19). He also
served as chair of Coastal Middle School’s Council (2013-2015) and as a member of May Howard
Elementary School’s Council (2007-2012).
Savannah Arts Academy is the best high school in our district and one of the best schools in the state of
Georgia. The keys to SAA’s success are, and have been, a student-centered focus, excellent faculty,
quality administrators, and family and community support. I see SAA continuing these traditions and
continuing to graduate students ready for college, the workforce, and the arts.

Gregory Ceo
Ceo sees a diverse and thriving arts and academic high school enrolling the best young artists
and minds in the Savannah area with a wonderful curriculum, inspired teachers and guest artists, and the
facilities and equipment where students and educators can flourish. In high school, Ceo attended and
graduated from a boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Interlochen Arts Camp. He was a
Double Bass Music Major and Photography Minor and went on to get an undergraduate degree, a BFA in
Photography from the NYC TISCH School of the Arts and an MFA in photography from SCAD. Ceo
taught photography at the Interlochen Arts Academy High School for 8 years where one of his students
was honored by the White House as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 1994, and he subsequently
received a Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House in the same year. Ceo was a
Photography Professor at SCAD for 8 years from 2007-2015 and currently owns a successful commercial
photography business and recently started playing Double Bass again the last 2 years. As a father to
Junior SAA student, Oliver Solomon Ceo, he would like to contribute in any way possible to help guide
the future of SAA.

Becky Bethel
Bethel earned a bachelor’s in business administration and a Masters in Accounting from the
University of Georgia and worked in accounting for 8 years. After starting a family, she earned her
master’s and Specialists degrees in Education to pursue her first love - teaching. She has taught in
Savannah for 20 years, and she currently teaches at Hesse K-8 where she also provides opportunities in
academic competitions and after-school clubs. Going forward, Becky believes it is important to continue
to reestablish real-world opportunities that were provided pre-pandemic. For example, students would
thrive with internships with community partners and businesses to perfect their crafts they are learning at
SAA. Furthermore, it would be an opportunity to showcase their talents and establish contacts. Becky
has 3 sons with two currently attending Savannah Arts Academy in 12th and 9th grades. She is a
member of the IOH United Methodist Church, and she volunteers with Sonrise Servers and the Boy
Scouts of America, Troop 57.

School Council Nominee Video Link​

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