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About Us

Etowah Bush School is comprised of husband and wife team, Dr. J. Sean Callahan and Alexis Carter-Callahan, M.A.


Sean is a life long educator with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis Gifted and Creative Education, from the University of Georgia. He currently serves as the Co-Owner of Etowah Bush School, as well as Professor of Psychology and the Division Chair for the Division of Social Sciences and Education at Georgia Highlands College located in Cartersville, Georgia.


Alexis is also a life-long educator with a bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University in Criminal Justice Studies. She also holds a master's degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University in American History with an emphasis on Southern African American History. She currently serves as the Co- Owner and Head Curator of Etowah Bush School, as well as an adjunct instructor of American History at the University of North Georgia located in Dahlonega, Georgia.


The name of our business, Etowah Bush School, pays homage to the Creek/Muskogee and Cherokee native populations who lived and thrived on the land near the Etowah River. Bush School refers to and pays homage to the newly emancipated African Americans, who were eager to educate their children, and held school outside, under bush or brush arbors before the creation of formal schoolhouses in Black communities.


Our commitment to this work comes from our shared ancestral roots in Cartersville, Bartow County. We are able to, respectively, trace our ancestral roots back seven generations to maternal and paternal roots on the soil of this county, including the Summer Hill High School and community.

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