Daughtry Putting Degree To Use At Georgia School For The Deaf
(Cave Spring, Georgia) – Four years after putting the Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD) on the basketball map, Brittney Daughtry has put herself back on the GSD campus. Her new goal is to give back in a way she knows how. She’s putting her collegiate training from Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) to work at the school which launched her career.
Daughtry, now 26-years-old, was the Mason-Dixie Tournament Most Valuable Player during her senior year of high school basketball at the Cave Spring institution. The annual roundball event pits the Schools for the Deaf from across the Southeast against one another. It would just be a short time later that Daughtry would become her high school’s first female to ever become a collegiate athletic signee.
“I love to work with kids,” said Daughtry in her GNTC signing day interview in August 2011. “I want to help them and watch them learn like all my teachers and coaches have done for me. It always makes me feel so proud.” To celebrate, the entire student body attended the event that day and waved pom-poms which shook so violently that the obvious silence was almost deafening.
Today, Daughtry is making her wish come true. She currently serves as a resident advisor at the GSD. “I work with the elementary school girls on campus,” said Daughtry. “I help teach more sign language, basic student life things, and whatever it takes to help them make it at GSD.”
The former Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcat is currently considering colleges to pursue her next degree in Early Childhood Education. “I earned an associate degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Georgia Northwestern,” said Daughtry. “Just thinking about my next step. I am really happy about the opportunity to bring whatever education I obtain back to the school that has done so much for me.”
This K-12 school in Cave Spring, Georgia has been in business for nearly 170 years. This is the first time a female student has signed to play a collegiate sport on any level. More than 30 years ago, the school saw its first-ever male student-athlete sign to play college basketball when GSD alum Willie Brown headed to Hofstra University.
Originally from Sylvania, Georgia, Daughtry will tell you how she didn’t have much interaction with other children early in life. “I started to lose my hearing when I was two,” said Daughtry. “A really bad fever started my hearing loss. When it was time to begin Kindergarten, we made the decision to attend GSD. I learned everything from sign language to the game I love. Both GSD and Georgia Northwestern have taught me so much.”
It’s a decision that shaped her education, career, and future, both on the court and in the classroom.
The Lady Cats Basketball program is based in Rossville, Georgia. Georgia Northwestern Intercollegiate Athletics competes within the NJCAA Division III and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA). Application deadline for Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s summer semester is April 20. The last day to register for summer classes is May 4.