Mr. Eric Willoughby has been an educator in Georgia for 25 years and spent the last eleven years as Director of Bands at Woodland High School in Cartersville, Georgia. Starting in July of 2019, Mr. Willoughby was named the Coordinator for the Center for Advanced Studies in Medical Science at Woodland High School. Prior to teaching in Bartow County Schools, Mr. Willoughby taught at Peachtree Ridge High School, Wheeler High School, and Lost Mountain Middle School.
Mr. Willoughby holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Georgia and a Masters Degree in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Willoughby is a multiple recipient of the Citation of Excellence, awarded by the National Band Association and his bands at Woodland High School are recipients of the Exemplary Performance Award given by the Georgia Music Educator’s Association. Most recently, the Woodland Band Program was also recognized as 2013 Regional Winners of the National Band Association Program of Excellence “Blue Ribbon” Award. In 2015, Mr. Willoughby was named “Teacher of the Year” for both Woodland High School, and the entire Bartow County School System.
Mr. Willoughby and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 1993 and have three beautiful children: Sarah – age 21, Stephen – age 18, and Hannah – age 12. His family serves and worships at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia.