Cheerleading Coaches

Head Cheerleading Coach
Varsity Basketball Cheerleading Coach:
Shonta’ Golden Pauldin

Coach Pauldin currently teaches Cosmetology at Hiram High School. She has been teaching Cosmetology since 2012 and has been working in the industry since 2010. She received her Bachelor of Science from Albany State University and her Master of Education from Valdosta State University. She also received her double license as a Master Cosmetologist and Cosmetology Instructor from Empire Beauty School’s program.
Coach Pauldin has been the Varsity Basketball Coach since 2018 and received the Positive Coaches’ Award for the North West Region in 2019. She has accepted the position as Head Cheer Coach for the 2021-2022 season. Cheerleading is one of her true passions and she enjoys inspiring and motivating young athletes to pursue their dreams. Gooooo Hornets!!!!!!
Coach Pauldin is from the Coastal Region of South Georgia and enjoys dancing, roller skating, playing tennis, and spending time at home with her husband and children. She loves being a part of the Hornet Nation at Hiram High School, where she is honored to have be nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award by her Hornet Family during the 2020-2022 school year.


Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach:
Charlotte Holmes

Charlotte Holmes is Hiram High School’s Varsity Football Cheerleading Coach. Coach Holmes currently teaches Audio, Video, Technology & Film at Hiram High School and Paulding Virtual Academy (grades 9-12). She has been teaching AVT&F since 2012 and has been working in the industry since 2006. Coach Holmes received her Broadcasting Certification in 2002, a Bachelor of Art for Instructional Design from Arizona Global University in 2020, and is currently working on her Master of Education at West Georgia.

Coach Holmes is originally from Boston, Massachusetts where she lived for over 30 years before relocating to Georgia with her two children and husband. She loves to travel, try new foods, and spend time with friends and family. Coach Holmes has visited over 14 states, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic but her favorite foodie place is New Orleans for the Cajun cuisine.

As an AVT&F teacher, Coach Holmes has coached many students in regional, state, and national film competitions. Two years ago she volunteered to coach her daughter’s soccer team even though she knew nothing about the sport. Her diligence and determination led her to learn everything she could about the sport and support the developing learners. This year the team tied for first in the division. Coach Holmes is excited to bring the same mindset to Hiram’s cheer program!



Youth Program Director & Middle School (Junior Hornets) Cheerleading Coach
Heather Nicholson

Coach Nicholson is the Jr Hornets Cheerleading Coach and Youth Program Director! She has been with the Hiram Youth Cheerleading Program since 2019. In her youth, she cheered competitively, and on the sidelines. Now, she is a wife and a mother of four! Coach Nicholson’s history with Hiram cheerleading is long standing! She spent many years in the stands, cheering on her eldest daughter as she cheered with the Hiram Junior Hornets from 2011 to 2014! Now that her oldest daughter is in college & cheering for the University of Florida, she is excited to be carrying on the tradition with her two youngest daughters, and thrilled to be a Hiram Cheer Coach!
She believes that cheerleading teaches discipline and commitment, and loves to see the sport unite children from all different dynamics! Some of her hobbies include: painting, singing, and playing with her two very large dog-children. She needs coffee to survive, and is a die hard UGA fan (Goooooo Dawgs)!!! Coach Nicholson is grateful for her cheer family, and feels honored to be one of your Hiram Cheerleading Coaches!


Mini Hornet Cheerleading Coach:
Tiffany Padgett

Hey, my name is Tiffany Padgett! I am so excited to be coaching my second season with mini hornets! I started my Mini Hornet journey as a team mom and then moved up to coach the next season. I am a graduate from Hiram High School and even though i have never cheered I did participate in Marching Band and Color Guard for my 4 years. I am a mom to 2 beautiful girls who both cheer for the Hiram Hornets! Outside of coaching you can find me teaching Georgia Pre-K in Douglas county and finishing my degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. I also enjoy anything surrounding water and going to the gym! I cannot wait for our new season to start!!!! GO HORNETS!


Baby Buzz Cheerleading Coach:
Mariah Quinones

Mariah Quinones is Hiram’s Youth Baby Buzz Cheerleading Coach. This is her second year coaching, she’s excited and honored to be returning to the Hiram family. She is a mother of two beautiful children . She really loves and enjoys the atmosphere of cheering and watching the girls perform.

She can not wait to meet each and every one of you!