Leadership Team

Mr. Devon Williams

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Mr. Devon Williams

Principal

Mr. Williams grew up in the Metro Atlanta area, attending school in Dekalb County, where he graduated from Chamblee High School in 1988. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Photographic Design and Art Education from the University of Georgia, and began teaching Art at Sweetwater Middle School in GCPS straight out of college. Although Mr. Williams enjoyed teaching Art, he was introduced to a relatively new class, Technology Education, and he was excited to switch directions. He immediately entered UGA’s Technology Education program, earning his Master of Education degree in 1997. In 1996, Mr. Williams had the opportunity to join the inaugural staff of J.P. McConnell Middle School as the Technology Education teacher. He spent the next eleven years at MMS, first as a teacher, then ultimately being promoted to an Assistant Principal position. In 2004, Mr. Williams earned his Specialist of Education degree, majoring in Occupational Studies (Technology Education) and minoring in Educational Leadership. In 2006, Mr. Williams was selected to lead Shiloh Middle School as Principal. After three years as Shiloh’s Principal, he was selected to open Couch Middle School in 2009. This was his proudest moment as an educator and leader, and he was humbled by the opportunity to embark on this new journey.

Mr. Williams is a proud husband, father, son, and brother! He is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan!

Mrs. Christy Stephenson

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Mrs. Christy Stephenson

Assistant Principal

As a student and graduate of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Stephenson has worked for GCPS for 22 years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Education from the University of Georgia in 1998. She then obtained a Master's Degree in English Education and later a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction both from Piedmont College. Mrs. Stephenson has worked in several middle schools throughout the county and was a charter Couch Middle School staff member when its doors opened in 2009. She first taught 8th grade language arts during the first three years of the school's inception and then moved into the position as an administrator in 2013. The Stephenson family is an active member in the Grayson community and can be found at a GHS event or at Bay Creek Park any weekend. Her oldest daughter graduated from Grayson High School in 2019 and is attending the University of North Georgia, her youngest daughter is beginning 9th grade, and her husband works as a service manager at a local automotive repair facility. Mrs. Stephenson's favorite thing about Couch...."The family who works here and the families we support!"

Favorite Quote:
"You can lose money, you can lose your house, you can lose a child, you can lose your health, and you can lose a spouse; however, no one can ever take away your education. Once you earn it, it's yours forever."


Ms. Stephenson's primary responsibilities are:

8th Grade

English Language Arts
Science
Special Education
8th Grade Testing

ESOL Programming
Title IX Coordinator

 

Mrs. Kim Yarini

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Mrs. Kim Yarini

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Yarini has been in education for 21 years teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels. Mrs. Yarini graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from North Georgia College and State University and later earned a Master of Science degree in Middle Grades Math and Science from Brenau University and an Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Yarini is certified to teach elementary, middle school math and science, high school math, and special education. She began to serve in Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2006 as a classroom teacher and has also served multiple schools as an instructional coach. She begins her career as an assistant principal for the 2018-2019 school year. Mrs. Yarini enjoys spending time with her family and raising her three awesome boys, ages 24, 18, and 16 as well as twin grandsons. Mrs. Yarini also loves all things Disney, running, and tennis, and is excited to serve in the Grayson Community and to be a part of the fRAMily at Couch Middle School.

Ms. Yarini's primary responsibilities are:

6th & 7th Grade
Math
​Connections Department

Gifted Department