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Board of Education appoints new principal

November 19, 2020

     At its regular monthly meeting on November 19, 2020, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed Tameika Turner-Haynes as the principal of Jenkins Elementary School. Ms. Turner-Haynes currently serves as an assistant principal at McConnell Middle School. She fills the principal position as Dr. Michele Smith, who has served as the principal of Jenkins since 2015, will transition to her new role as the district’s Executive Director of Internal Resolution and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator.

Tameika Turner-Haynes,
Principal, Jenkins Elementary School

GCPS Employment:Tameika Turner-Haynes

2017-Present       Assistant Principal, McConnell Middle School

2017                   Summer School Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek Elementary School

2015                   Summer School Principal, Collins Hill Cluster

2013-2017          Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek Elementary School

2009-2013          Special Education Grade Level Chair, Interrelated/Resource Teacher,
                            Rosebud Elementary School

2006-2008          Interrelated Teacher (Math, Social Studies), South Gwinnett High School

Other Employment:

2005-2006           Teacher, DeKalb County School District

1999-2004           Teacher, Brooklyn, NY



  • Bachelor’s degree in English— Spelman College
  • Master’s degree in Elementary Education— Grand Canyon University
  • Master’s degree in Special Education— Grand Canyon University
  • Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership— Mercer University


Ms. Turner-Haynes is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy Aspiring Principal Program (2019) and the Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Leader Program (2013).