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School Board approves new principal and district-level leader

     At its regular February business meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Dr. Al Taylor as Interim Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and Operations. Dr. Taylor, currently an assistant superintendent for middle schools, will fill the role currently held by Dr. Steve Flynt who has accepted the superintendent position in another Georgia school district. The Division of School Improvement and Operations provides leadership and support to local schools by ensuring the divisional operations and processes are followed to maximize student achievement, striving to keep schools safe and secure, advising schools in disciplinary interventions, and providing a direct line of communication between the school and district office. In addition, this division coordinates the Local School Plan of Improvement (LSPI) process and directs federal and special programs (Title I). In other personnel action, the Board appointed Dr. Dranita Morrow, an assistant principal at Ferguson Elementary School, as the new principal of Kanoheda Elementary School. Mrs. Morrow replaces Dr. Nicole White who was appointed last month as the district’s Executive Director of Special Education.

Dr. Al Taylor, Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and OperationsDr. Al Taylor

GCPS Employment:

2019-Present                     Assistant Superintendent, Middle Schools

2013-2019                         Principal, Berkmar High School

2011-2013                         Principal, Radloff MiddleSchool

2006-2011                         Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek High School

2002-2003                         Teacher, Sweetwater Middle School

 

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Education— Georgia Southern University

Master’s degree in Educational Leadership — Georgia State University

Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership — Georgia State University

Dr. Taylor also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Piedmont College. He is a graduate of the 2010 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 4.


Dr. Dranita Morrow, Principal, Kanoheda Elementary SchoolDr. Dranita Morrow

GCPS Employment:

2016-Present                     Assistant Principal, Ferguson Elementary School

2012-2016                         Assistant Principal, Kanoheda Elementary School

2001-2012                         Teacher, Shiloh Elementary School

Other Employment:

2001                                  Teacher, Screven County Schools, (GA)

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education— Georgia Southern University

Master’s degree in Elementary Education— Walden University

Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership— Clark Atlanta University

Dr. Morrow is a member of the 2020 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 14, and a graduate of the 2012 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Leader Program, Cohort 3.