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Gwinnett BOE approves school and district leaders

May 21, 2021

     At its regular May business meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed four new principals and filled a district-level position. Melanie Terris, an assistant principal at Ivy Creek Elementary School, has been tapped to serve as the new principal of the school. She transitions to the position with the retirement of Laura Callahan. Lisa Rhodes, the principal at Pharr Elementary School, will be the new principal at Puckett’s Mill Elementary School. She will take the place of Ruth Westbrooks who has accepted a position with another school district. Memorie Reesman, the current principal at Jones Middle School, will be the principal at the new Seckinger High School which is scheduled to open in August 2022. Dr. Shanti Howard, an assistant principal at McClure Health Science High School, has been appointed the principal at Shiloh Middle School. She assumes the position formerly held by Dr. Tereka Williams, the district’s Executive Director of Continuous Quality Improvement. In other personnel action, the Board appointed Dr. Keith Thompson, the current principal at Northbrook Middle School, to be an assistant superintendent of middle schools. He succeeds Dr. Al Taylor who was named Interim Associate Superintendent of School Improvement and Operations.

Melanie Terris, Principal, Ivy Creek Elementary SchoolMelanie Terris

GCPS Employment:

2005-Present                     Assistant Principal,

                                         Ivy Creek Elementary School

2004-2005                         Assistant Principal, Level Creek Elementary School

2001-2004                         4th grade teacher, Fort Daniel Elementary School

1997-2001                         4th grade Teacher, Peachtree Elementary School

Other Employment:

1996-1997                        Teacher, Alamance-Burlington School System (N.C.)

                            

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education — Appalachian State University

Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education — Brenau University

Specialists degree in Educational Administration and Supervision — Lincoln Memorial University

Ms. Terris is a graduate of the 2020 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 14.


Lisa Rhodes, Principal, Puckett’s Mill  Elementary SchoolLisa Rhodes

GCPS Employment:

2017-Present                     Principal, Pharr Elementary School

2008-2017                         Assistant Principal, Taylor Elementary School

2007-2008                         Administrative Intern, Taylor Elementary School  

2002-2007                         Teacher, Taylor Elementary School

Other Employment:

1998-2002                         Teacher, Forsyth County Public Schools (Ga.)

Education:

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

Master’s degree in Administration and Policy— University of Georgia

Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership— University of West Georgia

 

Ms. Rhodes is a graduate of the 2017 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 11.


Memorie Reesman, Principal, Seckinger High School (opening fall 2022-23)Melanie Reesman

GCPS Employment:

2016-Present                     Principal, Jones Middle School

2015-2016                         Associate Principal, Norcross High School

2009-2015                         Assistant Principal, Norcross High School

2008-2009                         Local School Technology Coordinator, Creekland Middle School

2005-2008                         7th Grade Gifted Science Teacher, Osborne Middle School  

1996-2005                         6th-8th Grade Teacher, Creekland Middle School

1995–1996                         6th Grade Teacher, Lawrenceville Middle School

1993-1994                         7th Grade Teacher, Lanier Middle School

1992-1993                         7th Grade Teacher, Pinckneyville Middle School

Other Employment:

1994-1995                         6th grade Teacher, Venice Area Middle School (Fla.)

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education— Florida State University

Master’s degree in Middle Grades, Science and Social Studies— Brenau University

Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision— Lincoln Memorial University


Ms. Reesman is a graduate of the 2016 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 10.


Dr. Shanti Howard, Principal, Shiloh Middle SchoolDr. Shanti Howard

GCPS Employment:

2020-Present                     Assistant Principal, McClure Health Science High School

2012-2020                         Assistant Principal, Sweetwater Middle School

2009-2012                         Gifted Education Teacher, Coach Middle School  

1997-2009                         Teacher, Richards Middle School

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education— University of Georgia

Master’s degree in Middle School Education— University of Georgia

Specialist’s degree in Middle School Education— University of Georgia

Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration— University of Southern Mississippi

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


Dr. Keith Thompson, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools Dr. Keith Thompson

GCPS Employment:

2014-Present                     Principal, Northbrook Middle School

2011-2014                         Assistant Principal, Osborne Middle School

2009-2011                         Assistant Principal, GIVE Center West

Other Employment:

2005-2009                         Assistant Principal, Richmond County Schools (Ga.)

1997-2005                         Teacher, Richmond County Schools (Ga.)

 

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education— Augusta State University

Master’s degree in Educational Leadership— Cambridge College

Specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction— Argosy University

Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction— Argosy University

 

Dr. Thompson is a graduate of the 2011 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 5.