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Gwinnett BOE appoints new principals

June 18, 2021

     At its regular June business meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed three principals. Monica Ball, principal on special assignment in Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) Division of Human Resources and Talent Management, has been tapped to serve as the new principal of Graves Elementary school. She transitions to the position with the retirement of Kono Smith. Dr. Joe Sanfilippo, an assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary School, will be the new principal at Pharr Elementary School. He assumes the position with Lisa Rhodes’ transfer to Puckett’s Mill Elementary School. Dr. Rodriguez Johnson becomes a principal in the district as North Metro Performing Arts Academy transitions from charter school to Gwinnett County Public School elementary theme school located in the Norcross Cluster. Dr. Johnson currently serves as principal at the school. 

 

Monica L. Ball, Principal, Graves Elementary SchoolMonica Ball

GCPS Employment:

2021-Present                     Principal on Special Assignment, Human Resources and Talent Management

2016-2020                         Principal, Rosebud Elementary School

2009-2016                         Assistant Principal, Winn Holt Elementary School,

2004-2009                         3rd Grade and Interrelated Resource Teacher, Winn Holt Elementary School

1994-2004                         3rd Grade Teacher, Cedar Hill Elementary School          

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration: Marketing — Clark College
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education — Brenau University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership — Nova Southeastern University

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


Dr. Joe Sanfilippo, Principal, Pharr  Elementary SchoolDr. Joe Sanfilippo

GCPS Employment:

2016-Present                     Assistant Principal, Hopkins Elementary School

2015-2016                         Assistant Principal, Graves Elementary School

2014-2015                         Assistant Principal, Hopkins Elementary School  

2012-2014                         Instructional Coach, Corley Elementary School

2006-2012                         3rd and 5th Grade Teacher, Corley Elementary School

Other Employment:

2002-2005                         Teaching Assistant and After-Care Assistant Director, Mount St. Joseph Academy, Buffalo, (N.Y.)

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education — Medaille College
Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction — University of Phoenix Online
Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership — Georgia State University
Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership — Georgia State University

Dr. Sanfilippo is a graduate of the 2014 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Leader Program, Cohort 5.

 


Dr. Rodriguez Johnson, Principal, North Metro Performing Arts AcademyDr. Rodriguez Johnson

GCPS Employment:

2017-Present                     Principal, North Metro Performing Arts Academy

2014-2017                         Assistant Principal, Knight Elementary School

2012-2014                         Assistant Principal, Simonton Elementary School

2006-2012                         Special Education Teacher, Five Forks Middle School

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in History — Tennessee State University
Master’s degree in Educational Leadership — Ohio State University
Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership — Clark Atlanta University


Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the 2018 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 12, and the 2012 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Leaders Program, Cohort 3.