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Gwinnett BOE approves school and district leaders
February 23, 2023
At its regularly scheduled business meeting on February 23, 2023, the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE) approved the appointment of new principals at Berkeley Lake Elementary School and White Oak Elementary School, as well as a new Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation.
- Ms. Ashley Coughlin has been named the new principal at Berkeley Lake Elementary School. Ms. Coughlin currently serves as Assistant Principal at Harris Elementary School. She replaces Dr. Lesley Pendleton who has been named Director of Talent Management.
- Ms. Stacey Pickett has been named the new Principal at White Oak Elementary School. Ms. Pickett currently serves as assistant principal at White Oak Elementary. She replaces Jean Loethen who retired.
- Ms. Lisa Watkins has been named executive director of Instructional Technology and Innovation. She replaces Trisha Kennedy who retired.
Ms. Ashley Coughlin, Principal, Berkeley Lake Elementary School:
2014-Present Assistant Principal, Harris Elementary School
2012-2014 Local School Technology Coordinator, Harris Elementary School
2010-2012 Teacher, Roberts Elementary School
2007-2010 Teacher, Suwanee Elementary School
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education—Georgia State University
Master’s degree in Instructional Technology in Education—Walden University
Specialist degree in Educational Leadership—University of West Georgia
Ms. Coughlin is a member of the 2023 Quality Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 16.
Ms. Stacey Pickett, Principal, White Oak Elementary School:
2009-Present Assistant Principal, White Oak Elementary School
2004-2009 Assistant Principal, Gwin Oaks Elementary School
2003-2004 Teacher, Cooper Elementary School
1999-2003 Title I Teacher, Stripling Elementary School
1998-1999 Teacher, Browns Mill Elementary, DeKalb County Schools, Ga.
Bachelor’s degree in Education—Stetson University
Master’s degree in Education—Brenau University
Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision—Lincoln Memorial University
Ms. Pickett is a member of the 2023 Quality Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 16.
Ms. Lisa Watkins, Executive Director of Instructional Technology & Innovation:
2017-Present Director of School Technology, GCPS
2014-2017 Lead Program Facilitator, Instructional Technology, GCPS
2012-2013 Local School Technology Coordinator, Archer High School
2010-2012 Language Arts Teacher, Archer High School
1999-2005 Instructional Lead Teacher and Trainer, Gwinnett Online Campus
1991-1999 Language Arts Teacher, Gwinnett Online Campus
2013-2014 Director, School Programs and Services, K12, Inc.
2008-2010 Director, Dean of Facility, KC Distance Learning
2005-2008 Program Manager/Founding Administrator, GA Virtual School, Georgia Department of Education
2004-2005 Owner/Consultant, Virtual Learning Solutions
Instructional Lead Teacher/Trainer, GA eLearning Program, Georgia Department of Education
Bachelor’s degree in English—Emory University
Master’s degree in Deaf Education—Georgia State University
Specialist degree in Educational Leadership—NOVA Southeastern University