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The Strategic Direction 2020-2030

The Strategic Direction 2020-2030

To prepare for the next decade, GCPS launched a community-wide campaign to invite input on updating its Strategic Priorities for 2010-2020. That update is called the Strategic Direction for 2020-2030. Like its predecessor, it will be a significant guide for the school system’s work, now and in the future.

Learn more about our Strategic Direction and the drivers that will help the school district build upon 
what is best about it today to ensure it becomes the best it can be tomorrow… a system of world-class schools.

Have a passion for the arts? Learn more about The School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett High School

Current 8th & 9th graders are invited to attend information sessions about the School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett High School (SOTA), opening in Aug. of 2021. At SOTA, students from across the district can pursue their artistic vision and learn from industry professionals. Info sessions will be held Sept. 24 and 26 and Oct. 17 and 24.

GCPS 2020 Virtual Graduations

Gwinnett County Public Schools congratulates the Class of 2020! The scheduled graduations began on Wed., May 20. Please follow the virtual graduation ceremony schedule to view and celebrate your special graduate. Each high school’s virtual graduation will air on GCPS TV. Click here to see virtual graduations as they air or to view them after they have occurred.

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"Teaching Gwinnett" is a Gwinnett County Public Schools podcast that tackles important, relevant, and timely topics that impact the school district's more than 200,000 students and staff.

Superintendent’s Comments Announcing a Comprehensive Review of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Student Conduct Behavior Code

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is committed to creating a safe, positive environment for all of our students, staff, parents, stakeholders, and community partners. CEO/Superintendent J.Alvin Wilbanks explains the school district's comprehensive review of Policy JCD, the Student Conduct Behavior Code, and the operational practices associated with implementing the policy.

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New leaders named by Gwinnett Board of Education

Board of Education appoints district and school leaders

October 16, 2020 / Permalink

     At its regular monthly meeting on October 15, 2020, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed Dr. Clay Hunter as the district’s Interim Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Support. Dr. Hunter is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Support. He fills the vacancy created by the departure of Dr. Johnathan Patterson, who accepted a position with a neighboring school district. The Board also named Dr. Michele Smith as the Executive Director of Internal Resolution and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator. Dr. Smith currently serves as Principal of Jenkins Elementary School. She replaces Joyce Spraggs who is retiring this month. The process to appoint a new principal for Jenkins will begin immediately.

     In addition to these district appointments, the Board named new principals for Rosebud Elementary School and Stripling Elementary School. Brittany Riddick, an assistant principal at Shiloh Elementary, is the new principal of Rosebud Elementary. Dr. Molly McAuliffe, an assistant principal at Harris Elementary, has been named principal of Stripling Elementary. Riddick and McAuliffe fill the positions held by Monica Ball and Dr. Chisel Valdez, respectively, both of whom are currently out on leave. 


Dr. Clay Hunter

Dr. Clay Hunter
Interim Associate Superintendent,
Curriculum and Instructional Support

GCPS Employment:

Nov. 2018-Present    Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instructional Support
2014-2018                Assistant Superintendent, School Improvement and Operations
2008-2012                Principal, South Gwinnett High School 
2006-2008                Principal, Stripling Elementary School
2005-2006                Assistant Principal, McConnell Middle School
2002-2005                Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek High School
2000-2002                Social Studies Teacher, Norcross High School

Other Employment:
2018                         Adjunct Professor, Thomas University and the University of Georgia
2017-2018                Adjunct Professor, Clark Atlanta University
2013-2014                Deputy Chief of Schools, Chicago Public Schools (IL)
2012-2013                Regional K-12 Executive Director of Schools, Atlanta Public Schools
1995-2000                Teacher, Milton High School, Fulton County Schools


  • Bachelor’s degree in International Studies— Morehouse College 
  • Master’s degree in Social Science Education—University of Georgia
  • Doctorate in Educational leadership— Clark Atlanta University 



Dr. Michele Smith

Dr. Michele Smith,
Executive Director, Internal Resolution and Compliance,
Title IX Coordinator

GCPS Employment:

2015-Present        Principal, Jenkins Elementary School
2013-2015            Principal, Suwanee Elementary School
2011-2013            Assistant Principal, Jenkins Elementary School
2010-2011            Administrative Intern, Jenkins Elementary School
2006-2010           Teacher, Dacula Middle School
2001-2006            Cedar Hill Elementary School


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work— Western Michigan University
  • Master’s degree in Social Work— Wayne State University
  • Certification in Middle Grades Education— Brenau University
  • Specialist degree in Educational Leadership— Argosy University
  • Certification in Educational Leadership— University of Georgia
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership— Argosy University



Brittany Riddick

Brittany Riddick,
Principal, Rosebud Elementary School 

GCPS Employment:

2016-Present         Assistant Principal, Shiloh Elementary School

Other Employment: 

2013-2016             Instructional Coach, Atlanta Public Schools
2011-2013             Teacher, Atlanta Public Schools
2004-2011             Clayton County Public Schools


  • Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education (4-8), Math and Science— Western Michigan University 
  • Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment—Walden University
  • Specialist’s degree in Educational Technology—Walden University
  • Certification in Educational Leadership—University of West Georgia

Ms. Riddick is a current member of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 14.



Dr. Molly McAuliffe

Dr. Molly McAuliffe,
Principal, Stripling Elementary School  

GCPS Employment:

2017-Present         Assistant Principal, Harris Elementary School
2014-2017             Assistant Principal, Peachtree Ridge High School
2009-2014             Internship Coordinator/Instructional Lead for Partnership Program, 
                              Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST)
2003-2008             Teacher, Parkview High School

Other Employment: 

2001-2002             Teacher, America Reads, Timothy Road Elementary School (Athens, GA)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications— Virginia Tech University 
  • Master’s degree in Social Science Education— University of Georgia
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership— University of Georgia

Dr. McAuliffe is a current member of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program Cohort 14 and a graduate of the 2014 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Leader Program, Cohort 5. 


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