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BOE names leaders for Norton and Starling elementary schools

Lee and Ernst earn leadership appointments

BOE names leaders for Norton and Starling elementary schools

June 27, 2017

     As part of a special called meeting that coincided with the public hearing on the millage rate, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Melanie Lee, currently an assistant principal at Norton Elementary School, as the new principal of Norton and Rachel Ernst, an assistant principal at McConnell Middle School, as the principal of Starling Elementary School. Ms. Lee and Ms. Ernst will fill the principal vacancies created as sitting principals Dr. Terry Watlington and Dr. Donna Ledford transition to the central office as assistant superintendents. The appointments are effective July 3, 2017.

 

Name and New Position

Current Position

Ms. Melanie Lee

Principal, Norton Elementary School

Assistant Principal,

Norton Elementary School

Ms. Rachel Ernst

Principal, Starling Elementary School

Assistant Principal,

Knight Elementary School

 

 

Ms. Melanie Lee, Principal of Norton Elementary School   Photo of Melanie Lee, Principal of Norton Elementary

GCPS Employment:

2011- Present    Assistant Principal, Norton Elementary School
2004-2011         Teacher, Gwin Oaks Elementary School

Other Employment:
1998-2004         Assistant Vice President, Client Account Specialist, Bank of America
1993-1998         Lead Teller, Bank of America

Education:
Bachelor’s degree— Brenau University
Master’s degree in Education— Brenau University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision—Lincoln Memorial University

Ms. Lee is a member of the 2017 Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program.

 


 

Ms. Rachel Ernst, Principal of Starling Elementary School Photo of Rachel Ernst, Principal of Starling Elementary

GCPS Employment:

2011- Present     Assistant Principal, McConnell Middle School
2009-2011          Assistant Principal, Rosebud Elementary School
2003-2009         Teacher, McConnell Middle School

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education— Georgia State University
Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education — Brenau University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision— Lincoln Memorial University

Ms. Ernst is a member of the 2017 Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program.

 

 


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