At its May meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named principals for three elementary schools and one high school. Dorothy Jarrett, principal of Summerour Middle, will transition to the principal position at South Gwinnett High School. Martina Luna-Liranzo, an assistant principal at Rock Springs Elementary School, will be the principal of Beaver Ridge Elementary School next year. Dr. Mandy T. Yearby, an assistant principal at Magill Elementary School, will be the next leader of Mulberry Elementary School. Laura Clark, an assistant principal at Parsons Elementary, has been tapped as the principal of that school for 2019-2020. All of these appointments are the result of current principals transitioning to new positions within the district and are effective July 1, 2019.
Dorothy Jarrett, Principal of South Gwinnett High School
2009-Present Principal, Summerour Middle School
2004-2009 Assistant Principal, South Gwinnett High
2002-2004 Teacher, South Gwinnett High
1999-2002 Teacher, Stephenson High (DeKalb County)
1997-1999 Teacher, Downers Grove High (IL)
1986-1992 Human Resource Manager, Arlen Business Systems (IL)
1982-1986 Advertising Director, Motown Records (CA)
Mrs. Parker-Jarrett began her career in education in 1992 and worked at the college level from 1994 to 1996.
• Bachelor’s degree — Western Michigan University
• Master’s degree in Education — Benedictine University
Mrs. Parker-Jarrett, a 2007 Graduate of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy, also holds certification in Leadership and Supervision from the University of Georgia. She assumes her new position at South Gwinnett as current principal Monique Lee joins the district’s Department of Student Discipline and Behavior Interventions.
Martina Luna-Liranzo, Principal of Beaver Ridge Elementary School
2018- Present Assistant Principal, Rock Springs Elementary School
2014-2018 Assistant Principal, Shiloh Elementary School
2008-2014 Teacher, Rosebud Elementary School
2006-2008 Teacher, Pine Ridge Elementary School (DeKalb County)
2004-2006 Admissions Advisor, DeVry University
2001-2003 Teacher, Imagine Charter School (FL)
1999-2001 Teacher, Ellen Lurie School, P.S. 5 (NY)
• Bachelor’s degree in Sociology — Columbia University (NY)
• Master’s degree in Marketing — Keller Graduate School of Management (IL)
• Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy — University of Georgia
Ms. Luna-Liranzo is a member of the 2019 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program. She fills the principal post at Beaver Ridge as current principal Karen Lillard transitions to the principal role at Brookwood Elementary.
Dr. Mandy T. Yearby, Principal of Mulberry Elementary School
2013- Present Assistant Principal, Magill Elementary School
2011-2013 Parent Instructional Coordinator, Lawrenceville Elementary School
2008-2011 Teacher, Lawrenceville Elementary School
2017-Present Adjunct Professor, Thomas University
2012-2014 Selector, The New Teacher Project- Georgia Teaching Fellows
• Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education — Clemson University
• Master’s degree in Education Administration and Policy — University of Georgia
• Doctorate in Educational Leadership — Mercer University
Dr. Yearby is a member of the 2019 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program. She fills the principal post at Mulberry as current principal Jonathan Day transitions to the principal role at Harmony Elementary.
Laura J. Clark, Principal of Parsons Elementary School
2016- Present Assistant Principal, Parsons Elementary School
2010-2016 Assistant Principal, Patrick Elementary School
2006-2010 Assistant Principal, Cedar Hill Elementary School
1998-2006 Teacher, Lawrenceville Elementary School
1992-1998 Teacher, County Line Elementary School, Barrow County Schools
• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education — North Georgia College
• Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education — North Georgia College
• Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership — Lincoln Memorial University
Ms. Clark is a member of the 2019 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program. She fills the principal post at Parsons as current principal Tamara Perkins transitions to the principal role at Simonton Elementary.