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Creekland, Dacula MS, and Discovery HS new leaders

Principals named for Creekland and Dacula middle schools and Discovery High School

May 18, 2018

         At its regular meeting in May, the Gwinnett County Board of Education tapped three leaders to take the reins of schools for the 2018-19 school year. 

  • Dr. Kimberly Birds, an assistant principal at Northbrook Middle School, will be the new principal of Creekland Middle School. She will take over for Dr. Eddie Maresh who is taking a district leadership role as a Human Resources Staffing Director. 
  • Dacula Middle School will gain a new leader in Kimberly Bussey, who currently serves as an assistant principal at Twin Rivers Middle School. Ms. Bussey will succeed Dr. Kellye Riggins who has accepted a principal position in another school system.
  • Marci Sledge, principal of Pinckneyville Middle School, will transfer and become the new principal of Discovery High School. This position is available due to the retirement of Discovery High School Principal Dr. Gene Taylor.



Dr. Kimberly Birds, Principal of Creekland Middle School Image of Dr. Kimberly Birds


2014- Present  Assistant Principal, Northbrook Middle School
2011-2014  Assistant Principal, GIVE Center West
2010-2011 Math Instructional Coach, Shiloh Middle School
2009-2010 7th Grade Math Teacher, Shiloh Middle School
2004-2009  Teacher, Math Specialist, 
Stone Mountain Middle School (DeKalb County, GA)



  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education— Claflin University (SC)
  • Master’s degree in Instruction— Central Michigan University
  • Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership— Argosy University
  • Educational Leadership Endorsement— Kennesaw State University
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership— Argosy University

Dr. Birds is a 2017 graduate of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Aspiring Principals Program.



Ms. Kimberly Bussey, Principal of Dacula Middle School  Image of Kimberly Bussey


2009- Present Assistant Principal, 
Twin Rivers Middle School
2008-2009 Assistant Principal, 
Creekland Middle School
2000-2008 Teacher, Creekland Middle School
1999-2000 Teacher, Jamestown Elementary School (Hephzibah, GA)
1999 Teacher, 
John M. Tutt Middle School (Augusta, GA)



  • Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education— Fort Valley State University
  • Master’s degree in Instructional Technology— Troy State University
  • Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision— Lincoln Memorial University

Ms. Bussey is a member of the 2018 Cohort of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Aspiring Principals Program.



Ms. Marci Sledge, Principal of Discovery High School   Image of Marci Sledge

GCPS Employment:

2013- Present  Principal, Pinckneyville Middle School
2008-2013 Principal, Trip Elementary School

Assistant Principal, Hull Middle School

2003-2005 Administrative Intern/Assistant Principal, Hull Middle School
1999-2003  Teacher, Norcross High School
1996-1999 Teacher, John Muir Middle School (LA Unified, CA)



  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication—University of Tulsa (OK)
  • Post Baccalaureate Science Certificate—Brandeis University (MA)
  • Teacher Certification Program—California State University (CA)
  • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership— Georgia State University
  • Specialist’s degree in Education Administration and Policy— University of Georgia

Mrs. Sledge is a 2007 graduate of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Aspiring Principals Program.



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