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Lawrenceville Principal and Two District Positions Filled

Calcaño, Watlington, and Ledford appointed to lead

Lawrenceville Principal and Two District Positions Filled

June 6, 2017

     Three leadership positions have been filled through transfers within the district. Grelauris Calcaño, currently an assistant principal at Rockbridge Elementary, has been named principal of Lawrenceville Elementary School; and Dr. Terry Watlington, principal of Norton Elementary School, and Dr. Donna Ledford, principal of Starling Elementary School, will join the district office as assistant superintendents for elementary schools. These vacancies were a result of previously announced transfers within the district. All of these appointments are effective July 3, 2017. 

Name and New Position

Current Position

Ms. Grelauris Calcaño

Principal, Lawrenceville Elementary School

Assistant Principal,

Rockbridge Elementary School

Ms. Terry Watlington

Assistant Superintendent - Elementary


Norton Elementary School

Dr. Donna Ledford

Assistant Superintendent - Elementary


Starling Elementary School



Ms. Grelauris Calcaño, Principal of Lawrenceville Elementary Photo of Grelauris Calcaño

GCPS Administrator Experience:
2012- Present    Assistant Principal,Rockbridge Elementary School
2008-2012         Teacher,Rosebud Elementary School
2007-2008         Teacher,Norton Elementary School

Other Employment:
2006-2007         Teacher, D’Youville Porter School #3, Buffalo Public Schools (NY)

Bachelor’s degree in Political Science— University at Buffalo
Master’s degree in Childhood Education and Bilingual Education— University at Buffalo
Currently in the University of Georgia doctoral program, seeking a degree in Educational Leadership and Policy

Ms. Calcaño is a member of the Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program, Cohort 11.



Dr. Terry Watlington, Assistant Superintendent- ElementaryPhoto of Dr. Terry Watlington
GCPS Employment:
2011- Present    Principal,Norton Elementary School
2003-2008         Principal, Kanoheda Elementary School

Other Employment:
2009-2011         Chief of Staff, Fulton County Schools
1998-2003         Principal, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Alamance-Burlington Schools (NC)
1994-1998         Assistant Principal, Harvey R. Newlin Elementary, Alamance-Burlington 
                          Schools (NC)
1987-1993         Teacher, Marvin B. Smith Elementary, Burlington City Schools (NC)
1985-1987          Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, PS 116Q, New York City Board of Education

Bachelor’s degree in Education— City University of New York- City College
Master’s degree in Education— University of North Carolina- Greensboro
Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision—North Carolina A&T State University
Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership— Mercer University

Dr. Watlington is a graduate of the Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program, Cohort 5.




Dr. Donna Ledford, Assistant Superintendent- Elementary Photo of Dr. Donna Ledford

GCPS Employment:

2009- Present    Principal,Starling Elementary School
2006-2009         Principal,Magill Elementary School
2002-2006         Principal,Stripling Elementary School
2002                  Assistant Principal, Craig Elementary School
1999-2002         Assistant Principal, Beaver Ridge Elementary

Other Employment:
In addition to her Gwinnett experience in education, Dr. Ledford serves as an adjunct professor at Thomas University in the College of Education (2016-Present). She has been a national trainer with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness (2014-2016). Previously, she worked in DeKalb County Schools as an instructional lead and classroom teacher at Redan Elementary (1992-99). She also worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education— Florida State University
Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education— Emory University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership—University of Georgia
Doctoral degree in Educational Technology— Boise State University


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