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BOE names leaders for Partee and Peachtree elementary schools

McCain, Runaldue appointed to lead schools

BOE names leaders for Partee and Peachtree elementary schools

May 19, 2017

     At its regular monthly meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Dr. Kelli McCain, currently an assistant superintendent who works with elementary schools, as the new principal of Partee Elementary School and Gretchen Runaldue, an assistant principal at Peachtree Elementary School, as the principal of Peachtree Elementary School. Dr. McCain will succeed Principal Kimberly Dyer who is leaving the school system. Ms. Runaldue will fill the vacancy created as sitting principal Kara Dutton transitions to the principal post at Jackson Elementary. Both appointments are effective July 3, 2017.

Name and New Position

Current Position

Dr. Kelli McCain

Principal, Partee Elementary

Assistant Superintendent,

Elementary Schools

Ms. Gretchen Runaldue

Principal, Peachtree Elementary

Assistant Principal,

Peachtree Elementary



Dr. Kelli McCain, Principal of Partee Elementary School
GCPS Employment:
2012- Present    Assistant Superintendent
2007-2012         Principal, Meadowcreek Elementary School
2005-2007         Assistant Principal, Grayson Elementary School
2002-2005         Assistant Principal, Magill Elementary School
2001-2002         Teacher, Stripling Elementary School
1996-2001         Teacher, Nesbit Elementary Schools

Other Employment:
1991-1996    Teacher, Cincinnati Public Schools

Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration— Ohio University 
Teacher certification program—University of Cincinnati
Master’s degree in Elementary Education— University of Cincinnati
Specialist’s degree in Administration and Supervision—Lincoln Memorial University
Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership—Mercer University




Gretchen Runaldue, Principal of Peachtree Elementary School
GCPS Employment:
2005- Present    Assistant Principal, Peachtree Elementary School
2002-2005         4th Grade Teacher, Peachtree Elementary School
2000-2002         Substitute Teacher

Other Employment:
1998-1999         Coordinator, Government Relations- United States 
                          Olympic Committee, Washington DC
1997-1998         Finance Director, Consultant, 5th Olympic Dinner
1995-1996         Fundraising Consultant, 4th Olympic Dinner
1998                  Volunteer Coordinator Consultant,1998 Republican-House Senate Dinner, 
                          Washington, DC
1997                  Corporate Relations Associate, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
1996                  Finance Director Consultant, John Mitnick for Congress, Inc., Atlanta, GA
1994-1996         Consultant, Smith Fairfield, Washington, DC
1993-1994         Staff Assistant, Office of Senator Paul D. Coverdell


Bachelor’s degree in Psychology— Hollins University
Master’s degree in Public Administration— The American University
Master’s degree in Teaching— Emory University

Ms. Runaldue is a graduate of the 2013 Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program.

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