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Board names new leaders for Bethesda and Graves elementary schools, Grace Snell and Summerour middle schools, and Berkmar High School

Board appoints principals for five schools

Board names new leaders for Bethesda and Graves elementary schools, Grace Snell and Summerour middle schools, and Berkmar High School

June 4, 2019

     At a special called meeting on June 3, 2019, the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved five principal appointments for the 2019-2020 school year. Katrina Larmond, an assistant principal at Trip Elementary School, will become the principal of Bethesda Elementary School. She will fill the position currently held by Dr. Pam Williams who will be a new Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools. Kono Smith, an assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, will be the new principal at Graves Elementary School. Darlene Brown, an assistant principal at Hull Middle School, will become the next principal of Grace Snell Middle School. Departures from the district opened the principal posts for Mr. Smith and Ms. Brown. Dr. Natalie Looney, an assistant principal at Summerour Middle School will become the next principal of that school as current principal Dorothy Jarrett transitions to the principal role at South Gwinnett High School. And, Durrant Williams, the Principal of GIVE Center East, has been tapped as the next principal of Berkmar High School. He succeeds Dr. Al Taylor who has been named as an Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools. 

 

Katrina Larmond,
Principal of Bethesda Elementary School
Katrina Larmond, Principal of Bethesda ES

Employment:
2015-Present    Assistant Principal, Trip Elementary School
2014-2015        Math Coach, Annistown Elementary School 
2010-2014        Teacher, Annistown Elementary School
2013-2014        Teach Gwinnett Alternative Teacher Mentor, Annistown Elementary School
                          and Gwinnett Math Institute Site Coordinator/Trainer, Centerville Elementary
                          School
2009-2010        Teacher, Magill Elementary School
2008-2009        Teacher, Mill Creek Elementary School (Bulloch County)
2004-2008        Teacher, Corley Elementary School

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education— Georgia State University
  • Master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum — Central Michigan University
  • Specialist’s degree in Teacher Leadership— Mercer University 

Ms. Larmond is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program (Cohort 13).

 


 

Kono Smith,
Principal of Graves Elementary School
Kono Smith, Principal of Graves ES

Employment:
2013-Present    Assistant Principal, Hopkins Elementary School
2006-2013        Assistant Principal, Albany High School (Dougherty County Schools)
2001-2006        Teacher, Alice Coachman Elementary School (Dougherty County Schools)
2001-2004        Personnel Administration, United States Army/Reserves
1997-2001        Teacher, Turner Elementary School (Dougherty County Schools)
1990-1997        Equipment Parts Record Specialist, United States Army/Reserves

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education— Albany State University
  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education— Albany State University
  • Specialist’s degree in Elementary Education— Troy State University 

Mr. Smith is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program (Cohort 12).


 

Darlene Brown,
Principal of Grace Snell Middle School
Darlene Brown, Principal of Grace Snell MS

Employment:
Dec. 2014-Present         Assistant Principal, Hull Middle School
June 2014-Dec. 2014    Teacher, Northbrook Middle School 
June 2010-June 2014    Teacher, Hull Middle School
Nov. 2005-June 2010     Teacher, Lilburn Middle School
June 2003-July 2005      Senior Accountant, MCI Telecommunications, Inc.
Nov. 2002-June 2003     Account Reconciliation Consultant, Automated Data
                                       Processing/ADP
Aug 1998-Nov. 2002      Financial Analyst, Telecom Wireless Solutions, Inc.
Nov. 1992-Aug. 1998     Accounts Receivable Manager, Bardi Heating and Air

Education:

  • Associate’s degree in Business Administration, University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management— Kennesaw State University
  • Master’s degrees in International Business and Finance — Kennesaw State University
  • Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership— Mercer University

Ms. Brown is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program (Cohort 13).

 


 

Dr. Natalie Looney,
Principal of Summerour Middle School
Dr. Natalie Looney, Principal of Summerour MS

Employment:
2011-Present      Assistant Principal, Summerour Middle School
2008-2010          Local School Technology Coordinator, Summerour Middle School
2004-2008          Engineering Teacher, Summerour Middle School
1998-2004          Teacher, South Plantation High School and Whiddon-Rogers Education
                           Center (Broward County Schools)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Education—Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration — Mercer University
  • Doctoral degree in Education— University of Georgia

Dr. Looney is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program (Cohort 11).

 


 

Durrant Williams,
Principal of Berkmar High School
Durrant Williams, Principal of Berkmar HS

Employment:

2014- Present     Principal, GIVE Center East
2013-2014          Associate Principal, Shiloh High School
 

2010-2013          Assistant Principal, Berkmar High School
2006-2010          Counselor, Berkmar High School
1998-2006          Counselor, Sauntaluces High, (West Palm Beach County- FL)

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Services — St. Thomas University
  • Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership —University of West Georgia
  • Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling — St. Thomas University

Mr. Williams is a graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program (Cohort 7).


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