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Gwinnett appoints principals for Central Gwinnett High School and Jackson Elementary

Orr and Dutton appointed by Board of Education

Gwinnett appoints principals for Central Gwinnett High School and Jackson Elementary

April 24, 2017

     At its April meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named two principals for the coming school year. Shane Orr, an associate principal at Central Gwinnett High School, has been named the new principal at the Lawrenceville school following the retirement of the current principal, Maryanne Grimes. Kara Dutton, the principal of Peachtree Elementary School will transfer to become the principal of Jackson Elementary as the current principal, Dr. Ruth Markham, retires.


Name and New Position

Current Position

Mr. Shane Orr

Principal, Central Gwinnett High School

Associate Principal,

Central Gwinnett High School

Ms. Kara Dutton

Principal, Jackson Elementary School


Peachtree Elementary School



Ms. Shane Orr, Principal of Central Gwinnett High Photo of Shane Orr

GCPS Employment:

2014-Present    Associate Principal, Central Gwinnett High School


2011-2014         Assistant Principal, Grayson High School

2008-2011         Assistant Principal, GIVE Center East

2005-2008         Teacher/Dept. Chair, GIVE Center East

2000-2005         Teacher, Dacula High School


     Mr. Orr will assume the leadership position at Central Gwinnett High effective June 1. He has served as an associate principal at the school since 2014 and is a 2014 graduate of the Aspiring Principal Program. Mr. Orr earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from The University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Piedmont College.




Ms. Kara Dutton, Principal of Jackson Elementary School    Image of Kara Dutton

     Kara Dutton, who currently serves as principal of Peachtree Elementary School, has been named as the new principal at Jackson Elementary School effective July 3. She will assume the position following the retirement of Jackson Elementary’s current principal, Dr. Ruth Markham. This appointment is a homecoming of sorts for Mrs. Dutton who served as an assistant principal at Jackson from 2003 until her appointment as principal of Peachtree in January of 2014.



GCPS Employment:

2014-Present       Principal, Peachtree Elementary 

2003-Dec. 2013   Assistant Principal, Jackson Elementary

2001-2003            3rd-4th Grade Title I Support Teacher, Harris Elementary

1997-2001            1st Grade Teacher, Harris Elementary 

Other Employment:

1995-1997             K-1 Teacher, Davidson Elementary, Charlotte Mecklenberg Schools (North Carolina)

     Ms. Dutton will assume the principal role at Jackson Elementary as Dr. Ruth Markham retires. Ms. Dutton was a member of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Cohort 2014. 



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