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Gwinnett names three principals for new school year

Ivy Creek ES, Lanier MS, and Sweetwater MS:

During its monthly meeting in June, the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved the following educational leaders as principals at schools.

These leaders will fill vacancies created by a retirement and transfers.

Name and New Position
Ms. Laura Callahan- Principal, Ivy Creek Elementary (New Position)
Assistant Principal, Freeman’s Mill Elementary (Current Position)

Mr. Todd Hamiltion- Principal, Lainer Middle (New Positon)
Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek High (Current Position)

Dr. Gene Taylor- Principal, Sweetwater Middle (New position)
Principal, North Atlanta High (Atlanta Public Schools) (Current position)

Laura Callahan, Principal of Ivy Creek Elementary
GCPS Employment:
2010-Present Assistant Principal, Freeman’s Mill Elementary
2007-2010 Assistant Principal, Dacula Elementary
2001-2007 4th Grade Teacher, Dacula Elementary
1993-2001 2nd & 5th Grade Teacher, Shiloh Elementary
1991-1993 Paraprofessional, Shiloh Elementary

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education — Brenau University

Master’s degree in Administration & Policy — University of Georgia

A member of the 2014 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Ms. Callahan transitions to the role of principal at Ivy Creek Elementary after the retirement of Principal Yvonne Frey.

Mr. Todd Hamilton, Principal of Lanier Middle
GCPS Employment:
2013-Present Assistant Principal, Meadowcreek High
2009-2013 Assistant Principal, Central Gwinnett High
2006-2009 Assistant Principal, Pinckneyville Middle
1998-2006 Mathematics, Life Science, and Theater Arts Teacher, Pinckneyville Middle

Other Employment:
1995-1998 Earth Science Teacher, Rock Lake Middle (Florida)
1993-1995 Biology/Earth Science Teacher, Lake Mary High (Florida)
1989-1993 Life Science/Earth Science Teacher, Boone Middle (Florida)

Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Secondary Education—Warner Southern College

Master’s degree of Education—Cambridge College

Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision—Lincoln Memorial University

Mr. Hamilton will lead Lanier Middle as Principal Jaime Espinosa transitions to the Office of Student Discipline and Behavioral Interventions in the district’s division of School Improvement and Operations. Mr. Hamilton is a graduate of the school district’s 2009 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program.

Dr. Gene Taylor, Principal of Sweetwater Middle
GCPS Employment:
2008-2012 Principal, Lilburn Middle
2006-2008 Principal, Crews Middle
2003-2006 Assistant Principal, North Gwinnett High
2000-2003 Social Studies Department Chair/Teacher, North Gwinnett High

Other Employment: 2012-2014 Principal, North Atlanta High (Atlanta Public Schools)
1998-2000 Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
1995-1998 Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
1996 Director of International Student Teaching, Old Dominion University
1993-1995 Social Studies Teacher, Windsor Knolls Middle (Maryland)
1991-1993 Instructor/ Graduate Teaching Assistant/ Supervisor of Student Teachers, The Ohio State University 1989-1991 Team Leader for Interdisciplinary Instruction and 6-8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Monocacy Middle (Maryland)
1986-1987 Graduate Administrative Assistant, The Ohio State University

Bachelor’s degree in History— Mt. Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio)

Master’s degree in Philosophy of Education—The Ohio State University

Doctoral degree in Global and Social Studies Education— The Ohio State University Dr. Taylor returns to Gwinnett County as the principal of Sweetwater Middle due to Principal Georgann Eaton transferring to the Department of Accountability and Assessment in the school district’s Division of Curriculum and Instructional Support.