At its regular meeting in May, the Gwinnett County Board of Education tapped three leaders to take the reins of schools for the 2018-19 school year.
• Dr. Kimberly Birds, an assistant principal at Northbrook Middle School, will be the new principal of Creekland Middle School. She will take over for Dr. Eddie Maresh who is taking a district leadership role as a Human Resources Staffing Director.
• Dacula Middle School will gain a new leader in Kimberly Bussey, who currently serves as an assistant principal at Twin Rivers Middle School. Ms. Bussey will succeed Dr. Kellye Riggins who has accepted a principal position in another school system.
• Marci Sledge, principal of Pinckneyville Middle School, will transfer and become the new principal of Discovery High School. This position is available due to the retirement of Discovery High School Principal Dr. Gene Taylor.
Dr. Kimberly Birds, Principal of Creekland Middle School
2014- Present Assistant Principal, Northbrook Middle School
2011-2014 Assistant Principal, GIVE Center West
2010-2011 Math Instructional Coach, Shiloh Middle School
2009-2010 7th Grade Math Teacher, Shiloh Middle School
2004-2009 Teacher, Math Specialist, Stone Mountain Middle School (DeKalb County, GA)
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education— Claflin University (SC)
Master’s degree in Instruction— Central Michigan University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership— Argosy University
Educational Leadership Endorsement— Kennesaw State University
Doctorate in Educational Leadership— Argosy University
Dr. Birds is a 2017 graduate of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Aspiring Principals Program.
Kimberly Bussey, Principal of Dacula Middle School
2009- Present Assistant Principal, Twin Rivers Middle School
2008-2009 Assistant Principal, Creekland Middle School
2000-2008 Teacher, Creekland Middle School
1999-2000 Teacher, Jamestown Elementary School (Hephzibah, GA)
1999 Teacher, John M. Tutt Middle School (Augusta, GA)
Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education— Fort Valley State University
Master’s degree in Instructional Technology— Troy State University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision— Lincoln Memorial University
Ms. Bussey is a member of the 2018 Cohort of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Aspiring Principals Program.
Marci Sledge, Principal of Discover High School
2013- Present Principal, Pinckneyville Middle School
2008-2013 Principal, Trip Elementary School
2005-2008 Assistant Principal, Hull Middle School
2003-2005 Administrative Intern/Assistant Principal, Hull Middle School
1999-2003 Teacher, Norcross High School
1996-1999 Teacher, John Muir Middle School (LA Unified, CA)
Bachelor’s degree in Communication—University of Tulsa (OK)
Post Baccalaureate Science Certificate—Brandeis University (MA)
Teacher Certification Program—California State University (CA)
Master’s degree in Educational Leadership— Georgia State University
Specialist’s degree in Education Administration and Policy— University of Georgia
Mrs. Sledge is a 2007 graduate of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Aspiring Principals Program.