By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GCPS logoBy Staff Reports | 


As part of a special called meeting that coincided with the public hearing on the millage rate, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Melanie Lee, currently an assistant principal at Norton Elementary School, as the new principal of Norton and Rachel Ernst, an assistant principal at McConnell Middle School, as the principal of Starling Elementary School.

Ms. Lee and Ms. Ernst will fill the principal vacancies created as sitting principals Dr. Terry Watlington and Dr. Donna Ledford transition to the central office as assistant superintendents. The appointments are effective 
July 3, 2017.Melanie Lee

Melanie Lee,
Principal of Norton Elementary School

GCPS Employment:
2011- Present Assistant Principal, Norton Elementary School
2004-2011 Teacher, Gwin Oaks Elementary School

Other Employment:
1998-2004 Assistant Vice President, Client Account Specialist, Bank of America
1993-1998 Lead Teller, Bank of America

Education:
Bachelor’s degree— Brenau University 
Master’s degree in Education— Brenau University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision—Lincoln Memorial University

Ms. Lee is a member of the 2017 Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program.

Rachel Ernst, 
Principal of Starling Elementary SchoolRachel Ernst

GCPS Employment:
2011- Present Assistant Principal, McConnell Middle School
2003-2009 Teacher, McConnell Middle School

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education— Georgia State University
Master’s degree in Middle Grades Education — Brenau University
Specialist’s degree in Educational Administration and Supervision— Lincoln Memorial University

Ms. Ernst is a member of the 2017 Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program.

  (July 2017)