New principals named at four area schools

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ATLANTA — The Fulton County Board of Education recently approved the hiring of nine new principals for the 2012-2013 school year, including new placements at four North Fulton schools.

Tiffany Hutchens, Medlock Bridge Elementary School

Tiffany Hutchens joins Medlock Bridge Elementary School as its new principal, replacing Margaret Pupillo, who recently took at job in central administration. An assistant principal at Abbotts Hill Elementary for eight years, Hutchens also was a fifth-grade teacher and Early Intervention Program teacher at Medlock Bridge and previously taught at State Bridge Crossing Elementary. She was an inaugural graduate of Fulton County Schools’ Promising Principals Program.

Hutchens earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kennesaw State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.

Norman Sauce, Barnwell Elementary School

Norman Sauce, Ed.D., joins Fulton County Schools from California, where he has served as an assistant principal and formerly was a social studies teacher. Before embarking on a career in school administration, Sauce was named Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Month and Most Inspirational Teacher in his schools.

Sauce earned a bachelor’s degree in U.S. and medieval histories from California State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of California. He also holds a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.

Debra Doss, Creek View Elementary School

Debra Doss, currently a principal with Roanoke City Schools in Virginia, was named the new Creek View Elementary principal, replacing former principal Matt Rogers, who resigned to take a position in Atlanta. Doss has nearly 10 years of principal leadership experience and previously was an elementary school assistant principal and teacher.

A longtime resident of Virginia where she attended college, Doss earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Longwood University and her master’s degree in reading education from Radford University.

Rako Morrissey, New Prospect Elementary School

Rako Morrissey, Ed.D., an assistant principal with Cobb County Schools, becomes New Prospect Elementary School’s principal, replacing Charlie Faulkner, who retired last year. In addition to school leadership experience, she has taught at both the elementary and middle school levels in Cobb County, Marietta City Schools and Henry County.

Morrissey attended Kennesaw State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in adolescent education and a doctorate in leadership and learning. She also holds a specialist’s degree in mathematics education from the University of West Georgia.