NORTH FULTON, Ga. — Six new principals will be in place at area schools when the school system opens its door to more than 95,000 students Aug. 12.
Schools with new principals for the coming year include Birmingham Falls, Esther Jackson, Lake Windward and Manning Oaks elementary schools, along with Hopewell Middle and Centennial High School.
At Lake Windward Elementary, this will be first change in the top spot in more than a decade with the retirement of Marcy Messina at the end of June. Known as “Ms. Z” for years until her marriage in 2006, Messina came to Lake Windward in January 2001 from New Prospect Elementary where she served as the assistant principal.
“As I looked at life from my perspective, I just wanted to let the ‘kids be kids’ in elementary school because once they reach middle school, childhood disappears very quickly,” said Messina in a farewell note to her school. “We have a wonderful community school with parent support… I feel extremely lucky to have been able to do a job I loved.”
Taking her place is Tara McGee, who has been the assistant principal at Medlock Bridge Elementary in Johns Creek since 2008. McGee is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas (Houston, Texas) and Texas A & M University, and began her teaching career in the Fulton County School System in 2004 at Northwood Elementary after time spent teaching overseas in Italy.
Other new principals include:
Birmingham Falls ES – Windy Bottoms
Overseeing the academic and social experiences of elementary school kids will be a change of routine for newly-installed principal Windy Bottoms at Birmingham Falls elementary. In a career reaching back to 1999, Bottoms has spent most of her career at the high school level; most recently as the assistant principal at Chattahoochee High School, as well as at Lumpkin County High School.
She moves to Birmingham Falls Elementary to fill the spot vacated by former principal Susan Matzkin who moved out of state.
Bottoms is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.) and North Georgia College and State University, and began her teaching career at Milton High School where she was a social studies teacher for five years. She worked in a similar position at Alpharetta High School for the next five years before moving into administration in 2006 at Riverwatch Middle School in Gwinnett County.
Esther Jackson ES – Jennifer Cassidy
Also making the move from high school to elementary school is Jennifer Cassidy who is the new principal at Esther Jackson Elementary in Roswell.
Cassidy was most recently the assistant principal for curriculum at Centennial High School, and worked previously at Ridgeview Charter Middle School in Sandy Springs where she was the Title 1 data support specialist since 2001. In 2007, she was named the Teacher of the Year at Ridgeview.
She is a graduate of West Virginia University and California State University of Pennsylvania, and holds her masters of education from Kennesaw State University. Cassidy replaces former principal Constance Coles who retired at the end of the last school year.
Centennial HS – Kibbey Crumbley
Kibbey Crumbley brings an international perspective to her work, by virtue of her early education years spent overseas in India, Nepal and the Congo from elementary through high school. She returned to the United States for college, earning degrees from the University of Georgia (bachelors in journalism/broadcast), Agnes Scott College (masters in teaching), and Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.) (educational specialist).
Crumbley came to Centennial from Northview High School where she served as the building administrator since 2009, after five years as language arts and journalism teacher at the school beginningin 2004. She has been the interim principal at Centennial since last January following the resignation of former principal Steven Miletto.
At Northview, Crumbley was awarded the “best new advisor” academic fellowship for her work on the student publications, as well as the STAR teacher award from the College Board for having the greatest impact on the academic career of a student with the highest SAT score at the school.
Prior to her educational path, Crumbley was involved in the visual arts and marketing fields, producing educational training videos.
Hopewell MS – Michael LeMoyne
Michael LeMoyne comes to Hopewell Middle School from Alpharetta High School where he has been the assistant principal for curriculum since 2011. Prior to that, LeMoyne spent time in the New York State school system where he served as an assistant principal, director of athletics and physical education and a teacher since 1997.
He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport (masters of science), State University of New York at Oswego (bachelor of science) and holds a Georgia Certification in Education Leadership and Earth/Space Science.
LeMoyne replaces former principal Lenora Patterson who resigned at the end of the last school year.
Manning Oaks Elementary – Donald Webb
Donald Webb has spent his entire professional career in Fulton County Schools, most recently at Summit Hill Elementary where he been the assistant principal since 2006. Prior to that, he was a fifth grade teacher at Dunwoody Springs, State Bridge Crossing and Cogburn Wood elementary schools.
A graduate of Purdue University (Ind.) with a bachelor degree in elementary education, he received his masters of education leadership in 2004 from Kennesaw University. Webb is also a graduate of the Aspiring Principals Program through Fulton County Schools in 2010.
Webb is replacing former principal Kirk Shrum, who left Manning Oaks Elementary for a position in central office administration.
This article appeared in the August 8 issue of the Milton Herald.