Tim Duncan, the longtime principal at Chattahoochee High School, has been appointed by the Fulton County Board of Education to be the first principal at the Innovation Academy.
Duncan will assume full responsibility of the new school at the end of this school year, and he will spend the next year preparing the school, staff and prospective students for the school’s opening in August 2020.
Chief Academic Officer Clifford Jones said Duncan was a natural fit for the high-profile position, bringing with him a long career as an educator, administrator and principal in the Fulton School System.
“I am excited about the depth of leadership he brings to Innovative Academy,” said Jones, citing Duncan’s resume which includes Principal of the Year in Fulton Schools. “He has been a part of this project from the beginning and is very excited to have a part in building the program.”
He noted Duncan was instrumental in creating a STEM-based curriculum at Chattahoochee, collecting multiple awards for the school along the way. At a higher level, Duncan has attended extensive training on the “design thinking” model which will serve as the curriculum base for Innovation Academy.
Duncan has been the principal of Chattahoochee High School since 2003, except for a three-year gap in 2015-2018 when he served as the district’s director of Capital Programs and Academics. Duncan received his bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees from the University of Georgia.
In the coming months, Duncan will be hiring the support staff, teacher leaders and other key positions to prepare for the August opening.