The principals were announced at the March board meeting of the Cherokee County School Board.
Dr. Jennifer Scrivner, Oak Grove Elementary School principal, said she is excited to lead the new Clark Creek Elementary School as one of the district’s science, technology, engineering and math academies.
Scrivner, who led Oak Grove to become a Title I Distinguished School, applauded Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo for his foresight in encouraging STEM programs.
“Starting at the elementary school level to encourage kids to go into those fields is a great thing for us to be doing now,” she said.
She said she is most excited for the program’s emphasis on design, problem-solving, and discovery learning tools.
“I hope to inspire the community to embrace these new frontiers,” she said. “Many of our students will have jobs that don’t exist yet, and we need to prepare our students for the future of our country.”
At present, Scrivner said she is interviewing teachers and working diligently to get the most qualified staff for the STEM programs.
Previously, Scrivner served as an assistant principal at Mountain Road Elementary School. She also was an administrator and teacher in Cobb County Schools, an instructional lead teacher and an educational consultant.
Scrivner has a master’s degree in gifted education from the University of Virginia, a specialist’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a doctoral degree in leadership from Samford University.
Following Principal Bob Eddy’s retirement, Dr. Adrian Thomason will take over Eddy’s role at Creekview High School.
The Dean Rusk Middle School principal joined Cherokee County School District in 2001 as a teacher at Woodstock Middle School, and went on to serve as assistant principal at Dean Rusk before becoming principal there.
Taking over for Thomason at Dean Rusk is Cindy Cooper, who is leaving her assistant principal role at Etowah High School.
After joining CCSD in 1982 as a teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School, Cooper taught at both Dean Rusk and Teasley middle schools. She also served as assistant principal at both Woodstock Elementary School and Chapman Intermediate School.
Letitia Cline, Avery Elementary School principal, was named the new assistant superintendent of educational programs, student support and professional development, beginning July 2. Cline will replace Dr. Carla Cohen, who will be retiring in May.
Taking the reigns at Avery will be Dr. Pamela Spencer, assistant principal at Hasty Elementary School.
After serving as an instructional lead teacher and assistant principal in Cobb County schools, Spencer joined CCSD in 2005 as an assistant principal at Holly Springs Elementary School. She also served as an assistant principal at Avery Elementary School and special assignment teacher at Boston Elementary School.
Les Conley, Boston Elementary School principal, will take the helm at Oak Grove Elementary School, the site of one of two fine arts academies opening this fall.
Conley joined CCSD in 1984 as a Cherokee High School teacher and went on to teach at Canton and Tippens elementary schools, before the latter became L.R. Tippens Educational Center. He also served as principal at Free Home Elementary School and assistant principal at Hickory Flat Elementary School.
Replacing Conley at Boston is Joey Moss, assistant principal at Woodstock Middle School.
Moss joined CCSD in 1997 as a Woodstock Middle School teacher and went on to teach at Carmel Elementary School. She is also a former special assignment teacher for educational programs.