School district appoints, advances administrators
July 19, 2013 11:00 PM | 3720 views | 1 1 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From staff reports

Several new and reassigned Cherokee County School District administrators are taking the helm for the upcoming school year. A number of new principals, vice principals and administrators have been appointed to work within the CCSD, school officials said.

The administrators will start the new 2013-14 school year Aug. 5. Cherokee County school front offices open July 23, and open house and walk-through events will be the week of July 29.

The school superintendent often recommends existing administrators for advancement, creating some administrative vacancies that must be filled, said Barbara Jacoby, CCSD director of Public Information, Communications and Partnerships.

“The superintendent’s recommendations to appoint these administrators were approved by the school board this spring and summer,” Jacoby said. “The appointment process begins when principals and/or other administrators inform the superintendent of their intent to retire or resign for personal reasons.”

Many of the newly appointed administrators attended the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy prior to their appointment. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo instituted the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy to help organize and develop future principals and assistant principals.

“The Leadership Academy not only assists me and my staff in identifying outstanding teachers who are ready to advance to management roles, but also instills in them greater knowledge of the school district’s operations and leadership skills that continue to prove extremely valuable in our primary mission of teaching and learning,” Petruzielo said. “I look forward to seeing these extraordinary educators excel in their new roles and maintain our strong tradition of providing a high quality education for every child.”

Rouel Belleza

Rouel Belleza is the newly-appointed administrator on special assignment for the CCSD Office of Educational Programs, Professional Development and Student Support.

He most recently served as an assistant principal at Mill Creek Middle School. Belleza has also been a school counselor at Etowah High School and participated in the Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.

Sheryl Gould

Sheryl Gould is the newly-appointed administrator at the L.R. Tippens Educational Center.

She most recently served as an assistant principal at Freedom Middle School. Her prior CCSD experience includes being the lead special education facilitator and speech language pathologist. Gould was also a speech language pathologist and paralegal in Cobb County schools. She also participated in the Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.

Shelia Grimes

Shelia Grimes is the new principal of Freedom Middle School.

Grimes recently served as an assistant principal at Cherokee High School and her prior CCSD experience includes teaching on special assignment at the Office of Special Education and teaching at Woodstock Middle School and Sixes Elementary School. Grimes has also been a teacher, curriculum specialist and department head in Kentucky, Texas and Alabama. She participated in the Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.

Leigh Gutierez

Leigh Gutierez is a new assistant principal for Freedom Middle School. Gutierez most recently served as a teacher at Hickory Flat Elementary School, and has also been a teacher at Chapman Intermediate School. She has also been a teacher in North Carolina.

Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly is the new principal of Sixes Elementary School.

Kelly most recently served as an assistant principal at Clark Creek Elementary School. Her other experience includes being an assistant principal at Holly Springs Elementary School and Johnston Elementary School, a teacher on special assignment at Oak Grove Elementary School and a teacher at Little River Elementary School. Kelly was a participant in Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.

Jennifer Landry

Jennifer Landry is the new principal for Mountain Road Elementary School.

She most recently served as assistant principal at Johnston Elementary School. She also has experience as an assistant principal at Carmel Elementary School and a teacher at Creekland Middle School.

Landry was also a teacher in Texas and Mississippi, and participated in the Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.

Rodney Larrotta

Rodney Larrotta is a new assistant principal for Cherokee High School.

Larrotta most recently served as a Spanish teacher and foreign language department chair at Woodstock High School. He has also been a teacher in Florida and a CCSD Teach 21 Technology Endorsement Program Instructor.

Susan McCarthy

Susan McCarthy is the newly appointed CCSD Director of School Improvement.

She most recently served as principal at Chapman Intermediate School. McCarthy has also been an assistant principal at Teasley Middle School, a teacher on special assignment in educational programs, student support and professional development and a teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School.

She also participated in the Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.



Kimberly Montalbano

Kimberly Montalbano is the new principal of Woodstock Elementary School.

She most recently served as assistant principal at Arnold Mill Elementary School and has also been an assistant principal at Mountain Road Elementary School. Montalbano was also a teacher and assistant principal in Cobb County schools and participated in the Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy I and II.

Katherine Monti

Katherine Monti is a new assistant principal for E. T. Booth Middle School.

Monti most recently served as an evaluation system specialist for the Department of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness.

Monti was also a teacher lead adviser for Race to the Top and a middle school teacher for Marietta City schools.



Melinda Roulier

Melinda Roulier is a new assistant principal for Clark Creek Elementary School.

Roulier most recently served as an academic coach at Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy. She was also an academic coach and teacher at Boston Elementary School, and participated in the Cherokee County Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.



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What budget crisis?
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July 20, 2013
For all the superintendent's incessant whining about 'austerity cuts', he sure doesn't have a problem hiring MORE administrators!!

Typical gov't-worker mentality - You can never have too much bureacracy!

How about less admins and more $$$ to teachers, Frank? How about you take a pay cut and give those savings to deserving teachers???

Fiscal complaint? How about some Fiscal Restraint, Frank???
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