Whitney Nolan is the new principal of Hickory Flat Elementary School; Paula Crumbley is the new principal of Carmel Elementary School; and Cindy Crews is the new principal of Sixes Elementary School.
“These educators are proven leaders who we know will succeed in their new roles,” Cherokee County Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo said. “These appointments illustrate why our school district’s leadership is so strong. We train and promote our most talented teachers to become administrators, and we hire the best from other school systems.”
Nolan is taking over the post previously held by Dr. Keith Ingram, who is the new principal of Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy. Ingram is filling the role formerly held by Doug Knott, who is the new principal of Liberty Elementary School. Former Liberty Elementary School Principal Dr. Nicole Holmes is a new CCSD director of school operations.
Nolan comes to her new position after serving two years as an assistant principal at Woodstock Middle School and seven years as an assistant principal at Dean Rusk Middle School. She joined CCSD in 2003 as a teacher at Dean Rusk, after previously working as an elementary and middle school teacher in Louisiana.
Crumbley is filling the role formerly held by Dr. Keith Bryant, who is a new CCSD supervisor of special education. Crumbley joins CCSD after serving as principal of Hickory Flat Elementary School in Henry County for six years. Recipient of a Title I Distinguished School Award, Crumbley’s other past education roles include assistant principal, student support specialist and teacher in Henry County for 14 years. She also previously taught in Carroll and Hall counties.
Crews, who has served as assistant principal at Sixes Elementary School since 2011, was tapped for her new post in April, after Principal Deborah Kelly announced her retirement.
Since her appointment, Crews, who joined the Cherokee County School District as a teacher in 1992, has been preparing for the role.
Petruzielo said Crews’ passion for the school district, where both her daughters have been educated, and for Sixes Elementary School is inspiring.
“She is an experienced, innovative educator who has brought her passion from the classroom to the front office as an assistant principal and now will do the same and more as principal,” Petruzielo said. “Our school district has an outstanding reputation and record of retention of great leaders because we value educators like Ms. Crews, who show dedication to students, parents, colleagues and the community at large.”
Crews, a native of Macon whose honors as an educator include Teacher of the Year Georgia Master Teacher and National Board Certified Teacher, said much of her summer has been spent reading to learn as much as possible about creating a shared vision for the school and supporting teacher efforts at improving student writing.
Her goals as principal include supporting the teachers, “which ultimately leads to increased learning for students,” she said, adding her desire to ensure all stakeholders stay informed and aware of what’s happening at the school. Crews said she wants to maintain a “real person” image because students need to know their principal is a regular person.
“Parents feel a down-to-earth principal is more approachable, and teachers and staff need to know their principal makes mistakes, too,” she said.
“I know these schools and communities will be delighted with their new principals and will join me in congratulating them,” Petruzielo said.