As part of a special called meeting that coincided with the public hearing on the millage rate, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Melanie Lee, currently an assistant principal at Norton Elementary School, as the new principal of Norton and Rachel Ernst, an assistant principal at McConnell Middle School, as the principal of Starling Elementary School. Ms. Lee and Ms. Ernst will fill the principal vacancies created as sitting principals Dr. Terry Watlington and Dr. Donna Ledford transition to the central office as assistant superintendents. The appointments are effective
July 3, 2017.
Principal of Norton Elementary School
2011- Present Assistant Principal, Norton Elementary School
2004-2011 Teacher, Gwin Oaks Elementary School
1998-2004 Assistant Vice President, Client Account Specialist, Bank of America
1993-1998 Lead Teller, Bank of America
Bachelors degree Brenau University
Masters degree in Education Brenau University
Specialists degree in Educational Administration and SupervisionLincoln Memorial University
Ms. Lee is a member of the 2017 Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program.
Principal of Starling Elementary School
2011- Present Assistant Principal, McConnell Middle School
2009-2011 Assistant Principal, Rosebud Elementary School
2003-2009 Teacher, McConnell Middle School
Bachelors degree in Middle Grades Education Georgia State University
Masters degree in Middle Grades Education Brenau University
Specialists degree in Educational Administration and Supervision Lincoln Memorial University
Ms. Ernst is a member of the 2017 Quality-Plus Leadership Academy, Aspiring Principals Program.