Griffith will take over the leadership role at the end of this school year from current principal Wesley Roach, who is leaving the school system for an administrative role at Excel Academy in Cartersville.
“Mrs. Griffith will continue the expectation of success for all students at CES and I’m sure the staff, parents and community will rally to support her as the leader of the school. We are blessed to have her knowledge, experience, skills and passion for life long learning,” Roach said.
She said the school’s motto, ‘Calhoun Expects Success,’ will continue next year.
Griffith has been a part of the Calhoun City School system for four years. She worked as a teacher, later serving in administrative positions and been a part of education for a total of 29 years. While teaching, Griffith developed a passion for curriculum and instruction.
Before working for the Calhoun school system, she worked as an assistant principal and principal of Adairsville High School. Her accomplishments include: Teacher of the Year, STAR Teacher, GCTM Round Table and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern College in mathematics education, a master’s degree from West Georgia College in mathematics education and a specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
Griffith is involved in several many civic organizations throughout the community, including Gordon County Optimist Club and the Calhoun/Gordon County Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority. She also completed the Leadership Calhoun/Gordon County program, sponsored by the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce.
She is married to Troy Griffith and they have two children: Tripp and Traci.
“It is with great gratitude that I reflect upon the past eight years that I have been privileged to be a part of the Calhoun City Schools,” Roach said. “Even though I am moving into a new season for my career and for my family, I will always value all the relationships I have come to enjoy with my friends in the Calhoun City School system.”
Prior to working as principal of CES, he served as assistant principal at Calhoun Middle School.
Superintendent Michele Taylor said Roach would leave a lasting impression, especially since she feels that he has become like family.
“Wesley will always be like family to us,” she said. “We wish him the absolute best in his new role. He feels as the (city) board (of education) does, that Mrs. Griffith will continue the path that they have started as an administrative team at Calhoun Elementary School as she takes the reins to become pPrincipal at CES.”