Among the six named, four are elementary administrators, who will advance from assistant principal positions to principal positions at the same school, while the other two administrators will switch schools and transfer into new key roles.
“All of these positions were filled by internal hires, and with great confidence these dedicated professionals are named to their new positions,” said Gordon County Schools Superintendent Bill McCown.
Dr. Elizabeth Anderson will be promoted from assistant principal to principal of Sonoraville Elementary School.
Current principal Kelly Bumgardner will become principal of Calhoun High School. Wanda Westmoreland, current CHS principal, will retire at the end of the school year.
“I feel very honored to be selected as Sonoraville Elementary School’s principal,” Anderson said. “We have created a strong foundation during our inaugural year, and I look forward to continuing to build ‘Strength in Every Student’.”
Anderson has been a part of the Gordon County School system for 18 years. She worked as a special education teacher for 16 years, later serving in administrative positions. Her accomplishments include: 2005 Gordon County Teacher of the Year and beginning Gordon County’s first autism program.
She earned her Master’s of Education in multiple and severe disabilities from Georgia State University.
Sket Angland will move from assistant principal of W.L. Swain Elementary to principal of Tolbert Elementary School.
She will fill the position of Principal Kim Muse, who will retire at the end of the school year.
“I am very excited about joining the fabulous staff at Tolbert Elementary School,” Angland said.
Angland graduated from Gordon Central High School in 1992 and attended Shorter College on a softball scholarship.
“I have been with the Gordon County School System since I began my teaching career in 1996. I also did my student teaching in the Gordon Central System,” Angland said.
“I realized what a difference a person could make in a child’s life. I love watching them grow and do things they never thought were possible. If we set high expectations, students can reach them,” she added.
Jenny Hayes will move from assistant principal to principal of Red Bud Elementary School.
Hayes will fill the position of Principal Beth Painter Holcomb, who will become the principal of Calhoun Primary School next year.
“I am so excited and honored to continue my career at Red Bud Elementary. I love being at the school and the people are fabulous! This is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue my work with the children and community that means so much to me,” said Hayes.
She said the job is a perfect fit for her personality.
“I was very influenced by my teachers when I was in school, and I find it very rewarding to help students grow both as individuals and learners. I am blessed to have a job that I enjoy and makes a difference in the lives of others,” she said.
Kimm Smith will move from assistant principal to principal of Fairmount Elementary School.
Smith will fill the position of Principal Sherry Walraven, who will retire at the end of the school year.
“I am ready and excited to face the new position as principal of Fairmount Elementary. Fairmount holds a special place in my heart, and I already love the community, the school, the staff and students,” Smith said.
Smith is a University of Georgia graduate, who earned a degree in public relations.
Before working for the Gordon County School system, Smith worked for Emerson Elementary School in Bartow County.
Scott McClanahan, the current Ashworth Middle School principal, will switch schools to become principal of Gordon Central High School.
McClanahan will fill the position of Principal Betty Holland, who will retire at the end of the school year.
“I have been in administration for eight years, the past three years as principal at Ashworth Middle School. I have worked with all the upcoming classes at Gordon Central High School while they were students at AMS, except for the rising senior class,” McClanahan said.
“I look forward to reconnecting with the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes. I’m really excited to meet the senior class at Gordon Central and develop a relationship with them during their last year of high school,” he added.
He has 27 years of experience working at the college and secondary level in schools throughout Georgia.
Marc Feuerbach will replace McClanahan at Ashworth; he is currently the Gordon Central High School assistant principal.
“I am excited, humbled and honored to be named the new principal at Ashworth Middle School and become part of the Ashworth family,” said Feuerbach.
He has been with the Gordon County School system for seven years.
“I have a passion to help all kids become excellent students and life-long learners,” Feuerbach said.
He began his teaching career at Cornerstone Academy before accepting a job at Gordon Central High School in 2003.
He earned his specialist degree from Georgia College and State University. Feuerbach plans on entering Valdosta State University this fall to pursue a doctoral degree.