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New principals named to 9 Fulton schools
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New principals named to 9 Fulton schools

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine Fulton County schools will have new principals when classes resume in the fall.

The nine appointments were approved during a school board meeting last week.

"I'm pleased to welcome our new principals and know they will be an excellent addition to the Fulton County Schools team," Fulton County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a statement. "Their leadership has made their current schools stand out, and I'm confident they will do the same in their new positions."

Lori Bolds
McNair Middle School, College Park

Bolds comes to Fulton County from the Guilford County School System in North Carolina. Her last school, Welborn Academy of Science & Technology, was recently named one of the district's most improved schools. Bolds has also taught high school-level English. She has a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in school administration and a specialist's degree in education from the University of North Carolina, and is currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership.

Jennifer Couch
Hapeville Elementary School

Couch worked in Fayette County as an assistant principal for five years. She has also taught at schools in Florida and Ohio, and was named a Milken Fellow in 2010. Couch has bachelor's degrees in education and English from Kent State University and a master's degree in policy and leadership from The Ohio State University. She is working on a doctorate in educational leadership at Georgia State University.

Debra Doss
Creek View Elementary School, Alpharetta

Doss joins Fulton County Schools after working as a principal with Roanoke City Schools in Virginia. She has 10 years of school leadership experience under her belt. Doss earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Longwood University and a master's degree in reading education from Radford University.

Richard Fowler
Woodland Middle School, East Point

Fowler is a former assistant principal of Tri-Cities High School. He has worked in several positions, from science teacher to academic dean, at schools in Texas. Fowler earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Howard University, where he also taught science, and went on to receive a master's degree in educational administrative leadership from the University of Texas.

Tiffany Hutchens
Medlock Bridge Elementary School, Johns Creek

Hutchens previously worked as an assistant principal at nearby Abbotts Hill Elementary School and has taught at State Bridge Crossing Elementary School as well. She is an inaugural graduate of the Fulton County Schools Promising Principals Program. Hutchens earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Kennesaw State University and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.

Rako Morrissey
New Prospect Elementary School, Alpharetta
Morrissey comes to Fulton County from Cobb County; she has also taught at schools in Marietta City and Henry County. She earned a bachelor's degree in education, a master's degree in adolescent education and a doctorate in leadership and learning from Kennesaw State University. Dr. Morrissey also has a specialist's degree in mathematics education from the University of West Georgia.

Harvey Oaxaca
Lake Forest Elementary School, Sandy Springs

Oaxaca previously worked at Ridgeview Charter School and has taught ESOL in Fulton County and at schools in Texas. He is also a graduate of the Fulton County Schools Aspiring Leaders Program. Oaxaca has bachelor's degrees in music and elementary education from McMurry University and a master's degree in applied linguistics and teaching ESOL from Georgia State University.

Norman Sauce
Barnwell Elementary School, Johns Creek

Sauce comes to Fulton County from California, where he taught social studies and served as an assistant principal. He has been named Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Month and Most Inspirational Teacher at some of his past schools. Sauce holds a bachelor's degree in U.S. and medieval histories from California State University, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of California and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California.

Trici Smith
Feldwood Elementary School, College Park

Smith comes to Fulton County after spending seven years as an assistant principal in Cobb County. She worked as an elementary school counselor before pursuing a career in school administration. Smith has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Morris Brown College and worked in marketing and sales before changing her career focus. She has a master's degree in school counseling from Clark Atlanta University, and specialist's and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from Argosy University.

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