School board appoints new administrators

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett Board of Education appointed two veteran educators Monday to top administrative positions for the 2006 to 2007 school year.

At a special called meeting, the board approved Peggy Goodman to be the new principal of Gwin Oaks Elementary School and Linda Anderson to take over as the school system's new executive director of school improvement.

Goodman has been working for the school system for six years, but has been an educator since 1977. She is currently the assistant principal of Hull Middle School.

Previously, Goodman has been a speech language pathologist for Talledega City Schools in Alabama, Pell City Schools in Alabama, Fulton County Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools. She has her bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Montevallo.

Anderson is the current principal at Level Creek Elementary School, and has been with the school system for 16 years. She was also the principal of Arcado Elementary School for 11 years and the assistant principal of Trickum Middle School for two years. She started in the school system as a special education teacher at Berkmar High School.

Prior to joining Gwinnett County schools, Anderson was an administrator and teacher in Nebraska and Iowa. She earned her bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State University, her master's degree from the University of Nebraska and her specialist's degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Like other recently appointed principals and other administrators, they will both assume their new positions on July 1.

Goodman will be succeeding Gwin Oaks' current principal, Jean Loethen-Payne, who is transferring to take the lead at Peachtree Elementary School. Anderson will be filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Fred Rundle, the current executive director for school improvement. The position of Level Creek principal, which she will be leaving, will be filled at an upcoming board meeting.