Two Barrow schools get new principals

WINDER - Two Barrow County schools will have new principals in the fall.

David McGee, principal at Russell Middle School, will move to the position of principal at Apalachee High School. He replaces Dennis Clarke who is retiring.

McGee has worked in Barrow County schools for 20 of his 26 years as an educator. He served as assistant principal at Winder-Barrow High School and as principal at Kennedy Elementary School. McGee taught chemistry and physical science and coached basketball, baseball, softball and football.

His philosophy of teaching is to treat others the same way he wants to be treated.

McGee said he will work to improve graduation rate, test scores and communication with the community.

"A goal is to get the Apalachee name out and invite more businesses and people to join us as Partners in Education," McGee said.

Pat Lanthier will move from her position of assistant principal at Bethlehem Elementary to principal of the school. Current Principal Kris Waldrop will move out of state.

Lanthier, a 30-year educator who attended Bethlehem Elementary School, earned a master's degree and Bachelor of Science in early childhood education, and earned educational leadership certification from the University of Georgia.

She believes the key to teaching is to find a student's unique style of learning and teach from there.

"A child learns according to how he lives," Lanthier said. "It is our duty to be positive role models, in order to positively influence the life of every child. They learn in different ways. It is up to us as educators to capitalize on those different learning styles and meet the needs of each student."

As principal, Lanthier said she will work to foster a sense of community.