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Sweetwater Middle gets new principal

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgann Eaton, an educator with more than 27 years' experience, was appointed principal of Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville at Thursday's Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting.

Eaton served as Sweetwater's assistant principal from 1994 to 2001.

Eaton earned a master's degree in middle grades education from Western Carolina University, a specialist degree in administration from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in deaf education from Texas Woman's University.

Eaton gathered a wide range of experience during her 17 years with the Gwinnett County Public School System. She currently serves as coordinator for the Department of Research and Evaluation. Previously she served as principal at Walnut Grove Elementary, as assistant principal at Pinckneyville Middle and B.B. Harris Elementary Schools and taught math and science for one term at Lanier Middle School.

Her teaching experience goes back to 1984, during which time she taught in North Carolina and Texas.

Eaton replaces principal Angela Morton, who transferred to another school district.

Eaton believes collaboration is one of the keys to successful teaching. As Sweetwater's principal, she plans to incorporate opportunities for parents, teachers and students to work together.

"Sweetwater has a passion for every child's progress and I am happy to be back," Eaton said.

When asked about her philosophy of teaching, she again mentions her belief in working together, as well as incorporating problem solving into lessons and setting goals.

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