Barrow BOE chooses replacement for district's retiring superintendent

Wanda Creel

Wanda Creel

WINDER -- The Barrow County Board of Education has selected a replacement for the school district's retiring superintendent.

The school board unanimously voted to appoint Wanda Creel, who serves as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Houston County. Barrow County Schools Superintendent Ron Saunders is retiring after 40 years in education, the last 12 in Barrow.

Creel's career includes positions as a district-level curriculum director, elementary principal, middle school assistant principal, middle and high school teacher, and adjunct professor for graduate educational leadership programs. She has a doctorate in educational leadership from Samford University.

"My administrative and teaching background includes an array of leadership experiences at the school, district, state and national level," Creel wrote in her application. "Drawing on this knowledge, I am convinced that I can provide assistance, support and guidance to fellow leaders of learning in the educational field as the superintendent for the Barrow County School System."

Before joining Houston County Schools, Creel served as the associate superintendent for the Georgia Department of Education's School Improvement Services, which encompassed the divisions of School and Leader Quality, Teacher Quality, Professional Learning, and Student Support Services.

Creel has three daughters: Emily, a Georgia Southern University graduate who works as a technology specialist for students with disabilities, and Rachel and Rebecca, who are freshmen at Columbus State University.

For more information about Creel, visit www.wandacreel.net.