Christopher Brown, Thomas Trippany, Edward Maresh, Sara Clifford, Lamont Mays
SUWANEE — Five assistant principals have been tapped for promotion, filling leadership vacancies created by retirements, transfers and the opening of a new school.
The appointments, approved Thursday by the Gwinnett County Board of Education, include new principals for Grayson Elementary School, Shiloh Elementary School, Creekland Middle School, Oakland Meadow School and the new Moore Middle School.
Christopher Brown, an assistant principal at Berkeley Lake Elementary, was chosen to lead Grayson Elementary. Brown’s appointment is effective immediately, as the school’s former principal, Christopher Ray, transitions to lead the Gwinnett County Online Campus.
Brown began his career in education in 1994 as a teacher at Suwanee Elementary. He has a specialist’s degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University. He’s also a member of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy, the school system’s training program for aspiring principals.
Hull Middle assistant principal Thomas Trippany was selected to lead Shiloh Elementary. He will succeed retiring principal Betty Ann Schoeneck. Trippany’s appointment is effective July 1.
Trippany has worked in education since 1994 and joined Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2002. He has a specialist’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial, and he’s a member of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy.
Edward Maresh, an assistant principal at Jones Middle, will become principal of Creekland Middle after Bill Kruskamp retires at the end of the school year. Maresh’s appointment is effective July 1.
Maresh has been an educator since 1994 and has worked in Gwinnett since 2000. He has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy.
Sara Clifford, an assistant principal at Simonton Elementary, has been named principal of Oakland Meadow School, which serves students with severe and profound special needs. She will succeed David Ashton, who is retiring. Her appointment is effective June 1.
Clifford began her career in 1983 as a special education teacher and started working for Gwinnett in 1987. She has a master’s of education in moderate/severe mental retardation.
Osborne Middle assistant principal Lamont Mays has been named principal of the new Moore Middle, scheduled to open this summer in Lawrenceville.
Mays has been an educator since 1997 and has worked in Gwinnett since 2004. He has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia and is a graduate of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy.