GCPS names new principals for Anderson-Livsey, Maxwell High

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

SNELLVILLE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools has named a new principal for Anderson-Livsey Elementary School.

In the Shiloh cluster school's second year, Anderson-Livsey will be led by Janice Ward Warren, who is an assistant principal at nearby Annistown Elementary School.

Anderson-Livsey's first principal, Lawanna Owens-Twaites, resigned for personal reasons, spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. Owens-Twaites opened the school as a first-year principal. At a community meeting earlier in the week, several parents and faculty members alluded to discontent.

Warren has worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1991, when she served as a first-grade teacher at Bethesda Elementary. The following year, she transferred to Annistown Elementary, where she became an assistant principal in 2006. Her job at Anderson-Livsey begins June 1.

Warren, who has a specialist's degree in leadership and administration from Central Michigan University, began her career as an educator in 1985 in North Carolina. She's also a graduate of the Gwinnett school system's Quality-Plus Leader Academy's Aspiring Principal Program, an in-house training program.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education approved Warren's appointment Thursday evening. During the meeting, it also approved a new principal for Maxwell High School of Technology.

Jeff Hall, an assistant principal at Brookwood High, will lead Maxwell, as principal Donna Powers is retiring at the end of this year.

Hall has worked for Gwinnett County Public Schools since 1998, when he joined Shiloh High School. He's also served as a department chair, business education and journalism teacher, coach and summer school principal.

Hall is finishing a doctoral degree in work force education from the University of Georgia. He's also a graduate of the Aspiring Principal Program.