Gwinnett County Public Schools names three new principals

Bo Ford

Bo Ford


Nathan Ballentine


IV Bray

Three assistant principals received promotions Friday as Gwinnett County Public Schools officials announced the newest principals in the district.

At a specially called Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting, new leaders were appointed at Brookwood High, North Gwinnett High and the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, which filled the remaining vacancies following the district’s recent restructing.

Bo Ford, an assistant principal at Brookwood High, takes over for his former boss, Debbie Dees, who was promoted in October to be an assistant superintendent. Before Brookwood, Ford was a teacher and coach at Duluth High from 2004-07, and previously taught at Sprayberry High and in Tennessee.

Ford earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University and a specialist’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

Norcross High Assistant Principal Nathan Ballentine takes over at North Gwinnett for Ed Shaddix, who was also promoted to be an assistant superintendent. Ballentine was at Norcross since 2000 as a science teacher and department chair, administrative intern and AP.

Ballentine holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a specialist’s degree from the University of West Georgia.

Parkview High Assistant Principal IV Bray is the new principal at GSMST. Bray takes over for Jeff Mathews who recently was named the principal at Peachtree Ridge High. Mathews replaced Kevin Tashlein, who was promoted to be an associate superintendent.

Bray was an AP at Parkview since 2008, and previously was an assistant principal at the GIVE Center East, and a teacher, department chair and coach at Berkmar High from 1997-2007. He was a police office with the University of Georgia Police Department from 1991-94.

Bray earned a bachelor’s degree from LaGrange College, a master’s degree and a specialist’s degree from the University of Georgia. He’s working on a doctorate from UGA.