SUWANEE — In its latest round of selecting new school leaders, Gwinnett County Public School officials chose four people with extensive experience in the district.
In a specially called meeting Wednesday night, four new principals were announced by the district to fill some of the vacancies across the county. The announcement means at least 12 schools have or will have new principals this school year, and leaves four known principal vacancies: Brookwood High, GSMST, North Gwinnett High and Riverside Elementary.
Jeff Mathews, who was the principal at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology since 2008, moves on to be the new principal at Peachtree Ridge High. Mathews is a former wrestling, baseball, softball coach, science department co-chair and assistant principal at Parkview High. Mathews replaces Kevin Tashlein, who became an assistant superintendent earlier this month.
Ricardo Quinn, an assistant principal at Arcado Elementary, becomes the new principal at Chesney Elementary. Quinn, who has worked in GCPS since 2000, replaces Margaret Ackerman, who is retiring. Quinn was previously an assistant principal and data administrator at Hopkins Elementary, and a teacher at Suwanee Elementary.
Kara Dutton, an assistant principal at Jackson Elementary, is the new principal at Peachtree Elementary. Dutton replaces the retiring Beverly Smith. Dutton was previously a teacher at B.B. Harris Elementary and a teacher at a district in Charlotte, N.C.
Sara L. Skinner, an assistant principal at Meadowcreek High, becomes the new principal at Radloff Middle. Radloff’s principal, Al Taylor, recently became the new principal at Berkmar High. Skinner was a former assistant principal at Pinckneyville Middle, a language arts department chair at Peachtree Ridge High and a teacher at Collins Hill High and Norcross High.