A longtime educator and administrator in Gwinnett on Friday announced his resignation to pursue an opportunity in the private sector that he said he couldn’t pass up.
Buford High School Principal Banks Bitterman said he would finish the school year and leave Buford City Schools effective June 30 to become vice president of an undisclosed company where his territory would include the Eastern Seaboard.
“I will miss the kids, the students — the students are my absolute passion,” Bitterman said. “Anybody who knows me knows I will do anything for children. I will also miss my school family. I have been truly blessed to work with some of the best human beings in Buford City Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools, and they have mentored me and loved me, and made me into the success that I am.”
Bitterman was proud to note that during his tenure in Buford, the school won 45 state championships and had high marks in state test results and assessments, a marked improvement from before he arrived.
“It’s time for me to look for a new challenge,” the Douglas County native said. “I absolutely love the new challenge.”
Bitterman came to Buford from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology where he was principal when the school opened in 2007, and stayed for one year. He previously served as dean of academics at GSMST.
Before GSMST, Bitterman was an assistant principal, teacher and wrestling coach at Brookwood High from 2001 to 2007, and was a teacher and coach in Carroll County Schools from 1999 to 2001.
The move returns Bitterman to his roots in the business world where he worked for about 10 years.
Before he worked in education, he owned a sportsplex and sporting goods store in Carrollton.
He holds degrees in business administration and business education from the University of West Georgia, and specialist and doctorate degrees in educational leadership and educational administration from the University of Alabama.
“I was told a long time ago that with great risk comes great reward,” he said. “I have to try this opportunity, and if I don’t try this opportunity I’ll look back with regrets. I instill in students every single day to push themselves to be the best they can be and I have to do that myself so I can show them that that’s what I want from them and I have to have the courage to do it.”
Bitterman said he could see himself returning to education one day, and that he’s been honored to work in the industry for nearly 20 years.