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Cherokee HS Principal Wins Game Changer Award

Posted On: Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, today presented the 2022 Game Changer Award for Instructional Leadership to Principal Rodney Larrotta.

The principal of Cherokee High School has earned a top honor from the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, today at his monthly meeting with all principals, presented the 2022 Game Changer Award for Instructional Leadership to Principal Rodney Larrotta.

Four Game Changer awards are presented by Dr. Hightower each year: Instructional Excellence to a classroom teacher, Instructional Leadership to a school or district leader, Instructional Support, to an employee who serves in a support staff role, and Instructional Advocacy to a non-CCSD employee.

Dr. Hightower praised Principal Larrotta, who was celebrated by his colleagues at the meeting with a standing ovation, for his dedication to Cherokee High and its entire community.

“When you talk about leadership, when you talk about this leader, you think passion, you think care,” Dr. Hightower said as he revealed Principal Larrotta as the winner by describing his character.  “You think accountability balanced with grace.  You think vision and being able to get into the weeds and work on the details … Rodney has done everything we’ve asked him to do and so much more.  I’ve been amazed by the type of person he is.” 

Principal Larrotta, who has led Cherokee HS since 2020, previously served as principal at Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, an assistant principal at Cherokee HS and as a Woodstock HS teacher during his more than 20 years of service with CCSD.  Prior to joining CCSD, he served as a teacher in Florida and has worked as an instructor for Georgia Department of Education’s Georgia Virtual School and Kennesaw State University.  A graduate of the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy, Principal Larrotta has earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages, master’s in education degree, specialist in educational leadership degree from Kennesaw State University, as well as a certificate in social and emotional learning from Rutgers University.  

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