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Meet the New Principal: Christy Rich of Macedonia ES!

Posted On: Saturday, July 31, 2021

Meet the Principal - Macedonia ES - Christy Rich 7 31 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Christy Rich, who this school year will begin leading Macedonia Elementary School!

Macedonia Elementary School Principal Christy Rich’s own career path is a lesson for her students and teachers and staff in pursuing goals and serving others.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Macedonia family, which goes beyond the school walls!” she said.  “The success of Macedonia's students, past and present, is attributed to the students, staff, families, and community working together.  That's why our hashtag and motto is #1WildcatNation.  We are one ‘nation,’ if you will, focusing on our students' growth and achievements.  To now be a part of this is both humbling and exciting!”

Principal Rich, a Cherokee High School graduate, began her 28-year career with CCSD as a secretary in the Special Education department.  She earned an education degree from Kennesaw State University and began her teaching career in elementary school, serving at R.M. Moore and Ball Ground Elementary Schools, before joining the faculty at ACE Academy, CCSD’s alternative middle and high school, where she was named Teacher of the Year.

She continued to expand upon her own education, earning a master’s degree in education from Kennesaw State University and a specialist degree in education from Brenau University, and she continued to succeed in new roles as an academic facilitator at Teasley Middle School and then as a teacher on special assignment in CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction to support Title I schools, which serve higher populations of economically challenged students.  For the past three school years, she helped lead Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy as an assistant principal.  She and her husband, Kirk, who also is a Cherokee HS alum, have two adult sons who graduated from their alma mater as well.  

“My goals for this school year are to continue Macedonia's tradition of excellence in academics and to build partnerships with all stakeholders,” she said, adding that views communicating with stakeholders as critical to this success.  “It truly does ‘take a village.’  When the school, families, and the community form a positive alliance, our students are the benefactors!  It is exciting to think about the growth and success our students will achieve during the 2021-22 school year!”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said he always has been impressed with Principal Rich’s dedication to education and to caring for each child and colleague along her path.

“It’s clear that Christy has a calling to teach and to lead teachers, and we’re so glad that she chose to stay in Cherokee County and give her career to our community’s children,” Dr. Hightower said.  “Her spirit brings joy to her entire school, and we look forward to all she will accomplish as she builds relationships with her students, teachers and staff, parents, and partners.”

How can parents be more involved?  “There are several ways parents can become more involved at Macedonia.  We are very fortunate to have an amazing PTA!  Our PTA coordinates school events and volunteer opportunities.  I encourage all our families to join PTA and to participate in meetings and opportunities as their schedules allow.  Also, our School Council will meet at least four times this year.  The meeting dates will be posted at the school and on our website, and these meetings are open to the public.”

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