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Last Updated: 6/2/2021 1:07 PM

Ms. Julie Prather Peppers is a product of the Cherokee County School District, graduating from Cherokee High School in 2002. She attended college on a cross country/track and field scholarship at Georgia Southern University for two years and then graduated with honors from Reinhardt College in Waleska, GA. She set school athletic records at Cherokee High and Georgia Southern as well as received NAIA athletic honors and NAIA All-American Academic honors at Reinhardt. Since graduating with a BS in Education, she has earned her Master’s and Specialist Degrees from Piedmont College and Educational Leadership Certificate from Kennesaw State University. She began her teaching career in Cherokee County in July 2006. She has taught at Hasty ES, Knox ES, Johnston ES, and Bascomb ES. She also served as Assistant Principal at Carmel ES and Sixes ES. She is looking forward to starting her 15th year in Education as Principal of Free Home Elementary School.

Ms. Peppers is married to Billy Peppers, the current City Manager for the City of Canton, and they have two sons, Turner and Jennings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working in her yard, photography, reading, and running.

Ms. Peppers appreciates the warm, friendly reception from Free Home’s staff, students and parents and she looks forward to a fantastic school year! Go Rockets!


Assistant Principa;Email Loraine Smith

I am a Mississippi girl born and raised in Petal, Ms. I have two beautiful daughters and 2 wonderful sons-in-law and 3 out of this world grandchildren. I LOVE animals; I have 4 dogs, a cat, some chickens and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. I enjoy my home and love to work outside planting flowers, herbs, veggies, etc. My husband and I also love to travel in our cute little vintage 1983, class C, RV (We call her Ellie and don’t call her “old” or you’ll hurt her feelings…). When we retire we plan to do a lot more traveling all over the U.S.

 I began my teaching career in Petal, the school system that I grew up in and attended from First grade to 12th grade. I started my career as a paraprofessional then served as an IEP/Remedial Reading teacher for 7th & 8th grades and then taught 7th grade Career Discovery (Tech. Prep. Program). Then, after five years in the classroom, I helped open the Tech. Prep. Program at Petal High School and served as Special Populations Coordinator. While I served as Special Pops. Coordinator, I received my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and then filled a position as School Counselor. In 2002, I relocated to Cherokee County and served as School Counselor at Woodstock Elementary under Mike Vernor (Principal) and Letitia Cline (Assistant Principal) in that sweet little old school in downtown Woodstock that now serves as Chattahoochee Technical School. I eventually received my EDS in Educational Leadership and became Assistant Principal at Woodstock Elementary School and served there until 2011. In the Fall of 2011, I transferred to Little River Elementary School as Assistant Principal.  Now I am looking forward to working with the wonderful staff and Leadership at Free Home Elementary and Clayton Elementary schools.