Penny Valle - Principal Penny.Valle@cherokeek12.net
It is my honor and privilege to serve as your Principal at Oak Grove STEAM Academy. I love our students, our school and this community. Did you know I served here as a Teacher on Special Assignment in Administration in 2009? Then in January 2010, I was transferred to Woodstock Middle School as an Assistant Principal. After 2 ½ years at WMS, I was called to Etowah High School as an Assistant Principal, Freshman Academy Principal and Special Education Administrator. I have worked in all levels of K-12 schools and enjoyed every assignment.
I began teaching in 1995 after spending 10 years in the corporate world as a Computer Analyst, Supervisor and Manager at NCR Corporation. I first taught at Buffington Elementary for five years, then transferred to Holly Springs Elementary and taught there for seven years. While teaching, I returned to college again to get my Ed. Masters’ degree and my Ed. Specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. Then I went to Kennesaw State University to obtain my Educational Leadership certificate. After teaching for 12 years, I wanted a new challenge so I applied and became a Graduation Coach at Teasley Middle School, working with at-risk learners. After two successful years in this role, I decided to enter Administration and thus, was assigned to Oak Grove ES to learn that position in July 2009.
I love to learn and I love to help others learn – both students and teachers. I hope to never stop learning and never stop helping others to learn. It is my passion and my duty to others, because I know that education has provided many opportunities to me and my family. I proudly call Cherokee High School and the University of Georgia my alma maters. I graduated from UGA with a degree in Management Information Systems in 1985. Then six weeks later, I married my husband, Antonio. Together we have three sons (one deceased). Anthony is a computer analyst and so is Marc; however, they both have considered teaching as a career one day, so perhaps educating students will continue in our family. My favorite quote is, “A hundred years from now it may not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” I hope to make a positive difference in your child’s education and life.
Lee Patti - Assistant Principal
I am honored and excited to serve as your new Assistant Principal. I look forward to serving and supporting the teachers, students, staff, parents, and community this year. This is my 18th year in education; I have taught middle school Business, Language Arts, and Technology. Prior to this position, I was an Instructional Technology Specialist for 7 years serving 7 schools in Cherokee County. I have been a Microsoft Educator Expert for 6 years.
My husband and I live in Cherokee county with our son, Ethan. Being active is one of my favorite things. As a family, we play basketball, baseball, walk our dog, and/or ride bikes all throughout the trails in Cherokee County. My favorite thing about education is that every day is a new day.
I learn as much from the students as I hope they learn from me.