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 Free Home Elementary School’s new leader: Principal Julie Peppers!
Free Home Elementary School Principal Julie Peppers is the daughter of two Cherokee County education icons, and has made a name for herself as an outstanding teacher and administrator.
A Cherokee High School graduate, Principal Peppers began her 14-year education career in CCSD as a teacher, and taught at Bascomb ES, Johnston ES, Knox ES and Hasty ES. She advanced in 2016 to serve as an assistant principal, first at Carmel ES in 2016 and then at Sixes ES in 2018.
“I am truly honored to be working with the Free Home community,” she said. “I am excited about getting to know each of our students and their families in the coming days. With our wonderful Rocket family, I am ready to see these young minds grow as they reach for new heights in their educational growth. Seeing the next generation grow in their love for knowledge is what I look forward to the most.”
She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Reinhardt University and both her master’s degree in early childhood education and her specialist degree in curriculum and instruction at Piedmont College. A 2018 winner of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 10 in 10 Young Professionals Award, Principal Peppers is a Service League of Cherokee County Honorary Member, having served for 10 years, and a member of Reinhardt’s Price School of Education Advisory Board.
“Julie grew up as part of our CCSD family, and it’s a moment of pride for all of us to see her begin this well-earned next step in her career,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “She loves the Free Home community and is just the right next leader for its Rockets, their families and the school’s exceptional educators and staff.”
Principal Peppers and her husband, Billy, who is the Canton City Manager, have two sons in elementary school, who love sports like their mom -- a star student-athlete, who since has coached youth sports in the community.
How can parents be more involved? “This is going to be a year of learning for everyone in our school and community,” Principal Peppers said. “While making sure that the health of our school family remains a top priority, I want parents to know that I am available to them. I hope each family will consider joining our PTA and getting involved in the collaborative support of our Rockets.”