CCSD Student Athletes to be Honored by Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame

CCSD Student Athletes to be Honored by Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame

UPDATE 5/15/18: PHOTO: Enjoying the event are, from left to right, front row: Faith Arthur, River Ridge; Laiken Wade, Cherokee; Skylar Wallace, Etowah; Rachel Renner, Sequoyah; Emilee Harris, Woodstock; back row: Wesley Potter, Sequoyah; Braden Johnson, Creekview; DeMond Ellison, Cherokee; Noah Frith, Woodstock; Patrick Ferris, Etowah; and Christopher Williams, River Ridge.  Not pictured: Makenzie Cherry, Creekview. 


photos of honoreesThe Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame will honor a dozen top Cherokee County School District student athletes as part of its annual banquet.
The event on May 4, 2018 will recognize this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, as well as the Most Outstanding Senior Athletes male and female honorees from each CCSD high school.
The 2018 Most Outstanding Senior Athletes are: Cherokee HS, Laiken Wade and DeMond Ellison; Creekview HS, Mackenzie Cherry and Braden Johnson; Etowah HS, Skylar Wallace and Patrick Ferris; River Ridge HS, Faith Arthur and Chris Williams; Sequoyah HS, Rachel Renner and Wesley Potter; Woodstock HS, Emilee Harris and Noah Frith.

Tonya Sebring

The Hall of Fame inductees are: Greg Key, Cherokee HS and Furman University Football standout; Lonnie Jones, Sequoyah HS State Wrestling Champion; and Byron Dobbs in the new sports contributor category. The 2006 Woodstock HS State Championship Softball team, coached by Tonya Sebring, currently a Woodstock HS Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, will be honored.

The annual banquet is at 6:30 p.m. May 4 at First Baptist Church of Canton. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Information including on ticket orders is online at

CCSD Credit Rating Further Improves, Benefitting Taxpayers

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The Cherokee County School District’s credit rating has improved for the second consecutive year, an accomplishment benefitting taxpayers!

The School District’s already positive Aa2 and Aa- levels, as rated by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s financial service companies, were upgraded this week to Aa2 Stable and Aa… the latter jumping up a step to put the organization closer to achieving the top AAA rating.

“We continue to make steady progress toward a perfect rating, and, along the way, the improvements are benefitting our community, as an improved credit rating lowers costs for insurance and borrowing,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Continuous improvements by our Office of Financial Management led by Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Owen are contributing to our success, as are our improving local and State economy.”

Standard & Poor upgraded its rating to Aa, with a Stable outlook, from Aa- to reflect its positive “view of the District’s improved financial performance and strengthened reserve position since fiscal 2014, a stable and strengthening economy that has produced significant tax digest growth in recent years” and CCSD’s enhanced financial management practices.

Moody’s, which increased its rating to Aa2 from Aa3 last year, has added a Stable outlook to its opinion, and foresees a rating upgrade should CCSD continue its balanced budgets, sound reserve levels and further reduction of long-term liabilities.  “The District’s financial position has improved significantly since fiscal 2015,” the agency reported, “and healthy operating trends are expected to continue due to tax base growth, multi-year planning, monthly financial reporting and management’s commitment to maintaining sound reserves levels, demonstrated by the recent adoption of a formal fund balance policy.”

Mr. Owen and his staff currently are at work on creating CCSD’s first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, an additional layer of financial transparency and accountability that uses national governmental accounting standards and is audited by an external CPA.

CCSD School Nutrition Wins National Honor for Second Consecutive Year!

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turnip the beet logoThe Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has won a National honor for the second consecutive year!

The program, led by CCSD School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer, again has been recognized with the Silver Turnip the Beet Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – one of only 19 winners in the State and 111 in the country.

Tina Farmer

CCSD earned the recognition for its summer meal program, which provides breakfast and lunches at no charge to students in need served by summer school programs, as well as at select locations throughout the community. CCSD provides the free meals to children 18 and younger thanks to USDA Seamless Summer Option funding; no CCSD funds are used.

The Award’s goal, according to the USDA, is to recognize summer meal programs that go “above and beyond to ensure their meals are both nutritious and appetizing.” Judges looks for use of local foods, a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and culturally appropriate meals.

Almost one-third of CCSD students qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and the summer meals program ensures that these children have access to nutritious meals during summer break.


CCSD Students Place at State Science & Engineering Fair!

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Creekland MS seventh-grader Danielle Satterfield at the 70th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair earlier this month in Athens earned first-place in the Physics & Astronomy category and was named a Broadcam Masters Nominee. 

Thirteen Cherokee County School District students earned first-place awards at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair and advanced to State, where two won blue ribbons!

Chris Nikolov

Creekland MS seventh-grader Danielle Satterfield at the 70th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair earlier this month in Athens earned first-place in the Physics & Astronomy category and was named a Broadcam Masters Nominee.  Woodstock HS junior Chris Nikolov’s project in the Plant Sciences category won first-place honors at the State Fair.

They will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s May 3 meeting along with their fellow first-place Regional winners, several of whom also went on to place at State.  Students also received special awards and scholarships at the Regional Fair from Cobb EMC, Gas South and Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority.

CCSD students who also placed first at Regions and advanced to State (award noted) are:

  • Dayne Bergman, Woodstock HS, Environmental Engineering: State Senior Division Fourth Honors
  • Theodore Campbell, Sequoyah HS, Biochemistry: State Senior Division Fourth Honors and Tellus’ Future Science Stars Award
  • Delaney Caslow, Woodstock HS, Behavioral and Social Sciences: State Senior Division Second Honors
  • Carolyn Forrester, Mill Creek MS, Microbiology: State Junior Division Fourth Honors
  • Eva Hansen, Woodstock HS, Plant Sciences: State Senior Division Third Honors
  • Alexia John, Woodstock HS, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Zakwan Khan, Woodstock HS, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Ava Leopard, Mill Creek MS, Microbiology: State Junior Division Fourth Honors
  • Kaselynn Mitchell, Dean Rusk MS, Materials Science
  • Eliza Ndow, Woodstock HS, Cellular and Molecular Biology: State Senior Division Fourth Honors
  • Bella Okray, Dean Rusk MS, Material Science
  • Anna Rives, Woodstock HS, Earth & Environmental Sciences: State Senior Division Fourth Honors
  • Jacob Tweedle, Woodstock HS, Cellular & Molecular Biology


Hickory Flat ES Wins CCSD Elementary School Academic Bowl!

Hickory Flat ES team members Brooks Darling, Alessandro Mathews, Aiden Ives, Max Swain, Connor Craig, Lucas Ardelean, Ben Koster celebrate with Coaches Linda Warner, left, and Sonia Earls; Dr. Keith Bryant, CCSD Executive Director Curriculum and Instruction; and Principal Whitney Nolan, far right.

Hickory Flat Elementary School is the winner of CCSD’s Elementary School Academic Bowl and will be recognized by the School Board next week!

CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction sponsors the countywide bowl, which provides elementary schools the opportunity for head-to-head competition by answering questions from areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration while reinforcing classroom lessons and encouraging players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.

The winning team from Hickory Flat Elementary School is made up of Lucas Ardelean, Connor Craig, Brooks Darling, Aiden Ives, Ben Koster, Alessandro Mathews and Max Swain, coached by teachers Sonia Earls and Linda Warner. The team and its coaches will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s May 3 meeting.

The runner-up was Indian Knoll Elementary School, with a team of Tommy Anderson, Luke Barber, Hayden Eubanks, Anjali Gavalas, Isabel Harper, Alaina King, Parker McKie, Madison Newport, Riley O’Neill and Robbie Raymer, coached by teachers Terri Harris and Chrissy Snelson.


Indian Knoll ES team members Riley O’Neill, Alaina King, Anjali Gavalas, Parker McKie, Luke Barber, Tommy Anderson, Madison Newport, Isabel Harper, Hayden Eubanks and Robbie Raymer celebrate with Coaches Terri Harris, left, and Chrissy Snelson; Dr. Keith Bryant, CCSD Executive Director Curriculum and Instruction; and Principal Dr. Ann Gazell, far right.


CCSD Educator Selected as a National STEM Scholar!

A Cherokee County School District educator has been selected as an elite National STEM Scholar!

Lindsey Mason

Dean Rusk Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Lindsey Mason earned the prestigious honor from the National STEM Scholars Program. Only 10 middle school science educators in the nation are selected each year!

The award includes: attendance at the National Science Teachers Association conference in St. Louis, a week of professional development at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University in June, up to $2,500 for a Challenge Project with her students and a Chromebook. All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies are covered by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

During their professional development conference this summer, Scholars will engage in “hands-on, minds-on science activities; connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education; learn with skilled science educators; and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation,” according to the program.

Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty. The Scholars will share their success with colleagues while attending the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting in March 2019.

Ms. Mason will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s May 3 meeting.

Woodstock HS Engineering & Technology Students Win Statewide Awards & Office!

Woodstock HS students show off some of the trophies they won at Georgia’s Technology Student Association State Conference.


Woodstock High School engineering and technology Career Pathway students recently won statewide honors and office and are advancing to Nationals!

Thirty-five Woodstock HS students competed at Georgia’s Technology Student Association State Conference, at which this year 2,700 students from across the State competed in technology and engineering contests. Students who place are invited to attend the National Conference, at which students from the U.S. and other countries including Turkey and Germany come to compete; this year, Nationals will be held in June in Atlanta. Also during the State conference, Woodstock HS junior Greg Carroll was elected the State Vice President and sworn into office.

Woodstock HS junior Greg Carroll, right, is sworn into office as State Vice President of Georgia’s Technology Student Association at the State conference.

Woodstock HS students who placed and move on to Nationals are:
first place, Biotechnology: L.T. Heber, Malachi Brewer, George Saunders, Walter Saunders and Drew Mathena; and third place, Animatronics: Anna Mitchell, Colton Clanton, Sam Skillman, Corey Darko and Matthew Tressler

Three Woodstock HS teams placed in the TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math, and Science) competition, which includes a multiple-choice test, an essay, and a problem solving challenge. The 11th- and 12th-grade Team A took first place in the State, while Team B took third place. The 9th- and 10th-grade Team took first place in its division. By placing in the top three, all three earned a spot to compete at Nationals.

Team A members are: Preston Alsup, Gregory Carroll, Andy Jiang, Julia Litrel, Reese Mallory, Dylan Mason, Toral Patel and Katelyn Provost. Team B members are: Jack Bortle, Nayeli Perez-Soto, Anna Mitchell, Kyle Pederson, Colton Clanton, Maeve Levreault-Lopez and Matthew Garcia. Ninth- and 10th-grade team members are: Felipe Duque, Abigail Halls, Briston Green, Hayden Johnson, Valerie Cournoyer, Carly Henderson, Owen Mason and Elizabeth Mitchell.

Teacher Karen Zayance is the team’s sponsor and recently was elected to the TSA Board of Directors. In her new role as a Board member, she will assist in the planning and production of the TSA’s four State conferences held annually. The Board works with TSA’s staff by establishing policy, direction and managing competitive events.  She and her students will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s May 3 meeting.


Woodstock HS TEAM competition members who placed at State and are headed to Nationals include, from left to right, front row: Nayeli Perez-Soto, Toral Patel, Julia Litrel, Anna Mitchell, Katelyn Provost, Dylan Mason, Preston Alsup, Reece Mallory, Maeve Levreault-Lopez, Andy Jiang; back row: Valerie Cournoyer, Greg Carroll, Carly Henderson, Jack Bortle, Felipe Duque, Abi Halls, Briston Green, Hayden Johnson, Elizabeth Mitchell, Colton Clanton, Matthew Garcia, Owen Mason and Kyle Pederson.

CCSD Hosts New Leaders Reception for School Board

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, right, is introduced by Dr. Catherine Head to her family at the reception. Dr. Head, currently the Little River ES instructional lead strategist, has been appointed to serve as CCSD’s Coordinator of Curriculum.

The Cherokee County School District hosted a New Leaders Reception on Thursday, April 19, 2018 for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for School District and school leadership roles including Assistant Principals.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan, left, greets Dr. Julie Dutko and her daughter, Kori, at the reception. Dr. Dutko, currently the Holly Springs ES STEM Academy instructional lead strategist, will serve next school year as an Assistant Principal at Teasley MS.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a CCSD Partner, sponsored the reception at CCSD’s Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility, which gave School Board members the opportunity to better get to know the leaders before approving their new roles for next school year.

The 14 new leaders and their families enjoyed networking, refreshments, and a gift from Children’s Healthcare. This is the second reception of its kind for CCSD, following the inaugural event in March that welcomed the majority of new Principals for next school year.


School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman, left, speaks at the reception with LaToya Gray, CCSD’s newly appointed supervisor for special education, and her husband, Russell. Currently Principal of Summit Hills ES in Fulton County, Ms. Gray previously worked for CCSD as a special education facilitator and speech language pathologist.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan, right, congratulates Valerie Lowery at the reception on her appointment as Principal of Boston ES. The longtime CCSD educator currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Canton ES STEM Academy.

School Board Member Rick Steiner, left, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower thank Janet Read Welch of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a CCSD Partner, for sponsoring the reception.

School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman and CCSD School Operations Executive Director Beth Long, center, laugh with Jennifer Jones and her baby, Liam, at the reception. Ms. Jones, a Cherokee HS teacher, will serve as an Assistant Principal at Etowah HS next school year.

Janet Read Welch of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta gives sponsor remarks at the reception, as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower looks on.

Board Briefs: School Board Appoints New School Leaders, Mill Creek MS Classroom Addition

Valerie Lowery

The School Board on Thursday, April 19, 2018, approved the appointment of new School District and school leaders for next school year and a voter-supported classroom addition at Mill Creek Middle School.

After approving Principal appointments last month, the School Board moved on to naming Assistant Principals to vacancies created by some of these moves, as well as any other leadership roles still to be filled for next school year.

“We’re very proud of all these leaders – those who’ve grown with us, stars we’ve stolen from other school districts and those who’ve left us and who we stole back,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said as he introduced the new leaders, noting all of the promoted leaders from within CCSD have completed his Superintendent’s Leadership Academy development program.  “We try to give lots of experiences to our teacher-leaders to get them ready to be Assistant Principals.”

LaToya Gray

One Principal appointment was on the agenda, as a result of Boston Elementary School Principal Izell McGruder moving into a new role as an administrator in the Office of Curriculum & Instruction overseeing English for Speakers of Other Languages programs.

His post at Boston ES will be filled by Valerie Lowery, who is an Assistant Principal at Canton ES STEM Academy.  She has 21 years of experience as a teacher, media specialist, academic coach and administrator — all with CCSD, where she also attended school herself as a child before earning her bachelor, master and specialist degrees.

The School Board also appointed LaToya Gray as supervisor for special education.  Currently Principal of Summit Hills ES in Fulton County, Ms. Gray has 18 years of experience, including previously serving with CCSD as a special education facilitator and speech language pathologist.

Additional CCSD and school leadership changes as a result of Thursday’s appointments include:

Dr. Catherine Head

Erica Morrie

Brett Pinckard

Justin Sanderson

Jennifer Jones

Christy Rich

Lori Etheridge

Denna Vance

Donald Garner

Dr. Julie Dutko

Wesley Satterfield

Ann Jordan

  • Dr. Catherine Head as Coordinator of Curriculum (currently Little River ES Instructional Lead Strategist);
  • Maria Rosario-Regan as Curriculum & Instruction – Title 1 Administrator (currently Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Assistant Principal);
  • Lyn Turnell as Curriculum & Instruction – Student Assessment Administrator (currently Etowah HS Assistant Principal);
  • Tonya Sebring as School Operations – Administrator (currently Woodstock HS Assistant Principal);
  • Erica Morrie as Carmel ES Assistant Principal (currently Woodstock ES teacher);
  • Elizabeth Spell as Cherokee HS Assistant Principal (currently Teasley MS Assistant Principal);
  • Jonathan Hall as Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Assistant Principal (currently Woodstock ES Assistant Principal);
  • Brett Pinckard as Etowah HS Assistant Principal (currently River Ridge HS teacher);
  • Justin Sanderson as Etowah HS Assistant Principal (currently Etowah HS Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA));
  • Jennifer Jones as Etowah HS Assistant Principal (currently Cherokee HS teacher);
  • Christy Rich as Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Assistant Principal (currently Curriculum & Instruction TSA);
  • Jillian Nichols as Little River ES Assistant Principal (currently Clark Creek ES Assistant Principal);
  • Lori Etheridge as Mountain Road ES Assistant Principal (currently Mountain Road ES TSA);
  • Denna Vance as R.M. Moore ES Assistant Principal (currently R.M. Moore ES TSA);
  • Lauren Roach as R.M. Moore ES Assistant Principal (currently Canton ES Assistant Principal);
  • Donald Garner as Sequoyah HS Assistant Principal (currently CCSD special education facilitator);
  • Julie Peppers as Sixes ES Assistant Principal (currently Carmel ES Assistant Principal);
  • Dr. Julie Dutko as Teasley MS Assistant Principal (currently Holly Springs ES STEM Academy instructional lead strategist);
  • Wesley Satterfield as Tippens Education Center Assistant Principal (currently support and service administrator at Blackwell ES in Cobb County);
  • Ann Jordan as Woodstock ES Assistant Principal (currently Johnston ES instructional lead strategist);
  • Megan Biello as Woodstock HS Assistant Principal (currently Cherokee HS Assistant Principal);
  • Lee Davis as Clark Creek ES STEM Academy TSA (currently Indian Knoll ES instructional lead strategist); and,
  • Kim Barger as Ralph Bunche Center TSA (currently CCSD special education facilitator).

The School Board on Thursday also selected the contractor to build a voter-approved classroom addition at Mill Creek Middle School.

The $7.4 million project will be funded by Education SPLOST revenues, as overwhelmingly approved by voters in the 2016 renewal, with funding also coming from the State of Georgia, as the school’s growth earned construction dollars for CCSD.  The proposal from Womack, Lewis & Smith selected by the School Board came in under the $8 Million budget.

Construction on the two-story addition will take 24 months beginning this summer and includes 24 classrooms and a global learning theatre.

Dr. Hightower also shared with the School Board an update on his Ad Hoc Safety & Security Committee, noting he would, at the May 3 Board meeting, present recommendations from the Committee and information on the financial impact should the improvements be approved in next school year’s budget.

As part of Waste Management of Metro Atlanta, Inc.’s Partnership Agreement with CCSD, the company awards one $5,000 scholarship to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year. The designated school rotates annually; the Class of 2018 school is Cherokee High School, and the winner is Haley Hutchison. Celebrating the scholarship at Thursday’s School Board meeting are, from left to right, front row: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Marla Prince of Waste Management, Cherokee HS senior Haley Hutchison, School Board Member Patsy Jordan; back row: School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman, School Board Members Rick Steiner and John Harmon and School Board Student Advisor Ashlee Floyd of Cherokee HS.

The School Board also:

  • Announced longtime Etowah HS PE teacher and renowned coach Rob Graner as the new girls basketball head coach, and the hiring of Regina Tate-Leslie, a successful coach and AP science and math teacher, who is joining Woodstock HS as a teacher and girls basketball head coach;
  • Recognized Woodstock HS Principal Mark Smith as the Georgia Library Media Association’s Distinguished Administrator of the Year;
  • Recognized Cherokee HS Principal Todd Miller as The Georgia Forensics Coaches Association’s Distinguished Administrator of the Year;
  • Recognized Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Teacher Teresa Bailey as Georgia’s 2018 International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Elementary Teacher Excellence Award winner;
  • Recognized CCSD Counselor of the Year Rod Metcalf of Woodstock MS and the Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year;
  • Recognized Sixes ES media specialist Elizabeth Wall as a Common Sense Media Educator;
  • Recognized Etowah HS freshman Sarah Oburu for acceptance into the Disney Dreamers Academy;
  • Recognized CCSD 2018 Spelling Bee winners and their Region and State Bee success;
  • Recognized CCSD Elementary School and Middle School Reading Bowl first-place winners: Indian Knoll ES and Mill Creek MS;
  • Recognized Cherokee HS Speech and Debate Team members as 2018 National Speech and Debate Tournament qualifiers;
  • Recognized CCSD Region and State Technology Fair winners;
  • Recognized Sequoyah HS senior Spencer Mann and sophomore Jacob Allred for placing at the Georgia SkillsUSA Automotive Technology Competition;
  • Recognized Creekview HS and Woodstock HS students for Georgia 4-H achievements;
  • Recognized State and Regional Champions: Creekview HS literary team Region champs; Sequoyah HS literary team Region and State champs; and Etowah HS boys basketball team Region champs;
  • Recognized Cherokee HS senior Haley Hutchison as recipient of 2018 Pine Bluff Landfill/Waste Management Scholarship for $5,000;
  • Approved the renewal of a Partnership Agreement with Bethesda Community Clinic;
  • Approved monthly financial reports;
  • Approved preparation, pricing and marketing for the sale of bonds for Education SPLOST projects;
  • Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips and professional development;
  • Approved special lease agreements; and,
  • Met in Executive Session to discuss personnel and student disciplinary matters.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018

Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

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The Woodstock High School Girls’ Basketball program is welcoming a new head coach who brings State tournament experience with her.

Regina Tate-Leslie

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night appointed Regina Tate-Leslie to teach chemistry and physics and coach next school year.

“We are excited that Coach Tate-Leslie has joined the Wolverine Nation,” Woodstock High School Athletic Director Tonya Sebring said.  “Her knowledge, experience and championship pedigree will no doubt help us build upon the winning tradition of our girls’ basketball program.”

Coach Tate-Leslie earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, where she played basketball and competed in track and field and was named four times to the All ACC Academic Honor Roll, and two master’s degrees (education and sport psychology and performance enhancement).

Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, she interned as an engineer and then began her career as a teacher and coach at Holy Innocents Episcopal School, where she taught both AP Calculus and AP Chemistry.  Her coaching experience began with the junior varsity basketball team, and she then served as the assistant varsity basketball coach.

She moved on to coach Pace Academy’s teams to more than 20 wins per season, including Final Four appearances, Elite Eight appearances, Sweet 16 appearances, and the championship game of the Georgia State Tournament in 2011, where her team finished as the state runner-up.

In the last four years, she has coached and taught at both Shiloh High School and Mount Pisgah Christian School.  At Shiloh, she returned the Generals to State tournament caliber play.

Coach Tate-Leslie said she’s passionate about coaching, teaching, equity and equality, and, as one of her heroes used to say: “Make hard work your passion.”