Three CCSD Administrators Named ‘Young Professionals to Watch’

Three CCSD Administrators Named ‘Young Professionals to Watch’

The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, during the June Good Morning Cherokee breakfast, recognized the 2018 group of “Cherokee County’s Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch.” These rising stars recognized as Cherokee County’s next generation of community leaders include three CCSD administrators:  Leah Bleisath, Assistant Principal at Creekland Middle School; Michael Manzella, Principal at ET Booth Middle School; and Julie Peppers, Assistant Principal at Carmel Elementary School.

“We are extremely proud of Ms. Bleisath, Mr. Manzella and Ms. Peppers,” said Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools. “While clearly we recognized the talent, character and ability in all three of these outstanding leaders within our district, it is good to know that the business and professional community recognizes the same ‘rising star’ potential that we see in them.  Congratulations to each of them. ”

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Leah Bleisath

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Michael Manzella

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Julie Peppers


The 2018 class of honorees includes:

Jessica Akers, Director, Falany Performing Arts Center & Adjunct Instructor of Business, McCamish School of Business;

Tori O’Bryant, Practice Coordinator, Northside Hospital-Towne Lake Primary Care;

Leah Bleisath, Assistant Principal, Creekland Middle School;

Julie Peppers, Assistant Principal, Carmel Elementary School;

Jennifer Puckett, Co-Owner, In Harmony Pediatric Therapy/Owner, Therabeat, Inc.

Ollie Evans, Chiropractor and Clinic Director, Holly Springs Chiropractic and Massage;

Heath Matiak, General Manager/Co-Owner, R & D Mechanical Services;

Nick Estes, Vice President of Finance, Chart, Inc.;

Brandon Roberts, Founder, Branches of Faith;

Michael Manzella, Principal, E.T. Booth Middle School.