Ball Ground ES STEM Academy Principal Earns Doctorate Degree

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy Principal Earns Doctorate Degree

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Dr. Christian A. Kirby

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy’s Principal has achieved an educational milestone of his own!

Principal Christian A. Kirby is now Dr. Kirby, as this week he completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.

“I chose to pursue a doctorate degree because I truly do consider myself a life-long learner,” Dr. Kirby said.  “I feel that I can constantly continue to learn and grow both professionally and personally.  This degree has challenged me to do this on both fronts.”

Dr. Kirby, who joined Ball Ground ES STEM Academy this year after serving as Principal at Little River ES, previously earned a Specialist in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Educational Leadership, both from KSU, and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from North Georgia College & State University (now North Georgia University).

“I am blessed to have incredible support from a loving wife and children and to work in such an amazing school district!” Dr. Kirby said.  “Without the love and support from both home and work, this task would have been exponentially more difficult.”


Three CCSD Principals Retiring, Receptions Planned

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, recognizes retiring Principals, from left to right, Dr. Keith Ingram of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Dr. Deborah Wiseman of Creekland MS and Cindy Cooper of Dean Rusk MS.

Three Cherokee County School District Principals are retiring, and receptions are planned for the community to honor them.

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Dr. Keith Ingram, Creekland Middle School Principal Dr. Deborah Wiseman and Dean Rusk Middle School Principal Cindy Cooper all are retiring at the end of this school year after long and successful careers in education.

The retiring leaders were recognized by the School Board, Superintendent of Schools, senior staff and their fellow Principals during a recent lunch at which they received plaques of appreciation.

Each school will host a retirement reception that is open to the community:

Ms. Cooper: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, at Dean Rusk MS

Dr. Wiseman: 3:45 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Creekland MS

Dr. Ingram: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Ball Ground ES STEM Academy