My name is Mike Manzella, and I’m proud to be serving as the principal of E.T. Booth Middle School.  I began my career as a special education paraprofessional at Liberty Elementary School in 2005.  After that, I spent six and a half years at Cherokee High School teaching mathematics.  I was part of the 9th grade academy pilot, led the implementation of new Georgia standards, and served as department chair.  I also worked with online credit recovery courses and taught summer school.  In January of 2013, I moved over to Woodstock High School as an assistant principal where I served as the curriculum director.  I focused on data management, school improvement planning, and STEM development as well as master scheduling.  During the 2016-17 school year, I was selected to be a part of the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy III which facilitated my growth as a leader and prepared me for the position of principal.  The 2017-18 school year will be my first as a principal, and I couldn’t be happier with what the future holds.

I am originally from Buffalo, New York, but spent most of my elementary and middle school years in Palm Harbor, Florida.  When I moved to Woodstock, I attended 8th grade at the former E.T. Booth Middle School building before going on to The Walker School which is located in Marietta, Georgia.  I earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 2004, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University in 2010, and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University in 2013.  Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University.

I could not be more honored or excited than to be joining the Booth community.  I plan to utilize my energy, enthusiasm, and experience to serve the students, parents, and staff of E.T. Booth Middle School.  If there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone at 770.721.5500 or by email at  Go Falcons!

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Leigh Rogers
8th Grade Assistant Principal

My name is Leigh Rogers and I am an Assistant Principal at E. T. Booth Middle School. I have spent my entire educational career in the Cherokee County School District and both of my children graduated from Woodstock High School. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Business Education. I received my Masters from the University of Alabama and my Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

My teaching career began at E. T. Booth Middle School in 1993 as an exploratory teacher in the area of business. I later served as the Connections Department Head for many years and served on a variety of committees including School Improvement Plan and data management. I was the Teacher of the Year for E. T. Booth Middle School in 2004-2005. I transferred to River Ridge High School in July 2009 and opened the school with our first class in 2009-2010. I taught the CTAE Business and Computer Science classes and assisted with other administrative duties.

In January 2012, I was promoted to the CTAE Assistant Principal at River Ridge High School. My other duties included 10th and 11th grade Administrator, School Improvement Plan Coordinator, Data Committee, Response to Intervention, REP Coordinator, ExP Coordinator, ELL/ESOL, BEST Building Representative, Technology Committee, 8th grade Transition Program, and supervising the Counseling Department.

I am very excited to say I will be joining E. T. Booth Middle School again as an Assistant Principal!  My responsibilities for 2017-2018 include serving as the 8th Grade Administrator, Student Attendance, High School Credit Courses, Substitutes, High School Transition, and TAA (Teachers as Advisors). I can be contacted at 770.721.5500 or by email at

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Scott Townsend
7th Grade Assistant Principal

My name is Scott Townsend and I am an Assistant Principal and currently the 7th grade Administrator.  Originally, from Charleston, West Virginia I attended West Virginia State College earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Recently I completed a Specialist degree and am currently working on a Doctorate, both in Educational Leadership, from Kennesaw State University.

During my educational career, I have taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies in Lakeland, Florida and at Woodstock Middle School.  I have had the honor of being an administrator in Orlando, Florida and at Freedom Middle School prior to moving to ET Booth Middle.  I have served as a Department Chair, Instructional Lead Teacher, and Team Leader while contributing on several committees such as AdvancED, Literacy Council, School Council, Technology Committee, and SACS-CASI Accreditation.  My most rewarding service has been sponsoring several student opportunities during my career such as Social Studies Fair Coordinator, Environmental Club, E-Team (Academic Bowl) and after school tutoring.  In 2005, I received Teacher-of-the-Year recognition for Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida.

My responsibilities at ET Booth include Athletic Director, Media Relations, Online Courses, Partners-In-Education, Response-to-Intervention (REP), as well as oversee 7th grade operations.  I can be contacted at 770.721.5500 or via email at

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Gordon Swordsma
6th Grade Assistant Principal

My name is Gordon Swordsma and I am an Assistant Principal and currently the 6th grade Administrator.  I have received degrees from Auburn University (BS) in 1990, University of Georgia (MED) in 1992, and Lincoln Memorial University (Specialist) in 2000.


This school year (2017-18) will be my 26th year in Education.  I have been in Cherokee County since 2005 and have taught PE at Chapman Intermediate, coached Baseball and Softball at Etowah High School, and held the position of Assistant Principal at Bascomb Elementary and now starting my 2nd school year at ET Booth Middle School.

My responsibilities at ET Booth include Feeder Schools transition, Facility Maintenance/Utilization, Lockers, Custodial Contact, and ExP (Extended Day Program) as well as oversee 6th grade operations.  I can be contacted at 770.721.5500 or via email at

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Kathie Monti
Student Support Assistant Principal

My name is Kathie Monti, and I serve as the Assistant Principal for Student Support and Special Education. I am originally from North Carolina where I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My mom taught Kindergarten for 32 years and my father was the editor of a magazine for teachers. Education was the obvious career choice for me.

During my career in education, I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English Language Arts and Reading. At the school level, I served as a Department Chair, Team Leader, and on the SACS-CASI accreditation committee. I was chosen as the Teacher of the Year for Marietta Middle School, Teacher of the Year for the Marietta City School System and a finalist for the Teacher of the Year for the state of Georgia.

After leaving the classroom, I worked for the Georgia Department of Education as the Teacher Advisor for the Race to the Top Grant helping to create policy that would positively impact student achievement. During this time period, I also worked as a trainer for the Teacher Keys Evaluation System.

I am proud to say that I found my way back to the school level and have been honored to serve as an Assistant Principal at E. T. Booth for the last 4 years. Currently my responsibilities include Special Education, Response to Intervention, 504 Plans, Testing, School Improvement Plan, and ELL/ESOL. I can be contacted at 770-721-5500 or via email at