Dr. Bob Eddy, Interim Principal
Veteran educator and principal Dr. Bob Eddy has been named the interim principal for Etowah High School through the end of the 2016-17 school year. Eddy’s long career in the Cherokee County School District has included serving as a classroom teacher, award winning wrestling coach, principal of Dean Rusk Middle School and as the first principal of Creekview High School. Eddy served as a teacher/coach at Etowah High School from 1985-1990. Eddy has recently served CCSD as an Administrator on Special Assignment with the primary responsibility of implementing the state’s new teacher and leader evaluation system.
Dr. Eddy received his Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York, College at Cortland; his Education Specialist Degree from the University of Alabama; and his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University. Eddy and his wife, Yvette, live in Canton and have two grown children; Aaron, who is a Chick-Fil-a operator in Fairfield, California and Grant, who is an accountant with Deloitte and Touche in Atlanta.
Dr. Amanda Ruiz
Originally from Warner Robins, Georgia, Dr. Ruiz attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary English Education (1999). She continued at Georgia State University earning both Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (2007) and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Teaching and Learning with a focus in Reading, Language and Literacy (2011). She currently lives in Woodstock with her husband, Ludvin and her children Nathan, Katherine and Alexandra.
Across her career as an educator, Dr. Ruiz has taught high school English Literature and English to Speakers of Other Languages in metro area. She has served as a volunteer educator in various community programs and has consistently held various leadership roles within her school community. Along with designing and implementing professional development for her peers, Dr Ruiz has worked to educate future teachers at both Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University, Dr. Ruiz has worked to educate future teachers.
Dr. Ruiz joined Cherokee County Schools in 2007. During the 2014-15 school year, Dr. Ruiz will serve as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Etowah High School. Dr. Ruiz is skilled at collecting and communicating data to assist teachers in working more effectively with students and developing and implementing initiatives which strengthen graduation rate and school performance as a whole. She is excited about continuing to support teachers and students, and assisting them be successful in the classroom.
Dr. Dan Snipes
Dr. Snipes is a Georgia native who has served Cherokee County Schools for nine years. He served the Cherokee County School District as a Social Studies teacher from 2006-2012. During that span Dr. Snipes has served in various roles such as a Department Chair, Advanced Placement teacher, Instructional Team leader, and assistant coach in fast-pitch softball and baseball as a staff member of Cherokee High School. As an assistant coach Dr. Snipes had the pleasure of working with a state runner-up in 2008. Dr. Snipes has served in various leadership roles as a teacher-leader prior to becoming an assistant principal.
Dr. Snipes has received his undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University in Social Science Education in 2006. He received his Master’s Degree in 2008 and Specialist Degree in 2011 in Educational Leadership and completed his Doctorates degree in Educational Leadership in June, 2015.
Dr. Snipes has a varied background that extends into both the military and private sectors. Dr. Snipes proudly served our nation as a United States Marine. He has also spent over eight years in the private sector here in Georgia. Dr. Snipes has served in a variety of roles in these experiences including over seven years in leadership roles during his tenure in the private sector.
Dr. Snipes serves Etowah High School as the Career Technical and Agricultural Education administrator. Dr. Snipes also supervises the English department, World Language department, Teachers as Advisors, student organizations and clubs, student affairs and community interactions, and is the administrator for the Tenth Grade. Dr. Snipes office is located in building A at Etowah East and can be contacted at 770-721-5580.
Mrs. Lyn Turnell
Mrs. Turnell is pleased to return as an Assistant Principal to Etowah High School, where she previously worked briefly as a guidance counselor. Since starting with the Cherokee County School District in 1996, she has worked in elementary, middle and high school settings in the Etowah, Cherokee and River Ridge Zones as well as in the central office and brings a wide variety of experience to this position. For the last 4 years, she has been an Assistant Principal at Bascomb Elementary School.
Mrs. Turnell received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta. She has a Master’s and Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling from Georgia State University and completed an Educational Specialist add-on degree in Leadership at the University of Georgia. Currently, Mrs. Turnell is enrolled in the Doctoral Program at Kennesaw State University in the Educational Leadership department.
As a school counselor, she has mentored new counselors through the Cherokee County School District BEST Program and also assisted the district with the development, training & implementation of district-wide guidelines & procedures for counselors implementing school-based student mentoring programs. She was a facilitator of the CCSD Substance Use Prevention and Education Resource (SUPER) classes that covered topics such as peer skills & attitudes, parenting skills, family communication & information about drugs for teens and their families who were mandated by the juvenile court system and/or Cherokee County School District to attend. She received her Nationally Certified School Counselor designation from the NBCC in 2000 and has provided supervision of clinical hours for other counselors seeking this certification. Additionally, she has worked as a consultant with Georgia State University to supervise Master’s Level school counseling students in their internship courses.
Mrs. Turnell worked for 4 years as a Teacher on Special Assignment for the CCSD Office of Student Assessment. In this capacity, she was responsible for the inventory, security, training for administration and reporting of results for several of the state and county mandated standardized assessments and for tracking assessment accommodations for Special Education and ESOL students across the county. Mrs. Turnell frequently presented to schools, PTA programs and professional development classes on how to interpret and utilize the data available from these assessments to understand the learning needs of their students and identify areas of school improvement for AYP.
Mrs. Turnell has worked with students outside of the school district in a number of ways including providing counseling groups for court-mandated offenders in the Cherokee County Department of Juvenile Justice, educational support for women & their children through the Cherokee County Family Violence Center and serving as a teacher leader with the People to People International High School Student Ambassador Program.
Mr. Bob Van Alstyne
Mr. Van Alstyne has served the Cherokee County School District as a teacher and coach from 2003-2009 at Cherokee High School and as an Assistant Principal at Hickory Flat from 2009-2011. During his time at Cherokee High School, Mr. Van Alstyne had the pleasure of serving as the Administrator of Polaris Evening School – North Campus in the fall of 2008. This campus was closed in December of that year due to budget cuts.
Prior to his time in the Cherokee County School District, Mr. Van Alstyne was a member of the faculty at Sprayberry High School in Marietta. While there he taught Health, Physical Education, Math and Physical Science. In addition to his role in the classroom, he was a coach for Basketball, Football and Boys’ and Girls’ Golf.
Mr. Van Alstyne is originally from Oswego, New York and earned a BS in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport. After moving to Georgia, he completed a Master’s Degree in Health Studies from the University of Alabama and an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Lincoln Memorial.