Indian Knoll Elementary

Picture of Indian Knoll Principal, Dr. Ann Gazell

Dr. Ann Gazell – Principal

Hello, my name is Ann Gazell, and this is my 29th year in public education.  My husband Mike and I reside in the Canton area.  He is retired military as well as a current customer service representative with Publix at Rose Creek.  Between us we have raised three children who are all now adults.  One daughter lives in Colorado, one son lives in Arizona and one son lives here.  We are also the proud grandparents of one granddaughter and two step grandchildren – two of which attend Indian Knoll.

I began my career as a Business Education teacher at the middle and high school levels.  I added a 4-8 certification to my degree and taught 5th grade for four years.  I have 20 years in administration and 15 of those years have been as a principal here in Cherokee County. I had the fortune of opening Indian Knoll 6 years ago which was a highlight in my educational career.

I received my undergraduate degree from Kennesaw State University in 1986 and my Masters in Education from the University of West Georgia in 1995.  I received my Doctorate in Education from Piedmont College in 2011.

To sum it all up, I LOVE my school and the community it serves.  Being a part of the IKES staff is one of the most rewarding positions I have ever held, and I look forward to serving this area for many years to come.

Assistant Principal, Ashley Watson

Ashley Watson – Assistant Principal

My name is Ashley Kennerly, and I am so excited to be joining the Indian Knoll Firebird family this year! This is my tenth year in elementary education, and I have been blessed with the opportunity to teach many students. As a Woodstock High School graduate, I’m delighted that I’m able to give back to students in Cherokee County.

Upon college graduation from North Greenville University in 2006, after earning a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, I then moved back to Cherokee County. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee where all my family lives, my son Max (4 years old) and I love to cheer for the Tennessee Vols, especially during football season!

My teaching career began at Johnston Elementary in 2006, where I taught first grade, as well as EIP in grades K-5. From there, I moved to Canton in 2011 where I taught Kindergarten, fifth grade, and have most recently been teaching Math to students in grades K-5. While at both of these wonderful places, I have had many opportunities and experiences that have prepared me for my transition to an Assistant Principal at Indian Knoll!

As a strong believer in lifelong learning, I have continued my own education while teaching. In doing so, I earned a Master’s in Education from Walden University (2009). Also, from Piedmont College, I earned an Education Specialist degree (2011). Most recently, I have earned a Doctor of Education degree through Liberty University, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

I’m excited to join the dynamic staff, phenomenal students, and the wonderful community of Indian Knoll as we help the children maximize their potential and capacity to learn, while we support Individuality, build Knowledge, achieve Excellence, and encourage Service.