Dr. Carolyn Daugherty, Principal
A Message from Dr. D
Cherokee County has been my home since 1987. As a student, I attended Little River Elementary, E.T. Booth Middle, and Etowah High School. The Cherokee County education I received greatly influenced my career path. My college experience began at Georgia State University, but the commute proved too much, so a transfer to Kennesaw State University soon followed. After finishing up the Bachelor’s at KSU, I student taught at Little River and was hired there for my first year of teaching. Little River was home for one year and then I transferred to Chapman Elementary, which became Carmel Elementary in 2001. My teaching experience included 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade EIP. The various models I participated in as an EIP teacher were invaluable, as I learned the importance of formative assessment and true co-teaching. After completing a Masters in Education from Jacksonville State University in Administration and a Specialist Degree in Administration from Lincoln Memorial University, I was given the opportunity to take a Teacher on Special Assignment as Administrator position at R.M. Moore Elementary. The next year, I was promoted to be the Assistant Principal at Chapman Intermediate School. In 2011, I completed my Doctorate Degree in Executive Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. Chapman closed in 2013, and I finished my Assistant Principal experience at Johnston Elementary.
I married my high school sweetheart, Jason and we live near Towne Lake with our two rescue dogs, Giles and Gillian. Jason owns his own wealth management and broker dealer firm in Woodstock. We celebrate 18 years of marriage on August 1st as I begin my 18th year in education.
I am honored to be in the Macedonia Community and look forward to many amazing years to come.
Dr. Susan McQuade, Asst. Principal
Meet Dr. McQuade
Dr. Susan McQuade came to Macedonia in November 2015 with 26 years of educational experience. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she moved to Georgia in 2nd grade and attended Brockett Elementary School in DeKalb County. She graduated from Tucker High School and received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Georgia State University. Her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction is from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and both her Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision and her Doctorate in Executive Leadership come from Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dr. McQuade began her career teaching general and choral music in Clayton County. After moving to Gwinnett County with her growing family, she spent a few years teaching music in the private sector before accepting a unique position in the Buford City School System. Here, she not only assisted the fine arts educators with their exceptional programs, but also modeled and shared integrated teaching through the arts strategies and research-based best practices with K-8 academic teachers. From 2010-2012 Dr. McQuade served as the Director of Enterprise Education Initiatives at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. It was here that she won a Distinguished Service Outside the Profession award from the Georgia Arts Educators Association. It was in that moment that she realized that she did not want to be outside the profession of education. Her heart and skill sets belonged in a school community. She was thrilled to begin teaching again when the Cherokee County School District hired her to teach both art and music at Boston Elementary School. In her time there she was given many opportunities to develop as a teacher leader including participation in the Superintendent’s Leadership Academy.
Dr. McQuade balances her professional career with a close and supportive family. Her husband, Ed is currently the Teacher of the Year at Buford Middle School where he is the choral director and also the director of the Buford Community Girls Chorus. Her daughter, Lauren has been teaching in DeKalb County for the past five years and is thrilled to be coming to the Cherokee County School District to teach at Woodstock Elementary School this year. And, her son, Alec graduated from Georgia State University in December 2015 with a degree in journalism and was immediately hired as a Digital Sports Producer at 11Alive News.
The McQuades have a passion for traveling, learning, and sharing through the arts, writing, exceptional teaching, and faithful living. They are active members of Saint Brigid Catholic Church in Johns Creek.
Dr. McQuade is delighted to be a part of the Macedonia family as its Assistant Principal and looks forward to working alongside Dr. Daugherty.
Mrs. Patty Nay, Assistant Principal
I am honored to become a part of the Macedonia community. I have lived in Macedonia for 13 years. Both of my children attended Macedonia, Creekland, and Creekview. My heart is here and I love being able to have a positive influence on the children in our community.
I received my Teaching Degree and Master’s Degree in Curriculum Instruction from Kennesaw State University. In addition, I have a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from The University of Alabama. This is my 27th year in education, 21 of them in Cherokee County Schools; the other seven were in Marietta City Schools. I have taught 14 years in grades K-4. I began my Cherokee County experience teaching at Sixes. After teaching at Sixes for seven years, I was promoted to assistant principal and was in that role for another seven years. Following Sixes, I was the assistant principal at Knox for six years.
My husband, Mark, and I have been married for 30 years. I have two children: Ryan who recently graduated from the University Of Georgia and is currently working in Atlanta and Meghan is a sophomore at the University of Louisville studying chemistry.
I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you, your children, and work with the staff at Macedonia.