Meet the Administrative Team

Sequoyah HS Administrative Team

Elliott Berman  –  Heather Phillips  –  Laura Kudlak  –  Matthew May  –  Craig McKinney


Mr. Elliott Berman, Principal

Rhonda Higgins – Administrative Assistant

Welcome to the home webpage of Sequoyah High School.  We are the Chiefs and are proud of our school’s history and achievements.

The 2017-18 school year will mark my fifty-fourth year in education, including fourteen years as the Principal of Sequoyah High School.  During my tenure at Sequoyah High School, I have had the honor and privilege of sharing the successes and celebrating the accomplishments of our students and our faculty/staff.

I am pleased to announce that in 2017, Sequoyah High School was designated an “A Level High School” by the Georgia Department of Education.  Furthermore, Sequoyah High School has had the highest high school CCRPI scores than any other Cherokee County high school, every year that the CCRPI has existed, except for two years.  In addition, Sequoyah High School has the highest 2017 SAT and ACT scores in the Cherokee County School District.

In 2015 the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement established an award to recognize schools that earn a three year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile.  Sequoyah High School is the only CCSD high school to receive this award.  Sequoyah High School has received the “Highest Performance” rating every year that it has been awarded.

SHS has been a leader in education, extra-curricular activities and athletics in the state of Georgia.  Sequoyah High School is a National Blue Ribbon School, a Georgia School of Excellence, and a Governor’s Office for Student Achievement Platinum Award Winner and one of Atlanta Magazine’s Best High Schools in the Atlanta Region.  In addition, Sequoyah High School has been selected by Newsweek Magazine as “A Best High School in America” for Fourteen years in a row from 2004 to 2017.

The National Ranking of high schools was also begun by the Washington Post in the spring of 2011.  I am pleased to report that Sequoyah High School was selected by the Washington Post as one of the “Best High Schools in America” every year that they have ranked the nation’s high schools.

Sequoyah High School was also designated as one of the best high schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Sequoyah High School has also been designated as an Advanced Placement STEM Achievement School.  Advanced Placement STEM Achievement Schools are schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least forty percent of the exam scores on the AP math exams and the AP science exams were scores of three or higher.

Our faculty, together with parents, students, staff and our business and community partners have created a dynamic educational environment that is committed to academic success and educational excellence.

We are proud of our challenging and rigorous academic program, our CCRPI scores, our Advanced Placement Test scores, our PSAT test scores, our SAT test scores and our ACT test scores.

We are equally proud of the accomplishments of our extra-curricular achievements and the success experienced by our athletic teams.

Our award winning PTA/PTSA has been recognized by the district council and the state PTA for its success and accomplishments.  They received the President’s Choice Award and the Outstanding Local Unit Award from the Cherokee County Council.  Our PTA/PTSA was recognized by the state as the District 13 Outstanding Local Unit and the number two high school PTA in the state.

We have created a school culture at Sequoyah that all of our stake holders are proud to support.

I hope that you will find the information in our website to be informative. If you have questions or comments, please contact me by e-mail at .


Elliott Berman
Phone 770-721-3200 – Fax 770-345-5498

Ms. Heather Phillips, Assistant Principal

Teresa Helf – Administrative Assistant

Administrative Duties:  Special Education Department  •  Special Education Curriculum Planning  •  Special Education Discipline  •  ESOL  •  Homebound Services  •  Saturday School  •  Student Discipline for Last Names  “A-B”





Ms. Laura Kudlak, Assistant Principal

Yvette Eddy – Administrative Assistant

Administrative Duties:  Career/Technical Education (CTAE) Administrator  •  Science Department  •  Chamber of Commerce Partners  •  Student Attendance & Waivers  •  Lockers  •  Fire/Tornado Drills  •  School Bus Transportation Issues (non-athletic)  •  RTI/504 Plans  •  Student Discipline for Last Names  “Q-Z” (Regular Education)





Mr. Matthew May, Assistant Principal

Stephanie Weier – Administrative Assistant

Administrative Duties:   Social Studies Department  •  Student Services Department  •  Math Department  •  Curriculum  •  Master Schedule Planning •  Senior Project  •  Textbooks/Student Debts  •  Gifted Budget  •  Professional Learning Communities  •  Student Discipline for Last Names “C-H” (Regular Education)





Mr. Craig McKinney, Assistant Principal

Kelleye Greene – Administrative Assistant

Administrative Duties:  Athletic Director  •  Fine Arts/Performing Arts Department  •  Health/PE Department  •  World Languages Department  •  Crisis Management Program  •  Athletic Transportation  •  Student Discipline for Last Names “I-P” (Regular Education)