Skelly named Heritage Middle School head
Kristin Skelly has recently been appointed by J.P. Watson, Head of School, as the new Middle School Head at The Heritage School in Newnan beginning July 1.
Skelly currently serves as the assistant principal at Madras Middle School, where she has been for the past four years. Previously, she served as new teacher induction coordinator, as well as a teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels.
“I am ready to begin another part of my educational journey,” said Skelly. “Serving as Middle School Head will give me the chance to work with teachers and students in an already thriving environment where students are encouraged to explore their interests and take risks. The middle school years are a particularly pivotal time for young people, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to guide and support Heritage students as they navigate the adventures of the middle school years.”
During her 18 years in education, Skelly has received top awards, both locally and nationally. In previous years, Skelly was named Coweta County Teacher of the Year as well as a finalist for Georgia’s Teacher of the Year. She has also received the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year award (2013) and named the 2013 President’s Professional of the Year by the Georgia Association of Educators. Most recently, she was selected to serve on the 2014 U-Lead Advisory Council at the University of West Georgia to look at improving the preparation and development of educational leaders.
“Kristin has consistently distinguished herself throughout her educational career, and we are thrilled to have her take the lead in our Middle School beginning this July,” said Watson.
“Her focus on the individual student and maximizing his or her potential by creating a nurturing environment where each student is challenged to reach their personal best is consistent with The Heritage School’s mission and vision of education. I look forward to working with her to create a truly transformative Middle School Experience.”
Skelly received her bachelor’s degree in child and family development from the University of Georgia and received her master’s degree in middle grades education and her specialist degree in educational leadership, both from the University of West Georgia. She resides in Coweta County with her husband, Greg, and their son, Keirnan, who is currently a fourth-grader at The Heritage School.
During her tenure at Madras, Skelly has continuously distinguished herself as an educator who puts the needs of her students at the core of all decisions. Recently, she was instrumental in the creation of the 8th Grade Charter College and Career Academy, the first college and career academy specifically targeting the needs of 8th grade students in Georgia.
For Skelly, education is about developing young people: “I am continually impressed with the commitment to student success and development of leadership skills at The Heritage School. Helping students become self-assured, well-rounded adults with a desire to serve the community is clearly the focus of the Heritage experience. To me, that is what education is all about.”