2 Coweta principals to take administrative positions

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By REBECCA LEFTWICH
rebecca@newnan.com
Two Coweta County principals will say goodbye to their high schools at the end of this year and head for the school system's central office.
Newnan High School Principal Doug Moore has been named director of Operations and School Safety, while Northgate Principal Therese Reddekopp will be the new director of Instructional Services.
Their positions reflect a restructuring of system-level administration, a combination of duties held by recently retired or retiring central office staff. The move will tighten the administrative team, reducing costs for the budget-conscious Coweta school system.
"We've had many retirements over the last two years, some great employees," Superintendent Steve Barker said. "Obviously, we are in the process both of redistributing job responsibilities and filling certain components of the vacancies."
Moore, a Coweta County native and an alumnus of Newnan High, is a 32-year educator. He began his career in Coweta schools as a music teacher in 1981, teaching at Arnco-Sargent, Moreland and Grantville Public elementary school and Evans, Central and Smokey Road middle schools as well as Newnan High.
In 2003, Moore moved into school administration as assistant principal at Canongate Elementary. The next year, he began serving as an assistant principal at Newnan High, where he took over as principal in 2008.
Moore earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University, his Master’s degree from the State University of West Georgia and his Education Specialist Degree and Doctorate from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida.
Reddekopp has served as the principal of Northgate High School for 10 years. A native of New Orleans, she is a 33-year educator who began her career in 1980 teaching Spanish, French and English at Hammond, Ponchatoula and Mandeville high schools in Louisiana.
Later, Reddekopp was a classroom teacher and assistant middle school principal in the Carrollton, Texas school system. She came to Coweta County in 1998 as a French teacher at Evans Middle and was named an assistant principal at Newnan High the next year. She became Northgate’s principal in 2003.
During her career, Reddekopp has been an adjunct professor at the University of West Georgia, Brookhaven College in Farmer’s Branch Texas and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.
Reddekopp earned her BA in Spanish and English Education as well as her Master's in Secondary Teaching from Southeastern Louisiana University; her administrative certification from Texas Woman’s University; and her doctorate from the University of Sarasota.
Ensuring the success of each student remains the top priority of Coweta schools, according to Barker, and the school system's vision reflects that priority.
"I am very confident in our staff," Barker said. "We've got a good team that works hard. I am very proud of the people that serve the students of Coweta County."



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