Coweta schools name new principals

New principals at Ruth Hill Elementary School and Smokey Road Middle School have been appointed for the 2013-2014 school year by the Coweta County Board of Education, as well as a number of new assistant principals.

The appointments were made during a meeting Monday. 

The school board voted to appoint Dr. Aaron Corley to succeed Dr. Valerie Mathura as the principal of Ruth Hill Elementary School, and appoint Jose Casablanca to succeed Dr. Laurie Barron as principal of Smokey Road Middle School.

Corley is a 12-year educator. He began his teaching career at Arbor Springs Elementary School as a fifth grade teacher in 2001. From 2006 to 2007 he served as an assistant principal at Willis Road Elementary School, and from 2007 to 2012 he served as assistant principal at Smokey Road Middle School. Corley has served since 2013 as an assistant principal at Welch Elementary School. 

Corley earned his Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, his master’s degree, Education Specialist degree and Doctorate in Administration, all from the University of West Georgia. He succeeds Ruth Hill principal Valerie Mathura.

Jose Casablanca is a 12-year educator, following a 23-year career in the U.S. Army. Casablanca served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served as a Spanish teacher and an English as a Second Language teacher at Starr’s Mill High School in Fayette County. He came to Coweta County as an assistant principal at East Coweta High in 2007. 

Casablanca earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education at the University of Puerto Rico, and his master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and his Education Specialist degree in Administration from Lincoln Memorial University. He succeeds Smokey Road principal Laurie Barron.

Several assistant principals also were named Monday. They are:

• David “Skip” Seagraves will become an assistant principal at Arnall Middle School.

• John Crosby will become an assistant principal at Lee Middle School.

• Vera Harris will become an assistant principal at Newnan High School.

• Linda Fincher will become an assistant principal at Northgate High School.

• Jennifer Whetstone will become an assistant principal at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School.

• Dr. Waikiki Upshaw will become an assistant principal at Willis Road Elementary School.




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