By Tia Lynn Ivey
A new principal will begin at Morgan County High School (MCHS) this coming school year. The Morgan County Charter School System has chosen Miki St. John Edwards for the position. The Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) made the announcement at a special called meeting earlier this year in April.
Edwards will fill the shoes of the beloved current principal, Jim Malanowski, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
“I am just terribly excited,” said Edwards, who moved to Morgan County three years ago with her husband Steve and two sons, Bryce and Brett. “As a parent of two boys in the school system, I have seen what Dr. Malanowski has done as far as building a community around One Morgan and I am looking forward to continuing that.”
Edwards, who has a background with College and Career Academies, is looking forward to the establishment of Morgan’s coming College and Career Academy on the MCHS campus.
“I have a vision for this because I have seen what it can do for students of every ability and interest level,” said Edwards. “When you let students find their niche in what they love and you build academics around their interests, it creates a wonderful environment. It gets them all thinking about their future…and we get to prepare them for their next step in life, no mater what that may be.”
Edwards is currently the principal of Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers, Ga. She was promoted from assistant principal at the Rockdale Career Academy in 2010, first coming aboard at the school in 2006. She has also worked as a school planning coordinator for the Rockdale County School System and a middle school principal at Memorial Middle School in Conyers. In the 1990s, Edwards both middle school and high school students, in the areas of science, language arts, and social studies.
Edwards earned a PHD in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in 2010, a Master’s Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia in 1998, and a Bachelor of Science for Middle Grades Education at Shorter College in 1992.
She currently serves as the chairperson or the Georgia College and Career Academy Network and served on Georgia’s Academy of Economic Development, Region 3, in 2015.
Edwards officially began on July 1, 2016 and thrilled to prepare for the new school year.
“Morgan is just filled with high quality people. I can’t wait to meet and know everyone and start working with them move this school system forward.”