New principals for middle, elementary schools

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Two Morgan County schools are getting new principals, Morgan County Elementary School (MCES) and Morgan County Middle School (MCMS).

Lara Still, a former Morgan County High School graduate and current assistant principal in the Oconee County School System, will be the next MCES principal this fall.  “I am excited to be returning to Morgan County and to have the opportunity to serve as principal of Morgan County Elementary School.  My goal as an administrator is to partner with parents, teachers, and staff to foster an environment where students are growing as learners, building strong character, and developing the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. I look forward to becoming a part of the MCES team!” said Still.

Hillary Meeler, currently completing her second year as a principal with the Rockdale County System, will be the next MCMS principal this coming fall.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Principal of Morgan County Middle School.  The school has a long tradition of excellence, and I will work hard to continue the legacy of success by building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and the community.  My family and I are excited about being a part of the Morgan County Charter School System,” said Meeler.

According to Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent, both Still and Meeler are exceptionally qualified for the jobs and the school system is looking forward to their leadership at each respective school.

Before Still became an assistant principal in Oconee County, “she has worked in Morgan County as an Instructional Lead Teacher, third grade teacher, EIP (remedial) teacher, kindergarten teacher, and teacher of the Gifted.  She was a first and fourth grade teacher at Morrow Elementary School and a fourth grade teacher at North Jonesboro Elementary School, as well,” said Burbach. “Lara received the Oconee County Pursuit of Excellence Award for Leadership Employees this year and was the Morgan County Primary School Teacher of the Year in 2001. She has 27 years of experience as an educator, with 7 of them as an administrator.”

Before Meeler became a principal in Rockdale County, “she served as Assistant Principal at General Ray Davis Middle School for two years.  She also has been the Instructional Technology and Data Specialist for J.H. House Elementary School and a Health/PE teacher with the Walton County Board of Education,” said Burbach. “She participated in the Rockdale County Leadership Academy.  She has been an educator for 10 years, 4 of which have been in administration.”

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