Cynthia Hammond, Westside  E.S.                                                          Kathleen Pulley, Buford Academy

GA National Distinguished Principal                                                        Georgia Distinguished Principal


A Message from our President:

To My Colleagues in Education:

First let me say what an honor it is to serve as your president this year! Thank you for this opportunity to grow together as we embark on a new year of leading and learning. When considering all of the new initiatives, legislative mandates, and accountability measures that are expected of us, being involved in a professional organization is more important than ever. Our organization exists to support the work of elementary principals by providing professional learning and networking opportunities. Having been involved in GAESP for over ten years, I have seen the the importance of professional membership and the shared knowledge and expertise that results from professional networking. Essentially, by leading together we can do more with less.

Our association depends on an engaged membership. We want to hear from you. Your ideas and input are invaluable to ensuring that we provide relevant and timely professional learning opportunities. I encourage you to get involved in your state and national associations. GAESP, GAEL, and NAESP can provide unparalleled opportunities for us to grow as school leaders.

Now, as you know, we have been granted increased “flexibility” to make decisions in our systems. With this flexibility comes numerous questions to be answered and local decisions that will impact various aspects of our profession. We’ve all heard the adage: “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” It is more important than ever that we communicate, reassure, and remain focused on providing the very best learning environment for our students and the best working environment for our staff. I wish you the best year yet. If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me!

Your GAESP President,

Amy M. Duke, Ed.D.


About Us


Georgia Achieves Excellence through Successful Principals


GAESP’s mission is to equip leaders with research based practices that advance student learning. Our organization will provide opportunities for networking, professional learning, and legislative advocacy.


  • All children can and will learn.
  • Elementary Schools provide the foundation for future education.
  • The principal is the instructional leader.
  • High expectations are essential.
  • Education is a collaborative effort involving schools, families, and community.
  • Communication is the key to success

GAESP Executive Committee Listing

President Donna Bishop Gwinnett County Schools


Past-President Amy Duke Laurens County Schools  
President Elect Kim Halstead Houston County Schools  
Secretary Shawn Williams Barrow County Schools  
Treasurer Rick Little Dalton City Schools  
NAESP St./Fed. Kim Halstead Houston County Schools  
GAEL Rep. Richard Bazemore Monroe County Schools  
Awards Julia Mashburn Liberty County Schools  
Awards Co-chair Brittany Mobley Liberty County Schools  
Newsletter Julie Raschen Coweta County Schools  
At Large Katie Johnson Emanuel County Schools  

GAESP Board of Directors Listing

District Number        
1 William Campbell Gainesville City Schools  
2 Anissa Johnson Clarke County Schools  
3 Leeann Fleischauer Columbia County Schools  
4 Bonnie Green Wilkinson County Schools  
5 Quent Floyd Bleckley City Schools  
6 Cleve Miller Bryan County Schools  
  Brittany Mobley Liberty County Schools  
7 Walker Todd Pierce County Schools  
8 Richard Fisher Tift County Schools  
9 Trina Muse Lee County Schools  
10 Lisa Whitaker Muscogee County Schools  
11 Elgin Mayfield Houston County Schools  
12 Brian Keefer Henry County Schools  
13 Karen Wild Carrollton City Schools  
14 Michael Forehand Atlanta City Schools  
14 Amy Bartlett Forsyth County Schools  
14 Christine Knox Gwinnett County Schools  
15 Brandi Hurston Haralson County Schools  
15 Courtney Gadd Walker County Schools  
16 Carla Maret Whitfield County Schools  
16 Karen Carl Cherokee County Schools  
DOE Pam Smith GaDOE
RESA Leigh Ann Putman