Julia Mashburn, Dawson County                                    Robin Neal, Forsyth County

                      National Distinguished Principal                              National Outstanding Asst. Principal


                     Traci Jackson, Houston County                                 Kristy French-Graham, Bibb County

                    Georgia Distinguished Principal                                  Georgia Distinguished Principal


A Message from our President:

Hello Educational Leaders!

It is the beginning of a new school year and the students have arrived.  Some have come in ready to learn, and some have come in with barriers that must be overcome.  As a former principal of mine used to say, “They don’t keep the good ones at home.  They send us the best that they’ve got.”  Meeting each one where they are is the challenge of being a teacher and school leader today.

Unlike in the past where students who were not “school ready” sat in the corner or were sent to other types of classes, we work today to be sure that all students succeed.  From essential standards to research based instructional strategies, we insure our teachers are trained on how to meet the needs of each student that walks into our classrooms.

Additionally, we know that it is imperative that we meet students’ needs beyond the academic.  School counselors, medical technicians, and countless other specialists are involved in our schools on an almost daily basis.  We are not just teaching children, in many cases we are raising them while teaching parents how to be parents.

With all of that being said, we school leaders need support!  We need peers to whom we can reach out.  We need friends to call on who have been there and done that.  As Stephen Covey stated years ago, we need to take the time to “Sharpen the Saw.”  We need GAESP.

Our Fall Conference is coming very soon.  Our theme is “Leading, Learning, and Literacy.” It will be at the Savannah Marriot from November 7th to 9th.  Registration is now open and can be accessed through the GAESP website.  I want to strongly encourage you all to attend.  Don’t think of it as taking time away from your school, think of it as taking the time to recharge your batteries, garner new ideas, and build relationships with peers who can help you when you need it.  Hal Beaver, Executive Director of GAESP, has put together an excellent conference.  We will see many representatives from the Department of Education, including Superintendent Richard Woods.  We have literacy expert Nell Duke coming from Michigan State and we have a low country boil planned at Old Fort Jackson.  It is going to be a great conference, full of motivation, learning, and a few laughs along the way. I hope that you make plans to be there.

Just like the students, we all need help from time to time.  GAESP membership is an excellent way to find that help.  Become a member and come to the conferences.  I contend that if you take the time to come to the conferences this year, you will find that you are a more effective school leader, and your teachers and students will reap the rewards.

Wishing you the Best,



Dr. Elgin Mayfield is the Principal of Langston Road Elementary School in Perry, GA and is President of the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals


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 Elgin Mayfield Houston County Schools


Past-President Donna Bishop Gwinnett County Schools  
President Elect RIchard Fisher Tift County Schools  
Secretary Shawn Williams Barrow County Schools  
Treasurer Rick Little Dalton City Schools  
NAESP St./Fed. Cleve Miller Bryan County Schools  
GAEL Rep. Todd Williford Emanuel County Schools  
Awards Julia Mashburn Liberty County Schools  
Awards Co-chair Brittany Mobley Liberty County Schools  
Newsletter Julie Raschen Coweta County Schools  
Social Media Karniese Daniel Paulding County Schools  

GAESP Board of Directors Listing

District Number        
1 Beth Skarda Hall County Schools  
2 Anissa Johnson Clarke County Schools  
3 Wade White Columbia County Schools  
4 Bonnie Green Wilkinson County Schools  
5 Cindy Screws Dodge County Schools  
6 LaToya Jones Effingham County Schools  
7 Walker Todd Pierce County Schools  
8 Stephanie Morrow Tift County Schools  
9 Clay Stanaland Thomas County Schools  
10 Lisa Whitaker Muscogee County Schools  
11 Cheryl Thomas Houston County Schools  
12 Brian Keefer Henry County Schools  
13 Melanie Brooks Heard County Schools  
14 Tara McGee Fulton County 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 Cindy Saxon GaDOE  
RESA Leigh Ann Putman