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

GA National Distinguished Principal                                                        Georgia Distinguished Principal


A Message from our President:

Greetings to All Educators & Principal Leaders,

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution for 2018? I resolve to be the best educational leader I can be by attending the GAEL 2018 Winter Conference, January 28-30, 2018 at the Classic Center, Athens, Georgia. The Winter Conference is a great way to open the new year with host of wonderful speakers and professional development about “Politics and Poverty”. Mr. Hal Beaver, Executive Director of GAEL/GAESP along with the Executive Board members lined up an awesome group of speakers and experts to help us keep our professional learning tool sharpened. Also, our noteworthy speakers would not be possible without the help of our sponsors. A special thank-you to all of our sponsors who help us stay informed with professional guest speakers and experts. Our conferences would not be possible without you. Thank you!

Dr. Ruby Payne is recognized internationally for her foundational book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty. As we continue to support our students instructionally, Dr. Payne will provide insight on how to better work with our families of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success. Claire Suggs is a senior education policy analyst at GBPI, where her research focuses on education finance and school reform issues related to early childhood education, K-12 education and higher education in Georgia. Leigh Colburn is one of our speakers who is a community leader in and outside of the school. She spearheaded several community forums to foster open discussions on how to help students overcome challenges that affect academic success. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will share her impressive record of transformational educational leadership that has led to significant student performance gains within the Atlanta Public Schools System. Brooks Coleman and Lindsay Tippins will provide us insight on how politics and poverty play an active role with educating all of our students within the state of Georgia and throughout the United States. Richard Woods, Georgia’s School Superintendent, brings both an educational and business background to the superintendent’s position and as a speaker, will share his expertise and experience to effectively serve our students in the state of Georgia.

GAESP continues to be a great organization to me for many years. I have received invaluable support with friends, principal colleagues, and a variety of educational leaders from my membership. I challenge you to bring an educational leader or principal colleague to the Winter Conference and/or join our organization. We can learn so much together. Membership in GAEL/GAESP is priceless!

Resolve to attend the Winter Conference, and complete the 2017-2018 school year at the top!



Dr. Donna R. Bishop-Hill is the Principal of W.J. Cooper Elementary School in Loganville, 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 Richard Fisher 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 Karen Wild Carrollton City 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