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It is an honor to serve the children, faculty, staff, parents and community of Yargo Elementary School.  It is my goal for all students to graduate, therefore, I support them daily by providing a safe environment in which they can access the curriculum while learning to read, write, and compute math.


I am beginning my twenty-fourth year in education, and I am committed to supporting each child in understanding and applying the Georgia Standards of Excellence.  It is also my goal to develop balanced and well-rounded students not only through academics, but extra-curricular activities and real world applicable opportunities.  Because our students must be prepared for twenty-first century careers and modern technology, our faculty and staff commit to guiding and teaching your student skills to prepare them for graduation and life beyond school.


In an effort to support each student, the faculty and staff look forward to the collaborative relationship we will have all year long. Working together and establishing this strong relationship for one-hundred and seventy six school days will allow your child to be on the path to success.  I feel confident that we will be successful in the academic growth of your student as we align resources.  All students have a bright future and can graduate!


During my time in education, I began my career in Johnson City, TN where I taught fourth grade for two years.  Upon moving to Georgia, I have had the pleasure of working in Gwinnett County, Oconee County, and now Barrow County.  My experience ranges from teaching primary grades, upper elementary grades, elementary specials, and within the gifted program. I am now beginning my eleventh year in administration.  I have served as a middle school and elementary school assistant principal, but I am now very excited to serve the Yargo children as their principal.


Outside of school, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.  My husband, Wayne, of twenty five years is an administrator in Gwinnett County. We have three children, two boys and one girl.  Brackin attends college and plays football for Charleston Southern and Reed attends college and plays football for Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL.  Lilly Ann is in the eighth grade and loves to spend time playing tennis and being a 4Her.


If I can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.  My email address is  I strive to support students and families each day, but communication is a key component to all of us working together for students’ success.



Dr. Susan S. Smith

















Assistant Principal, Michael MehrhofHello! My name is Michael Mehrhof, and I have the honor of serving our students, parents, and community, as the Assistant Principal at Yargo Elementary School.  It is, and has been, my goal at Yargo to work together with our students, our faculty and staff, and our families, to provide the quality education that every child deserves; one that will serve as the foundation of their educational careers and life beyond school.  In order to do this, I believe that a strong partnership must be created between the school, parents/families, and the community.  I believe that by working together as a collaborative team, with a common goal of providing an excellent education for our students, will allow us to attain the vision of our school, which is “Building our Students to BETTER our Future”.


I am beginning my 24th year in education, and while that is certainly a long time, I can say with all honesty that I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone!  I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Psychology Degree in 1989, and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1993 from UGA.  I began my career in Education at Bramlett Elementary in Barrow County, as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  This was a job I loved and held for 11 years.  During that time, I received my Leadership credentials because I had a desire to extend my work with the children to all within the building, not just the speech children.  I became Assistant Principal at Bramlett in 2006, and then was named Assistant Principal at Yargo in 2012.


Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family.  My wife Kelly is a 5th grade teacher in Barrow County at Holsenbeck Elementary.  We are a Barrow County Schools family!  Kelly and I have two daughters; Aurora is in 1st grade here at Yargo, and Savannah is currently 18 months old.  The girls keep us busy!  I also have 2 grown sons, both of whom graduated from Winder-Barrow High School, Sean and Jimmy.


I encourage you to call on me, if I can ever be of assistance.  My email is and the school number is 770-867-1147. I am here to help, and I look forward to working with you as we navigate the path to your child’s success!






Dr. Susan Smith

Assistant Principal

Michael Mehrhof