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Meet our Principals for a Day Community Members

Principal for a Day at Sims Academy

In partnership with the Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, the Barrow County School System invited community members to shadow our school leaders as the “Principal for a Day.” Principal for a Day provides business leaders with a firsthand, authentic look at the operations of our schools and the leaders who lead them. The leaders from both worlds get to know one another and come to better understand the similarities and challenges associated with their jobs.

Goals of the Program:

  • Invite community leaders into BCSS schools
  • Increase awareness among individuals in the private sector of the strengths and challenges in BCSS
  • Demonstrate the private sector’s commitment to ensuring a quality public education for all students
  • Form ongoing partnerships between individuals, businesses, and BCSS

Guest principals participate in a variety of everyday activities with the school principal. They welcome students in car rider lines, visit classrooms, attend school leadership team meetings, read stories, tour the school, and enjoy lunch in the cafeteria with students. It’s an eye-opening experience to see the commitment to managing a school of children and teachers and the challenges that can come up.

This year, Principals for a Day visited schools the week of October 28th to November 1st.

Thank you to the community members that applied to participate:

Meet our Principals for a Day Community Members

Katlyn Holt, Bank OZK
Denise Gresson, Renasant Bank
Isaac Rhodes, Reboot
Johnnie Ellington, NAACP
Ann Cronic, Community Member
Staci Waters, Farm Bureau
Adriana Beck, Bank OZK
David Maynard, Mayor for the City of Winder
Gordon Dickerson, Cable East
Peggy Kilgroe, Peachstate Federal Credit Union
Bel Outwater, Piedmont Regional Library System (Auburn Branch)
Ben McDaniel, Barrow Family Connection
Kobie Kilgore, Division of Family & Children Services
Stacy Gilbert, Peachstate Federal Credit Union
Brandon Ashley, Jackson EMC
Tiffany Coles, 4-H
Christopher Bogutzaki, Target
Janie Jones, Community Member

Are you interested in participating next year? Please email Debi Krause at

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