Dr. Susan Smith

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-fifth 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
Sandy Bradshaw

My name is Sandy Bradshaw, and I am so excited to be serving as Assistant Principal at Yargo Elementary School! I love our school; I am honored to serve the students, families, and community. I am committed to sustaining strong partnerships to empower each student with setting achievable goals, persevering through learning challenges, and mastering learning expectations. At Yargo, we are committed to supporting all students within a fun, engaging learning environment where each student can achieve success. It is our mission to prepare each student for a lifelong learning adventure!

Throughout my educational career, I have served all grades, pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. I have 21 years of experience serving in a variety of capacities including classroom teacher, support teacher, and instructional coach. I have had the opportunity to work with Jackson, Oconee, and Barrow County Schools. I am proud to be Barrow BOLD!

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family!  My husband, Doug, and I have been married for 22 years. We have two children. Victoria, 16, enjoys school and caring for our two dogs, Lucy, a bloodhound, and Ella, a boxer. Mason, 11, enjoys fishing and being outdoors. Our family loves to go to the mountains and hike on nature trails.

Please call upon me at any time. My email is The school’s phone number is 770-867-1147. I look forward to working with you and meeting the needs of your family.

Wildcats, it’s going to be a “roaring” year!

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