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Office of Superintendent

About the Superintendent
Samantha M. Fuhrey, Ed.S.

After a nationwide search, the Newton County Board of Education selected Mrs. Samantha Fuhrey to become the school district’s school superintendent in 2013. She is the first female superintendent of Newton County Schools. Originally signed for a three-contract, the school board has offered Mrs. Fuhrey three contract renewals during her tenure. Her current contract runs through the 2018-2019 school year. In the short time that Mrs. Fuhrey has served as school superintendent, the Georgia School Superintendents Association has recognized her outstanding leadership ability and awarded her the GSSA President’s Award in 2015.

Mrs. Fuhrey previously served as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Newton County Schools. She has extensive leadership experience at the executive level, having served as the Executive Director for Secondary Education, the Director of Secondary Education, and the Director of Professional Learning for Newton County Schools. Before transitioning to district leadership, Mrs. Fuhrey served as the principal of Indian Creek Middle School in Newton County from 2005 to 2008 after having been promoted from assistant principal, a position she held from 2001 to 2005. Prior to her employment with Newton County Schools, Mrs. Fuhrey worked for the DeKalb County School System as an assistant principal and an English teacher.

Mrs. Fuhrey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English from Marywood University in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from State University of West Georgia in 2000. She added an Education Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University in 2006.

Ms. Fuhrey has served on the Board of the Directors of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of both Newton County Tomorrow and GNR (Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale) Health. She has also served as chair and vice-chair of the Griffin RESA Board of Control.

Mrs. Fuhrey has conducted numerous workshops on Leadership Development, Teacher Leadership, Corrective Reading, Literacy Across the Curriculum, and Reading Fluency. She is also a Leadership Preparation Performance Coach and has presented at numerous conferences, including the International Reading Conference. She has volunteered her time for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Newton County Relay for Life, and Newton County Literacy Volunteers.

In her spare time, Mrs. Fuhrey enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.


2017-2018 School Year (NEW)

Superintendent's Summary-September 2017

2016-2017 School Year

Letter to State School Superintendent Regarding NCSS Testing Request

Welcome to Newton County Letter to the Community

Month in Review-August 2016

Month in Review-September 2016

Month in Review-October 2016

Month in Review-November/December 2016

Month in Review-January/February 2017

Month in Review-March 2017

2015-2016 School Year 

Month in Review-August 2015

Month in Review-September 2015

Month in Review-October 2015

Month in Review-November 2015

Month in Review-December 2015

Month in Review-January/February 2016

Month in Review-March 2016

Month in Review-April 2016

2014-2015 School Year 

Month in Review-August 2014

Month in Review-September 2014

Month in Review-October 2014

Month in Review-November 2014

Month in Review-December 2014

Month in Review-January 2015

Month in Review-February 2015

Month in Review-March 2015

Month in Review-April 2015

2013-2014 School Year

Month in Review-July 2013

Month in Review-August 2013

Month in Review-September 2013

Month in Review-October 2013   

Month in Review-November 2013

Month in Review-December 2013/January 2014

Month in Review-February 2014

Month in Review-March 2014

Month in Review-April 2014