Middle Ridge Elementary School is pleased to announce that our very own Rhonda Battle has been named our new principal, effective January 4, 2016. She replaced departing principal, Dr. Michael Forehand, who accepted a position with Atlanta Public Schools.
“It is an extreme honor to serve as principal of Middle Ridge Elementary School,” said Battle. “I am truly excited to be a member of the Middle Ridge family and offer my continued support. I look forward to the ongoing success of our teachers and students.”
Ms. Battle was hired by Newton County Schools in 2007 as an elementary school teacher at Middle Ridge and she has remained here ever since. She served as a first grade and third grade teacher before her promotion to assistant principal in 2012. Prior to joining Newton County Schools, Ms. Battle was an elementary school teacher with the DeKalb County School System.
Ms. Battle earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Albany State University in 2001 and her master’s in early childhood education from the University of Georgia the following year. She received an add-on certificate in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University in 2006 and also earned her education specialist degree in instructional leadership from Argosy University the same year.
“Ms. Battle has been instrumental in fostering a culture of high expectations at Middle Ridge Elementary School; she is committed to the success of Middle Ridge students and staff, and will provide the leadership and support necessary to ensure teachers and students reach their potential,” said Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “I look forward to the future of Middle Ridge----the sky is the limit!”
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