After graduating from the University of West Georgia in 2001 with a masters of education degree in Speech and Language Pathology, LaToya R. Gray began her career in education in Cherokee County Schools at Sixes Elementary. She had intentions of becoming a child psychologist, but changed her career path after experiencing patients at the Shepherd Center of Atlanta. During her ten year tenure with Cherokee County Schools, she served as a speech and language pathologist, grade level chair, and special education facilitator for grades P-12. After strong encouragement from her mentor, Mrs. Gray went back to earn her education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont College. After graduating in May 2013, she received an offer from Fulton County Schools to join the administrative team at Cambridge High School.
During Mrs. Gray's two and a half year tenure at Cambridge, she gained invaluable experience and insight into all aspects of the school administration process and practices. She came to understand the importance of evaluating, grading and instructional strategies, and worked with entire departments, as well as individual teachers, to provide professional development and model or monitor instructional strategies as needed. Consequently, she cultivated a positive educational experiences for students by promoting a culture of growth and collaboration, while also improving the number of proficient and exemplary teachers. In addition, the school gained district attention when Mrs. Gray lead the implementation of Cambridge's first Community Based Instruction program (CBI).
On April 11, 2016, Mrs. Gray was appointed principal of Summit Hill Elementary, where she will continue her focus on collaboration and monitoring instructional practices to improve the educational experiences of students. She will develop monitoring tools that focus on students who are:
- Fully engaged in the work of the lessons
- Working on appropriately rigorous content
- Taking ownership of their learning
- Demonstrating understanding of the content
Mrs. Gray is a dedicated professional, motivated by her desire to serve others, motivate teachers, and provide students with the best education possible. The work she does every day, deepens her desire to excel and lead.
Mary Beth Burns
Mary Beth Burns began her journey in education as an Elementary Education major at the University of Alabama. She has been with Fulton County since the beginning of her teaching career in 2008. After teaching 1st, 4th, and 5th graders for six years, she was promoted to serve as the Data Support Specialist at Ison Springs Elementary and Dunwoody Springs Elementary. Shortly after, Mrs. Burns became the Lead Data Support Specialist for the Central Learning Community. Throughout this time, she earned a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University, as well as a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University.
Mrs. Burns is passionate about delivering high quality instruction to students, as well as supporting teacher growth through coaching and feedback. She is committed to creating an environment that supports all students and cultivates a love of learning. Mrs. Burns is looking forward to making connections and building relationships with Summit Hill families, as well as the Northwest Learning Community.
Mrs. Burns is a newlywed and is enjoying married life with her husband, Joe. They have two four-legged friends, Benny and Tony. In her free time, she loves to be with her family, renovate her new house and watch Alabama football.
Curriculum Support Teacher (Kindergarten - Second Grade)
Melissa Herring began her teaching career after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Central Arkansas. She began working in the North Little Rock School District where she taught grades 1 through 5 and gifted and talented. During her teaching time in North Little Rock, she earned her Master's Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Reading, Gifted and Talented Licensure and achieved National Board Certification in Literacy/Language Arts. In 2011, Mrs. Herring moved to Alpharetta where she began teaching in Fulton County.
Curriculum Support Teacher (Third - Fifth Grades)
Ms. Vereen graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. After spending time in the corporate world, she received her Master of Arts in Teaching from East Tennessee State University and entered the classroom. Ms. Vereen spent 10 ½ years teaching first and fifth grades at Argyle Elementary in the Cobb County School District and then 2 years as an Instructional Lead Teacher at North Douglas Elementary in the Douglas County School System. During that time, she earned her Specialist in Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She is excited to be a Summit Hill Husky and looking forward to a great year!
Laura Williams started her
career after graduating with a BS in Early Childhood Education with a Reading
Endorsement from Kennesaw State University. She taught for five years at
Alpharetta Elementary teaching third and fifth grades. Integrating technology
became a passion for her almost immediately in her career. She then worked at
Hembree Springs Elementary working in second and fifth grade. During the 2016-2017
school year, she created a STEM Lab with the support of SEED Funding. During
her time at Hembree Springs, she earned her Master in Instructional Technology
with her Teacher Leader Endorsement. She was selected as the 2017 Teacher
of the Year for her work in the STEM Lab as well as received
the Leadership Essentials Award. She believes that every child can learn,
just not all the same way. For this reason, she supports the need for
personalized learning in every classroom with hands-on learning experiences. Miss Williams lives in Alpharetta with
her dog, Jack. She spends her free time with her family and boyfriend,
Lance. She comes from three generations of teachers including her mom
who still teaches in Fulton County Schools.