Name: Dr. Edward J. Spurka
After graduating from West Chester University in 1992 with a degree in History and Criminal Justice, Dr. Spurka began his career in education at The Glen Mills Schools. He had intentions of going to law school but changed his career path when he became a role model and counselor for court adjudicated teenage boys. During his four-year tenure at Glen Mills, Dr. Spurka went back to West Chester University and earned an educational degree in Special Education. Dr. Spurka moved to Georgia in 1995 and began his career in Georgia at South Forsyth High School where he taught English and Special Education. He continued his time in the classroom for the next three years at Milton High School before entering into school administration in his fourth and final year at Milton High School. Dr. Spurka spent one year as an assistant principal at Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County and returned to Fulton County in 2001 as an assistant principal at Roswell High School. After two years at Roswell and earning his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Georgia, he was named the principal of Roswell High School. He served in that capacity for the past eight years before being named the principal of Cambridge High School.
During Dr. Spurka’s tenure at Roswell, the school flourished in academics, athletics and performing arts. Roswell High was named an AP Merit School for four consecutive years and was listed as one of Atlanta Magazine’s top high schools in language arts, math and science, and athletics. It also has won five state championships in gymnastics, one state championship in football, and several regional championships. In addition, the school gained national attention when Dr. Spurka presented at the National School Boards Association’s T+L (Teaching and Learning) Conference on how to use technology effectively to increase student achievement. Roswell’s partnership with Apple also earned it the Apple Exemplary Partnership Award in 2009 for using handheld technology in the classroom. Dr. Spurka is a four-time recipient of the Governor’s High Performance Principal award, which was signed into law at Roswell High School in 2006. He also was named an Outstanding Principal of the Year by the Georgia PTA.
On February 17th, 2011, an article was posted by The Beacon’s Nan Cooper. Ms. Cooper wrote:
Over the years, I have heard many good things about Spurka -- every parent has had something positive to say about their experience with him. Not only is he extraordinarily dedicated -- you'll find him at the school any time there are kids on campus -- but he also imbues in the students a sense that they are a part of something bigger than themselves. He takes the time to help them understand how what they do impacts others in the school and the community at large. Recently, a parent told me that Spurka is even a good role model for them on how to be better parents by being involved with the kids and the school.
And then there are the numbers . . . Under Spurka's supervision, RHS has made dramatic strides in academics and in sports. Last February, The Beacon reported that Kathy Cox, former Georgia School Superintendent recognized Roswell High School as one of the top schools in the state for the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams. And the rest of the story is that the students succeeding are not just the ones from affluent families. Roswell High's diversity reflects the diversity of the community in socioeconomics and in race, and their success transcends what are seen as barriers at other schools.
And of course, who can forget the 2006 state championship football game where Roswell took home their first championship trophy in 36 years.
Dr. Spurka is excited to return to the Milton and Alpharetta communities where he started his career in school administration.
Name: Ms. Jennifer Beard
Position: Assistant Principal
Ms. Beard has always been
passionate about coaching people and helping them reach their goals which is
why she pursued her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Georgia State
University and her Master's Degree in middle grades social studies from Brenau
Throughout her career, Ms. Beard has always sought opportunities as a teacher
leader to be innovative. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator, a Georgia
Certified Master Teacher, has served on the Teacher Leadership Forum and
Technology Leadership Forum, and is one of the original 25 Vanguard technology
team members in Fulton County Schools.
Ms. Beard comes to us from the Assistive Technology Department where she has
been for the last three years supporting students with learning differences and
teacher/parent teams with tools and professional development to personalize the
reading and writing process. Prior to that she taught middle grades science and
social studies in both Gwinnett and Fulton County Schools for eight
wonderful years. Her professional experience and personal interests have given
her an expertise in Personalized Learning and the Universal Design for Learning
Ms. Beard enjoys providing feedback to teachers and watching them grow which is
why she enjoyed her work as a Virtual Coach for the Teacher Induction Program
(GO TIP). She is excited to join the team at Cambridge and have the opportunity
to work with us in Bear Country.
Name: Ms. Shavanda Toomer
Position: Assistant Principal
Ms. Toomer received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in Special Education from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta GA. She holds an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ms. Toomer has taught special education at the elementary level. She has also served as an Instructional Support Teacher for Special Education across the elementary, middle and high school levels. For the past ten years, Ms. Toomer has served as the assistant principal at Sweet Apple Elementary School in Roswell. Ms. Toomer will be the 9th grade administrator and work with the special education and TAG departments during the 2016-17 school year. Ms. Toomer is excited to join Dr. Spurka, the administrative team, and the Cambridge High School family. She looks forward to a great year!
Name: Ms. Kim Premoli
Position: Assistant Principal
Ms. Premoli graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature and then attained a Master's in Education in Secondary English Education from Mercer University. She first began teaching at Chattahoochee High School in 2003. In 2007 Ms. Premoli transferred to teach at Roswell High School and served as the English department chair. She received a Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University in 2012. Ms. Premoli taught English, served as the English department chair, advised the yearbook, and coached softball during Cambridge's first year. Last year Ms. Premoli served as an Administrative Assistant and as the English department chair. In 2014-2015 she will serve the 9th grade Administrator and be responsible for the Science and Physical Education departments in addition to leading the CLAWS and PAWS programs.
Name: Mr. Darius Maize
Position: Assistant Principal
Darius D. Maize is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Maize graduated from Frederick Douglass High School and completed his undergraduate studies at Alabama A & M University. He also holds a Master's Degree in Education Leadership and Administration. His career in education began in Atlanta Public Schools, serving Booker T. Washington High School for eight years and Carver School of Health Sciences and Research for two years as a Social Studies teacher, coach and mentor. For the last three years, Mr. Maize served the Lithia Springs High School community in Douglas County Schools as the School Improvement Grant Instructional Coach for Social Studies. Mr. Maize is excited to serve the Cambridge High School community as Assistant Principal.
Name: Mr. Chris Bennett
Position: Athletic Director and Administrative Assistant
Mr. Bennett graduated from West Georgia College with a B.S.E.D. He has taught Social Studies for seventeen years in both Cherokee and Forsyth County. He has coached baseball, basketball, track and football during his teaching tenure. He has spent the last seven year in Forsyth County where he was the Head Football Coach at Forsyth Central. He currently holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University. Mr. Bennett will be the ninth grade administrator as well as the Safety Director for Cambridge High School. Mr. Bennett is excited to be a part of Dr. Spurka's Administrative team and he is looking forward to a wonderful year.
Name: Mr. Peter Vajda
Position: Administrative Assistant
Mr. Vajda received his bachelor's degree in Health Education from the University of New Hampshire at Plymouth. After an 18-year career in the sports marketing world managing many professional sports properties including; the PGA TOUR, Pro Beach Volleyball, WTA Tennis, World Cup Soccer, Celebrity Players Tour, and the National Hockey League, he left the industry to begin his teaching career. Mr. Vajda received his Master's degree from the University of Phoenix in Education and taught special education for 6 years at Milton High School. He coached basketball and golf, and captured the schools only state golf championship in 2012. He began teaching Sports Marketing at Cambridge in 2012 and is the head golf coach. In 2014 the girls golf team captured the state championship, and in 2015 the boys golf team also captured a state championship. Mr. Vajda will assist with 10th and 11th grade administration, he is very excited to be a part of Dr. Spurka' s Administrative team and is looking forward to a great year.