Neil Pinnock, Principal
Neil Pinnock was appointed principal of River Trail Middle School on July 1, 2018 and was thrilled to join the River Trail family. He formerly served as the principal at River Eves Elementary School (2007 – 2018), and as the assistant principal of Holcomb Bridge Middle School (2001 – 2007).
Prior to moving into administration, Mr. Pinnock taught at Esther Jackson Elementary School. Mr. Pinnock holds a B.S. and M.S. in education from Florida A&M University and his leadership endorsement from Georgia State University.
Mr. Pinnock's educational philosophy is centered on the belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, and committed and focused educators.
Mr. Pinnock is married to Cynthia Pinnock. They have three children, Nia, Hannah, and Nelson.
Sherri Anderson, Assistant Principal - 8th Grade
Tremendously honored and blessed to serve such an incredible school community, Sherri Anderson is excited about continuing her journey as a member of River Trail's collaborative family which is committed to providing students world-class educational experiences. Ms. Anderson has served as an educator in the Fulton County School System for the last twenty-one years and has been an Assistant Principal at RTMS since 2013. She holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership. Outside of school, she spends time traveling and seeking new, thrilling adventures in which to share with her husband and son whenever possible.
Ms. Anderson encourages everyone around her to live the life out of every day by making a positive difference in someone else's life each day, enjoying something you find meaningful each day, and challenging yourself to do something a little different each day—believing important life goals are to grow, share, and serve.
Guy Crotsley, Assistant Principal - 7th Grade
Beginning with opening RTMS in 2001 as a Life Science teacher and then Graduation Coach, Guy Crotsley has spent 14 of his 17 years in education working for the exceptional River Trail community.
Mr. Crotsley earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a Master's of Education in Secondary Science Education from the University of Florida, and his leadership certificate from the University of Georgia. Outside of school Mr. Crotsley enjoys spending his time with his two sons, Jackson and Matthew, who both attend Shakerag Elementary, and his wife, Kelly, who is a teacher at Shakerag.
Middle school is a dynamic time in the life of our students, and Mr. Crotsley is proud to be able to support the River Trail community as we guide our students on their journey to success!
"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire!"
Laura Ogan, Assistant Principal - 6th Grade
A veteran of the Fulton County School System, Laura Ogan taught at River
Trail when it opened in 2001 and then became an Assistant Principal in 2009. Ms. Ogan holds a master’s degree in leadership
from Georgia State University. Ms. Ogan has two daughters; Sara who is a math teacher in Florida and Anna who
is a Junior at Chattahoochee High School. Ms. Ogan enjoys spending time with
her family as well as watching her daughter Anna play lacrosse.
Ms. Ogan considers it an honor to be a part of such a special, enthusiastic,
and committed group of talented teachers and students. The teachers at River
Trail care about their students and want to be successful both in and out of
school. She is excited about the impact that technology is bringing
to education; as she co-created with her husband a free flash card app to help
with basic math facts.
Ms. Ogan wants her students to remember …
That the challenges you overcome help to form the person you will be tomorrow.
That perseverance is a skill, so never give-up.
That asking for help is a good thing.
That failure helps you learn.
That treating everyone with respect goes further then you will ever know.
…and most importantly to always be honest with your parents, even when you know
they may not like it.
Ms. Ogan wants her parents to remember…
That times have changed and so have the challenges our children face.
That our children need us to monitor and guide their technology use.
That our children need to know that they are learning and that is it ok to make