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CCSD Leader Named 2020 Georgia Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year

A Cherokee County School District leader has been named the 2020 Georgia Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year.

E.T. Booth MS Assistant Principal Kathie Monti was one of two leaders announced as finalists for the award, presented by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. The award, which is open to middle school assistant principals statewide, recognizes “outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.”

The judges selected the winner based on achievement in four categories of specific standards: Personal Excellence; Collaborative Leadership; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; and Personalization. As Georgia’s winner, Monti will represent the state in the competition for the national title.

“Kathie is devoted to E.T. Booth Middle School and her Eagle Mountain family, and this award speaks to that dedication,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re so proud to see her recognized for excellence in leadership and for the service she provides to the students and staff.”

In addition to being a vital part of the administrative and leadership team, Monti’s specific area of oversight at E.T. Booth MS is student support, which includes Special Education, Response to Intervention, 504 plans, testing, the School Improvement Plan, and English Learners.

Now in her fifth year as an assistant principal at E.T. Booth MS, Monti previously taught middle school English language arts and reading and earned the Teacher of the Year title for both Marietta MS and the Marietta City School System, then advanced to be named a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year. Monti later worked for the Georgia Department of Education as a teacher advisor for Race to the Top and trainer for the Teacher Keys Evaluation System before joining CCSD in 2013.