The Oconee County Board of Education approved a list of personnel recommendations at its April 16 meeting that included two new hires to fill leadership roles in the Central Office.
Claire Michael Miller was named assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction to replace Lynda Hale, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
Suzanne Korngold was named director of special student services, which will include oversight of the special education and gifted programs. She is replacing Kristie Brooks, who is assuming the role of assistant principal at Oconee County Middle School at the start of the new school year.
“I am very pleased to welcome these fine educators to our outstanding school system and already exceptional educational team,” said , in a released statement. “They have produced excellent results in their respective careers and bring strong skills to these important positions. I look very forward to the leadership they will provide.”
More about Miller and Korngold
Dr. Miller has been employed by the Barrow County School System since 1994. She currently serves as the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, a position she has held since 2007. From 2005 to 2007, she served as executive curriculum director, a post she assumed after serving as secondary curriculum coordinator from 2002-2005. She spent the 2000-01 school year as assistant principal for instruction at Apalachee High School. From 1994-2000, she was a Spanish teacher at Winder-Barrow High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from the University of Georgia, as well as a doctoral degree in educational policy studies/educational leadership from Georgia State University.
Ms. Korngold has been employed by Forsyth County Schools since 2001. She has served as assistant principal of South Forsyth High School (SFHS) from 2007 to the present. From 2004 to 2007, she served as assistant principal of Otwell Middle School. In both these roles, Ms. Korngold has had responsibility for a number of instructional programs such as gifted studies, International Baccalaureate programs, Advanced Placement courses, and exceptional students. From 2001 to 2004, she was a special education teacher and department chair at SFHS. Prior to her arrival in Forsyth County in 2001, she served for more than 20 years in a variety of special education positions in Florida, most notably as a behavior specialist. Her responsibilities in this role included providing instructional support to over 50 schools in Broward County. Ms. Korngold holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from Florida State University. In addition, she holds national board certification as an exceptional needs specialist.