Coweta BoE names new principals for Northgate and Newnan

Bill Harrison, left front, will succeed Dr. Therese Reddekopp, left rear, as the principal of Northgate High School, and Chase Puckett, right front, will succeed Dr. Doug Moore, right rear, as the principal of Newnan High School. Moore and Reddekopp are leaving their current posts at the end of the school year to begin administrative duties with the Coweta County School System and Harrison and Puckett will begin their new duties at that time. Photo/Special.

The Coweta County Board of Education recently named five individuals to replace principals who are retiring or taking new positions within the system at the end of the current school year.

Bill Harrison is currently an assistant principal and athletic director at Northgate High School and will succeed Dr. Therese Reddekopp as principal of Northgate High School. Reddekopp is leaving Northgate at the end of the current school year to become the Coweta County School System’s Director of Instructional Services.

Chase Puckett is currently an assistant principal at Newnan High School and will succeed Dr. Doug Moore as principal of Newnan High School. Moore is leaving Newnan High School at the end of the school year to become the Coweta County School System’s Director of Operations and School Safety.

Dr. Cindy Bennett who is currently an assistant principal at Lee Middle school and succeed Dr. Bob Heaberlin as principal of Lee Middle School. Heaberlin is retiring at the end of the school year. 

Andy Clark is currently an assistant principal at Arnall Middle School. He will succeed Dr. Cheryl Sanborn as principal of White Oak Elementary School. Sanborn is retiring at the end of the school year. 

And Dr. Julie Durrance who is currently an assistant principal at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School will succeed Dr. Patti Falk as principal of Arbor Springs Elementary School. Falk is retiring at the end of the school year. 

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said Harrison is a 25-year educator. He taught in Troup County Schools from 1988-1999 before coming to Coweta County. Harrison taught special education at Newnan High school from 1999-2001 before serving as an assistant principal at Northgate High School from 2001-2013. Harrison earned his B.A. degree in special education at Troy State University, his Master’s degree in education leadership at the State University of West Georgia and his Specialist’s degree in education leadership at Troy State University, Jackson said.

Puckett is a 16-year educator. Before coming to Coweta County, he taught in Screven County schools from 1998-2007 during which he was selected and served as the Georgia Teacher of the Year in the 2004-05 school year. Puckett served as an assistant principal at Madras Middle School in 2007-2008 and as an assistant principal at Newnan High School from 2008-2013. Puckett earned his B.A. and Master’s degrees in middle grades education from Georgia Southern University and his Specialist’s degree in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, said Jackson.

Bennett is a 17-year educator. She taught at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton from 1996-97 before coming to Coweta County. She taught as an eighth grade teacher at Northgate Middle School in 1997-98 and at Madras Middle school from 1998-2006. She served as an assistant principal at Arbor Springs Elementary 2006-2008 and then at Lee Middle as an assistant principal from 2008-2013. Bennett earned her B.A. and Master’s degrees in middle grades education at the State University of West Georgia and her Specialist’s degree and Doctorate in education leadership from Argosy University, Jackson said.

Clark is a 17-year educator. He taught in Okaloosa County, Florida, as a school counselor from 1998-2003 before coming to Coweta County. He served as a school counselor at Northgate High school in 2003-2004, as an assistant principal at Northgate High School from 2004-2008 and an assistant principal at Arnall Middle School from 2008-2013. Clark earned his B.A. degree in criminal justice at Troy State University, his Master’s degree in school counseling from Troy State University and his Specialist’s degree in education leadership from the University of West Florida, said Jackson.

Durrance is a 14-year educator. She taught with U.S. Department of Defense schools from 1987-1989. She taught English at Northgate High school from 2001-08 and was served as an assistant principal at Thomas Crossroads 2008-2013. Durrance earned her B.A. and Master’s degrees in English from Auburn University and her Specialist’s degree and Doctorate in education leadership from Samford University, said Jackson.