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Fulton Schools names new principals, district employees
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Fulton Schools names new principals, district employees

FULTON CO., Ga. -- New leaders have been named for two Fulton County schools.

In addition, the school board approved a new instructional area superintendent and executive director of communications.

Zina Rhodes
Bethune Elementary School, College Park

Rhodes will take the helm at Bethune Elementary this summer, replacing retiring principal Gwendolyn Miller.

The new leader has served as assistant principal of Liberty Point Elementary in Union City since 2002. Before that, she was a curriculum support teacher and taught first and fourth grade at Atlanta's Randolph Elementary.

Rhodes also held the role of school improvement coordinator at Fulton's central administrative offices, helping schools develop initiatives to improve student performance.

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership with Nova Southeastern University, Rhodes holds a specialist's degree in administration and supervision from the University of West Georgia and a  master's degree in elementary education from Troy State University. She earned her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Georgia State University.

Shannon Kersey
Alpharetta High School

An assistant principal at Alpharetta High, Kersey will step into the school's top leadership role this summer.

During her career, Kersey has held teaching and leadership positions in Clayton and Gwinnett, as well as Decatur City Schools. She has served as coordinator of teacher development in Gwinnett and a director of instructional services in the Decatur school system.

As a curriculum assistant principal at Alpharetta High, Kersey has worked collaboratively with teachers to implement common assessments and make instructional adjustments to prepare students for standardized tests.

A lifelong learner, Kersey is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational policy studies at Georgia State University, where she also received master's and bachelor's degrees in English.

Vic Shandor
Instructional area superintendent

In July, Shandor will join the Fulton County School System in a role in which he will work with principals in the Alpharetta, Creekside and North Springs clusters.

Shandor is currently the director of the Exceptional Children's Program of Cabarrus County Schools in North Carolina. He has also served as a teacher in Virginia and an education specialist and principal for students with disabilities in a K-12 setting.

He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from California University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in special education from Old Dominion University. Shandor also earned a specialist's degree in educational leadership from George Washington University and will complete his doctoral degree from Wingate University this summer.

Samantha Evans
Executive director of communications & constituent services

Evans will join the system this summer. She is currently the director of strategic partnerships with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where she has also been its assistant director of communications.

Evans has also worked in the private sector as a communications manager for Scholastic, Inc. and a publicist for Children's Television Workshops. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from New York University.

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