Effective July 1, 2013, Heard High School will have a new principal and his face will be a familiar one to most of the faculty and students.
Heard County assistant school superintendent, Rodney Kay, will take over the primary leadership role at the high school on June 30.
Russell Sowell officially tendered his resignation from the principal position earlier this month.
Kay is a graduate of the State University of West Georgia, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish. He earned a masters degree in education leadership from Jacksonville State University and an educational specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.
He started his career as a classroom teacher and head baseball coach at his alma mater, Central High School in Carrollton. He began his career in school administration in 2007 at Heard High as an assistant principal prior to becoming the assistant superintendent for Heard County in 2011.
“Rodney Kay always goes above and beyond to exceed expectations. He is very tenacious and he loves kids. He works very well with students from all walks of life,” stated Heard Superintendent Jerry Prince in his office Tuesday. “He already works closely and has a good rapport with the faculty; they respect him,” added Prince.
Kay was chosen as the 2010 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). The award recognizes assistant principals that excel in developing self and others, community service, resolving complex problems, and providing educational leadership.
“I am looking forward to going back to the high school. I can honestly say those were the four best years I have had in my career in education. I learned a lot from a lot of good teachers. I just have a great working relationship with all of the the folks up there. I think the focal point should be community involvement and I have challenged the faculty with this. Many times we complain about parental involvement, but we don’t give them an avenue to get them involved and that is a challenge that I have tried to lay before them. We really and truly want to get the community more involved.”~Rodney Kay
As the academic assistant principal, Kay spear-headed the benchmark program currently in place at the high school. His primary focus as assistant superintendent has been in transportation, budgeting, and system technology.
He hopes to remain involved with these programs as much as possible. He recently started a new Heard High School Facebook page as a way to promote and publicize the school’s academic achievements while also keeping the community informed.
Kay is married to his wife of 17 years, Stephanie, and he has two children, a son Lee, and a daughter, Morgan. Lee is in 8th grade and Morgan is in 5th grade. Kay and his family reside in Carrollton.