October 21, 2020

School Board names new principal at HES

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Board of Education this week approved the promotion of Mr. Paul Mixon to be the next Heard Elementary School principal effective July 1, 2016.

Mixon, one of the most popular educators in Heard County, will take the place of current principal Ms. Debbie Willard.

Willard announced earlier this year that she would be retiring from HES after 30 years as an education professional in the West Georgia area.

Mr. Mixon is one of the most decorated county educators in recent years having been selected as Star teacher eight times, Teacher of the Year, County Teacher of the Year, two-time Recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Economics from the State School Superintendent, and most notably he was the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year Runner-Up.

He grew up in Clayton County where he graduated from Morrow High School. He is married to the former Tiffany Miller, a 1994 graduate of Heard High School, and they have two young sons, Charles and John Pierre. Charles is a 6-year-old kindergarten student at HES. John Pierre is four and will begin Pre-K at HES in the fall.

Paul Mixon and his wife Tiffany along with their two children, Charles (L) and John Pierre

Paul Mixon and his wife Tiffany along with their two children, Charles (L) and John Pierre

Mixon is excited about the challenge of his latest endeavor.

“I am truly honored to be entrusted with these wonderful children. I believe that we have an opportunity to create a special place where dynamic teachers can impact the future of our students and our community,” says Mixon.

“I know we are asked to do a lot of the heavy lifting, but our school board and school system leaders are giving us the resources and support to overcome any challenges we face.”

Mixon taught journalism for several years at Heard High School and restarted “The Warcry.” He sponsored the school newspaper for eight years and was very well-respected by his students.

“Mr. Mixon was the greatest teacher and mentor I’ve ever known,” says 2013 HHS graduate Gracie Rowe. “He combined humor with genuine care and I owe a huge part of the success I’ve experienced in my life to his guidance. I’m so grateful that he will be shaping the minds of the future of my hometown as principal of HES.”

Mixon has been one of two vice principals at HES since 2014 and has been with the Heard County school system since the 2000-2001 school year.

Heard High School principal and next Heard County School Superintendent Rodney Kay thinks Mixon will play a big role in the future of HES.

“Paul has been a colleague for all eight years I have been in Heard County,” said Kay this week. “He is very passionate about kids and will be a huge asset to our system in his new leadership role. Paul has a passion for seeing kids succeed and he will be an incredible resource for our Heard County Elementary School community!”

The Board of Education is seeking a replacement vice principal at the elementary school for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.

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