Principal of the Year


Laurie Barron (BSEd ’96), of Coweta County’s Smokey Road Middle School, is the 2012 MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals National Middle Level Principal of the Year.

An educator for more than 17 years, Barron taught English at Newnan High School for six years before becoming an assistant principal at Arnall Middle School and then moving to the helm of Smokey Road. She was Newnan High School’s Teacher of the Year in 1999 and STAR Teacher in 2000 and 2001.

Barron received her master’s degree in administration and supervision from the University of West Georgia and her specialist and doctorate degrees in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota. She is the fifth school leader from Georgia to receive recognition as national principal of the year since 2008.

The award, given in September, comes with a $5,000 grant to be used to improve learning.