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Alumna Named Top Principal in State

Debbie Rodriguez, Taylors Creek Elementary SchoolSecond year in a row COE alums earn honor

Dr. Debbie Rodriquez, COE alumna and principal of Taylors Creek Elementary School in Liberty County, GA, has been named the 2012 National Distinguished Principal for the state by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the U.S. Department of Education. Rodriquez joins COE alumnus Dr. Eddie Pollard who received the honor in 2011. Pollard, also a member of COE’s Board of Advisors, is principal of Tyrone Elementary School in Fayette County.

Rodriguez has served as principal of Taylors Creek for 15 years. Under her leadership, the school was selected as a “model” school by the Georgia Partnership of Excellence in Education. Taylors Creek has also been named as a Distinguished Title 1 School for the past nine years. Rodriguez earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Georgia Southern and her doctorate from the University of Sarasota.

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