Ms. Melissa Daniell

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Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Melissa Daniell has been named the new principal of East Newton Elementary School, effective December 3, 2018. Ms. Daniell earned a bachelor of music from Shorter College and pursued graduate studies at the University of Georgia. She received her master’s in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University in 2008 and an education specialist degree from Valdosta State University in 2016. 

Ms. Daniell began her career in education in the Newton County School System as a paraprofessional at Livingston Elementary School in 1987. She later served as music specialist at Livingston, Porterdale Elementary, Fairview Elementary, and Mansfield Elementary. After a one-year stint in advertising sales for a publishing company, Ms. Daniell returned to the classroom as a kindergarten EIP teacher at Middle Ridge Elementary School. After two years, she transferred to Fairview Elementary School, where she taught third grade and third grade EIP for six years. She then served one year as a third grade EIP teacher at Live Oak Elementary School before her promotion to assistant principal in 2010. 

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with the staff, students, and parents of East Newton,” said Daniell. “I truly believe in the mission of our school system of providing educational excellence for all students.I anticipate great things as we prepare every student at East Newton for an exciting and successful future of being college and career ready.”

“Mrs. Daniell has been an integral part of the Live Oak Elementary team and has been instrumental in facilitating a culture of high expectations,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System. “She is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and families that make up the East Newton Elementary School community, and I am confident that Mrs. Daniell’s enthusiasm, knowledge, care, and commitment will lead to continued student and staff success.”


Contact information:

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 678-625-6336


Dr. Geri Hawkins              

                                                        Dr. Hawkins

"Hello East Newton Families!" I am extremely happy to be a part of East Newton Elementary School with each of you! I look forward to building some great relationships and supporting the vision that is already established.

I have been told for many years, I have a natural ability to lead, and what better place to be able to LEAD than NCSS. The 2019-2020 school year is my fifteenth year as an Assistant Principal in the NCSS. This marks my 35th year in education. I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my job and being able to make a difference in the life of students, teachers and this great community.

I believe that building solid relationships/ partnerships between school, students, parents, and the community is key to building a strong school community and providing successful learning experiences.

I am a native of Newton County, with a family that goes back generations in the community. I attended school in NCSS at East Newton, Cousins, Ficquett, Sharp MS and Newton County High School. I count it all a blessing to be able to work in a school system that has given so much to me. I am coming home to East Newton where it all began. That is very exciting for me!

I am a graduate of Georgia Southwestern University, Piedmont College, and Capella University. I have two sons, Jamon and Taylor, both graduates of Newton High School. Jamon graduated from Georgia Southwestern University, my college Alma Mater in 2013, and Taylor graduated from Reinhardt University in May 2019. They are the wind beneath my wings. I am also the proud Gigi to London, and Josiah. Oh how they have recharged my life with so much happiness and gratitude.

One of my favorite leadership quotes:

“Leaders instill in their people a hope for success and a belief in themselves. Positive leaders empower people to accomplish their goals.”

Contact information:

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 678-625-6337