Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Dr. Sue Zinkil, who this school year began leading Creekview High School!
Dr. Sue Zinkil’s new leadership appointment didn’t take her too far from her previous post.
The new Principal of Creekview High School just finished her second school year as leader of neighboring Creekland Middle School, where she came to know many of her current Grizzlies and their families.
The 26-year educator already is hard at work at developing more connections.
“I look forward to ensuring continuity for the juniors and seniors who I haven’t had the opportunity to work with,” said Dr. Zinkil, who lives in Hickory Flat; she and her husband, Mike, have a twin son and daughter, who are seniors at Cherokee High School, and an older son. “I want to make sure seniors feel like their last, most important year in high school is as great as the previous three years.”
Dr. Zinkil, who earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Florida State University, began her career in Florida, where she served as a teacher and administrator for the Broward County, Fla. school system and for Florida Atlantic University. She joined CCSD as an assistant principal, serving in that role at Holly Springs ES and Cherokee HS before taking on the role of CCSD’s Special Education director. She then was appointed Principal of Teasley Middle School, where in 2016 she earned Georgia’s Middle School Principal of the Year award!
“Creekview is an amazing high school,” said Dr. Zinkil, who is taking the reins from Principal Dr. Mark Merges after his appointment to CCSD’s Office of School Operations. “I look forward to continuing the great work put in place by Dr. Merges, the staff, students and community. I also am looking forward to the high school sports!”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, in addition to her outstanding leadership in the schools where she has served, he’s been impressed by Dr. Zinkil’s commitment to children through volunteering for organizations including Anna Crawford Children’s Center and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
“Dr. Zinkil is the perfect Principal for Creekview – she lives in the community, she’s led in the community, and she cares deeply for the community,” he said. “She really cares about the kids – all the kids – as evident from her career in special education and advocacy for groups that help struggling children. We know she’s just the right Grizzly for the job.”
How can parents be more involved? “The best and biggest way parents can be involved is by supporting students’ extracurricular activities,” Dr. Zinkil said. “We want all students to be involved in something beyond their classes. Being involved in clubs, athletics, band, chorus, drama, etc. is a great way for students to be connected to the school and become well-rounded. These extracurricular activities are only possible with parental support.”