Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Mike Santoro, who this school year will begin leading Creekview High School!
An award-winning educator and coach, Principal Mike Santoro is headed back to high school.
Principal Santoro, who for the last two years led Woodstock Middle School after 22 years of working in high schools, is coming full circle in his new role as Principal of Creekview High School.
“I am looking forward to working with the CVHS teachers and community,” he said. “CVHS is truly a community school, and everyone I have met with has expressed how much they love being a part of the school. Our parents, students, and staff are very proud to be Grizzlies, and I can’t wait to get the year started and work alongside them.”
Beginning his career in Fulton County as a social studies teacher and coach, Principal Santoro advanced to serve as head baseball coach and athletic director at Riverwood High School. His numerous honors include twice earning Teacher of the Year nominations, and twice winning Region Coach of the Year and Region Athletic Director of the Year awards leading to his State Athletic Director of the Year award in 2016. Joining CCSD in 2017, Principal Santoro served as an assistant principal at River Ridge High School before being tapped to head Woodstock MS.
His experience has taught Principal Santoro many lessons in leadership that he plans to put to good use in his new role.
“I want to make sure that we effectively communicate and involve all our stakeholders,” he said. “We all want the same thing, and that is to provide the best possible atmosphere we can for our students and teachers. I think it’s important to be open and honest with my staff and students so we can work together and put everyone in a position to be successful.”
Principal Santoro earned his bachelor’s degree in education from St. John Fisher College in New York, master’s in curriculum and instruction from Walden University and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Berry College. His wife, Stephanie, is an assistant principal at Walton High School, and their daughter is in middle school.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said Creekview’s new Principal brings his A-game to all he does.
“Mike delivers on everything you expect from a high-achieving Principal: he’s an outstanding instructional leader, an exceptional coach for students and educators, and an excellent communicator who seeks collaboration with parents and community partners,” Dr. Hightower said. “We look forward to seeing all he will accomplish with his team of Grizzlies.”
How can parents be more involved? “Parents can look forward to plenty of opportunities to be involved with PTSA, Booster Clubs, and school activities,” Principal Santoro said. “I will be communicating the opportunities through a newsletter twice a month, and I frequently send out information via Twitter. At a school like Creekview, there is so much going on that we couldn’t get it all done without the help of our parents and community.”