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Meet the New Principal: Kerry Estep of Hickory Flat ES!

Posted On: Thursday, July 30, 2020


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 Hickory Flat Elementary School’s new leader: Principal Kerry Estep!

Hickory Flat Elementary School’s new Principal doesn’t need to add getting to know the community on her to-do list – she already knows it by heart.

Principal Kerry Estep steps up to her new role after serving as the school’s assistant principal for three years and as a teacher-leader for a year.  She began her 18-year career with CCSD as a teacher at Boston Elementary School and then served as a Special Education facilitator at schools throughout the county.

“Hickory Flat is an amazing place,” she said.  “I am so excited to continue the rich legacy of Hickory Flat.  I am looking forward to leading the Thunderbird Nation with positivity, encouragement and consistency.  Right now, I most look forward to the Thunderbirds walking our hallways and hearing the laughter of learning.” 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, followed by two master’s degrees – one in early childhood education, and then one in educational leadership, followed by her specialist degree in curriculum and instruction.  Principal Estep has served as a practicum supervisor teacher at Kennesaw State University, where she earned her educational leadership degree, and as administrator for CCSD’s ExP Saturday School Program.

“Kerry is loved by the Hickory Flat community, and has the experience and enthusiasm to succeed as a Principal, which made her the clear choice to serve as the school’s next leader,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We know the Thunderbirds will soar higher guided by her leadership, and that she and her faculty and staff will continue the school’s exceptional success in social and emotional learning and character education.”

She and her husband, Kenneth Estep, have two daughters in CCSD schools – one is a fourth-grader, and the oldest is a seventh-grader.

How can parents be more involved? “The Hickory Flat community is a great supporter of our school,” Principal Estep said.  “I encourage parents to join one of our two amazing parent groups, PTA or HFES Foundation.”

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