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Last Updated: 8/15/2018 5:11 PM

Penny Valle


Penny Valle - Principal 

It is my honor and privilege to serve as your Principal at Oak Grove STEAM Academy. I love our students, our school and this community. Did you know I served here as a Teacher on Special Assignment in Administration in 2009? Then in January 2010, I was transferred to Woodstock Middle School as an Assistant Principal. After 2 ½ years at WMS, I was called to Etowah High School as an Assistant Principal, Freshman Academy Principal and Special Education Administrator. I have worked in all levels of K-12 schools and enjoyed every assignment.

I began teaching in 1995 after spending 10 years in the corporate world as a Computer Analyst, Supervisor and Manager at NCR Corporation. I first taught at Buffington Elementary for five years, then transferred to Holly Springs Elementary and taught there for seven years. While teaching, I returned to college again to get my Ed. Masters’ degree and my Ed. Specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. Then I went to Kennesaw State University to obtain my Educational Leadership certificate. After teaching for 12 years, I wanted a new challenge so I applied and became a Graduation Coach at Teasley Middle School, working with at-risk learners. After two successful years in this role, I decided to enter Administration and thus, was assigned to Oak Grove ES to learn that position in July 2009.

I love to learn and I love to help others learn – both students and teachers. I hope to never stop learning and never stop helping others to learn. It is my passion and my duty to others, because I know that education has provided many opportunities to me and my family. I proudly call Cherokee High School and the University of Georgia my alma maters. I graduated from UGA with a degree in Management Information Systems in 1985. Then six weeks later, I married my husband, Antonio. Together we have three sons (one deceased). Anthony is a computer analyst and so is Marc; however, they both have considered teaching as a career one day, so perhaps educating students will continue in our family. My favorite quote is, “A hundred years from now it may not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” I hope to make a positive difference in your child’s education and life.


Ashley Polito - Assistant Principal  


Ashley Polito

Oak Grove is a very special place for students and families!  I attended elementary, middle, and high school right here in our Etowah Innovation Zone, and I am honored to be an Oak Grove Eagle as your Assistant Principal.

I joined the Cherokee County School District in 2016 and previously taught in Fulton County Schools.  I have experience in Kindergarten, First, Third, and Fourth grade.  Most recently, I worked as an Academic Facilitator overseeing Math, Science, and STEM for grades Kindergarten through Fifth.

I earned my Elementary Education degree from Kennesaw State University.  My love for learning has always been strong, as I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and my Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Additionally, I am formally trained in Project Based Learning Implementation by the Buck Institute for Education.  I believe in providing instructional excellence, creating life-long learners, and developing students academically, socially, and emotionally.

My husband, Scott, and I were married in 2013, and we have a 2-year old daughter, Mia.  Scott is a Business Development Manager for an automotive care company.  As a family, we love to go swimming, walk our dog, Otto, and spend time with our family and friends!