In my time as a teacher, I found myself involved in a lot of different leadership roles. At Roswell I served as one of the Athletic directors and Administrative Assistant. I was then asked to become the first STEM Program Specialist in the Northeast Learning Community of Fulton County Schools. In that position, I worked with 23 schools in the areas of math and science curriculum. I opened seven STEM labs and helped River Eves in getting STEM certification. After two years in that I position, I was asked to serve as Curriculum Assistant Principal of Autrey Mill Middle School. I was at Autrey Mill Middle School for three years, before I was appointed principal of Canton Elementary STEM Academy.I was born in Buffalo, and am a DIE HARD Buffalo Bills fan. I spent most of my life in Florida and am a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Upon graduation, I taught High School Biology at Timber Creek high school where I coached and was the sponsor for various activities. My husband and I were married in 2004 and moved here to Georgia in 2007. My teaching career here in Georgia started when at Roswell High School. There I taught various life science classes, coached cheerleading, and sponsored Student Council. (Actually, I coached for nearly 15 years. I have two national titles and top 5 finishes at the state level.)
I love engaging and interactive lessons and am a champion of PBL. I love to be challenged and learn. I believe in authentic teamwork and a positive approach to any problem. I am the daughter of a teacher and engineer … and always LOVED everything science! So…. STEM was really always in my blood! I didn't always know I wanted to teach. In fact, I wanted to be a medical doctor. I spent my first two years of college as an athletic trainer working with the offensive line at UCF. After realizing I may be a little small to be working with such big athletes, I took an education class and I was hooked. I combined my biology classes with education classes and became a science teacher. My teaching career has been bountiful and I am humbled when I hear about and/or see former students. In the end, I became a doctor… just a different kind.
I love my family. Family is very important to me. It is the foundation on which I am supported and it makes me infinitely stronger. My parents are hard working people who really showed me the value of honest work and building relationships. My husband and I grew up in the same town but never dated then. He was way older and way cooler than me. His sisters were my good friends in high school and now are truly part of my family. We are blessed to be the parents of three wonderfully crazy and fun kiddos, that are as unique and perfect as we could have dreamed. We fought hard to be parents and from the struggle built a great foundation for our little family. Our families reside in Florida and South Carolina so we rely on each other and friends to keep us a float and sane :) I love being a mom…. It’s the hardest most rewarding job. My friends are also a huge part of my life. They keep me grounded and remind me when to take time for me. In my spare time, I love… watching movies, all types of music, thrifty shopping, and being goofy with my family. I laugh a lot…
I am very excited about this upcoming year! I have a lot to learn about this great community and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this terrific school. I look forward to getting to know our students, parents, and staff.
Mr. Adam Parker
Mrs. Denna Vance
Mrs. Vance taught in a Science Magnet School and the private sector before joining Cherokee County. In Cherokee, she helped open the doors of Clark Creek STEM Academy in 2012. At Clark Creek Elementary School, she actively helped with the STEM initiative and the school’s State STEM Certification. Throughout Mrs. Vance’s teaching career she has had the pleasure of teaching all grade levels kindergarten through fifth. Mrs. Denna Vance grew up in Pickens, Georgia and attended Kennesaw State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Additionally, she holds a reading endorsement and is STEM, MIE, and gifted certified.
Along with Mrs. Vance’s joy of helping other educators and promoting the implementation of technology in the classroom, she loves spending time with her wonderful husband, precious toddler and new baby boy.