Creekland wants to welcome and introduce our new principal Dr. Richard (Richie) Carnes.
Born and raised in Cherokee County, Dr. Richard (Richie) Carnes has been in the education field for 25 years. He, his wife (Nicole), and sons (Ashton and Braxton) live in the Creekview Zone. Nicole is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Creekview High School where Ashton is a sophomore lacrosse player. Braxton is a 5th grader at Avery Elementary School, and he enjoys playing baseball and basketball.
Dr. Carnes was a 1990 graduate of Cherokee High School. He attended Georgia Southern University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education (1994). Dr. Carnes earned a master’s degree in foundations of education from Troy State University (2003), and he earned a master’s degree in education leadership from Georgia College and State University (2008). In 2011, he received his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Carnes taught English at Cherokee High School from 1994-2000. During that stint, he held extracurricular duties such as class sponsor, assistant basketball coach, assistant football coach, assistant baseball coach, and head golf coach. In the fall of 2000, he had the opportunity to move to Martinez, GA to teach and coach at Lakeside High School. During his three years at Lakeside, he taught English, was the head basketball coach (3 years), head softball coach (1 year), and assistant football coach (2 years).
Ashton was born in 2004. Richie, Nicole, and Ashton moved back home to Canton in June of 2004. He became the work-based learning teacher and Career-Tech Department Head at Cherokee High School and continued to be an assistant football coach for four years. In the spring of 2008, he worked as an assistant principal of CCSD’s Polaris Evening School. Then, in the fall of 2008, he became an assistant principal at Carmel Elementary. Braxton was born in 2009 while he was serving as an assistant principal at Carmel Elementary. In the fall of 2011, as an assistant principal, he helped open Indian Knoll Elementary. He stayed at Indian knoll for four years and then became an assistant principal at Mill Creek Middle School through the 2018-2019 school year. He is extremely excited to invest in his own community as the principal of Creekland Middle School.