Principal - Ken Cline

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin
Greetings WGES Families,
Welcome to a new school year! I am excited to be your principal. I have twenty-three years of experience in education. I have worked as a classroom teacher at the elementary school, middle school, and college levels; I also have administrative experience at the high school, college, and elementary school levels. I hold a Specialist’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, and a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education. I am currently wrapping up my doctoral degree, so I hope to be Dr. Cline soon. During my career, I have been fortunate to work in a variety of educational settings, including the elementary level through the college level. This diverse experience has given me a unique perspective and a chance to better understand what students need to learn to become successful adults. The elementary school years are by far the most important years in a child’s educational career. Our goal at WGES is to help students leave our school prepared for success in middle school and in life.
Mr. Cline

Assistant Principal - Haley Herrick

It is an honor to introduce myself as the  Assistant Principal at Walnut Grove Elementary School.  My name is Haley Herrick and it truly is my pleasure to continue to serve the staff, students, and stakeholders of Walnut Grove Elementary. As a 20 year veteran in the field of education, I know how important a friendly face, helpful attitude, and dedicated work ethic are to our students and families. It is those characteristics that will continue to be who I am to the core.  
As a long-time resident of Walton County, I believe in what we do as a community and school system. My husband David and I are raising our only child, Jackson, in this community and in this school system. We value our community and school system and are dedicated to seeing Walton County thrive. 
My heart and soul belong to teaching and learning and a big piece of those belong to WGES! I have been part of this staff for nearly 15 years, teaching first grade, second grade, EIP Reading and Math in second, third, fourth, and fifth grades and Gifted in fourth and fifth grades. I served as the Teacher Leader/Instructional Coach for seven years and I was the WGES Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. I am fundamentally an educator and began teaching at the ripe old age of two...yes two! I imagined being a teacher at such a young age and made that dream a reality. I am a 2001 graduate of Mercer University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I began teaching in DeKalb County and taught there for 5 years. I continued my education at Mercer to pursue my Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy. It was at this time that I earned the honor of being named Most Outstanding Master’s of Education Student at Mercer University in 2005. I hold this honor dear because I was chosen by professors in the School of Education.  I am proud that my efforts were above and beyond those of the average student. I would like to think that my distinction as a student has overlapped into my professional career.  Being a lifelong learner and lover of school, I received my Educational Leadership Specialist Degree in 2006 and came to Walnut Grove Elementary that same year. I hold several endorsements including Teacher Leader, Reading, Gifted,  and Coaching.  
My interactions with numerous educators have helped mold me into the leader that I am today. Great schools are a result of great teachers and I look forward to once again collaborating with the staff of Walnut Grove Elementary to ensure that all students continue to grow emotionally, socially, and academically. Walnut Grove Elementary is truly a special place to be and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be back!
Yours in Education,
Haley M. Herrick 

Contact Us

Ken Cline
Haley Herrick
Assistant Principal
Phone: (770) 784-0046
Fax: (770) 784-5599 
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum
“Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sand pile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:
Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder."
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