Principal - Dr. Ken Cline

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

Welcome to Walnut Grove Elementary School!  I am excited to be your principal. During my career, I have been fortunate to work in a variety of educational settings; I have served as an elementary teacher, a middle school teacher, a high school assistant principal, an instructional coach, a college professor, a college administrator, and as an alternative school director. I hold a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, 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. My diverse experience has given me a unique perspective and a chance to better understand the needs of students over their entire educational careers. The elementary school years are by far the most important years in a child’s education, as students learn the foundational skills necessary to become successful, productive citizens. Our goal at WGES is to help students leave our school prepared for success in middle school and in life.
Dr. Ken 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 with 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

Dr. Ken Cline
Haley Herrick
Assistant Principal
Phone: (770) 784-0046
Fax: (770) 784-5599
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