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New Principal Chosen For Holcomb Bridge Middle

Autrey Mill Middle assistant principal Christopher Shearer will replace Joy Schroerlucke, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
The Fulton County School Board has tapped new leaders to serve in various capacities in the school district, including a new face at Holcomb Bridge Middle School.

Christopher Shearer, who is currently an assistant principal at Autrey Mill Middle School in Johns Creek, will become Holcomb Bridge's new principal. Shearer replaces Joy Schroerlucke, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Shearer joined Fulton County Schools in 1999 as a teacher at Taylor Road Middle School before becoming an assistant administrator at Ridgeview Charter School and an assistant principal at Sweet Apple Elementary School. He also previously served as a summer school principal at Holcomb Bridge Middle School. 

At Autrey Mill, Shearer is credited with improving communication and helping teachers with strategies that guide classroom improvement. He also is a graduate of the school district’s Promising Principals Program that identified and nurtured up-and-coming school leaders.

Shearer holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Kentucky and history from Georgia State University, master’s degrees in secondary education from Georgia State and educational leadership from Kennesaw State University. 

Gonzalo La Cava, area superintendent – Central Learning Community
Gonzalo La Cava has been named area superintendent of the Central Learning Community, which represents schools in College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Sandy Springs. In this role he will work with the schools’ leadership to achieve their instructional goals.

Currently the school system’s assistant superintendent for support services, Dr. La Cava provides leadership and direction for the planning, implementation and assessment of the special education, Title I, ESOL, discipline, athletics, counseling services, psychological services and school social work departments. 

Before joining the school district, Dr. La Cava served as an elementary and middle school principal for five years in Orange County Public Schools in Florida and also was a teacher and administrative dean at the high school level.

He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in educational leadership as well as a bachelor’s degree in exceptional education, all from the University of Central Florida. He replaces Karen Cox as area superintendent, who is retiring from Fulton County Schools.

Rob Anderson, srea superintendent – Northeast Learning Community

Rob Anderson joins the Northeast Learning Community as its new area superintendent, replacing Will Rumbaugh who is leaving for a position at the Georgia Department of Education. The Northeast Learning Community represents schools in the Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell areas.

Dr. Anderson currently serves as chief of staff for the district and before that was the executive director for the Central Learning Community. 

In that role he supported the learning community’s area superintendent with supervision of schools and helped school leaders meet their instructional goals and manage their day-to-day operations. As chief of staff, he serves as one of the superintendent’s top advisers and works with the school board and district staff to resolve school and constituent concerns.

Before coming to Fulton County, Dr. Anderson was a middle and high school principal with Orange County Public Schools for eight years. He also has served as an assistant principal and administrative dean at the high school level and has been a middle school teacher.

Dr. Anderson earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He also holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Serena Sacks, chief information officer

Serena Sacks joins the Fulton County Schools team as the leader of its Information Technology Division. As the current chief information officer and chief enterprise program management officer for Florida Virtual School, she brings more than 25 years of IT and business knowledge to her new position.

Sacks began her career with IBM in New York City in the financial services industry. She has held leadership positions at Walt Disney World, Harcourt and Wyndham before becoming a management consultant and then joining Florida Virtual School full-time. 

Sacks earned her bachelor's degree in political science and master’s degrees in public policy and management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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