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Meet the New Principal: Dr. Julie Dutko of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy!

Posted On: Sunday, August 2, 2020


Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy’s new leader: Principal Dr. Julie Dutko!
Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Principal Dr. Julie Dutko brings an impressive title and list of degrees to her post, which is matched by an equally outstanding track record as an educator and administrator.
“I am most looking forward to becoming a part of the awesome Ball Ground community,” she said.  “I can’t wait to work with this wonderful group of teachers and staff, as we navigate unprecedented times while ensuring the needs of all students are met.  I am so excited about this year!”
Dr. Dutko earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in instructional technology, two specialist degrees – one in curriculum, instruction and administration and the other in educational leadership, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction.  She is a certified data teams leader, endorsed for instructional coaching and Gifted education, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and a Superintendent’ Leadership Academy graduate.
She has worked 16 years in education, first as a teacher at Carmel Elementary School, where she was named Teacher of the Year, then at Indian Knoll ES.  Principal Dutko followed that experience by serving as an intervention specialist at Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy and Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, and next was tapped to serve as an instructional lead strategist to coach teachers at Holly Springs.  There she earned the Superintendent’s Game Changer Award for excellence in instructional support, followed by her role as an assistant principal at Teasley Middle School.
“Dr. Dutko is an instructional rock star, and we’re so proud to see her take on this leadership role,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “She’s proven her exceptional abilities in mentoring teachers to improve instruction at all levels, and we know she will lead Ball Ground’s faculty and students to even greater success.”
She and her husband, Phil, who is a CCSD PE teacher, have three daughters, who all attend CCSD schools.
How can parents be more involved? “We would love for all of our parents to become a part of our PTA as a way to get more involved.  On a daily basis, it is important for parents to ask their child about what they learned that day.  Parents can also be sure to follow our school on social media to see the great things we have going!”

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