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Last Updated: 8/6/2021 1:48 PM

mrs rich principal 




I am humbled and honored to be named the 2021-2022 Principal of Macedonia Elementary School! 

I am excited to share my 28 years of experience with you. Over the years, I have served the Cherokee County School District in multiple capacities. These include, secretary (6 years), classroom teacher-Ace Academy, Ball Ground Elementary and R.M. Moore Elementary (15 years), Academic Facilitator-Teasley Middle School (3 years), Teacher on Special Assignment-District (2 years), and Assistant Principal at Hasty Elementary Fine Arts Academy (in my 3rd year). Additionally, I hold degrees from Kennesaw State University (Bachelor of Science and Master of Education) and Brenau University (Educational Specialist Degree). 

My husband and I are lifelong residents of Cherokee County. Our two sons, Nathan (22) and Seth (18) are both graduates of Cherokee High School and are currently attending college (Nathan @ Georgia College and Seth @ Chattahoochee Tech).

I met with Macedonia’s School Council earlier this week, and I shared with them my absolute commitment to the Macedonia Elementary students, families, staff and community!   My goal as a principal is to continue the tradition of excellence Macedonia is known for!  #1wildcatnation

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Dr. Susan McQuade came to Macedonia in November 2015 with 26 years of education experience.  A graduate of Tucker High School and Georgia State University (Music Education), Dr. McQuade received her master’s degree from Lesley University (Curriculum & Instruction), and her specialist degree (Administration & Supervision) and doctorate (Executive Leadership) from Lincoln Memorial University.


Dr. McQuade began her tenure with the Cherokee County School District in 2012 as the art and music teacher at Boston Elementary after nine years with Clayton County Schools, six years with the Archdiocese of Atlanta schools, seven years with Buford City Schools, and two years as Director of Enterprise Education Initiatives at the Woodruff Arts Center.


Dr. McQuade balances her professional career with a close and supportive family.  Her husband, Ed, is a retired choral director; their daughter, Lauren, teaches third grade at Woodstock Elementary and their son, Alec, is a sports producer for 11 Alive News.  Dr. McQuade is delighted to be a part of the Macedonia family as one of its assistant principals.




Mrs. Patty Nay, a resident of the Macedonia community for the past fourteen years, was excited to join the staff at Macedonia Elementary in July 2017 as the school’s second Assistant Principal. Mrs. Nay received her undergraduate degree in Education, as well as a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Kennesaw State University.  She also holds a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama.


Before transferring to Sixes Elementary in 1997, Mrs. Nay taught seven years for Marietta City Schools. After seven years at Sixes, Mrs. Nay was promoted to Assistant Principal, and she remained at Sixes for another seven years in that role before serving as Assistant Principal at Knox Elementary for six years.


Mrs. Nay and her husband, Mark, have been married for 31 years, and their children attended Macedonia, Creekland, and Creekview before going on to college. Their son, Ryan, is a recent graduate of UGA, and their daughter, Meghan, attends the University of Louisville.