(Media release from Floyd County Schools):
Effective July 1, 2022, Dr. John Rhodarmer will be the new face leading the way at the Floyd County College and Career Academy (CCA). Currently, he serves as principal at Armuchee High School (AHS) and has been with Floyd County Schools (FCS) for 14 years, eight of those years as an administrator.
“Dr. Rhodarmer has demonstrated great skill at promoting his school and developing relationships with the staff and students at Armuchee High School which I believe will make him very successful in his new role at the College and Career Academy. I look forward to seeing the CCA grow under his leadership,” said Dr. White.
Dr. Rhodarmer has great experience as an educator, coach, and administrator. He served as an assistant principal at Coosa High School for three years prior to taking on his current position. His roles included being a social studies professional learning leader and teacher, administrative intern, trainer/consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, assistant coach for baseball and softball, and local school governance team faculty representative. Dr. Rhodarmer earned his Bachelor’s of Science in History and Political Science and teaching certification from Shorter College, Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from LaGrange College, Education Specialist degree in School Leadership from Berry College, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Samford University.
“I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve as the next leader of the Floyd County College and Career Academy. In his time at the CCA, Mr. Watters worked to create meaningful relationships between our Floyd County students and our local schools, businesses, health care providers, industries, manufacturers, and community leaders. I look forward to working with the excellent CCA students, staff, and board of directors to build upon the important work of helping provide our students with meaningful opportunities and our local economy with a viable 21st century workforce and future leaders,” said Dr. Rhodarmer.
“The Floyd County College and Career Academy students and faculty welcome Dr. John Rhodarmer to our team. I am excited to begin working with him to ensure that the CCA continues to work with Business and Industry for local economic development,” said current CCA principal/CEO Eric Waters.
Eric Waters is retiring at the end of this school year after 15 years at the CCA where he spent two years as an assistant principal and 13 years as the CCA principal/CEO.
As the outgoing principal of Armuchee High School (AHS), Dr. John Rhoadarmer, officially takes on his new position as principal/CEO of the Floyd County College and Career Academy this upcoming summer, Superintendent Dr. Glenn White has appointed Mr. Joseph Pethel Principal of AHS, effective July 1, 2022. Mr. Pethel has served as principal of Coosa Middle School (CMS) since Fall 2019.
“Mr. Pethel has the background, skills, and disposition needed to be an excellent principal. He is knowledgeable and will bring great enthusiasm to his new assignment at his alma mater,” said Dr. White. “I am fully confident in Mr. Pethel’s ability to lead Armuchee High School.”
Mr. Pethel’s career in education began during the 2004-2005 school year. He has been an administrator since 2013. Prior to becoming the Principal of Coosa Middle School he was the assistant principal at Armuchee Elementary two years, he taught at Adairsville Middle School for nine and a half years and served as their assistant principal for three and a half years. Pethel also has experience as a middle and high school coach and served as Adairsville Middle’s athletic director for six years. He graduated with an Educational Specialist degree and Educational Master’s degree from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and a Bachelor’s degree from Berry College.
“My appointment as principal of Armuchee High School is both a dream come true and an exciting, new mission. It has been a great honor to work and serve at Coosa Middle School alongside our amazing staff. Over the last two years and a half, I have formed lasting bonds with the teachers, staff, and students at Coosa Middle School. I also believe my time at CMS has prepared me for this leadership opportunity at Armuchee High School. I look forward to building relationships with the students, faculty, and the Armuchee community,” said Pethel.
Pethel said his philosophy of transformative leadership is about vision and support. His vision is to create a learning environment that allows students to be curious and joyful- to discover their passions and to confront the complex problems they face. He believes this vision can be accomplished if everyone is committed to love, teach, and learn. Partnering with the dedicated AHS faculty, it is his pledge to lead with these values.
John Worsham has been named the Executive Director of Facilities for Floyd County Schools (FCS). He will be responsible for the overall supervision of the construction and maintenance of school system facilities. Worsham brings more than 27 years of experience and strengths in the field of facilities management to FCS.
“Our top priority for all FCS facilities is to provide a safe, healthy, and comfortable physical environment for learning to take place for our students. We are excited to bring John on board with his leadership skills and experience in construction and facilities management,” said FCS Superintendent Dr. Glenn White.
Worsham joins FCS after serving as the director of maintenance and facilities for Chattooga County Schools for more than 13 years. Prior to that, he owned a construction company and worked as a general contractor for 14 years. Worsham began his career with the United States Air Force, working in medical logistics.