Connie Franklin holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. She is in her 14th year as a school administrator with Habersham County School System located in Northeast Georgia. Currently, she serves as the principal at Habersham Ninth Grade Academy where she loves coming to work every day.
Raised in Detroit Michigan by an immigrant father and mother with a sixth-grade education, Connie is the youngest of nine children. She had a wonderful childhood and didn’t realize she was poor until her first-grade teacher announced there would be a “show and tell” after the Christmas holidays. When classmates brought beautiful and elaborate toys, she quickly realized her thrift shop doll made her look very different from the other students. This was when she really started noticing her clothes, lunches, and supplies were also very different than her friends. Poverty has limited the success of many people, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Connie is quick to tell students education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Connie is married and has three children and four grandchildren. Her favorite things to do include spending time with family and friends, cooking, and shopping for shoes.
After ten years as a history and special education teacher and coach, David Leenman moved into his current role as the assistant principal at Habersham Ninth Grade Academy in Mount Airy, Georgia, in 2016.
As a teenager, academics were the least of David’s priorities. Instead of capitalizing on the teachers and resources available to him, David originally chose to focus on the athletic and social elements of high school. Without his coaches’ abilities to speak into his life and model how one should live, study, and treat others, David’s academic career could have had a drastically different outcome than what it became. It is the standard of his coaches that David tries to live up to each day as a school administrator. While his immature traits were certainly frustrating to David’s teachers and coaches, he is a better school administrator today because of his ability to relate to students who mirror his own past behaviors.
David and his wife Sarah have three children, Gavin, Tanner, and Ansley. When not at school, David can be found running, watching college football, or cooking out with friends and family. He earned an Education Specialist in Teacher Leadership and his Education Leadership certificate from Valdosta State University.
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