Ron Tesch named interim principal at Johns Creek High

Retiree will assume administrative duties at first of the year



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Former Milton High School Principal Ron Tesch will come out of retirement to lead Johns Creek High School on an interim basis while the schools looks for its fourth permanent principal since opening in 2009.

Last month, Johns Creek Principal Jimmy Zoll announced he was leaving the school at the end of the calendar year (2017) to take a teaching position with the University of North Georgia.

He had been the principal at Johns Creek High for less than two years, coming to the school in 2015 following the resignation of one-year principal Gail Johnson. Buck Greene served as principal from the school’s opening until 2014.

Tesch, who retired from Milton High in 2010 after 12 years as principal, will officially take the helm at Johns Creek Jan. 4. He confirmed he will begin his transition this month, working closely with Zoll during the final week of the semester.

Area Superintendent Clifford Jones said the process for hiring the next principal at Johns Creek will begin with developing a school profile with input from the community.

“The purpose of the school profile is to outline the unique characteristics of the school and to highlight the most important leadership skills that the future principal will need to be successful,” Jones explained.

The profile will rely heavily on the results of a survey to be distributed to Johns Creek High families and staff members in early January.

“[Results of this survey] will allow us to accurately build a school profile unique to Johns Creek High School, [and] to select the most qualified candidates to interview,” said Jones. “Candidates will be interviewed based on the criteria determined to best support the school needs.”

School system officials acknowledged the naming of a permanent principal before the end of the school year would be rushed. The difficulty in hiring new staff and especially principals at the midway point in a school year is problematic.

Since retiring from Milton High School in 2010, Tesch has returned to the school system to serve as an interim principal on several occasions. Those stints include time at Riverwood High School, as well as a return to Milton High School in 2014 prior to the hiring of current principal Brian Jones.

Tesch said he is looking forward to returning to the classroom at Johns Creek.

“It will be fun to get back to working with kids, teachers and parents again.  I’ve always considered myself lucky that I’ve never really left high school,” Tesch said.

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