CARROLLTON, GA – An experienced school administrator has been named principal of Carrollton Middle School after serving in various leadership capacities for the past 11 years at Carrollton High School.
Supporting the recommendation of Supt. Dr. Mark Albertus, the Carrollton Board of Education Tuesday night approved the promotion of Stacy Lawler, who most recently served as an assistant principal and athletic director at CHS.
“Mr. Lawler is a seasoned educator who brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to this position,” said Albertus. “His enthusiasm, work ethic and exceptional ability to motivate students and staff will serve the Carrollton Middle School family well.”
The Decatur, Ala., native is a 1993 graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a bachelor’s degree in comprehensive science. He went on to earn a master’s in educational leadership at Jacksonville State and his education specialist credentials from the University of West Georgia.
Early in his 24-year career, Lawler taught science and also coached football and track at schools in Tuscaloosa before coming to Georgia when he had the opportunity to coach with his father at Haralson County and Villa Rica high schools. In 2006, he was hired to be the Trojans defensive secondary coach and teach science at Carrollton High School. In addition to coaching football, Lawler coached girls soccer.
In 2011, Lawler left the coaching arena to join the administrative ranks as an assistant principal and director of the Career Technical Agricultural Education program at CHS. In that role, he was instrumental in CHS earning the prestigious AdvancED STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) certification in 2015, becoming only the second high school in the state and 18th internationally to earn this designation, considered a mark of distinction and excellence offered to highly effective institutions that prioritize STEM education as a path to success. Last year, Lawler moved from CTAE director to CHS athletic director succeeding David Brooks, who was promoted to principal of CHS when Albertus was named the school district’s superintendent.
“I am truly humbled to be given this opportunity to serve as principal of Carrollton Middle School,” said Lawler. “My wife was a teacher there for years and I was involved as a parent when my daughters were at the school, so CMS feels like family to me. I look forward to taking this connection to a higher level while, at the same time, placing great emphasis on progressing student success.”
Lawler and his wife, Kristae, have two daughters: Katie, 15, who just completed her freshman year at CHS; and Karly, 12, who is a rising eighth grader at Carrollton Junior High School.
As the new principal, Lawler follows Trent North, who left the CMS leadership position to become superintendent of the Douglas County School System.