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Dawson County Schools hires new principal, new director of exceptional children
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The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The Dawson County School system welcomed two new employees last week, as announced by two press releases March 8.

Dr. Todd Langley was approved as the new director of exceptional children while Adam Maroney will be taking over as principal of Riverview Elementary School, following current principal Julia Mashburn’s retirement.

Superintendent Damon Gibbs announced last month that the school system’s central office will undergo restructuring for the 2019-20 school year with the upcoming retirements of Chief Human Resource Officer Lisa Perry and Chief Operations Officer Rick Brown.

As part of that restructuring, Hershel Bennett , current director of exceptional children, will be assuming his new role of assistant superintendent of human resources and operations this summer.

Bennett has more than 25 years of educational experience and has served as the director of exceptional students for the past seven years.

Dr. Todd Langley will be taking the reins of the program July 1.

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Dr. Todd Langley. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Langley has served as a principal in the Gwinnett County Public School District for the past seven years. Prior to that, he served as an assistant principal and special education teacher in the Savannah Chatham County School District, as well as a teacher in the Napoleon City Schools District in Ohio.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and obtained his graduate and post-graduate degrees from Georgia Southern University.

In 2014, Langley was named Outstanding Principal by Georgia’s District I Parent Teacher Association.

He has four daughters and is married to Heather.

“I am looking forward to joining such a wonderful community,” Langley said. “I feel like my background with exceptional children, along with my leadership experiences will allow me to be a great support for the students of Dawson County Schools.”

Also joining the ranks at Dawson County Schools is Adam Maroney, who will assume the role of principal of Riverview Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.

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Adam Maroney. - photo by For the Dawson County News

According to the press release, Maroney has 19 years of experience in education and is the current principal of Vickery Mill Elementary School in Roswell.

"I am honored to join Dawson County Schools to serve the students and parents at Riverview Elementary," Maroney said. "Riverview has a legacy of academic success and more importantly has established a community of learners and partners that is rival to none. I am excited to work alongside such a dedicated team of professionals who truly love and care about the students they serve. I am excited to meet the faculty, staff, students and parents."

Maroney has served eight years as an elementary school principal.

Prior to that, he served as an assistant principal, instructional support teacher and speech language pathologist at all levels from pre-kindergarten to high school.

He has an undergraduate degree in special education and speech pathology from the University of Maine at Farmington, a master's degree in communication science disorders from the University of Cincinnati and a specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of West Georgia.

He has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

He is married to Joni Maroney, who is also a speech language pathologist, and they have two daughters.

Current Principal Julia Mashburn is retiring at the end of the school year. She has served as principal at Riverview Elementary since it opened in 2010, and served as principal of Black's Mill Elementary prior to that.