New principal named at Hollis Hand Elementary School

Published 3:19 pm Thursday, June 8, 2023

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Hollis Hand Elementary has a new principal, pending approval from the Troup County School Board next week.

Kelly Doughman is being recommended as the new HHE principal by Superintendent Dr. Brian Shumate.

TCSS said in a press release that Doughman competed against five strong candidates during interviews on Tuesday. The interview process included two interview committees. The secondary committee was led by the Chief Talent Officer for Troup County Schools. This committee was composed of two teachers, two classified staff members, two parents and two students. The primary committee consisted of the superintendent, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, the assistant superintendent of pperations and six members of the district administrative team. After thorough discussion by both committees and second interviews with two finalists, Doughman was selected as the new principal to lead Hollis Hand Elementary School.

Doughman currently serves as the assistant principal at Ethel Kight Elementary School and has been a member of the Troup County School System for 25 years. Prior to becoming an elementary assistant principal, she has served as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Ethel Kight Elementary, Unity Elementary and Berta Weathersbee Elementary. Most recently, Doughman participated in the TCSS Leadership Development Principals for Tomorrow cohort.

In her application materials Doughman said, “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Hollis Hand Elementary School and contribute to its continued success. With my proven track record of leadership, my passion for educational equity and my ability to inspire and motivate others, I am confident I can contribute to the school’s ongoing growth and positive impact.”