At the March 29th called meeting of the Seminole County Board of Education, the Board approved the selection of current Seminole County Elementary Assistant Principal Mark Earnest as the next Superintendent of the Seminole County School System. From a pool of over twenty-five applicants, Earnest emerged as the clear choice.
Board Chairman Dr. Michael Kirkland commented, “His professional accomplishments impressed the Board and his combination of accomplishments, experience, vision, and passion for Seminole County was unmatched.” In its search for a student-centered leader with high standards and expectations, the Board unanimously agreed on this selection. “The Board of Education was intent on finding the right person for the job. The search was both thorough and successful and we look forward to working with Mr. Earnest,” added Kirkland.
Since his selection on March 29, Mr Earnest has been working closely with current and retiring superintendent Brinson Register to facilitate a successful transition of duties as responsibilities. An Oath Of Office ceremony will be held in late June in the Courthouse office of Seminole County Probate Judge Michael Jon Rogerson. Earnest will begin his official duties as Superintendent of Seminole County Schools on July 1.
Earnest commented, “I am exited about this opportunity to work with the Seminole County Board of Education and this school systems’s administrators, teachers and support staff. Together we will work to continue the systems’s record of providing excellence in education and to strengthen our commitment to providing each and every student in Seminole County with the tools and instruction needed for the best possible education.”
Earnest is presently an Assistant Principal with the Seminole County School District, a position he has had since 2015. Prior to that, he held several positions with the Rabun County School District, including Director of Title III – Rabun County Schools from 2014-2015; Principal – Rabun County High School from 2002-2014; and Assistant Principal from 2001-2002.
He was a high school Social Studies teacher with the Rabun County School District from 1998-2000; he developed syllabus, overall course structure and administered all grades; increased overall Georgia High School Graduation Test passing rate from 67% to 89%.
From 1992-1998, he taught middle school Social Studies and was Lead Teacher and a varsity coach with the Seminole County School District. He was a high school Social Studies teacher from 1987-1992 with the Decatur County School System. He also was Advanced Placement teacher, taught Psychology, American Government and U.S. History, and was a varsity coach and Key Club advisor.
His education includes an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership from Albany State University in 1991; a M.S. Ed. – History Degree from Troy State University in 1989; a B.S. Ed. – Social Studies Education Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 1987 and an A.A. – History Degree, with Honors in 1985.