CONYERS - Latonya Richards has been named the new principal of Heritage High School.
A native of Greenville, S.C.,, Richards received a bachelor of arts in English and a master’s of teaching in secondary education from the University of South Carolina. She completed her add-on certification from the University of Georgia and her specialist degree in leadership and administration from Liberty University.
Richards started her teaching career in Anderson School district where she taught at Wren High School before moving to Georgia. She taught at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County, where she was the English department chair and senior sponsor before serving as assistant principal at Union Grove High School. In total, she has been an educator for more than 17 years.
She has resided in Rockdale County for more than 10 years with her husband and two children.
“High school is an exciting time, and while we focus on academics there is also the opportunity to participate in a full range of athletics, fine arts, clubs, and organizations to enrich the school experience,” said Richards. “At Heritage, I want to ensure every student is well prepared and graduates college and career ready. Heritage High’s faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring success for every student.”
“As I embark on the 2018-19 school year, I look forward to working with all students,” said Richards. “I invite parents to become an active part of the Patriot community through volunteering, attending school events and encouraging students to pursue excellence on a daily basis.”
Richards succeeds Greg Fowler, who has accepted a position in superintendent Terry Oatts’ office after serving 20 years at Heritage.