Carla Foley



It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the Interim Principal at GHS! I am very blessed and fortunate to be part of wonderful staff of teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators! Everyone’s dedication and commitment to every student at GHS is apparent when you walk in the door.

I was born and raised in Norcross, GA,  and I graduated from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. I completed my undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern University, and then spent the next 22-years in Denver, CO, where I taught 6th grade for 15-years, was an assistant principal for 2-years and an elementary school principal for 5-years. During my time in Denver, I earned my M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology, as well as my Principal Licensure from the University of Colorado - Denver.

In December 2014, after visiting my family for Winter Break and spending a week in Ellijay, we decided it was time to return to Georgia. We set out with grand plans to find a little cabin in the woods, get a great job with GCCSS, and raise a few chickens. With the gift of 2 chickens over the summer, all that we set out to accomplish this past year has been met, and much, much more! We love Ellijay and look forward to many years of being a part of this community and serving the students and families of GHS!!!

Assistant Principals 

Tiffany Boyette     
Asst. Principal for curriculum 



I am very excited about working with the students and staff at Gilmer High School as the Academic Assistant Principal. I have taught a variety of grade levels and content areas.  The grade levels range from grades 4-9.  Math was always my area of specialty however, I have also taught science, social studies, language arts, and reading. I received my undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University, my Masters Degree from North Georgia College and State University, and my Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University.  

I was born and raised in Martin County, Florida. I moved to Ellijay, GA with my husband ten years ago. Gilmer County is our forever home and a perfect place to raise our three children. 



Greg Burrell
Asst. Principal for Administration


It is an honor and a privilege to be back at my home, Gilmer High School.  I am thankful for this opportunity to be serving the youth of Gilmer County again.  I will be starting my 19th year in education (16th in Gilmer County).  I will be serving as Assistant Principal for the second time at GHS.

I am a 1993 graduate of GHS.  While at GHS as a student, I lettered in varsity football for four years, played basketball, and participated in track.  I served as FCA president and I was the boys president of the student council.  I was selected to the AJC AA All-state team in football and was able to play college football at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  I earned a BA in Physical Education at Furman, lettered in football, and participated in FCA, the Big-brother program through the YMCA, and several other volunteer opportunities.  

I began my teaching career at Gordon Central High School as a special education teacher and football coach.  In 1998, I moved back home where I served as a special education teacher and coach at GMS.  The following year, I moved to GHS to teach and coach.   I coached several sports, co-taught a wide variety of inclusion classes, and served as department chair for special education for two years.  During this time, I obtained a Master’s degree in interrelated special education from North Georgia and an Education Specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.  In 2005, I stepped in as Gilmer County’s first administrator to serve as Athletic Director.  I served as Athletic Director from 2005-2008 earning Athletic Director of the Year for Region 7-AAA.  In 2009, I became assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary before becoming the principal at Oakland Elementary School the next fall.  I served two years as principal at OES.  

I worked for the Department of Human Services for one year before taking a position in Whitfield County as a special education teacher and football coach.  In 2014, I was hired back by Gilmer County where I served as the special education teacher at Mountain Innovation Program for two years.

I am proud to say that I am a Gilmer County native.  My family has lived in the Gilmer County area since the late 1800’s.  I attended Ellijay Primary School, Ellijay Elementary School, Ellijay Middle School (first 8th grade class in that school).  I want to thank all of the teachers that helped mold me into the educational leader that I have become.  

I have one son, Braxton, who attends Mountain View Elementary School.  

My main duties are maintenance, safety, discipline, and public relations, but if I can help you in any way please contact me.  I look forward to a great school year!!