Carla Foley

Carla Foley

It is a great honor and privilege to serve as the principal at GHS! I am very blessed and fortunate to be part of a 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 Christmas Break and spending a week in Ellijay, we decided it was time to return to Georgia. 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
Assistant Principal for Curriculum

Tiffany Boyette

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.

Matt Johnson
Assistant Principal

I was born and raised in Gouverneur, New York, a small community much like Ellijay. I earned my Bachelor's degree from SUNY Potsdam in 2001 in the fields of Elementary Education and History. I received my Master's degree in Educational Administration from Jacksonville State University in 2006. I also earned my Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College in 2016.

My teaching experience began as a fourth-grade teacher in Paulding County, Georgia in 2002, and I spent eleven wonderful years in that position. In 2014, I was blessed with a teaching position in Gilmer County as a third-grade teacher at Ellijay Elementary. For the past three years I have served Ellijay Elementary, Gilmer Middle, and Clear Creek Middle as an Academic Coach. Now I am thrilled to work with the students and staff as an assistant principal at Gilmer High School.

As I mentioned, Ellijay is much like my hometown, minus the cold and snow, of course. That makes Gilmer County the perfect place to be. My wife and I are excited to raise our two children and future Bobcats in this outstanding school system and community.

Greg Burrell

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Greg Burrell

It is an honor and a privilege to be at my home, Gilmer High School. I am thankful for this opportunity to be serving the youth of Gilmer County. I will be starting my 20th year in education (17thh in Gilmer County). I will be serving as Athletic Director and 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 Gilmer Middle School.

My main duties are athletics, 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!!