New principals named for 2 Gwinnett high schools

Two Gwinnett County high schools will have new principals soon.

Eric R. Davidson is being promoted from associate principal to principal at Duluth High School. Davidson is replacing Anthony Smith, who is taking a job as assistant superintendent for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

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Davidson has been associate principal at Duluth since 2015. He started with the district in 1997 as a science teacher at Dacula Middle School. He also served as an assistant principal at both Dacula and Duluth. Davidson has a bachelor’s degree from Toccoa Falls College, a master’s in education from Brenau University and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.

Christopher Martin, associate principal at Collins Hill High School, will become principal of Lanier High School. Lanier’s current principal, Reuben Gresham, is moving to a role as assistant superintendent for high schools within Gwinnett County Public Schools. 

Martin has worked in education since 1995 and has been with Gwinnett County since 1999. He began in the district as an emotional and behavior disorder teacher, serving in that position from 1999 until 2006. He was a behavior specialist in the district from 2006 to 2008 before moving into administrative roles. He was assistant principal at Hooper-Renwick School and Meadowcreek High School, and associate principal at Meadowcreek and Discovery High School. Martin has also worked as an adjunct professor at Piedmont College and the University of Georgia.

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in behavior disorders, both from Columbus State University. He also earned a doctoral degree in education from the University of Georgia and graduated from Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Quality-Plus Leader Academy Aspiring Principal Program.

There is no set start date for either principal. Both will undergo a transition period “to ensure things move smoothly,” said district spokesman Bernard Watson.

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