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2 Forsyth County middle school principals to retire
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Lakeside Middle School principal Kim Head, left, and South Forsyth Middle School principal Sandy Tinsley recently announced that they will retire after the 2019-20 school year.

Two Forsyth County middle schools will need new principals next year.

Forsyth County Schools announced that Kim Head of Lakeside and Sandy Tinsley of South Forsyth will retire after this school year, effective June 30, 2020.

Head and Tinsley have extensive careers in Forsyth County.

Head is a lifelong resident of Forsyth County who began her teaching career at South Forsyth High School as an instructional technology specialist when it opened in 1989. Head went on to also teach at North Forsyth High School and North Forsyth Middle School.

Head transitioned into administration in 2003 as an administrative assistant at South Forsyth High School. The next year she served as assistant principal at Forsyth Central High School, where she was instrumental in establishing the school’s STEM Academy, the first of its kind in the school system. In 2016, she was named principal at Lakeside.

Tinsley joined Forsyth County Schools in 2001 as a science teacher at North Forsyth Middle School. She eventually served as a quality work facilitator at Vickery Creek Middle School before being promoted to assistant principal there. Tinsley also served as assistant principal at Little Mill and Otwell middle schools.

Tinsley was named South Forsyth Middle School’s principal in 2009. During her tenure, the school was named a Georgia School of Excellence, National Blue Ribbon School and Lighthouse Schools to Watch.