Dear Gilmer County Charter School Community,

I am truly honored to begin my service as the new Superintendent of the Gilmer County Schools. I am looking forward to partnering with our students, educators, families, and community to ensure that we meet the district’s mission by putting students first. As your superintendent, I plan to be accessible to all stakeholders and maintain an open and transparent communication policy. I encourage and welcome any questions, comments or concerns you have about our schools.   

The Gilmer County Charter School District has earned a reputation for excellence and I am committed to building on our past success to forge new opportunities for our students. I encourage all parents, community members and stakeholders to join our journey by getting involved and showing your Bobcat Pride.  

My family and I are truly excited to get to know Gilmer County. We look forward to becoming an integral part of this vibrant community. It is indeed a GREAT day to be a Bobcat and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Gilmer County. 

Dr. Brian Ridley

Dr. Brian Ridley is a 1989 graduate of Haralson County High School. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Berry College and Master of Music from the State University of West Georgia. He earned his Educational Specialist degree in Leadership and Educational Doctorate in School Improvement from The University of West Georgia. 

Prior to his appointment as the Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools, Dr. Ridley served as Associate Superintendent in the Haralson County School District in charge of K-12 curriculum, student services, accountability, testing and administrative supervision. He also served as Principal of West Haralson Elementary School and Haralson County Middle School. Under his leadership, Haralson County Middle School emerged from state direction and was named a 2012 GASSP Breakout Middle School and a 2014 Thinking Maps National Spotlight School.

Dr. Ridley is an energetic and passionate advocate for students who has been featured as a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous conferences sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education, Parent to Parent of Georgia, and the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). Dr. Ridley was selected as the MetLife/GASSP 2013 Georgia Middle Level Principal of the Year and a state finalist for Parent to Parent of Georgia’s 2012 Education Impact Award. He has served as a member of the State Board of Directors for GASSP, The Georgia Middle School Association (GMSA) and the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA).  

Dr. Ridley and his wife, Carmi have been married for 19 years. They are the proud parents of five children and two granddaughters.

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