Jill Thacker was named the permanent principal at Model Middle School at the Floyd County Board of Education meeting for March.

Thacker has held the position of interim principal since the start of the school year when she replaced Steve Turrentine, who retired. Prior to that, she served as the assistant principal at Armuchee Middle School.

“I am very honored to serve as the principal of Model Middle School and appreciate the opportunity to become part of the Model family,” said Thacker. “I understand this comes with very high expectations, and I look forward to surpassing those expectations.”

Thacker’s career in education has been spent at the middle school level. Prior to becoming the assistant principal at AMS in 2009, she taught there for 11 years. She has experience as a middle school student support team coordinator, school interventionist, team leader, athletic director and coach for various sports.

“Mrs. Thacker is well qualified to be a great principal,” said FCS Superintendent Glenn White. “She’s done a fantastic job as interim and I’m very excited for her and the Model Community.”

Thacker holds a bachelor’s degree from Shorter College, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University, and an Educational Specialist degree from Piedmont College.

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