About the Superintendent
Samantha M. Fuhrey, Ed.S.

After a nationwide search, the Newton County Board of Education selected Mrs. Samantha Fuhrey to become the school district's school superintendent in 2013. She is the first female superintendent of Newton County Schools. Originally signed for a three-contract, the school board has offered Mrs. Fuhrey five contract renewals during her tenure. Her current contract runs through the 2020-2021 school year. In the short time that Mrs. Fuhrey has served as school superintendent, the Georgia School Superintendents Association has recognized her outstanding leadership ability and awarded her the GSSA President's Award in 2015. She has also twice been a finalist for Georgia Superintendent of the Year!

Mrs. Fuhrey previously served as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Newton County Schools. She has extensive leadership experience at the executive level, having served as the Executive Director for Secondary Education, the Director of Secondary Education, and the Director of Professional Learning for Newton County Schools. Before transitioning to district leadership, Mrs. Fuhrey served as the principal of Indian Creek Middle School in Newton County from 2005 to 2008 after having been promoted from assistant principal, a position she held from 2001 to 2005. Prior to her employment with Newton County Schools, Mrs. Fuhrey worked for the DeKalb County School System as an assistant principal and an English teacher.

Mrs. Fuhrey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English from Marywood University in 1991 and her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from State University of West Georgia in 2000. She added an Education Specialist's Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University in 2006.

Ms. Fuhrey has served on the Board of the Directors of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of both Newton County Tomorrow and GNR (Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale) Health. She has also served as chair and vice-chair of the Griffin RESA Board of Control.

Mrs. Fuhrey has conducted numerous workshops on Leadership Development, Teacher Leadership, Corrective Reading, Literacy Across the Curriculum, and Reading Fluency. She is also a Leadership Preparation Performance Coach and has presented at numerous conferences, including the International Reading Conference. She has volunteered her time for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Newton County Relay for Life, and Newton County Literacy Volunteers.

In her spare time, Mrs. Fuhrey enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

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