Atlanta Public Schools announced on June 5 that Tommy Usher will take over as interim principal of Garden Hills Elementary following the departure of Amy Wilson Alderman.

Alderman recently said she will resign effective June 30, saying she is leaving for personal reasons.

Usher currently works as program administrator of the primary campus at Sarah Smith Elementary School. According to the school’s website, Usher received his bachelor’s in early childhood education from Clark Atlanta University and his master’s in education in curriculum and instruction development from Central Michigan University. Before joining Sarah Smith in 2007, he worked in Grove Park Elementary School in Atlanta.

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