Administrative Team

Dr. Grant Rivera

Dr. Grant Rivera
Superintendent


Dr. Grant Rivera is a career educator committed to serving every child and supporting every family. He believes great schools and communities are built on the combined talents of talented educators and an engaged community. He serves as the Superintendent of Marietta City Schools, becoming the 13th superintendent since 1892, leading the district's 11 schools, approximately 8,900 students and 1,200 employees. Prior to this position, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Cobb County School District, which has 112 schools and over 111,000 students. He was a principal for nine years at three high schools: South Cobb High School in Austell (2005-2009), Campbell High School in Smyrna (2009-2011), and Westlake High School in South Fulton County (2011-2014). Prior to being appointed principal, Grant held positions as a high school assistant principal, special education teacher, and coach in the Cobb County School District.

Grant received his bachelor’s degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama. He holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Alabama, with an emphasis in school law. Grant has been associated with numerous professional development activities in the area of school law, school law enforcement officer research, and special education law.

He also served as adjunct professor of educational law at the University of West Georgia. Grant has worked with school districts around the country as a consultant and practitioner for school improvement and family engagement. Grant and his wife, Jenn, have two daughters - Lauren (3) and Reese (1).

Email: grivera@marietta-city.org
Phone: (770) 429-3100
 
Nathifa Carmichael

Nathifa Carmichael
Assistant Superintendent of
Human Capital and Development

Nathifa Carmichael brings 17 years of expertise in education, including six in human resources, four as a special education department administrator and teacher coach, and seven years as a classroom teacher. She successfully developed Fulton County Schools’ first alternative teacher certification program and Teacher Selection Model (TSM) to identify quality teacher applicants. In addition, she managed the performance evaluation system for non-instructional employees and developed a comprehensive teacher induction program. She was awarded the Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrator (GASPA) Best in Class Platinum Award and is a former Fulton County Schools district-wide Teacher of the Year. Her success is recognized nationally as programs she has led were featured in various publications. Carmichael applies her deep commitment to student success through transformational leadership in professional learning, talent management, and human resource management.

Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida; Carmichael received her Bachelors of English and Masters in Education degrees from Emory University. She lives in Marietta with her husband and daughter.

Email: ncarmichael@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7262
Jody Drum

Jody Drum
Assistant Superintendent of
Special Services

Drum brings 28 years of experience in Special Education. She started her career as a special education teacher in Broward County, Florida. After moving to Georgia, she taught at Dickerson Middle School and then at Hightower Trail Middle School. Her passion for educating students with disabilities led her to become an educational diagnostician and eventually a leader in the field– first as a special education supervisor and then as a director of special education.

A graduate of North Georgia College and University, Drum earned a Master of Education in Special Education at that institute, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership at Georgia State University.

Email: jdrum@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7238

Superintendent's Cabinet

Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile
Deputy Superintendent
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7268
 Nathifa Carmichael
Assistant Superintendent of
Human Capital and Development
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500
Assistant Superintendent
for Special Services
250-B Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7238
Erick Hofstetter
Assistant Superintendent
of Operations
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500 ext. 7257
Director of Communications,
Marketing and Public Relations
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7231
John Floresta 
Executive Director of
Strategy & Innovation
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500
Erin I. Franklin, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7233
 
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