Dr. Grant Rivera, Superintendent

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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).
 
Phone: (770) 429-3100
Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile, Deputy Superintendent

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Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile, Deputy Superintendent

Belinda brings 25 years of public school practice to MCS. She has served as a classroom teacher, assistant administrator at both elementary and middle school levels, 15 years experience as a school principal, and three years at the central office level where she served as Executive Director of Transformational Leadership and then Assistant Superintendent, Elementary for Cobb County Schools. She also works as an adjunct professor at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Belinda began her college career at Ohio State University and completed an Elementary Education degree at Heidelberg University. She earned a Masters in Administration and Supervision at Georgia State University, then an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Supervision at the University of West Georgia. At Walden University, Belinda completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

Belinda believes in data driven methods to improve school performance while maintaining an expectation of excellence for the community we serve. Belinda has led several initiatives, including proof of concept designs whose success led to district-wide implementation. She has also served the community through volunteering on several Cobb County business associations. 

Email: bwalters-brazile@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7268

 Erin I. Franklin, Chief Financial Officer

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Erin I. Franklin, Chief Financial Officer

Erin Franklin is a Certified Public Accountant  with over 30 years of experience in finance, budgeting, and accounting in both education and the private sector.   

After serving for 17 years in Cobb County Schools, Erin joined Marietta City Schools as Director of Finance in 2006, and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2016. She brings invaluable experience to all school district financial functions. Under her leadership, MCS has consistently been awarded the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, which is the highest form of recognition in governmental and financial reporting.  

Erin is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Georgia Society of CPA’s, Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO).  

She resides in Marietta with her husband and four children.  

Phone: (678) 695-7233
 Tyler Gwynn, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources

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Tyler Gwynn, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources

Having spent almost two decades as a classroom teacher, department chair, and sports coach, former Cobb County Teacher of the Year Tyler Gwynn has transitioned from leading teacher recruitment for Cobb County Schools to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in Marietta City Schools, later this month.

Gwynn successfully developed a 21st-century recruiting approach that helped expand Cobb's efforts to every state in the southeast. He is currently a member of Leadership Cobb 2018.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from The American College of Education, Educational Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, and Leadership Certification from Kennesaw State University.

Email: tgwynn@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7262
 Michele Bealing-Sayles, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services

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Michele Bealing-Sayles, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services

Michele Bealing-Sayles comes to Marietta with 23 years of expertise in special education, including seven as an Executive Director, nine years as a special educaiton supervisor, and seven years as a special education classroom teacher. During her seven years as Executive Director at Paulding County School District, Ms. Bealing-Sayles and her team realized an increase in the graduation rate for students with disabilities, as well as in increase in the district's Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) target.

Ms. Bealing-Sayles holds an Ed.S in Administration and Supervision, with an add-on in Educational Leadership both from the University of West Georgia.  She earned her Masters of Arts in Behavior Disorders from Clark Atlanta University and her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Psychology and minor in Exceptional Children from Georgia State University. Michele resides in Mableton with her youngest child, her two older children are in college.

Email: mbealing-sayles@marietta-city.org
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7238
 Erick Hofstetter, Assistant Superintendent of Operations

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Erick Hofstetter, Assistant Superintendent of Operations

Erick Hofstetter is a steadfast educator who believes in providing services and solutions that help children and families realize their potential. Having over 23 years of service as an educator in large urban school districts and small rural school systems, Erick brings invaluable experiences in building effective quality management processes and genuine professional relationships that has dramatically increased student growth and achievement while building meaningful individual and community partnerships with positive results.

He currently is the Marietta City Schools’ (Georgia) Assistant Superintendent of Operations, providing direction and leadership for all aspects of the School Board’s vision of an aligned instructional and operational system that is exemplary, efficient, and fiscally responsible. He previously held positions of Chief Operations Officer for Gilmer County Schools, Georgia (2012-2015), high school principal at Gilmer High School, Georgia (2007-2012), associate principal at Deerfield Beach High School, Florida (2003-2007), and behavior specialist, social studies teacher and coach at Charles Flanagan High School, Florida (1996-2003). Prior to entering public education, Erick also coached high school football at St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida), worked as a university representative for Nova Southeastern University (Florida) and proudly served in the United States Army.

Erick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and his Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He holds an Education Specialist degree from Liberty University and is currently writing his dissertation for a Doctorate in Education degree from Liberty University. Erick and his loving wife, Chrissa, enjoy spending time with their three teenage children – Alexandra, Ariana, and Erich.


Email: ehofstetter@marietta-city.k12.ga.us
Phone: (678) 695-7257

 Tammy Garnes, Executive Director of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations

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Tammy Garnes, Executive Director of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations

Tammy Garnes brings 20 years of experience to the Office of Communications as a professional communicator, storyteller and educator in both the public and private sectors. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in speech and theater from Arkansas State University and a Master of Arts in Film Producing from the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.

During her time in Atlanta's communication department, Garnes developed communication plans for the district's 100 schools and programs, revamped its social media and web presence, led the district's crisis communications team and kept students, parents and employees informed around topics such as budget, student growth data, new technology initiatives, enrollment and personnel changes. Prior to working in school communications, Tammy produced feature film and television projects and co-owned a boutique post production editorial company in Los Angeles, California.

An advocate for parental involvement in public education, she has served in her school communities as a PTA President, member of the Local School Council and leader of a support group for new mothers. The parent of a MHS 2018 graduate and rising MHS 9th grader, Garnes is celebrating 20 years of marriage and resides in the City of Marietta.

Email:(678) 695-7282
 Kim Blass, Director of External Affairs

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Kim Blass, Director of External Affairs

Kim Blass brings 25 years of working at the intersection of communications and development to her new position as the district’s Director of External Affairs, where she develops partnerships that leverage community engagement to support student achievement.

Kim specializes in crafting strategies that advance an organization’s priorities, recognizing the role that messaging, brand, and overall “touches” have on fundraising success and greater engagement across constituencies. Her background includes consulting for Coxe Curry & Associates, where her education clients included Spelman College, Atlanta Youth Academy, and KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, as well as positions at several leading Atlanta-area institutions, including The Lovett School, the Atlanta History Center, and Northside Hospital. At Lovett, as the chief marketing and communications officer, she sat on the Executive Committee for the School’s $90+ million Our Defining Decade capital campaign and served as a visiting accreditation team member for the Southern Association of Independent Schools and as an active volunteer for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She also enjoyed working with students as a high school advisor and as an instructor in Lovett's Urban Experience summer school course.

Kim is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in American Studies with a concentration in Southern Studies. She pursued graduate work at Georgia State University in Communications and Journalism. She and her husband, P. Gray Kelly, have two children in Marietta City Schools.

Email: kblass@marietta-city.org
Phone: (678) 695-7289


Superintendent's Cabinet

  • Dr. Belinda Walters-Brazile
    Deputy Superintendent
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7268
    Tyler Gwynn
    Assistant Superintendent of
    Human Resources
    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
    Executive Director of Communications,
    Marketing, and Public Relations
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7282
    Kimberly Blass
    Director of External Affairs
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500
    Erin I. Franklin, Chief Financial Officer
    Chief Financial Officer
    250 Howard Street
    Marietta, GA 30060
    Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 7233