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
 Nathifa Carmichael, Assistant Superintendent, Human Capital and Development

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Nathifa Carmichael, Assistant Superintendent, 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, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services

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Jody Drum, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services

Jody 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
 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

 John Floresta, Executive Director of Strategy & Innovation

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John Floresta, Executive Director of Strategy & Innovation

John Floresta brings 14 years of experience in both education and private industry. John has served as a classroom teacher, in various roles of increasing responsibility in both Cobb, Fulton, and now Marietta City’s central offices including in his current role as Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation. In his current role, John directs Marietta City’s vision in relation to charter, school improvement, the strategic plan, community engagement, policy, discipline, the Graduate Marietta Student Life Center, the Marietta Community School, and the Marietta Performance Learning Center. Additionally, he has principal interest in a number of small businesses in the Atlanta area.

John began his college career at Liberty University and has completed his doctoral coursework in Online Learning Design at Northcentral University. He earned a Master of Arts in Education from Western Governors University, and Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in economics from Liberty University.

John has successfully led numerous key initiatives in multiple divisions across districts both small and large including student achievement in high-need schools, operations, human resources, and communications. He also led initiatives in two of the largest districts in the United States which directly led to double-digit graduation rate gains district-wide. He has also overseen the direction and revitalization of multiple small businesses throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area through an understanding of finance and strategic planning.

Phone: (678) 695-7248
 Tammy Garnes, Director of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations

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Tammy Garnes, 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

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. 7282
    John Floresta 
    Executive Director of
    Strategy & Innovation
    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