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Dr. Kenyada Jackson

Principal 

My name is Kenyada M. Jackson and I'm excited about being the new principal at Couch Middle School. I want to take a brief moment to share some information about myself so we can get to know one another. I was born and raised in Georgia, specifically Fort Valley, home of "The" Fort Valley State University and Blue Bird Bus Corporation. I love everything GA from peach cobbler and apple pie to the Coca Cola factory, to the ATL Braves, UGA Bulldogs, and of course the best football team ever the Atlanta Falcons-win or lose, these are my teams. 

I have attended and earned degrees from Mercer University, Georgia College & State University, and Walden University. This is my 19th year in education, and I have had the pleasure of starting my educational journey in Bibb County schools in Macon, GA. Following Bibb Co., I worked in multiple clusters throughout Gwinnett County-Shiloh, Grayson, Norcross, Discovery and now I’m back home in Grayson. My wonderful husband and 3 beautiful children have lived in the Grayson/Loganville area since July 2007. This is the area we have chosen to live, grow, build community, and fellowship. 
 
I look forward to working closely with the students, parents, and staff of Couch Middle School. Please do not hesitate to contact me for questions or concerns.

 

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Mrs. Kim Yarini

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Yarini has been in education for 22 years teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels. Mrs. Yarini graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from North Georgia College and State University and later earned a Master of Science degree in Middle Grades Math and Science from Brenau University and an Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Yarini is certified to teach elementary, middle school math and science, high school math, and special education. She began to serve in Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2006 as a classroom teacher and has also served multiple schools as an instructional coach. Mrs. Yarini has been an assistant principal at Couch Middle for the last three years.  She enjoys spending time with her family and raising her three awesome boys, ages 26, 20, and 18 as well as twin grandsons. Mrs. Yarini also loves all things Disney, running, and tennis.

 

 

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Ms. Jasmine McIntosh

Assistant Principal

Ms. McIntosh was raised in Camden County, Georgia. She has completed nine years in education at the middle school level. Ms. McIntosh graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University and later returned to Georgia Southern to obtain a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Accomplished Teaching. She earned a Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership from Mercer University. Ms. McIntosh is certified to teach grades 4-8 English Language Arts. She began her career at Gwinnett County Public Schools in 2016 as a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher. Ms. McIntosh is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She loves spending time with family, trying new food, and traveling with family and friends. 

 
Ms. McIntosh's primary responsibilities are:
7th grade, English Language Arts

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Mrs. Christy Stephenson

Assistant Principal

As a student and graduate of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Stephenson has worked for GCPS for 26 years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in English Education from the University of Georgia in 1998. She then obtained a Master's Degree in English Education and later a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Piedmont College. Mrs. Stephenson has worked in several middle schools throughout the county and was a charter Couch Middle School staff member when its doors opened in 2009. She first taught 8th grade language arts during the first three years of the school's inception and then moved into the position as an administrator in 2013. The Stephenson family has been an active member in the Grayson community for years. Both of her daughters matriculated through the Grayson cluster schools, and her oldest daughter graduated from GHS in 2019.  Her younger daughter will be graduating high school this year and then is off to GCSU in the fall.  The Stephenson family loves to travel, participate in trivia at local restaurants, and just spend quality time together.  Mrs. Stephenson's favorite thing about Couch...."The students and families that we support!"

At Couch Middle, Mrs. Stephenson supports:  8th grade students, national/local testing, special education students and teachers, and the Science department.  

Favorite Quote: "You can lose money, you can lose your house, you can lose your health, and you can lose a loved one; however, no one can ever take away your education. Once you earn it, it's yours forever."

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Ms. Lisa Harrison

Ms. Harrison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from San Jose State University, Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of West Georgia and Education Leadership Certificate from the University of Georgia. She taught Language Arts and Special Education for 8 years in California.  After moving to Georgia, she taught Special Education in DeKalb and Gwinnett County Public Schools before moving into leadership at the Georgia Department of Education as an Educational Consultant.  Ms. Harrison previously served as a high school Assistant Principal in Gwinnett for almost 20 years.  She joined Couch Middle School as an Assistant Principal this school year.  Ms. Harrison is the proud mom of two phenomenal sons and the tickled to the moon grandmother of two.  She enjoys quality family time, travel, theater, volunteering, concerts and trying fun new things.  She is a servant leader who is committed to supporting teaching and learning.  She finds joy in watching students reach their personal best!
 
Favorite Quotes:
 
"An investment of knowledge pays the best interest."  - Benjamin Franklin
 
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  - Dr. Seuss