NEWTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM (GA)
After a nationwide search, the Newton County Board of Education selected Mrs. Samantha Fuhrey to become the school district's school superintendent in 2013; she is the first female superintendent of Newton County Schools. Originally signed to a three-contract, the school board has offered Mrs. Fuhrey four contract renewals during her tenure. Her current contract runs through the 2019-2020 school year. In the short time that Mrs. Fuhrey has served as school superintendent, the Georgia School Superintendents Association has recognized her outstanding leadership ability and awarded her the GSSA President's Award in 2015. Additionally, in 2017, Mrs. Fuhrey was selected by GSSA as one of four finalists for Superintendent of the Year.
Mrs. Fuhrey previously served as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Newton County Schools. She has extensive leadership experience at the executive level, having served as the Executive Director for Secondary Education, the Director of Secondary Education, and the Director of Professional Learning for Newton County Schools. Before transitioning to district leadership, Mrs. Fuhrey served as the principal of Indian Creek Middle School in Newton County after having been promoted from assistant principal, a position she held from 2001 to 2005. Prior to her employment with Newton County Schools, Mrs. Fuhrey worked for the DeKalb County School System as an assistant principal and English teacher.
Mrs. Fuhrey earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English from Marywood University in 1991 and her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from State University of West Georgia in 2000. She added an Education Specialist's Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University in 2006.
Ms. Fuhrey serves on the Board of the Directors of the Newton County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, the Newton County Arts Association, Newton County Tomorrow, and GNR (Gwinnett, Newton, Rockdale) Board of Health. She has also served as chair and vice-chair of the Griffin RESA Board of Control.
Mrs. Fuhrey has conducted numerous workshops addressing Leadership Development, Teacher Leadership, Poverty, Reading, Literacy Across the Curriculum, and Reading Fluency. She is a trained poverty coach as designated by Communication Across Barriers, Inc., and she is a Leadership Preparation Performance Coach trained via the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement. Mrs. Fuhrey has presented at numerous conferences, including the Georgia School Boards Association's winter conference, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders' summer conference, and the Georgia School Superintendent's Association Fall conference. She has also conducted reading workshops at the International Reading Conference. Mrs. Fuhrey has earned a certificate from the Georgia Academy of Economic Development for regional leadership with regard to economic development. She has volunteered her time for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Newton County Relay for Life, and Newton County Literacy Volunteers.
In her spare time, Mrs. Fuhrey enjoys spending time with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Eva Sophia.