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Jennifer Laughridge

Jennifer Laughridge, an administrator and teacher in Georgia for more than 25 years, has been selected as the new principal of Oconee County Elementary School.

Laughridge was unanimously approved by the Oconee County Board of Education on Monday. Laughridge, who will be succeeding the retiring Ashley Templeton, will assume her new duties on July 3, 2023.

“We are excited to welcome Ms. Jennifer Laughridge to the Oconee County Schools’ family,” Superintendent Jason L. Branch said. “As a proven leader with over two decades of experience as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the elementary level, Ms. Laughridge will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Oconee County Elementary School. I look forward to the positive leadership she will provide our students, staff, and community for years to come.”

Laughridge (pronounced lock-ridge) currently serves as the principal at East Lake Elementary School, where she is completing her eighth year. She began her administrative career in 2007, serving as an assistant principal for Bethlehem and Ola elementary schools through 2015. Laughridge taught for 10 years at Smitha Middle School and Cotton Indian Elementary School from 1997-2007.

Laughridge earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University in 1997, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2004, and an Educational Leadership add-on from the University of Georgia in 2007. She holds Early Childhood Education and Teacher Support Specialist certifications.

“I am honored to be the next principal for Oconee County Elementary School,” Laughridge said. “Being a principal is both a blessing and a privilege. I look forward to partnering with the teachers, students, and the OCES community to continue to create a fun and engaging learning environment for kids."