Tosha Oliver named principal of Sandy Creek High


A new principal will lead Sandy Creek High into the school year this fall.

Tosha Oliver, who most recently served as an assistant principal at Westlake High of Fulton County Schools since 2013, was approved as the school’s new principal by the Fayette County Board of Education at their July 11 meeting. She succeeds Richard Smith, who will be Coordinator of Students Services for Fayette County Public Schools.

“I am extremely excited to begin this new chapter with you and cannot wait to meet the entire Sandy Creek community,” said Oliver.

Oliver earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in education from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in secondary English education from Clark Atlanta University. She earned her Specialist in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia.

Oliver began her journey in education with the Dekalb County School System where she served as an AP English teacher and Department Chair for nine years. She was promoted to the role of assistant principal with Fulton County Schools where she served as an instructional leader and culture builder for nine years.

“My passion for literacy and reading will serve our community well as we partner together to draw out intellectual curiosity within our students and allow them to cultivate their passions in a variety of areas within our school and the surrounding community,” she said. “I am committed to ensuring that all students at Sandy Creek High School become globally competitive and are recognized on a variety of platforms for all of the hard work they produce.”

Oliver’s focuses for the upcoming school year are student achievement, stakeholder engagement, and sustaining culture and communication.

On student achievement, she believes in ensuring that students are served with the very best professionals who will provide inviting workspaces to cultivate curiosity, intellectual discourse, and a commitment to excellence to yield positive results and improve instructional outcomes for all scholars.

On stakeholder engagement, Oliver will cultivate and nurture collaborative partnerships and provide students with a competitive advantage through active engagement within the school as well as within the greater community.

On sustaining culture and communication, she will focus on providing all students an opportunity to have a unique and enriching high school experience inclusive of active participation in extracurricular activities, sports, clubs, and community service while ensuring that clear channels of communication are streamlined and relayed to families on a consistent basis.

Oliver is a proud mother of two children. Her family has enjoyed being part of the Fairburn community for the last 14 years where they spend much of their free time at local softball and baseball fields. Her father is a CMSGT (Ret.) in the United States Air Force who proudly served our country for 25 years, and her mother worked for Fayette County Public Schools for five years before she retired.