• Jarvis Adams is a distinguished educator with more than 24 years of experience in education. As Westlake High School’s new principal, he uses this knowledge to honor the legacy of past leaders while steering the school toward the future. An assistant principal at Westlake from 2013 to 2018, Mr. Adams acquired the skills that now serve as a solid foundation of quality leadership in both high school curriculum and decision-making. It was during this time he was able to support the improvement in teaching and learning outcomes, including a schoolwide initiative of a balanced assessment calendar, a 19% increase of student mastery on the US History Georgia Milestones, a 26% increase of student mastery on the Economics Georgia Milestones, and an outperformance of the national trend on the Advanced Placement exams in Social Studies for African American students.

    His reputation for leadership excellence took him to nearby Camp Creek Middle School, where he was principal from 2018 to 2021. During that time he increased the school’s CCRPI score from 67.5 to 78.7 using proactive strategic planning and effective teacher development efforts via professional learning communities. Additionally, Camp Creek Middle School’s performance on the Georgia Milestones increased over 20% in all content areas and was repeatedly recognized by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement as a Beating the Odds School. Before joining Fulton County Schools, Mr. Adams was a high school teacher in North Carolina before transitioning to DeKalb County Schools in Georgia, where he served more than 16 years as a social studies teacher and a coach at the middle school and high school levels. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science Education from Fayetteville State University and also has two advanced degrees from Mercer University: a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mr. Adams enjoys spending time with his wife Cicely, an educator in DeKalb County Schools, and his two daughters Zoe and Sky.

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    Dr. Triaka A. Larry - 9th Grade Assistant Principal    LarryT@fultonschools.org

    Dr. Triaka A. Larry, a Florida native, is a proud graduate of Florida State University. She has a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Biological Science, minor in math and chemistry, and Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, respectively.  She later received her Education Specialist and Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Her doctoral work focused on student self-efficacy and teacher-student relationships as factors that influenced science achievement in diverse Title I high schools.  Additionally, she is an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, which she credits for much of her preparedness and success in college. She began her second career in education as a high school science teacher and later serving as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Coordinator (IBMYP) prior to her tenure as an Assistant Principal. Dr. Larry has been a public school educator for over 15 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgia State University.

    Throughout her career in education, she has served as a science/interdisciplinary lead teacher and liaison, MYP/DP teacher, department chair, Teacher of the Year Finalist, professional development presenter and facilitator, as well as, assisted in district curriculum writing and development. Dr. Triaka Larry is a highly-skilled, eager, knowledgeable, and student-focused educational leader possessing a strong commitment to the development of students and staff with a proven track record in collaborating with school communities, increasing student achievement, and maintaining curriculum excellence in education. She is excited to be a part of the Westlake Lions family and ready to increase academic excellence through her service, dedication, and commitment.

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    Gregory Minnis - 10th Grade Assistant Principal   MinnisG@fultonschools.org

    Mr. Gregory Minnis has served 25 years in education at the high school level. He is a native of Miami, FL. and a graduate of Miami Central Senior high school.  Mr. Minnis attended the University of Louisville, where he played football and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and his Master of Arts in Teaching.  Mr. Minnis also attended Georgia College and State University where he obtained his Ed. S. in Educational Leadership and Nova Southeastern University where he obtained his Ed. S. in Curriculum, Instruction Management, and Administration.

    Mr. Minnis has served as a teacher and administrator in several high schools from Louisville, Ky., Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Florida, and Atlanta, GA. During his previous tenure at Westlake high school, Mr. Minnis has taught Physical Education, Health, and served as an Administrative Assistant.  Mr. Minnis also served as an Administrative Assistant at Creekside High School and Langston Hughes High School.

    Outside of the classroom, Mr. Minnis was the Head Football Coach during his tenure at Deerfield Beach High School in Florida and an Assistant Football Coach under the direction of Dallas Allen; eventually, he became the Head Football Coach at Westlake High School.  Mr. Minnis enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, riding motorcycles, and impacting youth in a positive way. He also has a passion for teaching and believes that Westlake High School truly has what it takes to be an A School.  

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    Tosha Oliver – 11th Grade Assistant Principal  olivert1@fultonschools.org

    Ms. Tosha Oliver was born in the great state of Maine and her father is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force where his career gave her a diverse childhood experience living in Virginia, Texas, Germany, and South Carolina.  Ms. Oliver earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 2001 and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Clark Atlanta University in 2004 where she graduated Magnum Cum Laude.  Prior to her appointment as an Assistant Principal at Westlake High School, she began her teaching career with the DeKalb County School District at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, serving as an English teacher.  During her nine-year tenure, she rose through the ranks of the English Department serving as a content team leader, department chair, AP Exam Reader, and curriculum writer and instructional content developer for the district.  Under Ms. Oliver’s tutelage, the English department boasted of numerous instructional accolades, surpassing the county average on all state-mandated tests and facilitating the schools’ first annual literary symposium where Georgia Author of the Year finalist Dr. Daniel Black lectured on literature, literacy, and life.  As a proud mother of two children, Ms. Oliver strives to make literature and literacy a pervasive aspect of her personal and professional life thus ensuring that all of her children, both biological and surrogate, are globally competitive and equipped to serve as leaders on the cutting edge of innovation.  She is proud to be a Westlake Lion and to answer the call to serve. 

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     Cecelia Johnson – 12th Grade & Curriculum Assistant Principal  johnsonc5@fultonschools.org

    Ms. Cecelia Johnson is a native of College Park, GA, and a product of the Fulton County School System.  She attended Bethune Elementary School, McNair Middle School, and then she graduated as salutatorian from Benjamin Banneker High School.  She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business Education.  She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati where she received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Workforce Education at the University of Georgia.  

    Her teaching career began when she returned to Banneker High School to teach at her beloved alma mater.  After five years, she transitioned to Centennial High School, then to Westlake High School.  Here, she has served as department chairperson over the Career and Technical Education, Smaller Learning Community Coordinator, and as an Administrative Assistant.

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    Candice Hickman - Magnet/Testing Program Coordinator hickmanc@fultonschools.org

    Candice E. Williams-Hickman is a product of the Fulton County School System in particularly Westlake High School’s Math & Science Magnet Program.   She has served as a Mathematics educator for 15 years, 14 of which have been in the service of Westlake High School and its surrounding community.  She received her undergraduate degree and extensive work in the master’s program in Mathematics from Clark Atlanta University.  Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University.  Throughout her educational career, she has been chosen as the Westlake High School Magnet Teacher of the Year (2002) as well as the Westlake High School Teacher of the Year (2009).  The depth of her dedication to the Westlake High School Community has ranged from serving through athletics, academic competition teams, supporting the fine arts department performances, developing advisory curriculum, aiding the JROTC program through chaperoning, working weekend and afterschool tutorial programs, serving as a mentor teacher, representing the Faculty and Staff on the Local School Advisory Committee,  and serving as the faculty representative to the Fulton County School Superintendents Teacher Advisory Board.  Throughout her tenure as an educator, Mrs. Hickman has assisted or coordinated several testing programs which include Fulton County Benchmarks, End of the Course Testing, and Advanced Placement Testing.  For the past three years, she has supported the assistant principals with scheduling.  Under the Small Learning Communities Grant she has served as the Data Coordinator and for five years has served as the Chair of the Mathematics Department here at Westlake High School.   

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    Carl Green - Athletic Director   GreenC3@fultonschools.org

    Mr. Carl Green, born in Miami, Florida is entering his 12th year in the educational field.  A graduate of Creekside High School, Mr. Green grew up in the South Fulton community.  He played sports through the Fulton County Parks and Recreation system.  After graduating from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Mr. Green returned to Fulton County Schools and began his educational and coaching career at Creekside High School as a paraprofessional and assistant boys basketball coach.  After 3 successful years at Creekside, Mr. Green matriculated to Hapeville Charter Career Academy as the Athletic Director and Boys Head Basketball Coach.

    While at Hapeville Charter, Mr. Green successfully managed an upcoming athletic program.  In his eight years at Hapeville Charter, his accomplishments include leading the boy's basketball program to consecutive state playoff appearances and overseeing region championship and playoff teams, and a state champion in track.  Additionally, Mr. Green received his Masters of Business Administration from Argosy University. Mr. Green has a passion for athletics and academics and works well with student-athletes, ensuring they are academically ready for the next level.  He strives to make sure athletes are prepared for life after sports.

    In his spare time, Mr. Green enjoys spending time with his family.  Mr. Green is an avid outdoors man. He also enjoys participating in hunting, fishing, and golf.  He has three children; Madison, Mason, and Morgan.  His wife Tonetta, a graduate of Westlake, also works in the educational field.