Here at Lassiter, we are proud of our highly qualified administrators. The success of our students is always their top priority, and their love of education shines through in all that they do. Take a minute to get to know our outstanding administrators.
The 2010-2011 school year was my first year to serve as Principal at Lassiter High School. After graduating from Madison Ridgeland High School in Madison, Mississippi, I attended the University of Southern Mississippi. I began my professional career as a social studies teacher in Jackson, Mississippi. I taught and coached baseball and basketball in Laurel, Mississippi before moving to Atlanta. I worked as both a teacher and assistant principal at Pope High School in 2000 and then moved to Kell High School in 2005 as an assistant principal. In 2006 I served as principal of Ashworth Middle School in Gordon County. In 2007 I was named principal of McCleskey Middle School where I was honored to serve in that capacity for three years. I was named principal of Lassiter High School in May 2010. In 2004 I received my PhD in Educational Leadership from The University of Southern Mississippi.
My wife Mandee serves as the principal at Brumby Elementary School. We have two daughters: Rachel, a graduate of Lassiter and UGA; and Mary Kathryn, a senior this year.
Dr. Angela Bare came to Lassiter High School in the spring of 2011 after spending eleven years as a school counselor at Pope High School and Walton High School. Dr. Bare began her career in education as a school counselor for seven years in western North Carolina. After graduating from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, she completed a master’s degree in School Counseling and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She completed her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi in May 2012. Dr. Bare has three children and a black Labrador Retriever, Jack.
This will be Mr. Fisher’s first year in administration at Lassiter High School. He had spent the previous four years at Harrison High School as an assistant principal. Mr. Fisher is no stranger to Lassiter as prior to his position at Harrison he had spent 14 years as the lead counselor at Lassiter. He was also involved with coaching the women’s soccer team both at the varsity and junior varsity levels.
Originally from the Philadelphia, PA area he received his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and has earned graduate degrees from Villanova University and Georgia State University as well as his leadership endorsement from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Fisher is married to Shelley and has two young daughters, Gracie and Natalie.
Mr. Scott Kelly is beginning his first year as an assistant principal/athletic director at Lassiter High School. With 14 years of service at Lassiter, Scott has taught health and physical education, has been department Chair for the Physical Education Department, head softball coach, and head baseball coach.
Carol Pizza began her teaching career in 1989 as a business teacher at Dickerson Middle School. She spent 10 years at the middle school level before transferring to Lassiter where she joined the career technology department. She has served as a business/marketing teacher, economics teacher, career technology department head, work-based learning coordinator, FBLA adviser, cheer coach, and sports information director. Mrs. Pizza obtained her bachelor’s degree in business education from the University of Georgia and master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a Technology Concentration from Kennesaw State University. Mrs. Pizza is married with two daughters.
Angelo Ruggiero has spent the last 10 years teaching in Cobb County and joined the Lassiter staff in the fall of 2014. He received his bachelor of science in biology education from Kennesaw State University (KSU) and went on to complete his masters in educational leadership from KSU as well. Before coming to Lassiter he taught at Kell High School and Campbell High School. Although this will be his first year with the Lassiter administrative team, he brings with him previous administrative experience gained while at Kell High School.
During his first year with Lassiter Mr. Ruggiero founded the school’s FRC robotics team, which enjoyed an extremely successful inaugural year. He looks forward to continuing to build and develop the school’s STEM program.
Mr. Ruggiero is married and has two daughters.
Before becoming a teacher twenty years ago for Cobb County, Jean Mason worked in various agencies as an early interventionist and rehabilitative counselor for individuals with special needs. She taught at Pope High School from 1994-2006 as an interrelated special education teacher. From 2006-2009, she began her administrative career at Pope and was then promoted to building administrator at H.A.V.E.N. Academy, a GNETS program that services Cobb students with severe behaviors, autism, and ID. Jean is returning to high school this year at Lassiter as our special student services administrator. She is a native of Massachusetts, and she has earned degrees from several schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Rhode Island College, a Master of Education from Northeastern University, and an Educational Specialists degree in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. She is married with three children, all of whom graduated from Lassiter, and two grandchildren.