Meet our Administrators
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.
About Chris Richie
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.
About Dr. Angela Bare
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.
About Nate Fisher
This will be Mr. Fisher's third 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 has two young daughters.
About Scott Kelly
Mr. Scott Kelly is beginning his third year as an assistant principal/athletics 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. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Scott was a graduate of the Lassiter High School class of 1993. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in health and physical education from Kennesaw State University, where he also completed his master's in educational leadership. Mr. Kelly obtained his education specialist degree, Ed.S., from Berry College. Scott has been married for seventeen years to Courtney, a second grade teacher at Ford Elementary. They have two sons, Kade and Rennen.
About Carol Pizza
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. She obtained her education specialist degree, Ed.S. from Berry College. Mrs. Pizza is married with two daughters.
About Angelo Ruggiero
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.
About Phillip Speer
I came to education after serving for 17 years as a funeral director in Ohio. With a move to Marietta in 1999 to help care for my wife’s parents, I took the plunge into the world of education. I have worked as a paraprofessional at Wheeler High School and as a special education teacher at both Simpson Middle School and Lassiter High School. I began teaching at Lassiter in 2006. I have coached football, basketball, and gymnastics.
I grew up in Twinsburg, Ohio, but I travelled to Samford University in Birmingham to find my wife, Laura. I graduated from Xavier University with my bachelor’s degree and from Mid America Theological Seminary with my master’s degree. I received my Ed.S. in educational leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
My wife, Laura, is a math teacher at Walton High School. We have two grown children, Jennifer and Matthew, and three grandsons.