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Meet Dr. Carrie O'Bryant - Principal


I’m so excited to become part of the Macedonia Community! I look forward to getting to know our students, staff, and families.

I joined the Cherokee County School District in 1999. Since then, I have taught all grades and subjects in kindergarten through fifth. I transitioned to administration in 2016 by serving as an Assistant Principal at Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy. I became the Principal of Clayton Elementary School in 2019 and look forward to serving as the Principal of Macedonia beginning in Fall 2023!

To ensure I continue to follow best practices and factors impacting elementary education, I have completed several graduate degrees and certifications over the past several years. These include a master’s and specialist degree as well as my National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification, Teacher Support Specialist (TSS) Certification, Gifted Endorsement, ESOL Certification, MIE Certification, Leadership Coaching Endorsement, and Leadership Certification. I received my Doctorate Degree from Valdosta State University. As you can see, I believe in life-long learning!

On a personal note, my husband, Scott, is a teacher at Cherokee High School in the Career Technology Department. We have three amazing children! Our twins, Jake and Josh, work in land surveying and construction management. Our daughter, Emma, attends Georgia College and State University. We also have two bonus daughters, Abbie and Carson, who are also teachers. Abbie teaches at Cherokee High, and Carson teaches at Hasty Elementary.


Meet Mrs. Estes - Assistant Principal


Mrs. Estes is excited to be joining the #1 Wildcat Nation in July 2022 as Assistant Principal.  She is a 27-year educator with 24-years’ experience in elementary education. Her experience in Cherokee County School District has included Instructional Lead Strategist at Carmel Elementary (2 years) and Assistant Principal at Woodstock Middle School (3 years).  Prior to moving to Cherokee County in 2017, she worked in the Bibb County School District in Macon, Georgia for 22 years. Ms. Estes holds an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia College and State University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Berry College. 


A life-long learner and encourager, Mrs. Estes is committed to supporting students, families, and teachers.  She finds excitement in helping all students reach their fullest potential. Her joy comes from celebrating the work, perseverance, creativity, and accomplishments of students and teachers.  

Mrs. Estes and her husband Mike chose to move to Canton in 2017 to be near family and friends and have since become totally invested in this amazing community.  Together, they have six children, three daughters and a son in love, and four grandchildren.  

Meet Mrs. Venezia- Assistant Principal 


Mrs. Melissa Venezia, a resident of the Macedonia community for the past seventeen years, is thrilled to join the staff at Macedonia Elementary as an Assistant Principal. Mrs. Venezia earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Orleans. She earned a master’s degree in middle grades education and her Education Specialist degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont University.

Mrs. Venezia is a 29-year educator, including 12 years teaching at Creekland Middle School. Most recently, she served E.T. Booth Middle School as an Instructional Lead Strategist and Woodstock Middle School as Assistant Principal.

Mrs. Venezia and her husband have been married for 26 years, and their two sons attended Macedonia, Creekland and Creekview. Her oldest son currently serves in the United States Air Force and her youngest son attends University of South Alabama.