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Dr.  Marissa  Ogando
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Principal's Bio


Dr. Ogando began her career in education as a language arts and social studies teacher at Yeager Middle School in Douglasville, Ga. In 2006, Dr. Ogando moved to Bill Arp Elementary School in Douglasville, GA as a 5th grade teacher. She then joined Carroll County Schools in 2007 as an assistant principal of Roopville Elementary School and in 2010 moved to Villa Rica Elementary School as assistant principal. In 2011 Dr. Ogando was named Principal of Roopville Elementary School. In 2012 Roopville Elementary received the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement Platinum Award for Greatest Gains. In 2012, Dr. Ogando moved to Burnett Elementary School in Douglasville, GA as Principal. Dr. Ogando has been the Principal at Whitesburg Elementary School since 2014.

Dr. Ogando’s educational credentials include her Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades from the University of West Georgia, Masters Degree of Education Instructional Technology from American Intercontinental University, Specialist in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University. 

"I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve the Whitesburg community and the Central Cluster,” Dr. Ogando said. “I am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff of Whitesburg Elementary School to continue to provide the best possible educational experiences for the students. Whitesburg Elementary has a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is a direct result of the partnership between the school, parents, and community." 

Superintendent Scott Cowart shared that Dr. Ogando’s proven experience of leading successful schools made Dr. Ogando an obvious choice for the principalship at Whitesburg. “Dr. Ogando knows how to help a school improve and is tireless in her efforts to make sure every student is learning to their fullest potential. Additionally, Dr. Ogando knows how to work in a community based school environment by working with the teachers, staff and community to move a school forward. She will be an asset for Whitesburg Elementary and the entire school district.” 

Dr. Ogando and her husband, Jonfry, have three children, Briana (16), Ariel (11), and Madelyn (6).