East­side gets a new prin­ci­pal, Jeff Cher,

Jeff Cher named prin­ci­pal of East­side High School

The Covington News - - News - AM­BER PITTMAN Staff Re­porter

For Jeff Cher, be­ing named as prin­ci­pal of East­side High School is like com­ing full cir­cle.

He be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer there in 1998. Af­ter a brief hia­tus in 2007 when he served as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School, he re­turned in 2009 to serve as an as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at EHS.

De­spite a rocky year, with the death of for­mer prin­ci­pal Dr. Robert Daria and sev­eral stu­dent-re­lated is­sues, Cher has high hopes for EHS and the suc­cess of its stu­dents.

“Cur­rently, our staff an­a­lyzes pre­vi­ous and cur­rent stu­dent per­for­mances to de­ter­mine the ef­fec­tive­ness of class­room in­struc­tion and to gauge stu­dent learn­ing. With re­cent changes to school ac­count­abil­ity, our ef­forts are be­com­ing more fo­cused upon re­sults on End Of Course Tests, Ad­vanced Place­ment Ex­ams, the SAT and the ACT. While these test scores will di­rectly im­pact how East­side is mea­sured, ul­ti­mately, we will con­tinue to fo­cus upon equip­ping our stu­dents with the skills and knowl­edge nec­es­sary to ex­pe­ri­ence suc­cess in any en­deavor af­ter grad­u­a­tion,” he said Tues­day.

“The ini­tial goal is to con­tinue the tra­di­tion at East­side High School of pro­vid­ing a safe, struc­tured learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that chal­lenges stu­dents to reach their high­est po­ten­tial. Be­yond that, we will be fo­cused upon im­prov­ing the rigor of learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and the qual­ity of in­struc­tion within each class­room,” Cher said. “Our stu­dents and staff have tra­di­tion­ally been an in­te­gral com­po­nent of our com­mu­nity. We will con­tinue that tra­di­tion with a spe­cific in­tent to build strong re­la­tions with busi­nesses and in­dus­tries within New­ton County to pro­vide greater rel­e­vance for our stu­dents and their learn­ing.”

Cher earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in sec­ondary math ed­u­ca­tion from Ge­or­gia South­west­ern State Univer­sity, a mas­ter’s in sec­ondary math ed­u­ca­tion from Pied­mont Col­lege and a spe­cial­ist in ed­u­ca­tional lead­er­ship from Ar­gosy Univer­sity.

Am­ber Pittman/ The Cov­ing­ton News

Jeff Cher sits in his of­fice at East­side High School where he was re­cently named as prin­ci­pal. Cher said he hopes to im­prove stu­dent per­for­mance while con­tin­u­ing EHS'S tra­di­tion of pro­vid­ing a safe, struc­tured learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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