2022-2023 Administration



Dr. Takila Curry

Dr. Takila Curry is a graduate of Social Circle High School in Social Circle Georgia. She graduated from The State University of West Georgia in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education. She obtained Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville Alabama in 2001 and 2002. She obtained her Doctorate in Education Administration from Georgia Southern University in 2009. Dr. Curry has been a principal since 2008. She has served as a first, third and fifth-grade teacher. She has served as principal at two schools prior to being appointed as the principal of Veterans Memorial Middle School.

Assistant Principal

 Keisa Gatewood

Keisa Gatewood, an educator for 22 years, currently serves as the Assistant Principal of “The” Veterans Memorial Middle School. She has previously served as an elementary teacher, Gifted teacher, Gifted Coach, Instructional Coach, and a Collegiate Adjunct Instructor. Mrs. Gatewood received her bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Georgia Southern University, bachelor’s from Mercer University in Early Childhood Education, a master's degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University, a Master of Library Media Science and Technology from Georgia College and State University, and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum Instruction and Leadership from Nova Southwestern University. Mrs. Gatewood is widowed with three amazing sons, Matthew, Christian and Joshua. She has a passion for cultivating an environment where every student reaches their potential. Her motto is, “If you teach them, they will learn.”

Assistant Principal
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Mr. Niquan Alston

Mr. NiQuan Alston is a graduate of Terrell Middle-High school in Dawson, Ga. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University. He received his Master of Education in Instructional Technology and Leadership Specialist from Kennesaw State University. Currently, he is perusing his Doctor of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University. Mr. Alston has been a part of the Veterans Memorial Middle School team since 2015. He currently serves as the 8thGrade Administrator, Testing Coordinator, and Athletic Director.