2023-2024 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. Courtney Johnson

  Mr. Johnson is an experienced educator, dedicated husband, and devoted father of two boys, Carter and Cohen. Mr. Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fort Valley State University in 2001.  He received his Master of Arts in school counseling from Clark Atlanta University in 2012 and educational leadership certification from Augusta State University in 2019.  The 2023-2024 school year will mark his 15th year in education. Over the course of the last 15 years, he has served as a science teacher, school counselor, and assistant principal in the elementary, middle, and high school settings. He is excited to work alongside VMMS faculty, students, and families as we prepare our students to make a positive and lasting impact in our world.  Mr. Johnson is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated and an avid Atlanta Falcons fan.

He would like to remind our students that their dreams are within reach, and with hard work, dedication, and the support of their VMMS family, they can achieve anything they set their minds to. 

Quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama