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Meet Our New Assistant Principals

Matt Cates
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

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Matt Cates has worked as an educator in Cherokee County for 26 years.  He taught Special Education and Physical Education at Sequoyah and Cherokee before assuming his latest role as an Assistant Principal at Cherokee High School last year.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Gardner Webb University, his Master’s Degree in Special Education from University of North Georgia, and his Specialist in Administration/Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.  Mr. Cates grew up in East Tennessee before planting his roots in Georgia.  He and his wife of 26 years, Kate, live in the Macedonia community with their two dogs and are the proud parents of two Cherokee graduates!  In his new role here at Creekview, Mr. Cates pledges to be an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director who is committed to running a first-class athletic program that puts the Student-Athlete first.  He will dedicate himself to helping coaches/sponsors to be the best that they can be, by supporting and serving them.  He will always be transparent and hold coaches, students, and parents accountable.  He will be a leader in this community and promises to do his best to enhance the level of Excellence that has been set at Creekview High School.

Lisa Funderburk
Assistant Principal

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Lisa Funderburk, a Cherokee County native, is in her 20th year of education and is currently the Instructional Lead Strategist at Etowah High School where she has been for the last five years.  Previous to that, Mrs. Funderburk taught English for 10 years, 4 of those at Creekview High School, and then transitioned into the world of Career and Technical Education when she became the Audio Video Film and Technology teacher at Roswell High School in 2015.  While in that role, she also served as the department head and the ATF Pathway specialist for Fulton County.  Mrs. Funderburk received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Reinhardt University, Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University in Instructional Technology, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Piedmont University in Educational Leadership.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Hal, who is currently the media specialist at Etowah High School, and her son, Flynt, who is a kindergartner at Hasty Elementary.