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Making Education Work for All Georgians!

Dr. John D. Barge
State School Superintendent

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205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
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Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge  
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Thank you for visiting the Georgia Department of Education website. Whether you are a parent, an educator or a student, I hope you will find this site to be a valuable and timely source of information. At the Georgia Department of Education, we are working hard to improve the quality of the education in our state. Our vision is making education work for all Georgians. Working together, we can make this goal a reality.

Dr. John Barge was born and raised in Cobb County, Georgia, graduated from Campbell High School in 1984, and attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia on academic and journalism scholarships where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1988.

John has earned three advanced degrees, a master’s degree and a specialist’s degree from the State University of West Georgia and his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia. In his 20 years in education, Dr. Barge has served as a high school English teacher, middle school Spanish teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He also served as the State Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education for the Georgia Department of Education. John has been recognized as a STAR teacher in 1996, as Georgia’s Assistant Principal of the Year in 2001, and received the Berry College Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005.

Prior to becoming State School Superintendent, John served as the Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction with the Bartow County School System.

John and his wife Loraine, long-time Floyd County residents, have been married for 19 years. They have a 15 year-old daughter who attends public school in Floyd County.

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