Ley Hathcock, who is a former engineer and has been with Hall County Schools since 2011, will be the interim principal at Martin Technology Academy of Math and Science.
He will replace Tamara Etterling, who is the new principal at North Hall Middle School.
“His unique background which includes teaching, school-level administration, leading our district technology crowd-sourcing initiative and extensive work owning a private sector engineering firm make him an ideal choice to lead MTA forward as they seek to become fully STEM certified,” Will Schofield, Hall County superintendent, wrote Friday in an email announcement.
Hathcock has been the digital convergence specialist for the county schools and the curriculum assistant principal and science, technology and math, or STEM, coordinator at North Hall Middle School.
He has been planning and directing the school district’s expansion of its online program offerings and the “technology crowd-sourcing” for math and science classes.
Hathcock taught science and math at the Da Vinci Academy and science and engineering at North Hall High before moving to more administrative and technology duties.
He was president, vice president, co-founder and general manager of technology and engineering companies for about 15 years. He was associate research scientist at Philip Morris, now Altria, for three years.
Hathcock received a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Alabama and earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry at Berry College.
He also completed the post-baccalaureate educator program at the University of North Georgia in 2011. He earned a gifted endorsement through Pioneer RESA and educational leadership endorsement at building level at Valdosta State University.