Principal's Corner

Mrs. Kim Erwin
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Ringgold Elementary School


     As the Principal of Ringgold Elementary School, I’d like to welcome you to our school!  RES consists of the best students, the best families, and the best educators in the world.  

The theme for our year is “Together, we can move mountains.”  With a mission of Learning, Loving, and Growing Together, we strive to accomplish our vision of Equipping Everyone for Excellence.  We value and collectively commit to encouraging a love for learning to reach our goals; being positive and working together as a team; and being willing to change and grow.  

Goals for this school year include but are not limited to the following:

* Increase each student’s Lexile Reading Level significantly

* Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate a Proficient or Distinguished Level of Performance on the Georgia Milestones Assessments (Levels 3 & 4) in all areas expected for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  Levels 1 & 2 are below grade level which means we need to work together to fill the gaps of our students which are holding them back from achieving Level 3 or 4.

Another important goal for this year is to help our students demonstrate more than one year of growth based on the MAP Reading and Math assessments as well as the Georgia Milestones Assessments.  Students complete the MAP Benchmark Assessments three times per year.  Based on these results as well as other data, students are assigned to a Reading WIN and a Math WIN.  WIN is What I Need and is tailored for each student.  As you can imagine, the logistics of this undertaking is massive but we truly believe our students deserve to get what each one needs in order to succeed.  

Another goal is for students to maintain their own Data Notebooks and to utilize this information several times throughout the year to share their individual progress with their parents.  In order to do this, we will host Student-Led Parent Conferences.  Hopefully, we will be able to offer these conferences in person; however, we can always utilize digital tools for the meetings, if in-person meetings are not an option.  

Ringgold Elementary School currently has about 430-450 students enrolled.  These students represent various ethnicities and socio-economic levels.  We are a schoolwide Title I school which provides additional funds to help meet the needs of our students and families.  Mrs. Cathy Cooper is our Title I Parent Involvement Coordinator. 

Ringgold Elementary School is a Professional Learning Community and is committed to working toward the title of PLC Model School.  All educators meet within their Collaborative Learning Teams, which we call  Power Teams, each week to work together collaboratively in order to meet the needs of all of their students.  They discuss pre and post data from formative and summative assessments, necessary interventions, and ways to help students reach their specific goals.

We look forward to meeting our new students and their families and welcoming our returning families back for another awesome year.  Together, I’m confident we are going to make a difference and make things happen this year!


Mrs. Erwin’s Bio


Elementary School: Westside Elementary School - Catoosa County

Middle School: Lakeview Jr. High School - Catoosa County

High School: Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe (LFO) High School, 1981 - Catoosa County

Dalton College/State University of West Georgia: Bachelor Degree Early Childhood Education,

ESOL Endorsement, Gifted Endorsement 1996

Lincoln Memorial University: Master Degree Curriculum & Instruction, 2003

Lincoln Memorial University: Educational Specialist Degree Administration & Supervision, 2005

Professional Experience:

Tiger Creek Elementary 1996-2004, 2nd, 5th grades, Horizon (gifted) grades 1-5

Ringgold Middle School, 2004-2006, 7th grade math, 6-8 Gifted ELA & Social Studies, Comprehensive School Reform Grant Administrator

Lakeview Middle School, 2006, Assistant Principal

Tiger Creek Elementary School, 2007-2009, Assistant Principal

Ringgold Elementary School, 2009-Present, Principal


I am married to David Erwin (LFO, 1978). We are blessed with four awesome children, four wonderful "extra" children (spouses to our children), three beautiful granddaughters and a cute-as-can-be grandson. Sir Bear Bryant of Ringgold is our very spoiled Yorkie.  David and I are parents to Max & Ollie who are very pampered Yorkshire Terriers.  Our home is in Ringgold, in the RES school zone.



I love spending time with my grandchildren, family and friends. I love to read, write, travel, shop for and decorate our home. I love music, Alabama football, and the Braves!!


I believe all children deserve the best education possible which meets his/her individual needs.

I believe my responsibility is to make decisions based on what is best for students.

I believe teachers work harder than they are given credit for working.

I believe parents love their children and want them to succeed.

I believe a partnership between home and school is crucial for the success of the student.

I believe I am the luckiest principal around because I have the very BEST students, parents, and educators!



Mrs. Kim Erwin