Mrs. Yolanda Briggs-Johnson, Principal
Mrs. Yolanda Briggs-Johnson is in her 26th year of education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Columbia College, then matriculated to South Carolina State University, earning a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology, later completing her Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Curriculum from Central Michigan University. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Collaborative teacher, and Administrator for 23 years. She began her career in Fulton County School District in 1998. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson moved to the Fayette County School District in 2007, where she has taught at Cleveland Elementary, JC Booth Middle, and as the Assistant Principal/ Registrar at Whitewater High School for six years (2012-2018). Mrs. Briggs-Johnson and her husband, Shawn, have been married for 25 years; they have two sons, Seth and Kyle-Zachary. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated, and attends Fountain of Faith Baptist Church. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching old classic movies, listening to music, traveling, and snuggling with Kobe-Bean, the family dog, a Pitbull, while on the sofa watching TV and enjoying a bowl of Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson believes that "A child must learn early to believe that (s)he is somebody worthwhile, and that (s)he can do many praiseworthy things" Benjamin E. Mays ~ THE Fayette County's Motto is (to exemplify) Excellence In All We Do (with Tiger Pride).
Mrs. Briggs-Johnson is affectionately called Mrs. YBJ. Mrs. YBJ was named the Principal of THE Fayette County High School on May 30th, 2018. She was named Principal of the first high school in the Fayette County community, dating back to August 1925. FCHS has a long history of traditions that support, encourage, and expect academic excellence, with a laser sharp focus on student and community stakeholders engagement and positive relationships that promote teaching the whole child. On Tiger Trail the Tiger family will see and hear Mrs. YBJ continuously saying Knowledge Is Power and Do what You have to Do, to Do what You want to Do! She has created and implemented academic programming and initiatives that focus on learning, safety, social/emotional well-being, and creative outlets for students to thrive in the school environment free of judgment and harm. Mrs. Briggs-Johnson believes that "A child must learn early to believe that he/she is somebody worthwhile, and that he/she can do many praiseworthy things" ~ Benjamin E. Mays.
Mrs. Andrea Cherry-Lee, Assistant Principal/Registrar
Mrs. Cherry-Lee is looking forward to an amazing school year as a new member of the Fayette County High School administration team. She has 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum chairperson (CCP) and Administrative Assistant. Originally from Florida, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science from Florida State University. She also has earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Her passion is providing a quality education for all students and causing a spark in students that will change the world. Mrs. Cherry-Lee is married to her husband, DeMone and they have a daughter, Chayse and a son Andreas (aka Ace). Mrs. Cherry-Lee enjoys spending time with her family and watching Florida State football.
Mr. Chris Key, Assistant Principal
Mr. Key is currently in his third year on Tiger Trail. Mr. Key has been a part of the Fayette County Tiger feeder pattern since 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Jacksonville State University, a Master’s in Education in Instructional Technology from West Georgia College, an Educational Specialist degree in Media Education from the State University of West Georgia, and a Tier 1 Leadership certification from Georgia State University. Mr. Key is committed to fostering a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where students can thrive both academically and personally. His approach emphasizes open communication, collaboration,and building strong relationships among students, teachers, parents, and the broader community. Mr. Key’s goal is to continue fostering a culture of academic excellence, social responsibility, and respect for diversity, preparing students to become global citizens and future leaders. Beyond the school campus, Mr. Key enjoys drum & bugle corps, yoga and spending time with his family and two dogs, Sammy & Tonka.
Ms. Ashley Lott, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Ms. Lott is excited to begin her thirteenth year in education. This is her first year at Fayette County High School as an Assistant Principal. She began her career as a Health/Physical Education teacher; over the next few years, Ms. Lott became the Health/Physical Education department chair, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Coach, and a sponsor of Fellowship for Christian Athletes.
Ms. Lott is a resident of Fayette County and a product of Fayette County Schools where she attended North Fayette Elementary School, Flat Rock Middle School, and graduated from Sandy Creek High School.
Ms. Lott earned her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies from Clayton State University, a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Central Michigan, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Columbus State University. Her career honors include: 2015 Sandy Creek Coach of The Year, 2022 5-AAAA Region Athletic Director of The Year, 2023 5-AAAA Region Athletic Director of The Year, 2023 AAAA State Athletic Director of The Year, and 2022-2023 Administrator of The Year Nominee.