Karen Carstens, Principal  {email}
Adam Casey, Assistant Principal  {email}
Nile Yates, Assistant Principal  {email}
Julie Huffman, Student Services Administrator  {email}
Joni Adams, School Leadership Intern  {email}

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  • Karen Carstens, Principal
    • Instructional Program
    • PTA/Foundation
    • School Council
  • Adam Casey, AP
    • Grades 3-5
    • Scheduling
    • Foundation
  • Nile Yates, AP
    • Grades K-2
    • Assessment
    • PTA
  • Julie Huffman, SSA
    • Special Education
  • Joni Adams, SLI
    • Transportation
    • RTI Support
Mrs. Carstens was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and remembers back to the time when Universal Studios was just a giant cow pasture on the way to Disney.  She had interesting summer jobs at both Sea World and Epcot before heading off to Florida State University.  In Tallahassee, she became a life-long Seminoles sports fan, met her husband, and performed with the Florida State Flying High Circus.  Her favorite acts were double trapeze, hand-balancing, sky pole, and flying trapeze.  After graduation, she taught English in a high school in rural Japan as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.  Not only did she climb Mount Fuji twice, but she discovered her love for teaching and connecting with students and families.  Upon returning to Orlando, she completed a second Bachelor's degree at the University of Central Florida in Elementary Education.  She has also completed School Leadership degrees at the Master’s level at Kennesaw State University and the Specialist’s level at Berry College.
Professionally, Mrs. Carstens won the Disney Teacherrific Award for Elementary Programs twice and has been recognized as a Teacher of the Year in Orange County, Florida.  Hearing of the strength of Cobb County Schools, her family moved from Orlando to East Cobb in 2005. She began as a teacher at Shallowford Falls Elementary and also served as an Assistant Principal at both Sope Creek and Powers Ferry.  She has given presentations at the national level while teaching in Japan and was a frequent speaker at educational trainings in both Florida and Georgia.  She is passionate about creating an instructional program that provides students with every opportunity for their future success.  This not only involves rigorous application of learning standards, but also opportunities to engage in problem-based learning inside STEAM curriculum. 
Away from school, you will usually find her enjoying the outside in some way.  She loves to kayak, mountain bike, and hike in the North Georgia Mountains. She also loves to travel and spend time immersed in different cultures.  She has taken an elephant safari in Nepal, survived a terrifying taxi ride in Bangkok, sipped Viennese coffee inside the Gloriette at Schonbrunn Palace, and even went skiing above the Arctic Circle in Finland.  She is a fairly recent empty-nester since both her daughter (Taylor – 21) and son (Erik – 19) are currently living on-campus at Kennesaw State University.  She met her husband, Scott, while they both were performers in the FSU circus and celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary in January.  
Mr. Casey is now enjoying his second year at Tritt Elementary! After teaching 5th grade for 8 years at Rocky Mount Elementary, Mr. Casey became an assistant principal at Hightower Trail Middle.  Mr. Casey has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University (2007), a Master’s Degree from Troy University in Instructional Technology (2009), and a Specialist Degree in Leadership from Berry College (2012). Mr. Casey is a Lassiter High School graduate and LOVES Cobb County. He and his wife, Ashley, recently purchased a home just down the road from where he grew up! 
Mrs. Yates' career in education began over 20 years ago when she was a 3rd grade teacher and served as Dean of Instruction of an elementary school in Texas.  In 2005, her family relocated to Georgia, and she taught 7th grade at Hightower Trail Middle School.   After 2 years she was promoted to Assistant Principal at King Springs Elementary, followed by serving as Assistant Principal of Big Shanty Intermediate for the last 7 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from East Texas State University and a Master’s degree in Education with a Leadership Certification from Texas A&M – Commerce. 
She has been married to her college sweetheart, Cory, for 17 years and is blessed to have two wonderful children. Her true passion is doing the right thing for children daily and asking herself, “Did I make a difference in a child’s life today?”  She has an open door policy and welcomes you at any time.  
Mrs. Adams is originally from Macon, Georgia.  She moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University in 2001.  She was a student teacher at Tritt in 2007 and then was hired to teach first grade.  She taught first grade for 10 years and then taught 3rd grade for 2 years.  During her teaching career she earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State and a Specialist in Leadership from Berry College.  Tritt is like an extended to family to Mrs. Adams.  She met her husband, Brian (Coach) Adams at Tritt and they have a six year old girl, MaCayla, and a three year old boy, Carter.  Mrs. Adams loves to spend time with friends, plan events, read, workout, and spend time with her family. 
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