Emily Lembeck, the head of Marietta City Schools for over ten years, recently announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year, according to a Wednesday report by the AJC.
Lembeck has served as an educator for over 30 years, including 25 in Marietta City Schools. Since 2005, she has led the district of nearly 9,000 students as the first female superintendent in the city’s history.
Lembeck guided the district to becoming one of the state’s first charter school systems in 2008. The schools in the district are also part of the International Baccalaureate program, a high-standards education system taught around the world.
It was at a school board meeting that Lembeck announced her pending retirement. The announcement happened Tuesday night, Lembeck citing her desire to spend time with her husband, the Marietta Daily Journal reports.
“It is time for a new leader to build on what has been accomplished as I must begin to return to my husband,” Lembeck said in her resignation letter.
Her retirement is set to go into effect December 31.
The parting superintendent studied at schools from Florida to New York and graduated from the University of Georgia with a doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Lembeck’s service goes beyond Marietta City Schools. She works for the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and the Georgia’s Children Cabinet, a program designed to h
She has also formerly worked with the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
Members of the school board are currently working to determine the process for hiring the next superintendent.