Nicole Pike- Principal

Nicole Pike

As we prepare to embark upon a new school year at CCMS, it's hard for me to contain my excitement! For the past four years, I have been able to witness first hand all of the wonderful educational experiences and opportunities that take place daily at Clear Creek Middle School.


The teachers work diligently and are truly dedicated to making sure all students learn. This is evident with the academic success of our students and the level of engagement that is visible in every classroom. And the best part is, we will continue to grow and improve even more this upcoming year.

The wise, old saying "it takes a village to raise a child" rings true in the world of education. I firmly believe when all stakeholders (parents, teachers, students, community members) unite and collaboratively work together, our students are able to blossom and reach their fullest potential. 

As we journey together throughout the year, there are four things that you should know about our school:

  1. Your child's safety, education and emotional well-being are our top priorities and will be at the forefront of every decision we make at Clear Creek Middle School.
  2. We have high expectations for students in both academics and in extracurricular activities. Schools should be a place for students to develop a sense of self, to experience pride in their work and to foster a love for learning and life.
  3. Our faculty will model life-long learning through continuous improvement in content knowledge, teaching strategies and classroom management.
  4. For us to offer the best environment for your child to flourish, we must have your help and support. Please take an active interest in your child's education by finding connections between the curriculum and your family life. Watching television, going shopping, attending church, playing games, and other activities can provide rich opportunities to review and enrich the material your student is learning in school. Remember, parents are the best teachers that a child will ever have.
As your Principal, I want you to know that you are welcome at CCMS, and we value your input and feedback. Together we are ensuring the success of our students.  With so many wonderful things happening at CCMS, it is beyond a doubt the best place to be! 


Sarah West

Sarah West - Assistant Principal

Hello students, parents, and community stakeholders of Clear Creek Middle School. As a proud native of Gilmer County, it is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to serve as assistant principal in the community where I grew up and attended school. I am excited and looking forward to this new adventure at CCMS!

After graduating from Gilmer High School, I received a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of Georgia. I later attained my Educational Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

My entire educational career has been spent in Gilmer County. I taught at Gilmer Middle School with a primary focus in Mathematics, and spent a short time at Mountain View Elementary School as the Academic Coach.

I am married to Brady West, and we have two children, Halle Mae and Ty. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, time spent on the golf course, and watching or attending athletic events.

I look forward to working together as a team with parents, students, and the community to give CCMS students the best educational experience possible while continuing to build upon the great tradition of excellence already established at Clear Creek Middle School.

Greg Burrell - Assistant Principal

Greg Burrell

It is an honor and a privilege to be working at Clear Creek Middle School.  I will be starting my 23rd year in education (20th in Gilmer County).  I will be serving as Assistant Principal for the 2019-2020 School year at CCMS. 

I am a 1993 graduate of GHS.  While at GHS as a student, I lettered in varsity football for four years, played basketball, and participated in track.  I served as FCA president and I was the boys president of the student council.  I was selected to the AJC AA All-state team in football and was able to play college football at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  I earned a BA in Physical Education at Furman, lettered in football, and participated in FCA, the Big-brother program through the YMCA, and several other volunteer opportunities. 
I began my teaching career at Gordon Central High School as a special education teacher and football coach.  In 1998, I moved back home where I served as a special education teacher and coach at GMS.  The following year, I moved to GHS to teach and coach.   I coached several sports, co-taught a wide variety of inclusion classes, and served as department chair for special education for two years.  During this time, I obtained a Master’s degree in interrelated special education from North Georgia and an Education Specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.  In 2005, I stepped in as Gilmer County’s first administrator to serve as Athletic Director.  I served as Athletic Director from 20052008 earning Athletic Director of the Year for Region 7-AAA.  In 2009, I became assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary before becoming the principal at Oakland Elementary School the next fall.  I served two years as principal at OES.   

I worked for the Department of Human Services and Mountain Education Center for one year before taking a position in Whitfield County as a special education teacher and football coach.  In 2014, I was hired back by Gilmer County where I served as the special education teacher at Mountain Innovation Program for two years.   
I just finished up three more years at Gilmer High School.  The first year, I was an assistant principal, and the last two I was an assistant principal and Athletic Director.  I enjoyed my time at GHS, but I’m looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities ahead. 
I am proud to say that I am a Gilmer County native.  My family has lived in the Gilmer County area since the late 1800’s.  I attended Ellijay Primary School, Ellijay Elementary School, Ellijay Middle School (first 8th grade class in that school), and Gilmer High School.  I want to thank all of the teachers and administrators that helped mold me into the educational leader that I have become.
I have one son, Braxton, who attends Clear Creek Middle School.     
My main duties are maintenance, safety, discipline (Buses, 8th Grade, and 7th Grade A-J), but if I can help you in any way please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to a great school year!!