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Austin Road Middle welcomes new principal
by Christine Fonville
August 27, 2013 12:34 PM | 3289 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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New Austin Road Middle School Principal, Gabriel Wiley, organizes his office and books Monday afternoon.
Staff / Katherine Frye / New Austin Road Middle School Principal, Gabriel Wiley, organizes his office and books Monday afternoon.
Aug. 5 marked the start of the 2013-14 school year for Austin Road Middle School students and their new principal, Gabriel Wiley.

Wiley, who most recently held the position of assistant principal at Woodland Middle School from 2011-13, has more than 13 years of experience in education.

He is a native of Mississippi, earned his master of education degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University in 2007 and left Florida for Clayton County in 2008, landing in Henry County the following year.

Wiley described his first day at his new school as “upbeat and positive.”

“Our first day of school is going absolutely wonderful thanks to the support from our faculty,” he said last week. “It’s been one of the most successful first days I’ve experienced as an administrator in a new school.”

Wiley is replacing former principal Cheryl Carter, who retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

When asked about plans for the upcoming school year, he described the school as “already in a good place” but said his focus would be on increasing student achievement.

“We want our data and test scores to reflect that our students are on target,” Wiley said.

The school scored above the state average in every subject on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests during the 2012-13 school year.

The tests “measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia,” according to Georgia Department of Education website.

In a five-year continuous school improvement plan found on the school’s website, the goals for student test scoring between 2012-17 include a 95 percent passing rate for eighth-grade students in all areas of the yearly test.

While Wiley said he did not foresee any serious changes being made to the school’s curriculum, he did say that the school is “attempting to bring students a foreign language class via the Internet,” as well as “more aggressive means of support for students within the classroom.”

Wiley also described his first impressions of the school as having a “family and community atmosphere.”

“I’m excited to be here because there are so many invested teachers, some of which have been here since 1996 when the school first opened and their advice will be greatly appreciated,” Wiley said.

He said his personal goals and vision for the school are clear.

“I’m looking forward to helping create teacher leaders and role models and I’m adamant about efficiency and achievement in our school,” Wiley said.

He has a son, D’Allo Wiley, and is engaged to be married in January.

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