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First-year principals hit the ground running
by Noreen Cochran
May 20, 2014 01:31 PM | 2488 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Peppe Hibbert, 5, son of Regina Dotson Hibbert and Sean Lorrick, 6, grandson of Donique Lorrick, read a book with Principal Brannon Gaskins at Liberty Point Elementary School.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Peppe Hibbert, 5, son of Regina Dotson Hibbert and Sean Lorrick, 6, grandson of Donique Lorrick, read a book with Principal Brannon Gaskins at Liberty Point Elementary School.
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New principals – one promoted from within the Fulton County Schools System, the other a former DeKalb County Schools principal – found their first year rushed by.

Brannon Gaskins went from assistant principal at Campbell Elementary School in Fairburn to principal of Liberty Point Elementary in Union City. He said the biggest difference has been the level of accountability.  “The buck stops with the principal. The principal is responsible for all aspects of the school, which are vast,” Gaskins said. 

“Being principal also involves a political piece.  I’ve found that my new position requires fostering new relationships with business partners and the elected officials of Union City.”

At Banneker High in College Park, Principal Glynis Jordan, the former top educator at McNair High in Atlanta-DeKalb, said the greatest difference was encountering her new school’s Exceptional Education Center. 

“The experience of working with so many individuals with diversified frailties was new and quite rewarding,” she said. Jordan said the overall experience matched her expectations. “Being appointed to Banneker HS, I knew that I needed to prioritize my focus on looking, learning, and working on enhancing instructional practices, school climate, professional developing and community engagement,” she said. Gaskins reported the same outcome.

“I knew that there would be hard work to devote in the areas of mathematics instruction and increasing the achievement of our special education population,” he said. “Our teachers are making strides in the areas of mathematics; in addition, we are continuing our devotion to hire effective special education teachers.”

Each said his or her school’s greatest challenge is in communicating its positive news.

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D. Cadet
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May 22, 2014
Awesome! Way to go SLC Principals!!
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