April Madden, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of educational experience in Clayton County as a special education teacher, county recruiter for schools and in assistant principal and principal positions, but she said the county’s cultural of personalized learning and excellence is what drew her to apply as Dutchtown Middle’s new principal.
“All students learn differently and there is not a one-size-fits-all model when it comes to learning,” she said, “so learning about who my students are and their strengths and weaknesses and working on individualized learning every day [attracted] me to Dutchtown Middle.”
Madden said her first weeks as a principal at the school have been a positive experience and she has felt welcomed to the community.
“There was a little fear and nervousness taking on a new position in a new county,” she said. “Dutchtown Middle has done very well over the years and my goal is not only to maintain their high scores and achievements but to do even better.”
Madden said she feels that she has stepped into a school already accomplishing great things and will focus this school year on a theme she developed and brought to the school’s leadership team – building “Bulldog legacy” through a commitment to excellence.
“What that means is that we will do everything in excellence every day and help students reach their own [potential] by doing the best we can in preparation, delivery, supervision, and parent communication,” she said.
Community involvement outside of the classroom will also be one of Madden’s goals for her students and staff.
“As a school, we look for partners to help and support us and I want us to reciprocate within those partnerships,” she said.
“We want to thank our partners for giving us their support by going to those establishments and making sure our community members know that their support of our school makes our community the best it can be.”
Madden said she is enjoying the dynamic school culture in Henry County and hopes to be a principal in the county’s school district for years to come.