Monthly Archives: July 2017

Tom McFerrin, Dunwoody HS Principal, Is OUT

Dunwoody HS Principal Tom McFerrin says he’ll be leaving Dunwoody HS and moving to a job in the central office as Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) coordinator.
.pdf link icon DeKalb Schools 2016-2017 Organizational Chart (Org Chart)
According to the latest org chart, Mr. McFerrin will be moving to the CTAE Department with the other specialists and coordinators. The specialists and coordinators report to Director of CTAE (Delmas Watkins), who reports to the Executive Director of Student Advancement (Manomay Malathip), who reports to the Deputy Superintendent of Student Support and Intervention (Vasanne Tinsley), who reports to the Superintendent.
Mr. McFerrin took the reigns at DHS in August 2014. During his tenure as Principal, 100+ students each year have come back to the high school from private school.
Since 2014, DeKalb CCRPI Trends show DHS going from a CCRPI score of 73 in 2014 to a score of 93 in 2016. Peachtree Charter MS is the only school that feeds into DHS. During the same time period, Peachtree’s CCRPI scores have gone from 80 down to 78.
What are your thoughts about this move?

From: Principal Tom McFerrin
Dunwoody High School Principal 2014 – 2017

Friends,
My journey as a Dunwoody High School Wildcat began as a student, then a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, and now as your principal. Therefore, after working in the Dunwoody cluster for twenty-two years, it is with a heavy heart that I inform my Dunwoody family about my departure as principal of Dunwoody High School. While I will always feel connected to this community, I am taking advantage of an opportunity to serve Dunwoody High School and the DeKalb County School District as a Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) coordinator.
With my teaching experience and expertise in career education, this new role is an exceptional opportunity that will broaden my leadership experience in the district. I am excited about this new position, and I am pleased to be able to impact not only the continued success of the Dunwoody cluster of schools, but all of the schools in the DeKalb County School District.
I will remain in my current role as principal of Dunwoody High School until a replacement has been appointed. Parents of currently enrolled DHS students will have an opportunity to provide input on their preferred leadership attributes through a survey that will be delivered through Infinite Campus. If your Infinite Campus email address needs to be updated, please contact the attendance office by email at tracy_nash@dekalbschoolsga.org before Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
I will forever cherish the relationships I have built with the students, staff, and community over the years and I will continue to be involved on some level because Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat.
Thank you for the support you have given me. I’ll be around, so stay in touch!
Go Wildcats!
Tom McFerrin
Principal

Meet DeKalb Schools' New Principals

The beginning of the Summer started with the Reassignment of 9 Under-Performing Principals and left the school district with 17 open principal vacancies.
The 64th Annual Summer Leadership Conference for school based leadership (principals and assistant principals) started today. In attendance are 17 new principals. Who is your school’s new principal?
Feel free to Google our new principals and let us know your thoughts.
Better Know DeKalb County Schools
Principal Rebecca Braaten – CHAMBLEE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
Ms Braaten has a Masters in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University and has been the Assitant Superintendent of Education at Muscogee County Schools since 2013. She also held various leadership positions with Polk County Schools since 2005.
Principal Jesse Berger – DRESDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mr Berger was most recently a principal at Atlanta Public Schools (APS) and Clayton County Schools.
Principal Malik Douglas – FLAT ROCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Dr Douglas was the assistant principal at Arabia Mountain HS. His experience includes being a teacher in Henry County Schools and a Civil Affairs Officer with the US Army.
Principal Peggy Davis – KELLEY LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ms Davis was an assistant principal in DeKalb Schools. Her experience includes being a Success For All Facilitator and Literacy Coach.
Principal Darrick McCray – LITHONIA HIGH SCHOOL
Mr McCray has been a principal in Dooly County Schools and Bibb County Schools. He was an assistant principal in Clayton and a teacher at APS.
Principal Marcus Kimber – MILLER GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mr Kimber’s experience includes being an assistant principal and teacher in DeKalb Schools.
Principal Laura Baez – MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ms Baez has been an assistant principal and teacher at DeKalb Schools. She comes from El Paso Texas where she was a reading specialist.
Principal Marsha Sears – MURPHEY CHANDLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ms Sears has also been an assistant principal and teacher at DeKalb Schools. She was also an adjunct professor at DeVry University.
Principal Sabrina Pressley – OAK VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ms Pressley was assistant principal and teacher at DeKalb Schools. Before that she taught computer skills at Boys and Girls Club of America
Principal Corey L. Stegall – PANOLA WAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• District Representative Financial Education, Primerica Financial Services
• Principal, Green County Schools
Principal Karen Davis – REDAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• Assistant Principal, DeKalb County Schools
• Teacher, DeKalb County Schools
Principal Lisa Green – ROCK CHAPEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• Assistant Principal, Gwinnett County Schools
• Teacher, Gwinnett County Schools
Principal Viva Jones – SHADOW ROCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• Assistant Principal, Fulton County Schools
• Teacher, Fulton County Schools
Principal Johnny Potter – SNAPFINGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• Assistant Principal, DeKalb County Schools
• Teacher, DeKalb County Schools
Principal Rasheen Booker – STEPHENSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• Instructional Support Specialist, DeKalb County Schools
• Principal, Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County Schools
• Assistant Principal, Clayton County Schools
• Teacher, DeKalb County Schools, Atlanta Public Schools
Principal Cassandra Davis – STONEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• Coordinating Supervisor-Region 1, Clayton County Schools
• Counselor, Teacher, DeKalb County Schools
Principal Brandy Jermon – WOODRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Professional Experience includes
• Assistant Principal, DeKalb County Schools
• Instructional Coach, DeKalb County Schools
• Teacher, DeKalb County Schools


Dr. Ralph Simpson has accepted a Deputy Superintendent position with the Clayton County School System effective Monday, July 31, 2017. In preparation for school opening and to ensure operations run smoothly for Region 5, Dr. Green is making the following appointments effective Monday, July 31, 2017.
• Appointment of Dr. Bernetta Jones, Principal of Cedar Grove ES as Interim Regional Superintendent, Region 5
• Appointment of Mr. Norman Thomas, former principal of Meadowview ES as Principal, Cedar Grove ES


Update of the employment status of the nine (9) principals that were demoted.

  • Zack Phillips – Early Childhood Coordinator
  • Ledra Jemison – Assistant Principal
  • Karen Williams – Assistant Principal
  • Ethan Suber – Assistant Principal
  • Rodney Mallory – Assistant Principal
  • Michael Williamson – Instructional Technology Manager
  • Terry Segovis – Retired
  • Sylvia Pilson – Retired
  • Dominique Drew-Terrell – Teacher Contract