Welcome to Tate Elementary School, home of the Bulldogs. I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as the new principal of TES. Each day as I arrive, I am grateful to be a part of such a wonderful school and to be immersed in the long lasting heritage that comes with being a member of Tate Elementary School and the Tate community.
I graduated from Brenau University with a baccalaureate in middle grades education, and I began my career in education at Chatsworth Elementary School in Murray County. For three years, I taught fourth grade in the same classroom where I had been a fifth grade student. Over the next 13 years, I continued my career in Murray County teaching fifth grade, serving as an EIP teacher, and working as a member of the Central Office Staff. During my time as a member of the Central Office Staff, I obtained my Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from Lincoln Memorial University. After a few years in district level administration, I knew my heart was with the students and teachers. My desire to return to the school level led me to take a position as an assistant principal in the Gilmer County School System. I then served as principal in Gilmer County and later in Jeff Davis County for a total of eight years. For the past two years, I have worked with North Georgia RESA as a school improvement specialist assisting Focus Schools and working with schools in the North Georgia area.
My tenure at North Georgia RESA allowed me to work with the Pickens County School District. Each time I worked with a school, I was impressed with the dedication and determination I witnessed. Through this work, I knew I would love being part of the system and my beliefs and philosophy would work well with the vision, values and traditions of the Pickens County School System.
As I begin my 27th year in education, I understand the value of past experience and tradition. My own experiences have shaped my philosophy as an administrator. I believe that all children can learn given the right opportunities. Administrators, teachers, staff, and parents must act as advocates for our students to ensure their educational, social and emotional needs are met. Teachers must be provided with the most current knowledge, skills and materials to meet the challenges of working with a diverse population and increasing expectations. As principal, I believe my number one goal is to assist students, staff, teachers, and parents. This assistance is ever changing as are the needs of the individual. To meet this goal, I must be the lead learner, the advocate, the coach, the cheerleader, the mentor, the caregiver, the leader, and most importantly the servant. However, I acknowledge I am only a small piece of a much larger whole, and it is the whole, of which we are all a part, that is vital to success.
I look forward to serving at Tate Elementary School.