Monday, June 18, 2012

New Dunwoody Principals

DeKalb County has appointed a new principal at Dunwoody High School, as well as principals at Vanderlyn and Dunwoody Elementary. 
The new principal at Dunwoody High is Noel Maloof, and personally I think he is a great choice.  Noel is no stranger to the community.  He has been the principal at Vanderlyn the past four years, prior to that he was an assistant principal at Dunwoody High for three years.  Noel is a no nonsense guy who gets involved with the kids.  I can only speak from personal experience, but I have found him to be very approachable, and receptive to well thought-out ideas. 
The following are excepts from a letter from Maloof posted on the Vanderlyn website:
"I want you to know that I am passionate about teaching and learning. I also recognize that the children we teach today will be the adults who shape the future. As educators, we have an obligation to influence that future in a positive way. We must provide an education that prepares them for success. Our students require a knowledge base that not only covers the traditional areas of language, math, science, and social studies, but also competencies in technology, leadership, life skills, and communication. My goal is to develop independent, life-long learners in a student-centered atmosphere.

"There are two truths in education. First, all students can learn, given the right educational setting. Second, there is a direct correlation between teacher expectations and student achievement. A classroom that excites the love of learning and holds students to their highest potential will facilitate great success. It is essential that we utilize data to determine our progress and explore effective, research-based, instructional practices to meet the needs of all students. Education is ultimately about the children we teach."

Maloof's replacement at Vanderlyn is assistant principal Tracey Crenshaw.  Dunwoody Elementary assistant principal Jennifer Pittman Sanders has been promoted to principal replacing Johnathan Clark.

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