Fall 2016: A Word From Our New Principal
Hello Garden Hills Community!
Twenty years ago my husband, Brad, and I moved to the Atlanta area from Bryan, Texas just as the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics were ending. Atlanta was so alive and exciting! Here we are 20 years later and I am thrilled to join the Garden Hills community as your principal. It’s still exciting here! A lot has happened over the past 20 years. Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012 are on the books already and Rio 2016 is about to begin.
In my 23 years in education I have had the opportunity to teach in transitional bilingual classrooms (1st & 4th), dual immersion classes (2nd & 3rd), general education (4th), and ESOL (K-5). I have also served schools as both an instructional lead teacher and district math coach. I’ve been fortunate to lead in amazing Title I schools as an assistant principal for four years and as principal for four years. I currently teach as an adjunct professor in TESOL at Kennesaw State University.
Our family has also grown since we arrived in Atlanta. We have two beautiful daughters, Jordan and Cameron. Jordan will be a freshman at Piedmont College where she’ll be on the golf team. Cameron, our 8th grader, dances and plays tennis. They keep us very busy!
Back to the Olympics….Did you know the Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius” which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger”? My goal is to help show your children to be FASTER than anyone to lend a helping hand to others, to lift the staff and students HIGHER by example and with enthusiasm, and to build STRONGER academic achievement knowing that it takes great effort but in the struggle comes the reward.
Here’s to a Gold Medal Year! I look forward to running the race with all of you!
Stacey W. Abbott