It is with great eagerness that I have been named to serve as Principal of Stone Mountain Elementary School. I am privileged and humbled to join you in this capacity and look forward to meeting and working with each of you to enhance our learning community. I am excited to work alongside committed faculty and staff to enhance the legacy of the scholars of Stone Mountain to move our educational program to the next level.
Prior to my appointment as the Principal, I was the inaugural CAO of an all-boys school and the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for an all-girls charter network, a charter school principal, an assistant principal, taught all grade levels 6 – 12, served in several capacities, within districts and at the state level, as well as served as a School Improvement/Literacy Consultant in over fourteen states throughout the United States. As an educator and leader, I have learned how dedication and commitment are necessities to meeting the needs of all students.
Student success is the goal of every member of the SMES Family. As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, we are committed to the following:
- Create a positive and welcoming climate for all educational stakeholders
- Develop and nurture strong relationships with students
- Build a collaborative culture that focuses on the continuous growth of our students, teachers, and school.
One of our primary goals, this year is to provide consistent and clear communication with all, as it is integral to our success. We want to ensure you are digitally connected with our school and our lines of communication are open! Please make sure you have access to (1) Parent Portal, (2) LiveSchools, and (3) SchoolConnect Messenger for text messages and calling posts. Also, be sure to download the Dekalb County School district app to your phone or tablet.
I know that SMES is paving a path of excellence, but with our work together, we will continue to grow and soar. My commitment, as your Principal, is to have open communication with all stakeholders with mutual and relational trust at the core to ensure the needs of all of our scholars are met daily. I look forward to working with each of you to ensure we are, "Striving Towards Excellence with PRIDE in all We Do!"
Dr. Char-Shenda Covington