Longtime administrator seeks to continue Clarkdale’s ‘spirit of excellence’
by Sarah Westwood
July 07, 2014 04:00 AM | 5642 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Liss Maynard stands in front of Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell, where she is the new principal of the Cobb school. Maynard was principal at Mableton Elementary School last year.<br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Dr. Liss Maynard stands in front of Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell, where she is the new principal of the Cobb school. Maynard was principal at Mableton Elementary School last year.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
AUSTELL — Liss Maynard has been a school administrator since 1998, but she still loves stepping into the classroom.

“I love being an administrator. You’re also an instructional leader, so even in administration, I enjoy going in classes and teaching a class,” said Maynard, who has served as an assistant principal at Mableton Elementary School since 2012. “It’s more than just discipline and operations. It really gives me that broad perspective. I enjoy both aspects.”

On June 26, the Cobb Board of Education appointed Maynard principal of Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell. It also promoted Dickerson Middle School Vice Principal Patricia Alford to take the helm at Durham Middle School in Acworth.

Interim Superintendent Chris Ragsdale says he is looking forward to working with both of them.

“Both of them bring an excellent amount of energy and have an excellent plan as far as plugging into their communities and taking their schools to the next level,” Ragsdale said.

Maynard said she looks forward to continuing Clarkdale’s “spirit of excellence” in her new role.

Focusing on parental involvement and engagement will rank among her top priorities, she said, along with increasing the school’s reading, math and writing academics.

“I’ve already started meeting with individuals,” Maynard said. “I think it’s going to be a very smooth transition.”

Maynard said she will miss the relationships she has established with students, staff and parents during her time at Mableton Elementary.

“I’m going to miss all the good things that were going on,” she said. “But there are definitely good things going on at Clarkdale that I embrace and support.”

Maynard started off her career in education as a teacher at Cobb’s former Central Alternative School in 1993, where she remained for five years.

She has been in administration ever since.

The only challenge she anticipates facing at Clarkdale Elementary, Maynard said, is adjusting to a new school.

She said she will bring a strong dedication to helping students succeed to her new post.

“My philosophy in education is to ensure that each student is equipped with the skills that they need to live productive lives full of opportunities,” she said. “It’s success for all, and that’s what I work hard for every day.”

The Liss Maynard file:
• Age:
• Residence: Douglasville
• Family: Single
• Education: Bachelor’s from Tuskegee University; master’s in educational leadership from University of Southern Mississippi; specialist in educational leadership from University of West Georgia; Ph.D in educational leadership from University of Southern Mississippi

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July 07, 2014
The slide to mediocrity continues....
July 07, 2014
I was a teacher under her when she was an administrative assistant. Not impressed! She has big shoes to fill with the outgoing principal of Clarkdale. I hope she has improved.
J Salley
July 07, 2014
Congratulations Liss Maynard! You will continue to soar as you have in all of your past experiences! You have all the skills needed to be successful. Now to put all the training into practice. The Clarkdale community will LOVE having you!
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