Schools in north Fulton County are welcoming several new faces and spaces for the 2021-2022 school year.
Dunwoody Springs Elementary School welcomed new assistant principal Renisha Smith. Smith has been teaching with Fulton County Schools for 15 years. She started as an Instructional Paraprofessional at Esther Jackson Elementary School and became certified in Elementary Education, TAG and Special Education. She has worked in remedial support with Special Ed and ESOL students, written curriculum units for grade levels, provided resources for parents to support their children’s learning and was voted Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010. Smith was named School Professional and Central Office Support Professional of the Year for 2020.
Ison Springs Elementary School welcomed new principal Lakasha Lee. Lee graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Child Development. Later, Lee went on to pursue her Master of Education and Educational Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University.
In 2011, Lee relocated to Georgia to be closer to her family. She returned to the classroom teaching fourth grade in Dekalb County School District. After three years, Lee accepted a Curriculum Support Teacher position with Fulton County Schools at Barnwell Elementary. In less than a year, she was promoted to be the assistant principal. She believes that leading by example and treating all people with respect, facilitate growth.
Spalding Drive Elementary School welcomed its new principal, Jennifer Rosenthall. Rosenthall began her teaching career in Fulton County at Spalding Drive Elementary School, where she taught both general and special education over the course of six years. She began her leadership journey as an instructional support teacher in the Central Learning Community before serving as an assistant principal at Creek View Elementary and Ocee Elementary. Most recently, Rosenthall has served as the principal at Manning Oaks Elementary School. Her work as a principal has been focused on increasing overall student achievement as well as building a sense of community.
Rosenthall holds a Bachelor of Science in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education from Syracuse University. She also earned a Master’s Degree of Education in Multiple/Severe Disabilities from Georgia State University and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
Woodland Elementary School welcomed its new principal, Shavanda Toomer. Toomer is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in special education. She also attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Toomer brings over 20 years of elementary and high school experience, all gained in the Fulton County school system.
She has taught interrelated resource for grades K-5, served as an Instructional Support Teacher for Special Education for grades K-12, served as an elementary assistant principal for 10 years, and as a high school assistant principal the past five years. Her most recent assignment being in the Sandy Springs community, as one of the assistant principals at Riverwood International Charter School.
Woodland also brought in a new assistant principal, Caroline Rawls. Rawls graduated from North Carolina State University and began teaching first grade 10 years ago.
She also earned her master’s degree in Reading Education from East Carolina University. Rawls relocated to Atlanta in 2015, where she worked as a teacher and Curriculum Support Teacher at Woodland.
Sandy Springs Charter Middle School renovated its Engineering Lab over the summer. Boasting polished concrete floors, overhead electrical drops, new furniture, cabinetry, and technology, this state-of-the-art space is ready to spark excitement for its Engineering students and to support the work of the Career and Technical Education pathway.
Ridgeview Middle School renovated and redesigned its Media Center and is in the process of renovating its Innovation & Design Lab for Engineering Program. The lab is projected to be opened by the end of September.