Eagle’s Landing Middle School’s new principal, Teisha Waller, Ed.D., will be among the celebrants at a Community Night on Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Held between the school, 295 Tunis Road in McDonough, and neighboring Eagle’s Landing High School and in conjunction with its nearest feeder school Flippen Elementary School, the event will feature exhibits and refreshments, Waller said.
Parents and stakeholders can meet the 42-year-old, whose 10 years in Henry County Schools most recently include being the Union Grove High School assistant principal.
Waller’s former boss, Union Grove Principal Ryan Meeks, said he supports her transition.
“Dr. Waller is an exceptional leader who will be an outstanding principal,” he said. “Her passion for serving students and families along with her extensive experience in curriculum and instruction will be an asset to the Eagle’s Landing community.”
The Conyers resident began her 18-year career in teaching at Northgate High School in Newnan from 2000 to 2004.
Waller then helped to open Dutchtown High School in 2004 as an English teacher and department chair.
She transferred to Spalding County in 2008 to be the instructional assistant principal at Spalding High School in Griffin from 2008 to 2013.
That following school year marked her return to Henry County.
This year is going well for her, Waller said, citing a comfort level with the degree of ownership she now has in decision-making.
She said the biggest difference between her new job and her prior post is the age of the students.
“I am coming from a high school setting, so to look out and see small, little faces is different,” Waller said. “However, it is great to see their enthusiasm and energy each day.”
Union Grove prepared her for the opening bell at a middle school, she said.
“I feel that my prior experience as an assistant principal has helped me in that I’ve always been an advocate for strong instruction and making sure that students, regardless of age, have access to meaningful instruction each day,” Waller said.
She said she has a “good feeling” about her new environment.
“Everyone from the faculty and staff, the cluster schools and administration, and the parents and community members have been so welcoming,” Waller said.
They are also part of her top priorities.
No. 1 is building strong relationships with students and teachers, followed by raising academic achievement with an eye to College and Career Readiness Preparation Index, or CCRPI, scores, improving student reading levels and increasing student attendance.
Waller posted to the school website she looked forward to working with the faculty, students, community and families of Eagle’s Landing.
“I invite parents to become an active part of the ELMS family by volunteering, attending school events and encouraging students to pursue excellence on a daily basis,” she said in a statement.
The Covington native earned a bachelor degree in English in 2000 and a master’s degree in secondary education teaching in 2003 from the University of West Georgia.
Waller completed her doctorate in 2012 online at Minneapolis' Walden University.
She is married with two children.
Previous Eagle’s Landing principal Derrick L. Thomas, who helped introduce personalized learning to the school as part of the 2017 cohort, is now principal at Woodland Elementary School in Stockbridge.