By Gerhard Schneibel
Sarah Glynn, who recently was named the first principal of the elementary school being constructed on Ison Road, said she’s looking forward to the challenge of unifying a community in a school that will be populated with students now attending three charter elementary schools: Woodland, Dunwoody Springs and Spalding Drive.
Glynn is the principal at Fulton County’s A. Philip Randolph Elementary School southwest of Atlanta. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clark Atlanta University and a specialist’s degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She has spent her entire educational career in the Fulton County school system.
Board of Education Vice President Julia Bernath, whose district includes the new school, said Glynn has “some wonderful experience working with all different kinds of populations.”
“She’s still young and vivacious, and I think she’s got a lot of excitement and energy that she’ll be bringing to the new school,” Bernath said.
Superintendent Cindy Loe selected Glynn, and the school board approved her appointment Dec. 18.
The school board hopes to find a replacement for Glynn at Randolph Elementary by April so she can focus on her new responsibilities. Her first community meetings have not been scheduled but are likely to take place in February.
During those meetings, parents will be able to help pick the “mascot, colors … things that the community will see as a fun experience,” Bernath said. “I just think that with the energy and experience that (Glynn) brings that this is going to be a very smooth transition.”
Glynn, who lives near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, said she plans to commute at first, then move to the northern part of the city of Atlanta. The drive “will be worth it,” she said.
“My goal for Ison Road is definitely to make it a community school. I really want the community to come in, and I want it to be kind of a focal point where people just associate with each other,” she said.
Glynn has experience in opening schools. She was assistant principal of Hillside Elementary in Roswell from its opening in 2001 until 2006. She worked under Principal Dara Jones, who is now principal of Lake Forest Elementary School in Sandy Springs. She was also an assistant principal at Renaissance Elementary in Fairburn from 2006, when it opened, until 2007.
“The first year is very important because you’re going to try to find your way and see what works best for the students and with the community,” she said. “I think the main thing is just making sure they know their input is going to be important. They’re coming from three different schools, and they’re all coming from different experiences, so we can kind of collaborate.”