One of Dawsonville’s newest residents is looking forward to becoming “part of the family,” as well as using her experience in education to help Dawson County High School continue to provide the best education possible, with students as the No. 1 priority.
Stacy Martin, new assistant principal at Dawson County High School, comes from 14 years teaching experience at the high school level from a comparable school system in Harris County.
“I taught English for 11 years, including everything from basic skills to gifted.
For the past four years, I have been teaching graphic art and graphic design,” she said.
“I was looking to move up in my career, and everything with accepting this position fell right into place. Being in Dawsonville feels like coming home,” Martin added.
With a master’s degree in educational leadership from Troy University, Martin’s teaching career has been spent at the high school level.
“High school administration is where I need to be,” she said. “Having background in the academic and career tech sides of teaching is a strong point that I will bring to the table as an administrator. I hope to be able to make collaborations between the two departments.”
Wayne Chelf, principal at the high school, says that Martin has already fit right in and will be a great addition to the school, as well as the community.
“We did an exhaustive search to find her, almost approaching the national level,” Chelf said. “We are really excited to have her here and are looking forward to how her experience will benefit our school.”
Chelf noted that Martin’s experience in both career tech and academic sides of teaching will serve her well.
“She has a full understanding of all sides of the building, which is important, and is also a strong point that makes a great administrator,” he said.
Martin said that being an administrator had not always appealed to her, but after watching a former superintendent in Harris County, Martin says she saw that being in administration was not just sitting behind a desk.
“I was able to see through her (former superintendent) that being in administration is more than just sitting behind a desk. It’s being involved and still taking a hands-on approach to education,” Martin said. “You could see in her everything that she talked about, said and thought about, always put students first.”
She continued to say that the former superintended inspired her to take an interest in administration. Now, Martin believes it is where she is meant to be.
“I want to be in the mix of the students and still want to be able to have a relationship with them,” she said.
Looking forward to the coming school year, Martin added that she and Chelf are on the same page as far as goals and aspirations for education.
“I think we will work well together and compliment each other nicely to the benefit of the education of this county’s students,” she said.
“It’s all about the kids, everything that we do. It doesn’t matter what decision is made in this school, it starts with the kids.”
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