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Riverview Elementary School’s Denise Reynolds named GAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal
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Riverview Elementary School’s Denise Reynolds has been named the GAESP’s 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal. (photo courtesy of Dawson County School System)

Riverview Elementary School Assistant Principal Denise Reynolds has been named the 2022 National Outstanding Assistant Principal by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP), according to a press release by the organization. 

Reynolds has been the assistant principal at Riverview Elementary School for the past six years. According to the GAESP release, she was selected for the honor because of her commitment to serving the children in the Dawson County school system. 

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Reynolds received a $500 check and will be honored at the Georgia Elementary Principals fall conference in October. (photo courtesy of Dawson County School System)

“Mrs. Reynolds’ commitment to excellence is reflected in her work with programs designed to meet the academic and social needs of all children and the establishment of community ties with parents and local business organizations,” GAESP Executive Director Hal Beaver said in the release. “She continually ‘raises the bar’ academically, working with teachers, staff and students. Additionally, she is constantly working towards bridging the gap between school and community. These relationships are vital for student success.” 

Reynolds will be awarded with a $500 check through the sponsorship of Istation and GAESP, and she will be honored at the Georgia Elementary Principals fall conference in October at Saint Simons Island. 

The teachers and staff that work with Reynolds said that she is committed to her job, and that she is deserving of the honor of being selected for the award. 

“She is passionate about ensuring our collective efficacy is strong and thriving — in fact, she is so committed to this ideal that she has chosen it as her dissertation topic,” Riverview Elementary School Principal Adam Maroney said in the release. “She has her finger on the pulse of the staff. She provides guidance as to when to push the staff toward change and when to pull back. She knows when it is time to celebrate and when it is time to ‘move the dial’.” 

“Mrs. Reynolds is a servant leader who, along with our principal, has created a positive work environment for teachers and staff, and a positive learning environment for students,” first grade teacher Lauren Stephenson added. 

Reynolds holds a BS degree in Middle Grade Education from Brenau University, a Master’s degree from Piedmont University, an Ed.S from the University of North Georgia and is currently working on her Doctorate at the University of West Georgia.