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Dunwoody High School welcomes Ms. Priscilla Cole, Ed.S., to the Wildcat family!
Priscilla Cole has been an educator for 16 years. She received an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College & State University, a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from Western Governors University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fisk University. She holds a professional certificate in Educational Leadership (P-12).
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, she was the first in her family to attend college. Though her intentions were to go to law school, an opportunity to teach math at a newly formed charter middle school in Washington, D.C. led her to the field of education in 2001. It was during her first year in the profession that her students taught her an important lesson. “Establishing positive relationships and being genuine are the building blocks to the success of any group or organization.” After her 2nd year of teaching, she became the math department chair and would go on to lead as the assistant principal and principal, respectively during the summer school sessions.
In 2005, she moved to Georgia and began teaching for Fulton County schools, where she taught 8th grade math at Woodland Middle school. During her tenure at Woodland MS, she was a recipient of the Women of Color in STEM in 2007 and was named “Teacher of the Year” in 2008. She transitioned into leadership as an assistant administrator in 2009 and implemented an Advanced Placement Academy for students who needed more rigor.
Because of her leadership, she was promoted to Behavior Specialist in 2012 and supported 22 schools in north Fulton county. She provided discipline prevention and intervention services and identified resources & best practices to improve student discipline and school climate & culture. In 2013, she was promoted to assistant principal at Centennial High school where she assumed responsibility for the curriculum and supervision of instruction with all departments. During this time, she led various initiatives including, the 1 to 1 device implementation, the redesign of classrooms to flexible learning spaces and implementation of the future International Baccalaureate program. Her collaborative spirit and leadership style has earned her the respect of her colleagues and because of that she was named “Assistant Principal of the Year” for her cluster in April 2017.
On October 16, 2017, Ms. Cole started her work as the proud principal of Dunwoody High school, where she will continue to advance the success of DHS. She is a passionate educator and whose style encompasses servant and transformational leadership qualities. She believes in taking P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Responsibility In Developing Excellence) to ensure every student will be prepared for college and/or career by personalizing their learning to their specific needs. She believes that relationship building, a collaborative school environment and partnerships between all stakeholders is the key to student achievement and essential to the overall success of DHS.
Her varied experiences as an educator have allowed her to fortify her instructional leadership, management and organizational skills in various settings within education. As an instructional leader, she embraces change and can quickly assess situations and adapt appropriately. She lives by the motto, “the impossible is possible!” Audrey Hepburn said it best, “nothing is impossible because the word itself says, “I’m possible!” and she reminds her students daily, that the possibilities are endless!