Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Carrie O’Bryant, who this school year will begin leading Clayton Elementary School!
Not only is Carrie O’Bryant returning to her own community for her first Principal post… she’s serving in the elementary school where she learned as a child.
“I am so excited to get to know the Clayton students and families. The school and community hold such a special place in my heart, and I am thrilled to be there!” said Principal O’Bryant, who lives in the community with her husband, Scott, who teaches at Cherokee High School. Their daughter is a freshman there, and they have adult twin sons. “I look forward to learning how I can best support the faculty so that they may provide the best teaching and learning experience possible for our students.”
Principal O’Bryant is bringing home 20 years of experience as an educator, most recently as assistant principal at Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy. She began her career in CCSD teaching at R.M. Moore Elementary School and also taught at Boston Elementary School.
“My overarching goal is for our teachers to provide the foundation for our students so that they are prepared to pursue their dreams,” Principal O’Bryant said. “My dream for our students is that they know what possibilities lay ahead, and they have the tools they need so that their opportunities are endless. Our commitment is to provide exactly what each student needs to be successful.”
Principal O’Bryant earned her bachelor’s degree at Kennesaw State University; and her master’s and specialist degrees, both in curriculum, from Brenau University; and is pursuing her doctorate degree from Valdosta State University. She’s known as a leader in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) integration and developing programs to best help at-risk students succeed.
“We’re so proud of Principal O’Bryant’s success, which has been driven by a deep sense of caring for her community and its children,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We know that the Clayton community will welcome her home with open arms, and that she will hug them back just as warmly. As she says, she’s ready to do ‘whatever is takes’ to help every student succeed every day.”
How can parents be more involved? “Parent involvement is critical, and I look forward to working with our parents and community to support our students,” Principal O’Bryant said. “Parents can be involved at many levels at the school from reading with students, volunteering in the classroom, supporting various functions throughout the year, partnering with the PTA, mentoring, etc. There are so many possibilities, and there are opportunities that fit everyone’s schedule. Let the teachers or office staff know of your availability, and we will get you started! Parent support at home is also critical! By supporting the students’ educational goals and progress, the students are reminded that we are a team, and that their education is important to all of us.”