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Meet the New Principal: Matt Freedman of Little River ES!

Posted On: Thursday, August 6, 2020


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 Little River Elementary School’s new leader: Matt Freedman! 

Principal Matt Freedman is leading Little River Elementary School, CCSD’s largest elementary school, with the goal of ensuring everyone there feels like they’re part of a family. 

“I really look forward to building relationships with students, parents, staff and community members,” he said.  “The best part of my job is interacting with people.  I know that when all stakeholders work collaboratively, we can really make a difference in children’s’ lives.  My ultimate goal this year is to build trust because in order to lead people, it is imperative that they trust you.”

Mr. Freedman joined CCSD two years ago as Principal of Woodstock Elementary School, following a successful career in Fulton and Cobb counties.  The 20-year educator began his career as a Fulton County classroom teacher, served for five years as an assistant principal in elementary and middle schools, and then three years as Principal of Park Street Elementary School in Marietta.  During his tenure at Woodstock ES, Principal Freedman successfully worked to increase engagement by parents, with a new program just for dads, and by business and community partners.

“We’ve been so impressed with Matt’s work at Woodstock Elementary and know he will further raise the bar at Little River,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “He has shown me that he not only is an outstanding instructional leader, but also a listener, and that trait is incredibly important to successfully coaching teachers, encouraging students and partnering with parents and the community as a whole.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree, Principal Freedman went on to earn a master’s degree from Kennesaw State University and a specialist degree from Georgia State University.  His wife, Mellisa, is a Liberty Elementary School teacher, and their son attends Freedom Middle.

How can parents be more involved? “I think that the best way for a parent to be involved is to take time out of their day to read with their child and simply ask them about their day.  We also always welcome volunteers and encourage parents to join our PTA.  If parents are interested in volunteering, please reach out to me.”

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