Happy National Assistant Principal Week!

Assistant principals are essential to the success of a school community, working in partnership with the school principal to ensure students, teachers, and families remain engaged, supported, and successful. At Hartfield, we know assistant principals need support, too. This means recognizing them for their hard work and making sure others understand the critical work they do every day as leaders of our school community! We are so thankful for our Lower School assistant principals, Deanna Elliott and Susan Warden.
As we recognized our assistant principals this week we focused on the work that they do to keep Hartfield's values alive. Those values include truth, excellence, service, leadership, and honor. According to resilienteducator.com, the definition of an assistant principal is “an education administrator responsible for facilitating the day-to-day requirements of their school. They need to ensure the safety of students as well as fulfillment of federal and state student and teacher performance guidelines.” The website goes on to describe specific duties of an assistant principal—and the list is long.

We took the time to hear from our assistant principals themselves and we want to share more about them with you!

Deanna Elliott, Main Campus Elementary Assistant Principal, is in her fourth year as Hartfield's assistant principal. Before taking on an administrative position, she was in the classroom. She is a Hartfield Hawk tried and true being with Hartfield since the doors opened 10 years ago! "About six years ago, I felt a stirring from the Lord, and I wasn't sure exactly what it was.  I knew my time in the classroom was drawing near but I was unsure of what to do next.  My principal at the time, Dawn Martin, spoke with me, prayed with me, and encouraged me to seek the Lord about moving into this position." shared Deanna when asked about her transition from the classroom. Being in this role, there is always something new each day. Lisa Lucas, Lower School Head, shared the qualities Deanna possesses to make her the perfect one for the job! "Deanna Elliott has a unique balance of a fun-loving spirit while a heart committed to excellence. It is a perfect combination for working with our older Lower School students as they become more independent each year. She shines in her role each day as she gives of herself to her students and teachers." Well-spoken, Mrs. Lucas! Thank you, Mrs. Elliott, for all you do for our students!

Susan Warden, East Campus Lower School Assistant Principal, has been in this position for six years. Like Deanna, Susan also was a classroom teacher before deciding to step into an administrative role. Her direction was an unexpected turn, but a story of faithfulness as she followed the Lord's call. "I always want to be open to the Lord’s calling on my life and yield to the direction that he has planned for me." shared Susan. Susan has always been Hartfield mission-minded and always remains to keep that the most important thing. "I enjoy talking and interacting with students throughout the day. I also enjoy working with a staff that has a love for the Lord and is like-minded in pursuing what is best for our students," said Susan when asked about her favorite part about her job. Lisa Lucas also shared a few words about Susan that make her the best fit for the job! "Susan Warden has a calm, sensitive, and patient spirit which is ideal in working with our youngest students. She serves with her whole heart and treats students and teachers with great love and concern. She is truly working from the strengths God has given her and they serve our school well". Thank you, Mrs. Warden, for all of your hard work!

As a week to celebrate our Assistant Principals come to a close, we hope this article gives you a small glimpse into the women who help lead our school well! Their willingness to serve and be led by the Lord in all things helps make daily Lower School life happen. We couldn't do it without Mrs. Elliott and Mrs. Warden - a big thank you!!
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