A Message from Clifford Jones, Area Superintendent, Northeast Learning Community:
June 21, 2018
Dear Hillside Parents and Staff,
I am writing today to share exciting news that Dr. Hardray Dumas has been named your next Hillside principal.
Dr. Hardray Dumas began his career teaching in 2005 at Clayton County Schools. During his tenure there, he served as teacher in second, third, fourth grade, and in fifth grade EIP. After successfully teaching for several years, he was promoted to Instructional Coach.
After an urge to continue learning as a school leader and educator, Dr. Dumas left the school system briefly to embark upon full-time studies in a Ph.D. program at Georgia State University. While studying at GSU, he conducted research, taught courses to undergraduate, pre-service teachers, and taught master's courses to practicing teachers. He also served as supervisor of student teachers in field placements and as a coach for Teach for America Corp members.
After rejoining the public-school system in 2013, Dr. Dumas served in Fulton County Schools as a math instructional coach for two years and was then appointed to Assistant Principal at Parklane Elementary. He served as the assistant principal for Woodland Elementary for the past two years.
Dr. Dumas obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2005, a Master's degree in Education from Central Michigan University in 2006, and a Ph.D. degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University in 2014.
He joins the Hillside family with a range of diverse experiences in teaching, coaching, and leading- all tailored to leading the work of creating and sustaining an optimal learning environment where young students will be successful while striving toward reaching their personal full potential. Dr. Dumas is a lifelong learner, who is committed to continuing to grow, while working alongside the school community to positively impact the lives of children.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Dumas to the Hillside community!
Clifford R. Jones
From Dr. Otway:
Dear Hillside Family,
After such an amazing 2017-18 school year, I hope we all are taking time to rest and reflect. We have accomplished levels of greatness that have been celebrated all year. Over the past six years, together, we have been able to make a difference in education that is impressive. Our devotion to our instructional model, The Hill, has improved our practices, impacted relationships, and increased student achievement. Our support of each other is evident through our focus on relationships, shared leadership, and 0-3 Club. We will always have #20. Together we have been amazing and gained district and state recognition!
It is with mixed emotion that I find the words and the way to share my next professional journey. One quote that I believe shares my pathway is "Life is what happens when you are busy making plans." As I have previously shared with our staff and parent leaders, I have been looking for opportunities to advance my career. Last Wednesday afternoon I was presented with the offer to make a difference in the lives of children, teachers, and the community in another elementary school in Fulton County. Beginning July 2nd, I am pleased to announce that I will take on the leadership role as Principal of College Park Elementary. This will enable me to strengthen my leadership skills through training and partnerships and positively impact education. I am honored, enthusiastic, nervous, and privileged to be able to continue to make a difference in Fulton County Schools
This offer and decision occurred late last week; please know Cliff Jones and the NELC Area Superintendent's Office are working diligently to provide our Hillside family with the best leaders to meet our needs. With new leadership, I am confident Hillside will continue its journey in a positive direction.
I would like to give as many personal goodbyes that I can prior to the end of June. On Thursday, June 21, from 2pm-4pm we will open the media center for anyone who wants to visit. This time will allow us to share farewell hugs!
We have created great memories these last six years and have built a special bond! I am confident that Hillside will continue to excel, and I look forward to congratulating you on future accomplishments! I will miss you all and please know that Hillside will always be in my heart.
#20 #HESjourney #GoHillside #Huskies
Maisha N. Otway Ed.D.