Principal Kindra L. Smith
Originally from Centerville, TN, Mrs. Smith has called Georgia "home" for the past 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree on a basketball scholarship from the University of North Alabama, her master's degree from Kennesaw State University and her specialist from the University of West Georgia in Educational leadership. After teaching at the elementary level for seven years, she served as an assistant principal for eight years at Northwestern Middle School in Alpharetta, GA.
In 2010, she was selected as principal of Roswell North Elementary where she passionately led one of the largest elementary schools in the district. In 2014, Ms. Smith was named Fulton County's Principal of the Year for her unwavering commitment to seeking success for all students through innovative practices and creative programming. Ms. Smith enjoys watching her children play sports, listening to music and rooting for the Falcons.
Curriculum Assistant Principal Ida Ward
Ms. Ida Ward is our Curriculum Assistant Principal (CAP). This is Ms. Ward's second year as an assistant principal with Elkins Pointe. Prior to being our AP, Ms. Ward was the EPMS Data Specialist. She will be the 7th-grade assistant principal this upcoming school year. Ida is looking forward to sharing many social and academic experiences with the students and the community and is excited to work with our students as they continue in our culture of smart, happy, and connected.
Assistant Principal Nancy Lahey is originally from Lynbrook, New York, but has called Georgia home for 25 years. After completing her Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Cortland, Nancy began her teaching career in Dekalb County Schools. Ms. Lahey had the opportunity to teach third and fourth grade at Knollwood Elementary school from 1993-1998. While teaching at Knollwood Elementary, she earned her Master's degree in Educational Administration from Georgia State University. In 1998 Nancy was awarded Teacher of the Year at Knollwood Elementary.
Ms. Lahey left teaching at the end of 1998 to dedicate her time to her three wonderful children, Zach, Cameron, and Samantha. When all of her children entered elementary school, Ms. Lahey was anxious to get back into the classroom as well. She accepted a teaching position at Hembree Springs Elementary in Fulton County Schools in July of 2007. Nancy had the opportunity to teach fifth grade for eight years at Hembree Springs and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012. In 2015, Ms. Lahey was promoted to Curriculum Support Teacher at Hembree Springs and has served as the CST from 2015-2018.
As CST, Nancy was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit classrooms and impact the school beyond the walls of her classroom. She worked with the staff on instructional strategies, professional learning communities, served as the 504 and Student Support Team co-chair, and was the GO-TIP Induction Advisor for new teachers. She is very passionate about continuing her leadership journey at Elkins Pointe Middle School. Nancy has always had a passion for the middle school-aged child, and she believes she was born to teach and work with children.
Ms. Lahey is looking forward to continuing her work at the middle school level and making a positive impact on the students and the community. She is excited to be a part of a dynamic leadership team at Elkins Pointe where they are smart, happy, and connected!
Assistant Principal Ayo Richardson began her career in education after earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Reading Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She has spent the past 16 years in the public school system with the last 12 being in Fulton County Schools. Her career began in Dekalb County where she taught 1st and 2nd grades for four years. During these years, recognizing the need to better meet specific needs of her students, she earned an additional teaching endorsement in gifted education. In 2006 she joined Fulton County Schools as a 2nd-grade teacher at Dunwoody Springs Elementary. It was here that she began her work with implementing systems to provide enrichment opportunities to all learners within a school.
Mrs. Richardson remained at Dunwoody Springs for 4 years, serving as a teacher leader, providing professional development, modeling, and coaching to her peers. To satisfy her yearning for continued education, she earned a Master's Degree from Georgia State University during this time as well as an additional teaching endorsement in English as a Second Language.
In 2010 she joined the Roswell North community as a Talented and Gifted teacher. Here she continued the work of creating systems designed to tap into students' strengths and interests by providing unique opportunities for growth and progress. During her time at Roswell North, she earned an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia as well as certification in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. In 2014 she was promoted to assistant principal at Crabapple Crossing Elementary. Her work at Crabapple Crossing has centered around the strengthening of teaching and learning in literacy and math. She has also worked to develop strong relationships between school and community.
Mrs. Richardson is excited to expand her work to the middle school level. She believes teachers and leaders have the unique opportunity to develop relationships with students, parents, and community that can have a lifelong positive impact.
Mrs. Richardson is ecstatic to join the Elkins Pointe community to continue her professional journey. She looks forward to meeting and working with all members of the TITANS community!