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May 11, 2020 

Dear Conley Hills Elementary Family, 

My name is Darren Clay and I am extremely excited and humbled to be selected as the new Principal of Conley Hills Elementary School. My professional enthusiasm is overshadowed by my anticipation to begin the school year.  Yes, it has been a complex and challenging year to say the least, but together we will weather the storm and rise like the Phoenix.

Eagerly, I await the opportunity to meet and collaborate with the students, staff, families and community stakeholders. Over the next several weeks, I will begin collaborating with team members to implement a process to communicate with students, staff and parents. Our administrative and leadership team will work cohesively to ensure a successful transition for the remainder of the school year as we continue to navigate through unprecedented times. 

My career in education began most notably with Fulton County Schools as an elementary teacher at Randolph Elementary.  I transitioned into school leadership as an administrator at Langston Hughes High School before serving as an Assistant Principal at Bear Creek Middle School. I am returning home to FCS after most recently serving as a state-level leader with the Georgia Department of Education.

I am committed to serving students, parents, and communities and believe in the power of partnership, accountability, and collaboration.  I am an advocate for building a positive school culture that fosters shared decision making and professional learning communities. I will be exploring virtual "meet and greet" opportunities in the very near future and I look forward to meeting all of you soon. 

Along with my wonderful wife, Candice, and son, Mathis, I am privileged to serve the Conley Hills school community.  Through a collective effort with all stakeholders, I look forward to embarking on the resolute mission to ensure student success through proven practices within a 21st century learning environment.


With Warm Regards,

Darren Clay, Ed.D.

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