It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as a newly appointed assistant principal of Unity Grove Elementary! I am incredibly honored to have been chosen to work alongside Ms. Wilson to lead the instructional efforts at UGE. We are extremely fortunate to serve such a supportive community of dedicated teachers, involved parents, and diverse learners.
Prior to my role as an assistant principal, I was a teacher for 12 years. During my career in Henry County Schools, I have facilitated professional learning experiences at a district and state level through my involvement as a Teacher on Assignment for project-based learning (PBL), a project manager for school transformation, and as a writer and editor of the CCGPS Frameworks for Mathematics. My work with the Georgia Department of Education helped me gain a better understanding of curriculum development and the Georgia Standards for Excellence which has served me well as a teacher leader and as a new administrator. My extensive knowledge of curriculum and consistent practice of utilizing research-based instructional strategies, such as PBL, have resulted in recognition by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and the Georgia Department of Education as a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching 2015 State Finalist. These awards have confirmed for me the impact of collegial relationships and supportive leadership on excellence in education.
Although I have demonstrated to be an effective teacher in the classroom and have built capacity for the use of effective instructional strategies among many of my colleagues, I am still growing as an instructional leader. I want to “pay forward” the experiences I had as a teacher to the many innovative teachers I serve in my school. Teachers and students will take risks when they know they are supported through timely feedback, high quality resources, and opportunities for growth. I encourage you to join me in supporting a culture of excellence by actively participating in your child's educational experience.
We welcome you to join us at UGE anytime. There are always students and teachers in need of ideas, resources, a helping hand, a mentor, or a lunch buddy, so please be sure to ask how you can help when you stop by the school. I look forward to seeing you and your family at UGE throughout the year!
Amanda Cavin, Ed.S.
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