Opinion / Editorial
The 2013 Administrative Team
October 16, 2013Douglass High School
In the 2012-2013 school year Frederick Douglass High School was introduced to a new principal. The 2013-2014 school year yields even more change with the introduction of a new administrative team.
“ I can tell they have worked diligently over the summer to structure the school and change the culture because it has been manifested by student compliance to the uniform policy and the behavioral changes. This has probably been the smoothest beginning to a school year that I have experienced in the last 7 years, “ Ms. Johnson, 9th grade mathematics teacher, said.
Ms. Libra Royster is the new 9th grade academy leader. Because of her experience in leading students into their first years of high school Dr. Horton brought her onto his administrative team. The two have worked together before as colleagues within the Fulton County district. Through their partnership, Ms. Rosyter plans to ensure a quality education while enabling opportunities for both students and teachers of Frederick Douglass High School. “This 2014 school year I am excited to meet and learn about all the students, teachers and community of Frederick Douglass High School. I am also excited about the academic excellence that will be taking place in my academy. I look forward to celebrating our achievements throughout this school year, “ Ms. Royster said.
Dr. Jones isn’t new to the Frederick Douglass High School family, but he has a new position that allows him to help aid students in their progression to post-secondary options. Dr. James Jones is the new 10th grade academy leader. “ As an assistant principal I provided support to the entire school, but as an academy leader I’m focused on one grade level. The main difference is that I’m dealing with one grade level, “ Dr. Jones stated. From his tenth grade students he expects preparedness, efficiency, and a mind set on learning. Although he has been here in the previous years, this year he is particularly excited about the willingness of the students to purchase and wear the newly instated uniform. According to Dr. Jones the culture of the school has changed, and the school is back on track.
Dr. Wilsene John is the new 11th grade Academy Leader. This is her first year on the Frederick Douglass High School staff, and this is her first year working with Dr. Horton as well. Her aspirations to be part of an amazing administrative team led her to Frederick Douglass for the 2013-2014 school year. “ I wanted to work in a community where I felt I could be most impactful. I’m excited about working with the 11th graders to ensure they are all on track and ready to graduate May 20, 2015, “ she said.
Mr. Gary K. Cantrell has returned to Frederick Douglass High School after 3 years as the 12th grade academy leader. He sees his return to FDHS and to Dr. Horton’s administrative team as an immense opportunity. He intends to raise student achievement and to restore the prominence that Frederick Douglass once held as one of the top schools in our district. “ I’m excited about the opportunity we have to help students reach their post-secondary options. We look forward to an outstanding graduation class and to building a very strong support program, “ 12th grade academy leader, Mr. Cantrell, said.
One of the new assistant principals, Dr.Driskell Lang, has a history of working within Dr. Horton’s administration. The two began their partnership at Tri-Cities High School. “Dr. Horton brought me along. In order to be a good leader one must be a good follower first, and Dr. Horton is an excellent academic leader. I have had the privilege of working with him before and I’m glad to be back on his administrative team, “ Dr. Lang said. Lang says that he is also motivated by the eagerness of the FDHS students to learn in a well-structured environment. His goal is to be of assistance in providing that type of environment.
Assistant principal Ms. Camisha Perry is a familiar face to the Frederick Douglass High School family. Last year, Ms. Perry served as an instructional coach who assisted the Language Arts teachers. Now, she is an assistant principal and her presence and skills are utilized throughout the entire school. Ms. Perry brings a number of years of administrative experience with her and expects academic self-reliance from the students she supports on their path to post-secondary options. She has worked with Dr. Horton for many years and is excited to join the team as AP this year. Ms. Perry works closely with the Career Tech teachers and manages the ground floor along with Dr. Lang. “I’m excited to see the increase in the graduation rate this year and the years thereafter, “ she stated.
“ The administrative team is awesome. They’re holding us to high standards and challenging us to do our best, but they are also doing a really good job of supporting us so that can we do our best for our students. I’m very excited for this school year, “ Mrs. Pitts, a new 9th grade teacher, said.
by Devion J. Lewis