Mr. Mike Bivens
To the Families of Lindley 7th & 8th!
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce Mr. Mike Bivens, the new Principal of Lindley Middle School. He joins Area
1 with a wide range of experience. In his last 5 years with Cobb County, Mr. Bivens has been the Principal at Green Acres Elementary School.
Previously, he was the Assistant Principal, a teacher, and a paraprofessional at Birney Elementary School. Mr. Bivens has also
worked for the Fulton County Police Department and WEBCO Printing, Inc. as the Human Resources Supervisor. While serving our country as a
soldier in the United States Army, Mr. Bivens worked as a Management Advisor/Coordinator and Chief Administrative Supervisor and Instructor. Mr.
Bivens’ focus and commitment to success is demonstrated by his own career path. Coming into the field of education as a second career and
ascending from paraprofessional to principal takes more than a simple desire. It takes a deep level of self-motivation, dedication, and
passion to have such an impact on the community. Mr. Bivens is a visionary who creates positive change.
During his tenure as an educator in the Cobb County School District, Mr. Bivens has become known for his commitment to
excellence, high expectations for student learning, and his “whatever it takes” approach to meeting the needs of the entire school community.
It is with great excitement and confidence that we welcome Mr. Mike Bivens to Area 1 as the Principal of Lindley 7th & 8th!
Douglas J. Ward
Douglas J. Ward is a dedicated professional with 18 years of educational experience. A native New Yorker,
he attended Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, New York.
He graduated with a Bachelor Science Degree in Special Education and minor in Elementary Education. After
obtaining his degree, Mr. Ward began his teaching career with Dayton Public Schools. In the fall of 1997, he enrolled in Wright State University in
pursuit of a Master's Degree. In June of 1999, he graduated with a Master's Degree in Leadership and Administration and a State of Ohio Principal and
Assistant Superintendent Certificate.
Mr. Ward strives to become visible and active in the community where ever he lives. He ambitiously seeks
opportunities to encourage and educate young urban youths. Mr. Ward is married and is a devoted father of four school age
children. He enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his family.
Sheleta H. Young is a Georgia native with 23 years of experience in
education. She was educated in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School
System and graduate of Alfred Ely Beach High School, Home of the Mighty
Bulldogs. Mrs. Young earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades
Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She earned her Master of
Science Degree in Leadership and Education Specialist Degree in Leadership
from West Georgia University. She is currently a Doctoral student at the
University of Southern Mississippi.
Mrs. Young has 11 years teaching experience and 12 years administrative
experience. She has served as an Assistant Principal at Garrett Middle
School and Lost Mountain Middle School. She is excited to join the Lindley
family bringing her knowledge base and zeal for learning and she looks
forward to building relationships with the students, families, and community.
Ms. Sabrina Richardson was raised and educated in the Savannah -Chatham County Public School system which laid the foundation for her firm
commitment to education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Savannah State University in Criminal Justice and then completed the Teacher
Certification Program at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Soon after beginning her career as an educator, Ms. Richardson was recognized by Who’s
Who Among Educators and nominated for the Disney’s Outstanding Teacher Award. Next, she was accepted into the National Institute of Teaching
Excellence, where she earned her Masters of Education degree from Cambridge College, in Boston, Massachusetts. Additionally, she earned an Educational
Leadership certificate from West Georgia University.
After working as a teacher and Writing Lab Coordinator in the Savannah-Chatham County School District for 8 years, Ms. Richardson
moved to the Atlanta area in 2004 where her roles as an educator evolved from Teacher-Leader, to Academic Coach and lastly to an Assistant
Administrator in the Fulton County School System. During the 2010 – 2011 school year she served as the Director of Programs for a non-profit
organization where she was responsible for developing and overseeing the educational programs for middle and high school students. In 2011, Ms.
Richardson joined the Lindley family and served as the Gifted Language Arts Instructor. Currently, she is serving as the Assistant Principal
and brings over 15 years of experience in education and a wide array of skills and valuable knowledge to the Administrative Team.