Dear Milford Elementary Family,
I am both excited and honored to be your new principal. This is a great opportunity for me to serve the Marietta community as the leader of Milford Elementary School. As we get to know each other, I would like to share a little about my educational background and experiences.
I graduated from Troy State University (now Troy University) with a B.S. degree in Psychology and Human Services and obtained Master’s degree in Education of the Mildly Handicapped from Georgia State University. I also have a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in School Improvement from Northcentral University. My teaching career began in Henry County as a special education teacher. I have also taught in Atlanta Public Schools and served as a consultant for the Georgia Department of Education. I joined Cobb County Schools as an Assistant Principal eighteen years ago where I served at Riverside and Mountain View. In 2003, I was named principal at Harmony Leland Elementary school where I served until my appointment at Milford. I am beginning the 27th year of my career in education pursuing my passion for leading, teaching, and learning as your new principal.
My husband Rudy and I live in Cobb County and our daughter Kennedy is a student at Campbell High School.
I am looking forward to getting to know you and building relationships that will be the foundation for creating a strong instructional environment for your children. I am convinced that a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that as a professional learning community, we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience;
2) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills;
3) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life; and
4) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school
Please consider joining our school volunteer program as continue to “Empower Students for Success!” Our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations. We seek volunteers to help us with the following activities:
1) Teacher-led instructional support, usually in the classroom;
2) Reading with children who need extra help or flashing math facts- flashcards; and
3) School-wide events
The wonderful Milford staff and I are privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you.
Educating the Future,
Dr. Hermia C. Simmons-Deveaux