Masana Mailliard | Finance
Monika Davis | Information Technology
Our job is to facilitate unique collaborative partnerships between our customers – students, teachers, staff, parents and the community. The results are improved student achievement and optimum business processes, to establish and maintain a technology-rich teaching and learning environment where students and staff develop 21st century skills to be successful citizens in a global community.
Mr. Maloof is Deputy Chief Operations Officer of DeKalb County School District . More »
Mr. Noel Maloof | Operations
Mr. Maloof began his unique educational career in 1997 as an English teacher at DeKalb Alternative School where he taught for almost seven years. His leadership experience spans over sixteen years, through two school systems, including four schools and district offices. He has served as a school-based administrator at every level of education PK-12. This experience includes serving as Assistant Principal at DeKalb Alternative School, Assistant Principal of Instruction at Dunwoody High School, Principal at Vanderlyn Elementary School, Principal of Dunwoody High School, and Principal of Decatur High School. Most recently, Mr. Maloof served as the Executive Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the City Schools of Decatur where he led the operations Division including: Facilities, Maintenance, Capital Construction, Nutrition, Transportation, and School Safety. His diverse experience in both operations and school leadership makes him uniquely qualified and well-rounded to lead the Operations Division.
Mr. Maloof holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in English from Georgia State University and a Master of Arts Degree in School Administration and leadership from the University of West Georgia. As a Principal, Mr. Maloof led Vanderlyn Elementary to receive the Georgia School of Excellence in 2011. While working in the City Schools of Decatur as the Chief Operating Officer, the system was recognized by the U.S. Department of education as a Green Ribbon School District for Sustainability in operations under his leadership. Mr. Maloof is active in many professional organizations such as Rotary International and the Association for Learning Environments. As a leader he is committed to continuous learning and developing others around him.
Mr. Maloof was married and moved to the city of Decatur in 1993 with his wife Lisa, where they raised two children. Mr. Maloof loves to spend time with his family and enjoys travel, cooking and sports. He can usually be found at the beach, mountains or cheering on Atlanta United.
We believe in fostering innovative, process driven strategies which utilize best practices and values customer satisfaction, creating and maintaining a safe and productive work environment, and promoting deep collaboration and spurring continuous improvement throughout our entire organization.
Antwyn Brown | Chief of Staff
The chief of staff serves as a liaison between the superintendent and various internal and external stakeholders groups. The chief of staff also provides executive assistance to the superintendent in supporting and ensuring effective communication with the Board of Education, both as a group and as individuals. This support encompasses a wide range of key responsibilities with a goal of ensuring that the Board has all background information necessary to make decisions relative to the direction of the district.
The chief of staff monitors and facilitates the progress of staff-led projects and initiatives, and is attuned to the concerns and positions of community individuals and groups relative to district activities and plans.
Ms. Linda Woodard | Human Resources
We are responsible for the full life-cycle of employee human resource needs including: recuitment, hiring, certification, compensation and classification, benefits, and absence management.
Dr. Frazer heads the Office of Accountability for DeKalb County School District. More »
Dr. Linda Frazer | Associate Superintendent
Dr. Frazer received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Specialist of Education degrees from Georgia State University. She also received her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Sarasota (Argosy). Dr. Frazer has received several awards and recognitions during her career, including being named as a “High Performing Principal” from the offices of Governor Sonny Perdue and State Superintendent Kathy Cox.
Dr. Frazer enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her husband and two children.
The Division of Accountability oversees and implements unique pillars of work in the DeKalb County School District, including:
- Accountability and Performance Management
- Student Assessment
- Data Analysis
- Research & Evaluation
- School Turnaround & Improvement
- Strategic Planning & Continuous School Improvement
- Grants, Foundations & Partnership Development
- Charter Schools
- School Governance & Flexibility
- Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)
- Post-Secondary Initiatives
- Family and Parental Engagement
- Student Advancement
Ms. Stepney is Chief Academic Officer of DeKalb County School District. More »
Ms. Stacy E. Stepney | Chief Academic Officer
Ms. Stepney began her career in 1993 as a long-term substitute in science at Dunwoody High School. Throughout her professional career at Dunwoody High School for 15 years, she was a substitute, paraprofessional, teacher, assistant principal, interim principal, and principal. In 2002 at the age of 31, Stacy was named principal; she was the youngest principal in the DeKalb County School System at that time. Ms. Stepney served as principal at Dunwoody High School for six years.
Ms. Stepney joined the Division of Curriculum and Instruction in 2008 as the Director for High School Instruction. Over the last ten years, Ms. Stepney has focused on teaching and learning while serving as the Director for Electives and Special Programs, Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and Interim Chief Academic Officer. In May 2018, Ms. Stepney was appointed Chief Academic Officer.
In an effort to stay abreast of best teaching practices consistent with educational trends, Stacy is a member of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE). She is also an active member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators.
Ms. Stepney is a native of Grenada, Mississippi. She graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1989 as the co-valedictorian of the class. Stacy furthered her education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1993. She graduated with honors in English, math, and history. She continued her graduate studies at Georgia State University in 2000 and earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Also, Ms. Stepney attended the Harvard Public Education Leadership Project, a summer leadership institute sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School.
Dr. Tinsley heads Student Support & Intervention for DeKalb County School District. More »
Dr. Vasanne Tinsley | Student Support & Intervention
Dr. Tinsley is a graduate of Spelman College and received additional educational preparation at Clark Atlanta University, where she received both her Master and Doctoral degrees in the fields of counseling and educational leadership. She is committed to lifelong education and believes that education is one of the primary ways that we can influence positive change in our society. Dr. Tinsley has participated as an advisory board member with many organizations, including the College Board, the Georgia ACT Council, Mercer and Clark Atlanta University, just to name a few. She also represents the DeKalb County School District as a board member of the DeKalb Board of Health and Community in Schools, Atlanta.
Dr. Tinsley believes in volunteer service and has served as a mentor to many both officially and unofficially. She has mentored several students attending Spelman College and participates actively the United Way, where she serves as the Education Chair for United Way- DeKalb. In her spare time, Dr. Tinsley enjoys listening to music, attending concerts, reading, attending sporting events and traveling.
The Division provides support to school administration, staff, family and community stakeholders in an effort to identify and help mitigate academic, affective and societal factors that could potentially impede the academic success of all students.
Melanie Pearch is Region I Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. More »
Melanie Pearch, Region I
In 2001, she transitioned to an administrative role at Cary Reynolds Elementary School. She remained in the Cross Keys cluster for 15 years serving as principal of Cary Reynolds and Woodward Elementary. During this time, she earned recognitions of Superintendent’s Excellence in Parental Involvement, Department of Education Outstanding Achievement School, Title I Distinguished School, Title I High Progress School, Georgia Family Friendly School, and Region I Principal of the Year. She transferred to Kingsley Elementary in the Dunwoody cluster in 2016. Her focus has always been on developing leaders and “doing the right thing, even when no one is looking”.
Originally from New England, Mrs. Pearch graduated from the University of Rhode Island and earned her Master’s degree from Georgia State University. She currently resides in Region I with her husband and two middle school children.
Region I Micro Cabinet
Region I Superintendent | Melanie Pearch
Coordinator III | Beth Kyle
Coordinator II | David Johnson
Executive Assistant | Joyce Johnson-Fulton
HR Manager K-12 | Julie Fincher
HR K-12 Secretary | Cynthia McKenzie
Technology | Laura Crate
Facilities Maintenance Manager I | Winward Hines
Finance | Deborah Burns
Regional Transportation Manager | Harold Lewis
- Ashford Park ES
- Austin ES
- Cary Reynolds ES
- Chamblee HS
- Chamblee MS
- Chesnut ES
- Cross Keys HS
- DeKalb Path
- Dresden ES
- Dunwoody ES
- Dunwoody HS
- Hightower ES
- Huntley Hills ES
- John Lewis ES
- Kingsley ES
- Margaret Harris
- Montclair ES
- Montgomery ES
- Peachtree MS
- Sequoyah MS
- Vanderlyn ES
- Kittredge Magnet
- Oakcliff Theme
- Warren Tech
- Woodward ES
Mr. Arnold is Region II Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. More »
Mr. Trenton Arnold, Region II
In 2005, Mr. Arnold became Principal of Sequoyah Middle School where he served for four years and then went to work as Principal at Stone Mountain Middle School for almost two years. After serving as Principal, Mr. Arnold was the Executive Director for Research, Assessment, and Grants where he led the District in meeting requirements associated with state assessments and accountability. He then became a Regional Superintendent for Region III before beginning his work with the schools in Region II in 2014.
Mr. Arnold received his undergraduate degree in English from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia.
He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Christy, and his two daughters, Lauren and Molly.
- Avondale ES
- Briarlake ES
- Briar Vista ES
- Brockett ES
- Druid Hills HS
- Druid Hills MS
- Evansdale ES
- Fernbank ES
- Globe Academy
- Museum School
- International Community School
- Hawthorne ES
- Henderson Mill ES
- Henderson MS
- Idlewood ES
- Lakeside HS
- Laurel Ridge Es
- Livsey ES
- McLendon ES
- Midvale ES
- Oak Grove ES
- Pleasantdale ES
- Sagamore Hills ES
- Smoke Rise ES
- Tucker HS
- Tucker MS
- Fernbank Science Center
- Coralwood Center
Dr. Tartt is Region III Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. More »
Dr. Sean R. Tartt | Region III
Dr. Tartt received a Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He received his Specialist in 2005 and Doctorate in 2008 in Educational Leadership from Argosy University in Atlanta. Dr. Tartt was awarded the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Secretary of State in February of 2009 and in December of 2009. He has likewise received other awards, recognitions, and acknowledgement such as: Proclamation for Outstanding Service, Scholarship, and Leadership 2009 for the United States House of Representatives, the Governor’s Outstanding Contribution to Education in 2009, and the DeKalb Commissioner’s Community Service Award in 2002.
As a vibrant instructional, organizational, and forward-thinking leader, Dr. Tartt spends a great deal of his time learning and strengthening the educational toolboxes of others. Within his roles of administration, he has been sought to serve as a district hearing officer, instructional assistant principals’ and principals’ advisory member, and principal mentor. He is known for being a “hands on” type of leader and having strong ties in the community. He follows and mentors students as they matriculate from elementary to adulthood. Dr. Tartt is an established presenter of numerous educational topics as well as an extraordinary motivational speaker. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, DeKalb Administrators’ Association, and other civic organizations. He thoroughly enjoys sports, community events, and working outside in the yard. In all that he does, he leads, learns, and lives by Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “If better is possible, good is not enough”.
- Arabia Mtn HS
- E.L. Miller ES
- Pine Ridge ES
- Princeton ES
- Redan ES
- Redan MS
- Redan HS
- Rock Chapel ES
- Shadow Rock ES
- Stephenson HS
- Stephenson MS
- Wynbrooke Theme
- Lithonia HS
- Lithonia MS
- Stoneview ES
- Leadership Prep
- Marbut Theme
Dr. Jones is Region IV Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. More »
Dr. Michelle E. Jones | Region IV
From the beginning as a classroom teacher in mathematics at Redan High school, where she graduated, to that of a teacher leader at Miller Grove High School, Dr. Jones always focused on student performance. Recognized for her ability to bring together disparate points of view toward finding workable solutions to instructional issues, she was named Assistant Principal at Chamblee Charter High School. Her contributions to improved student performance there included making student-focused decisions, coordinating AP testing, which at that time was the largest in the district.
In 2010, she was selected by the Superintendent as the Turnaround Principal for Clarkston High School. Dr. Jones had the challenge of closing the achievement gap for students representing 47 languages who had to learn both the disciplinary academic standards as well as become fluent in the English language. She met that challenge. During her eight-year tenure, Clarkston showed marked improvement in all phases of student performance-academic, athletic, and the arts. Under Dr. Jones’s leadership, Clarkston earned the Model Insight School recognition and the Silver Award issued by the Georgia Governor’s Office (GOSA) for student achievement.
This same transformational leadership style Dr. Jones brings to her current position, Regional Superintendent. She makes data-driven decisions, articulates clearly goals and consistently follows-up with these goals in order to ensure quality implementation. Dr. Jones will model a lesson for a teacher, model for her coaches how to analyze data, and stand firm to support a child in need, all essential to support increased student performance.
For her leadership efforts, Dr. Jones has been recognized by peers and district leaders as the Region and then district Principal of the Year in 2016.
Dr. Jones received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia and PhD in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
Her family is based in the DeKalb community. Her husband Ron is a graduate from a DeKalb school and her children Kristen, Ronald, and Kelly attend DeKalb schools. Camille is a recent graduate of DeKalb.
- Allgood ES
- Clarkston HS
- Dekalb Academy of Technology & Environment
- DeKalb Early College Academy
- Dunaire ES
- Freedom MS
- Hambrick ES
- Indian Creek ES
- Jolly ES
- Rockbridge ES
- Stone Mill ES
- Stone Mountain ES
- Stone Mountain HS
- Stone Mountain MS
- Champion Theme
- Eagles Woods Academy
- GNETS @ Shadowrock
Dr. Weaver is Region V Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. More »
Dr. Triscilla Weaver | Region V
As an instructional leader, Dr. Weaver spends a great deal of her time strengthening the instructional capacity of others. She works with teachers and school leaders in the areas of data analysis, effective teaching strategies, differentiated instruction, and effective classroom rituals and routines for academic success. She currently serves as one of the co-chairs for the CIA2 Committee, which is dedicated to building instructional capacity in building leaders in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment and accountability.
Dr. Weaver received a Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education and Specialist in Education from Georgia State University. She also earned her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in mathematics. Her Dissertation topic was: “A Case Study of Two Master Teachers of Mathematics of African American Males.” Dr. Weaver has received several outstanding community service awards and is a former DeKalb County’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.
- Bob Mathis ES
- Browns Mill ES
- Chapel Hill ES
- Chapel Hill MS
- Fairington ES
- Flat Rock ES
- M.L. King Jr. HS
- Murphey Candler ES
- Rainbow ES
- Salem MS
- Southwest DeKalb HS
- Miller Grove HS
- Miller Grove MS
- Panola Way ES
- Woodridge ES
- E.L. Bouie ES
Mrs. Benford is Region VI Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. More »
Mrs. Pamela Benford | Region VI
Ms. Benford received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her teaching credentials and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from University of West Georgia. She is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist degree from Georgia State University. Ms. Benford is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother to three. She is very proud that her sons, now very successful adults, both matriculated through the DeKalb County School District.
Ms. Benford is a celebrated educator whose recognitions include: 2016 Region V Principal of the Year, Horace E. Tate Award for African American Excellence in Education, Community Impact Award, and the Educational Trailblazer Award. She was also selected as a subject for the feature story “Called to Lead,” in KNOW magazine.
Mrs. Benford’s guiding professional mantra is “Never allow a child to suffer for something that you have the power to fix.”
Ms. Benford holds membership in several professional and public service organizations. Among these are the National and the Georgia Association of Educators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, DeKalb Association of School Administrators, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
- Bethune MS
- Canby Lane ES
- Columbia ES
- Columbia HS
- Columbia MS
- DeKalb Alternative
- Elizabeth Andrews HS
- International Student Center
- Peachcrest ES
- Rowland ES
- Snapfinger ES
- Towers HS
- Wadsworth Magnet
- DeKalb High School of Technology S
- DeKalb Preparatory Academy
- Toney ES
Dr. Swanson is Region VII Superintendent of DeKalb County School District. More »
Dr. Rodney Swanson | Region VII
Dr. Swanson is a dynamic servant leader who believes that every student is capable of educational excellence with support and a solid educational foundation. His educational philosophy includes creating a rigorous learning environment that allows students to make real world connections through creative educational experiences.
Dr. Swanson began his career in the DeKalb County School District in 1992 as a paraprofessional at Chapel Hill Middle School. He diligently worked his way to teacher at Stone Mountain Middle School, to assistant principal at DeKalb School of the Arts and then Redan High School, to principal at Dunwoody High School and most recently at Arabia Mountain High School.
Dr. Swanson received his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Mercer University in 2015, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University in 2001, and his Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Georgia in 1989.
He was named Outstanding Administrator of the Year for the Technology Student Association of Georgia for the 2018-2019 school year, Region IV Principal of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year, Atlanta Urban Debate League Principal of the Year for the 2014-2015 school year, and the 2002 Teacher of the Year for Stone Mountain Middle School.
Dr. Swanson is married with two sons, and enjoys exercising, reading, sports, family activities, and changing the lives of students.
He is excited for this opportunity to serve Region VII.
- Cedar Grove ES
- Cedar Grove HS
- Cedar Grove MS
- DeKalb ES of the Arts
- DeKalb HS of the Arts
- Flat Shoals ES
- Kelley Lake ES
- McNair ES DLA
- McNair HS
- McNair MS
- Oak View ES
- Obama ES
- Robert Shaw Theme
- Narvie J. Harris Theme
- Destiny Academy
- Viewpoint Health ELA