The Finance Division is the principle organizational entity responsible to the Superintendent relative to the long and short-term financial preparedness of the School District. The division consist of the major departments of Purchasing, Payroll, Budgeting, Accounting, Accounts Payable and Systems.
Monika Davis is currently the Chief Information Officer of DeKalb County School District, which has over 118,000 technology users. Ms. Davis started her career in the DeKalb County School District as a technology paraprofessional at Murphy Candler Elementary school in 1994. She has spent all 26 years of her vast career in educational technology working closely with all areas of Information Technology. Prior to her role as a district leader, Monika held many positions ranging from technician to school technology specialist to district-level instructional technology specialist.
Ms. Davis’s graduate education includes a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership both from Georgia State University as well as an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University. Her interest in technology started as a student at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia where she excelled in coding, computer math, and graphics design. Upon graduation from Redan High School, Ms. Davis attended Georgia Institute of Technology where she studied Computer Science for three years. As fate would have it, K – 12 education beaconed changing her career and higher education trajectory.
Ms. Davis has worked with local school districts as an employee and consultant including DeKalb County, Fulton County, and Atlanta Public. She also has industry experience providing technical support and technology-related instructional design for businesses both stateside and abroad. She has facilitated multiple sessions covering various educational technology topics with collaborative learning groups, such as the Explorer’s Guild, Tech and Learning, and The Learning Counsel. Ms. Davis is also no novice to the technology conference circuit, having served as presenter, panelist, steering committee member, and keynote speaker for events such as Georgia Educational Technology Conference, International Society of Technology in Education Conference, and RTM CIO Congress.
Being a life-long learner is critical in a field as dynamic and constantly evolving as information technology. Ms. Davis embraces this challenge and believes it is her job to empower stakeholders by connecting the dots between information technology and education through leadership, strategic planning and execution, and ongoing advocacy. Ms. Davis is currently fixated on continuing the district’s digital transformation journey with a focus on enhancing security and operational effectiveness.
The Information Technology department comprises of customer service-oriented professionals dedicated to the integration and implementation of technology across Dekalb County School District. Our goal is to expand the walls of the classroom by providing access to information and programs anytime, anywhere for anyone in a 21st century learning environment.
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.
As the Chief Operations Officer for the Dekalb County School District, Mr. Noel Maloof provides leadership and support for the Operations Division. As a member of the cabinet, Mr. Maloof participates in strategic planning, community interaction, capital programming and budgeting. Mr. Maloof’s work in the Operations Division includes facilities planning, capital project management, maintenance, facilities services, transportation, and fleet services. Mr. Maloof works collaboratively with school and district leaders to create the best possible learning environments for students and teachers through his leadership in operations. He also fosters this collaboration with school and community stakeholders to support the school system from a district wide perspective.
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.
The Division of Operations exists to provide exemplary support services to enhance student growth and achievement.
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.
The chief of staff advises and supports the superintendent on day-to-day matters and creates a culture of high expectations that result in accelerated student achievement and improved school performance.
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.
The Division of Human Resources provides support services for employees and applicants of the DeKalb County School District. Our Mission is to attract, retain, and support our high quality team members.
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. Linda Frazer is a native of Georgia and a graduate from Redan High School. She began her career in DCSD as a teacher at McLendon Elementary School. She then taught at Nancy Creek Elementary before becoming an administrator. Since 1996, Dr. Frazer has served in various leadership roles including Assistant Principal, Principal, HR Manager, Leadership Development Coordinator, Director of Strategic Planning, and 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 is responsible for increasing the awareness and understanding of performance in the school district, including a primary focus on ensuring processes and systems exist for continuous school improvement, research, strategy, and innovation.
The Division of Accountability oversees and implements unique pillars of work in the DeKalb County School District, including:
Accountability and Performance Management
Research & Evaluation
School Turnaround & Improvement
Strategic Planning & Continuous School Improvement
Grants, Foundations & Partnership Development
School Governance & Flexibility
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE)
Stacy E. Stepney, Chief Academic Officer, supports and offers guidance to all district level staff, local school staff, parents/guardians, students, and community stakeholders. As the Chief Academic Officer, she analyzes formative and summative data, conducts formal and informal learning walks, collaborates with educators to make instructional adjustments, facilitates professional development trainings and workshops, and shares curricula updates and research-based practices to improve student performance outcomes. She fosters a culture that focuses on student learning, high expectations, innovation, and collaboration.
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. Vasanne Tinsley is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She has served in many roles in the education arena over 20+years, including grant writer, school counselor, coordinator, director and instructor for several higher educational institutions. She discovered her passion for helping others at an early age and it remains her driving force both professionally and personally.
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 of Student Support and Intervention is comprised of individuals committed to providing support to help students successfully navigate their school career and the world beyond. Included in this division are the departments of Student Support, Student Relations, Public Safety, Athletics, School Choice Options/Student Assignment, English Language Learners, and Student Advancement.
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 the Region I Superintendent for DeKalb County School District. She started her educational career in DeKalb County School District in 1994 as a Spanish teacher at Redan High School. She continued as a Spanish teacher at both Redan and Stephenson High, where she also coached softball and sponsored numerous extra-curricular activities. She improved her Spanish skills each summer by living with native families and taking intensive language courses throughout South and Central America.
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 | Demetrice Mott
Finance | Yolanda Neal
Regional Transportation Manager | Harold Lewis
Trenton Arnold is a second-generation graduate from the DeKalb County School District’s decommissioned Avondale High School. He began his career with the District teaching Language Arts to Grade 6 students at Fairington Elementary School before middle schools became fully operational in DeKalb. Once Grade 6 students moved to middle schools, he transitioned to Stone Mountain Middle School to work in the same content area and grade level. In 1999, he became an Assistant Principal at Cedar Grove Middle School and then Assistant Principal for Instruction at McNair Middle School.
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.
Dr. Sean R. Tartt is a native of Georgia and is a product of DeKalb. As a college student, in the summers, he worked as a paraprofessional, long term substitute teacher, and warehouse office supply clerk. This fueled his fire to become a teacher at Narvie J. Harris Traditional Theme School (4yrs.), 9th grade boy’s head basketball coach and assistant varsity boy’s basketball coach at Tucker HS (1yr.), assistant principal at Lithonia Middle School (4yrs.), principal at Narvie J. Harris Traditional Theme School (11yrs.). In 2014, Dr. Tartt was named the Region IV Principal of the Year. Dr. Tartt was promoted to serve as the Region III Superintendent in June of 2018.
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”.
Dr. Michelle E. Jones is committed in service leadership to the children of DeKalb County schools. She has served 23 years in roles as Teacher, Department Chair, Assistant Principal and Principal prior to her most recent appointment as Regional Superintendent.
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.
Dr. Triscilla Weaver has twenty-five years of educational experience with the DeKalb County School District. Her experience includes nine years as a classroom teacher, three years as an assistant principal, eleven years as a principal and she was named Region IV Superintendent on April 1, 2015. Prior to becoming Regional Superintendent, Dr. Weaver served as principal of Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School. Under her leadership, Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School received the honor of being named a Title I High-Progress School. This honor is given to the top 10% of Title I schools in the state that made the most progress in improving the performance of all student subgroups over a three year period of time on the statewide assessment.
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.
Mrs. Pamela Benford is the Region VI Superintendent for DeKalb County School District. Her entire career has been characterized by service for others. Prior to beginning her educational career, she served as a chemical officer in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged. Continuing her dedication to service, she accompanied her career-military husband to Germany and volunteered for several years as a tutor in the area of adult education. After relocating to Atlanta from Europe, Ms. Benford heard of the shortage of teachers and began her service to DeKalb County School District, initially serving as a mathematics paraprofessional. She has also served 13 years as a chemistry teacher, 7 years as an assistant principal, and 8 years as a high-school principal. In 2016, she was named Region V Principal of the Year. During her 8-year tenure as principal at Cedar Grove High School, the school moved from a needs-improvement status to becoming one of the highest performing schools in the district.
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.
Dr. Rodney Swanson is Region VII Superintendent of DeKalb County School District.
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.