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Tate Elementary Starts The Year With A New Principal

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Jasper, GA – On July 24, 2017, Stephanie Hall was approved to be the new Principal for Tate Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year. Former Principal, Sandy Layman took a position at the Central Office.

Hall graduated from Pickens High School in 1988 and then attended North Georgia College where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education.

Her teaching career began at Tate Elementary, in 1992, where she taught for 14 years. In 2006, she transferred to Jasper Elementary School to become the Academic Coach and spent 10 years providing professional support for JES teachers.

For the 2016-17 school year Hall served as Assistant Principal at Jasper Elementary School.

In her bio for Tate Elementary, Principal Hall shared,

“My goal for the Tate Elementary School is simple. I want every child that enters our building to feel loved, safe, accepted, successful, and prepared for the next level. I’m hopeful that our families will feel welcome, respected, and will become our partner in their child’s education. Lastly, I want our staff to feel highly valued and respected by all stakeholders as they persistently work to ensure the success of every child at Tate Elementary. The mission of Tate Elementary School is Teaching All To achieve Excellence (TATE).”

Parents look forward to seeing what Hall will bring to Tate this school year.

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BOE Approves Tate Principal


The Pickens County Board of Education has welcomed a new principal to Tate Elementary.

Mrs. Sandra Layman brings 14 years of experience with administration to the school. She has been a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal of Elementary Grades, received extensive training as a School Improvement Specialist, and gathered experience within the North Georgia School Districts to aid in increasing student achievements.

Sandra Layman

She holds a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Education from Brenau College, a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision also from Lincoln Memorial University.

She has also received several awards in her career, including an award for completion of the North Georgia RESA’s Leadership Academy and the Chairman’s Award from the Chatsworth-Murray County Chamber of Commerce.

In a public statement, Dr. Lula Perry, Superintendent of the Pickens County School District, said

“I am extremely pleased to bring Mrs. Layman’s experience and commitment to excellence to the Tate community. I trust her with the minds and hearts of Tate Elementary students, parents, and staff.”

Mrs. Layman also commented saying,

“My primary goal is to work collaboratively with students, teachers and staff, parents, and the School Advisory Council to build on past successes while making plans to move the school forward. I am so excited to learn about Tate’s history and meet the community.”


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