Jackson Elementary School


Brent McBride, Principal

 Melissa Hugh-Girdhari

Phone: (404) 802-8800


Degrees and Certifications:

Melissa Hugh-Girdhari

The success of Warren T. Jackson Elementary starts with the leadership of Brent McBride, Dr. Patrice Austin, Allyson Atwell, and Melissa Hugh-Girdhari. These educators lead the charge to ensure our school maintains the high standards, rigid curriculum, and creative vision that keeps Jackson one of Atlanta’s most sought-after public schools Their upbeat energy and professional leadership help keep our reputation soaring.

Melissa Hugh-Girdhari is a passionate educator who believes in fostering the development of the whole child.  She has sixteen years of experience in public education spent in California, Georgia and South Carolina as well as five years of being a mom to her daughters Hartison and Solara.   After nine years of teaching, Melissa became a Literacy Instructional Coordinator where she coached and trained teachers.  It was from this experience that Melissa was able to support the learning beyond her single classroom.  Continuing to grow her skills, Melissa became a Compliance Facilitator and trained Principals to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) within their schools.  For the past three years, Melissa has been a RTI/SST Specialist where she implemented systems of supports for all students.  Prior to her appointment as Assistant Prinicpal of Jackson Elementary, Melissa was the Summer Site Administrator at Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School for 10 APS elementary schools.  Melissa holds degrees from San Francisco State University and Georgia State University.  Melissa lives in the Southeast Atlanta neighborhood of Ormewood Park, with her family, where she is the current President of South Atlantans for Neighborhood Development and an active member of Southeast Atlanta Communities for Schools.