JCY 6th Grade Assistant Principal- Ron Garlington

    Ronald Garlington has enthusiastically served as an educator in the Atlanta Public School District for over 24+ years. He is a proud graduate of B.E. Mays High School and long-time resident of Southwest Atlanta. Also, he is the father of three children and a running enthusiast. His pursuit and passion for education began at Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He later received a Master of Education Degree in School Counseling, as well as his Educational Leadership Certification, both from Georgia State University. During his tenure with Atlanta Public Schools, Mr. Garlington has served in various capacities including Student Assistance Program (SAP) Counselor, Liaison Specialist, Guidance Counselor, and most recently as the district’s K-8 Coordinator of Counseling and Section 504 Coordinator. Mr. Garlington’s favorite quote is, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” In his new assignment as an assistant principal, Mr. Garlington is eager and looking forward to utilizing all of his prior experience, training, and skills to help his students make this quote a reality.

    JCY 7th Grade Assistant Principal- Wanda Moore-Williams


    Ms. Wanda Moore Williams returns to Jean Childs Young Middle School after serving as an elementary administrator for the past eleven years.  As a native of South Carolina, she and her two sisters were raised to take advantage of every educational opportunity.  Ms. Moore Williams completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Teaching at the University of South Carolina.  She has continued her education at Lincoln Memorial University where she earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and is currently seeking a Doctoral Degree in Administration and Leadership.  

    Ms. Moore Williams began her teaching career in South Carolina and transitioned to the Atlanta Public Schools in 2000.  She has served as an educator for 20 years and is a former teacher of Jean Childs Young MS. As a lifelong learner and instructional leader, she believes that awareness is a pivotal component to the success in educating our youth.  It is her belief that once we develop a passion for learning, we never cease to grow.  She is extremely excited to be a part of the #YoungMovement and returning to the Wolf Pack Family.

      JCY 8th Grade Assistant Principal- Roderic Hister

    Roderic Hister is an alumnus of Lewis University, Cambridge College and Kennesaw State University.  During his 20+ years of classroom experience, his students’ pledge could be heard echoing throughout the halls, “I am a winner, not a loser. I can succeed, I shall succeed…because I am a winner! I am somebody. I am somebody! I love myself. I respect myself, therefore, I respect others!”


    In his 25+ years of experience in education, Mr. Hister has taught at the high, middle and elementary school levels in Illinois and Georgia.  Since relocating to Georgia, he taught in Dekalb and Muscogee counties before joining the APS family in 2009. He is gifted, reading and teacher-support endorsed and served as an Instructional Coach at Heritage Academy for three years.  As an administrator, Mr. Hister sets high expectations for his students and colleagues.  He takes pride in helping others develop a winning attitude and becoming sound participants of their communities.  As a servant-leader, he aims to show others that when they are willing to work hard and do their best, the sky is the limit. 

    Mr. Hister believes that the world is our classroom and has led student-delegations to more than 20 countries. These experiences provided opportunities for students to experience cultures in different parts of the world that included Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia. His mission is to share his knowledge, experiences, and expertise with others in order to promote their development.