6th Grade Assistant Principal
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts - Clark Atlanta University Master of Arts, Teaching - Mercer University Doctorate of Education, Middle Grades Education - Brenau University Educational Specialist - Mercer University
Dr. Tara Moore
Leadership Philosophy: I'm a transformational yet servant leader who believes in cultivating leadership in others. My vision as a leader is to provide students in grades K-12 with the best education possible to prepare them for college and career readiness. I envision a school with a professional learning community that is dedicated and committed to developing critical thinkers and responsible citizens of the future who can contribute knowledge and skills within a globally competitive society.
Dr. Moore has served the Atlanta Public Schools System for 16 years, under the roles of Middle Grades Reading and Social Studies Teacher, Grade Level Chair, Academy Leader, MTSS Specialist, Social Studies Instructional Coach, SEL/Restorative Practice Coach and as a District Student Support Disproportionality Specialist. Dr. Moore is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools System. Her journey into education began shortly after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School. She proceeded and received a Bachelor of Arts from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and an Educational Specialist from Mercer University. In addition to completing an Ed.D. in Middle Grades Education from Brenau University.
Throughout her tenure in APS, she has been recognized in the educational field as a Project Grad Teacher of the Year (Atlanta Public Schools 2009-2010), J.E. Brown Middle School Teacher of the Year and District Finalist (Atlanta Public Schools 2014-2015). As a new instructional leader to the Crawford Long Family, Dr. Moore is truly committed to building relationships between teachers, administrators and families which are our vitality to the success of our students and school community. She advocates for the Crawford Long family a new and prosperous journey together with our school’s mission and vision with transforming our students of Crawford Long Middle School into “Future Leaders of Tomorrow”.
7th Grade Assistant Principal
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science-University of Michigan Ann-Arbor Master of Secondary Science Education-Georgia State University
Ms. Andrea Pendergrass
Andrea Pendergrass is an Assistant Principal at Crawford W. Long Middle School. She has been in education for over ten years and is committed to dismantling the systemic oppression of historically excluded groups through Christ, STEM and education.
Andrea Pendergrass was born in a small suburb of Detroit, MI. She was extremely blessed to be afforded the opportunity to attend private school from K-12 grade despite growing up in a single parent low-income household. It was then that the foundations of a passion for education became planted. She became inspired to help individuals deemed intellectually inferior to achieve unparalleled levels of success. Through hard work and commitment to excellence in study, Ms. Pendergrass received a full tuition scholarship to attend the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. It was there that she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences in 2007. Upon receiving her degree, she was equally excited to receive acceptance into the highly competitive Teach for America program, to embark on a journey to inspire the love and knowledge of science in youth and to prepare them to compete in the science driven global market.
Firmly cemented in her belief that excellent secondary and higher education in this country should be a right, not a privilege, Ms. Pendergrass earned her Master’s in secondary science education to ensure that she is evolving and growing as an educator to give the best to her students. Ms. Pendergrass’s career in education has been both equally challenging and rewarding and is ever evolving. She has learned the value of building and stimulating the youth of today and is constantly rewarded when former students relay how they have taken lessons learned from her and have found them useful in their current studies.
One of her educational mottos is that “Intelligence plus character is the true goal of education” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She hopes not only to impart wisdom to her students, but also model integrity and high moral character as well.
8th Grade Assistant Principal
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts - Albany State University Master of Education, Sports Administration - Troy State University Educational Specialist- Jacksonville State University
Mr. Dany Penial
Mr. Dany altruistically believes that all students can learn and that it is our duty as educators to motivate and challenge students to attain their highest potential. This philosophy has driven his work as an educator for the last 27 years.
Mr. Peniel Dany is a seasoned school leader who began a career in education in the Dougherty County School System as a paraprofessional, where as a football coach under Coach John Reynolds he won a State Championship. He has served as a Physical Education Teacher, Head Football Coach, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Recreation, at the great “Albany State University”, Master of Education Sports Administration from Troy State University, Education Specialist in Physical Education from Jacksonville State University, Education Leadership add on Form University of West Ga; He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Higher Sports Administration from Northcentral University.
He is dedicated to accepting the challenge to improve student achievement, provide a climate conducive to academic success, and serve the students and community at Crawford Long Middle School. Currently, Mr. Dany is the proud assistant principal of the 8th grade students.
Mr. Dany is originally from Miami Florida. He is a proud graduate of Atlantic High School located in Delray Beach, Fl. He is a dedicated to father to one son, Aaron James Dany.