Our Principal

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    My name is Cynthia Gunner and this is my 6th year as the proud Principal of Peyton Forest Elementary School!  Originally from Beaumont, Texas, I began my journey in education by moving to Atlanta to attend Spelman College. I then went on to earn a number of educational accolades including: a Master’s degree, a Specialist degree, a gifted and reading endorsement, and a National Board Certification. My background spans over 25 years in Atlanta Public Schools (APS), serving as an elementary school general teacher, gifted teacher, Instructional Coach, and an Assistant Principal.

    After the unprecedented challenges faced last year, I am excited to welcome our students and families back to school in person for the 2021-2022 school year!  Getting back to some form of normalcy will not be without obstacles, but I have no doubt that we will have an amazing year filled with memorable experiences. We will continue to be intentional in all our practices, behaviors, and actions, innovative in all our strategies, and inclusive of every student, family, and community member.  We will continue to do what we have always done, which is focus on every child, every day

     I look forward to working with our students, parents, teachers, and community members in making sure Peyton Forest continues to be a place where learning is enjoyable and children delight in coming to school.  That is the true Peyton Way!

    Let’s make it an awesome year!