Our Principal

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    My name is Cynthia Gunner and I am 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 20 years in Atlanta Public Schools (APS), serving as an elementary school general teacher, gifted teacher, Instructional Coach, and an Assistant Principal. 

    It is my goal to ensure that we are intentional in all our practices, behaviors, and actions, innovative in all our strategies, and inclusive of every student, family, and community member.  We truly focus on every child, every day.  Therefore, though this time is difficult and comes with a myriad of changes, every decision is made with students’ best interest at the forefront. Going digital means we, as a school and as a community, have to rethink what school will look like for our students. Despite the modifications that have to be made for the safety of our students and staff, none of our students will be allowed to fall through the cracks.  My goal is to empower the teachers of Peyton Forest to be leaders and facilitators of learning, to cultivate a holistic environment where each student’s needs are addressed and their strengths are highlighted and celebrated, even when battling such unprecedented challenges. As Principal, though I see this new age as an unfavorable one, I see its possibilities, not just its limitations. 

             I look forward to working with our students, parents, teachers, and community members in making sure Peyton becomes one of the highest performing schools in the state of Georgia! We WILL make it through this time as a community.  That is the true Peyton Way!

    Let’s make it an awesome year!