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Our Assistant Principal

  • Dr. Shaakira Akbar


    My name is Dr. Shaakira Akbar, and I am a proud member of  the Peyton Forest family. Education is a part of my DNA, with two parents who are educators, I was taught from an early age the importance of knowledge and the power it presents, my mission is to transfer this love for learning to our students. I am originally from Tallahassee, Florida. I attained my bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and went on to earn my Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I have spent the last 17 years working at the elementary level in several capacities, most recently the Student Support Team Specialist, and now Assistant Principal!

    I believe that all students deserve a quality and equitable educational experience. All students can learn and acquire the skills that we as educators provide for them; however, it is our duty to design strategies that are conducive to their varied learning styles and learning levels. As school leader, I am a facilitator that is tasked with ensuring that students are experiencing learning that is both interesting and instrumental. The effective use of data, learning strategies, teaching strategies, and educational opportunities provide students with a premier educational experience and environment.

    Here at Peyton Forest we will ensure that all practices are intentional, innovative, and inclusive.  It will be a school that focuses on every child, every day.  This means that every decision will be made with students’ best interest at the forefront.  It also means that a student or groups of students will not be allowed to fall through the cracks.  I support the principal’s goal of empowering teachers in the building to be leaders and facilitators of learning and to cultivate an environment where each student’s individual needs are addressed and strengths highlighted and celebrated.

    I look forward to working with you and serving in a capacity that develops Georgia’s best and brightest students!


    Yours in Education,

    Shaakira Akbar, Ph.D.

    Atlanta Public Schools