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Liberty University: Ed.D. Educational Leadership Columbus State University: Master of Arts Curriculum and Instruction Morehouse College: Bachelor of Arts Political Science Valdosta State University: Educational Specialist Educational Leadership

Dr. Dominique Merriweather

On July 29, 2022, Atlanta Public Schools announced the selection of Dr. Dominique Merriweather as Sutton Middle School's Principal. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @MerriweatherEDU.

Greetings, Sutton Community! 

With great enthusiasm and pride, I write this letter to you as the new principal of Willis A. Sutton Middle School. With this excitement, I am honored to lead a community focused on keeping its legacy of student achievement, emphasizing the importance of personal and civic responsibility, and delivering a rigorous, engaging academic program. In my new role, I realize the responsibility to empower, inspire, and influence students, families, and staff members. It is my personal belief that all students deserve a challenging, world-class education that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. 

As I embark on my new role with Sutton Middle School, I bring a plethora of experience with me, both educationally and professionally. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory from Morehouse College, a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbus State University, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Throughout my educational career, I have had the pleasure of serving in various instructional leadership roles where I have had the opportunity to impact student achievement at high levels. My career started in education as an English Language Arts Special Education teacher in Fulton County Schools. After serving in this role, I became an English Language Arts General Education teacher and an AVID model teacher while also serving as Department Chair of the English Language Arts Department. Following this, I had the pleasure of serving as an Instructional Coach with a direct focus on literacy for all content areas. In this role, I was able to restructure PLCs, deliver model lessons for teachers, and bring personalized learning practices into classrooms to support students' individual learning differences. Most recently, I have had the pleasure of serving as an Assistant Principal at Willis A. Sutton Middle School in Atlanta Public Schools. 

With these experiences and accomplishments, I transition from assistant principal to principal eager to serve this distinguished community. Renowned Civil Rights Activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shared with the world that "the function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character ... that is the goal of true education." With education serving as an instrument to change the world, it is my goal to deliver the promise of that change directly into the hands and minds of the Willis A. Sutton Middle School student body.  I am excited to work alongside faculty, students, and families as we prepare our students to make a positive and lasting impact in our world. I am looking forward to an incredible school year. 

Go Cougars! 

Regards, 

Dr. Dominique R. Merriweather Principal 

Dr. Merriweather's welcome letter to the Sutton Community 

Sixth Grade Assistant Principal

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Dr. Nardiann Mighty

Dr. Mighty grew up in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and moved to Atlanta in 2002. She is a proud Florida State University alum, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Mighty also holds a Master of Science degree, from Troy University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Administrator Leadership from Walden University. Dr. Mighty taught high school math for nine years, and she has also served as an instructional coach, intervention specialist, and worked at the district and State levels. As she considers herself to be quite the foodie, you might catch Dr. Mighty out trying a new restaurant or visiting an old favorite. Dr. Mighty also has a pomeranian named Bam Bam. Follow Dr. Mighty on Twitter @DrMightyN!
 
Dr. Mighty's IB Learner Profile attribute is:
COMMUNICATOR: Cougars express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. Cougars collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
 
The IB Learner Profile attribute she is striving towards is:
BALANCED: Cougars understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives— intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. Cougars recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. 

6th Grade Interim Assistant Principal

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Ms. Pamela Scott

Ms. Pamela S.  Scott is a native of Atlanta, Georgia  , where she attended Frederick Douglass High School.  After graduation she attended the University of Georgia, where she received a B.S degree in English Education. Her post graduate studies was completed at Georgia State University, where she received her M.Ed and ED.S in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Supervision. 
Ms .Scott began her teaching career as a High School Language Arts teacher with DeKalb County School System. Through hard work and dedication, she was elevated to a higher level of leadership becoming a High School  (HS) Assistant Principal, working at Westlake HS and Creekside HS ,respectively, in the Fulton County School System. As the Assistant  Principal she served in various areas;  Curriculum and Instruction, student discipline, testing coordinator ,  teacher/ staff instructional  workshops presenter , and conducting student/teacher educational development workshops , to name a few. Ms. Scott retired in 2015 after serving 30 memorable and dedicated  years in education. Ms. Scott is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ,  an avid sports /football fan enthusiast ( Go Dawgs & Go Falcons), enjoys shopping , singing,  relaxing and listening to R&B music, connecting with close friends and traveling. 

Seventh Grade Assistant Principal

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Mr. Timothy Robinson, Jr.

Mr. Timothy Robinson is a proud native of Atlanta and boasts his years as a student in APS.  His early years he attended A. F. Herndon Elementary, English Avenue, John F. Kennedy Middle school, and graduated from The Booker T. Washington High School.  After graduating, he attended and received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University.  He later received his Master’s degree from Central Michigan University and continued with addition course work from the University of West Georgia.  Mr. Robinson completed his student teaching here at Sutton where he also received his first teaching job.  Mr. Robinson taught science, social studies, and reading for six years.  In addition to teaching, he has served as a coach, athletic director and now serves as the 7th grade Assistant Principal.  In his spare time, you may catch Mr. Robinson cooking special meals for his family, reading a good mystery book, or fishing in a local stream.

IB Learnner Profile Attribute:  Reflective

IB Learner Profile Attribute Striving towards: Balanced

Seventh Grade Assistant Principal

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Mr. Lamar Billups

Originally from Tampa, Florida Mr. Billups moved to Atlanta in 2014. He has over 10 years of Leadership experience, having served at every level here in Atlanta Public Schools. He has led two separate schools to STEM certification, and was founding Principal of Manatee Y Technological High School a 6-12 Charter School servicing at-risk youth in Bradenton Florida. His passion it to make an impact in Education in the Atlanta community. He has an extensive background in leveraging Research Based best practices to ensure a high quality Instructional Program, cultivating culture amongst staff and students alike through a restorative practices approach, and building and engaging community stakeholders and partnerships to support the mission and vision of the school. He is a father of four, a husband to a beautiful wife, and a die-hard Florida State Seminole fan and Alum.

 

IB Learner Profile Attribute: Reflective

IB Learner Profile Attribute striving towards: Balanced

Eighth Grade Assistant Principal

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Ms. Barbara Bieniemy

Mrs. Bieniemy is a seasoned educator with years of experience exclusively at the middle school level.  Mrs. Bieniemy has held several positions during her tenure as a middle school educator. She has been a middle School Science Teacher, Instructional Coach, Numeracy Coach, Science Cadre Specialist, New Teacher Mentor/Assessor and Assistant Principal. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Elementary Education. She also possesses two Masters of Arts Degrees. One is in Curriculum and Instruction and the other was earned in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Bieniemy is All But Dissertation (ABD) in the area of Administration of Teaching and Learning. 

Eighth Grade Assistant Principal

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Dr. Shevan Howard

Dr. Shevan Howard, originally from Jamaica, grew up in Miami, FL and moved to Atlanta after graduating university. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Decision and Information Science from the University of Florida and a Master of Art in Middle Grades Education from Clark Atlanta University. He holds a Specialist in Educational Leadership, and he is a current doctoral candidate (ABD) in Educational Leadership, both at Georgia State University. Before serving as an assistant principal at Sutton, he served as the assistant principal and interim principal at John Lewis Invictus Academy. Additionally, Dr. Shevan Howard is a former IB Coordinator and math teacher. Dr. Shevan Howard enjoys traveling and working out at the gym. Follow Dr. Howard on Twitter @APHoward_Sutton!
 
Dr. Howard's IB Learner Profile attribute is:

PRINCIPLED: Cougars act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

 
The IB Learner Profile attribute he is striving towards is:

BALANCE: Cougars understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives— intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. Cougars recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

School Business Manager

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Ms. Amanda Fielder

Amanda Fielder is a native of Michigan who moved to Atlanta after college. She obtained Bachelors of Arts degrees in History and English from Western Michigan University, a Master of Arts degree in Instruction from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Arts degree in American History from Ashland University. Over the course of her career, Amanda has taught Language Arts and Social Studies at each of the three middle school grade levels; she taught Georgia Studies, a course she loves with all of her heart, for a decade. Amanda has also served as Sutton's Athletic Director, Individuals and Societies (Social Studies) Department Chair, gifted contact, and as a founding member of Sutton's GO Team. Taking advantage of all the cultural and entertainment events Atlanta has to offer, you might find her at professional or college sporting events, concerts, or stage performances. As someone who loves to travel, it's not uncommon to run into her at Hartsfield-Jackson! Follow Amanda on Twitter @smsfielder!

 
Ms. Fielder's IB Learner Profile attribute is:
COMMUNICATOR: Cougars express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. Cougars collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
 
The IB Learner Profile attribute she is striving towards is:
BALANCED: Cougars understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives— intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. Cougars recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.