Dr. Tara Cotton
    Dr. Tara Cotton, Interim Principal
    Phone:  404-802-4000

    Finch Eagles,

    It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write to you as Interim Principal! I am truly honored to work alongside the esteemed staff of Finch Elementary School. I would like to introduce myself both personally and professionally.

    I was born here in Atlanta, Georgia and am considered to be a “rare, but true Georgia Peach.” Before beginning my career, I attended Georgia State University and received my Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Education. In 2007, I began my graduate degree program in Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University. I’m very proud to say that on May 21, 2012, I achieved one of the greatest goals I set out for- becoming Dr. Tara Cotton! In my 18-year career as an educator, I have worked as a teacher, Data Coach, and most recently, Assistant Principal, at Sylvan Hills Middle School. I can truly say that I believe in teaching and in LEARNING!   Although work and school have always taken up much of my time, there are things I love to do in my spare time. I enjoy reading (non-fiction), spending time with family and friends, FALCONS football, and TRAVELING!

    My educational philosophy is that ALL students have the ability to learn and are entitled to the best education one could possibly receive. In this role, I set out to ensure that this happens for every student in the building. More specifically, I look forward to carrying out the mission of the school, which is to provide meaningful, rigorous experiences and opportunities that enrich learning for all students, staff, and the community, in order to make college and career readiness a reality.

    I am so very thankful to have the opportunity to continue my work in the Carver Cluster at Finch Elementary as Interim Principal. Please know that I am committed to continuing the upward trajectory of Finch’s achievements and I look forward to creating many more partnered successes. I am confident that we can make a positive impact on the hearts that our community has entrusted us with!


    Together We Will,

    Dr. Cotton