Talk Up APS – the communications website for the Atlanta Public Schools – published a profile of Tracie Austin, the new principal for South Atlanta Computer Animation and Design. The following is the article in full (published with permission).
New Principal at South Atlanta Computer Animation and Design (CAD) committed to continuing a Legacy of Excellence
South Atlanta High School of Computer Animation and Design welcomes new principal Tracie Astin.
Not only is Principal Tracie Astin a proud product of Atlanta Public Schools, but her parents are as well. That family history makes her genuinely invested, not only in the district’s future, but in her commitment to continuing a legacy of greatness.
Her hope for the next generation is central to her introductory letter to students for the 2014-15 school year. Principal Astin writes, “It is with a renewed sense of pride and purpose that I ask each of my students to genuinely think about their stake in this journey and the level of excellence and performance that will be expected and indeed demanded of them.”
Principal Astin hopes to establish a culture of excellence. She also wants to ensure a prioritized focus where students are valued and graduate able to competitively pursue their post-secondary explorations. Principal Astin believes all students are capable of achieving success.
“Research confirms what we have known for years; that effort often surpasses ability,” Astin writes in her introductory letter.
In addition to engaging with students, Principal Astin is looking forward to working collaboratively with faculty/staff, students, and the community, and she is eager to gain their feedback. Principal Astin has already begun an exercise in postcard feedback, asking staff to think about what they value most about the school and conducting focus groups for feedback articulations. She hopes this step gets her closer to what she wants to eventually become a mantra at South Atlanta CAD, “A Vision in Motion: Building Our Bridge through Excellence!”
Principal Astin earned an Educational Specialist and master’s degree from the University of West Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English and History Secondary Education from Alabama A&M University.
In all pursuits, Principal Astin aspires for students to be the core of the district’s work and the nucleus of every decision.
In addition, there is a video developed by Astin at this link – it’s a very professional job.
Ms. Astin – we wish you well as you begin your work with a bunch of great kids!