The Dalton Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Meleia Bridenstine as principal of Brookwood School. Her appointment is effective Oct. 15. She follows Dr. Celeste Martin, who left the school in September to take a job with the Georgia Department of Education.
Bridenstine has served as the prekindergarten-12 district mathematics coordinator for Dalton Public Schools for the last four years. Prior to coming to Dalton Public Schools, she served as principal of Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Whitfield County. She spent 16 years in Whitfield County Schools as a teacher, school improvement coordinator and central level Title I district instructional coach before becoming a principal. She began her career in education at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga as a third grade teacher.
"We are pleased to have Meleia move into the leadership position at Brookwood," said Dr. Tim Scott, superintendent of Dalton Public Schools. "Because of her work throughout the district, she is very familiar with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus at Brookwood and knows the high expectations we have for our students and staff. Meleia's enthusiasm, passion for students and laser focus on academic achievement will only enhance the great work already happening at Brookwood."Bridenstine holds a specialist's degree in curriculum and instruction and a master's degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.