Dr. Celeste Martin is leaving her position as principal of Brookwood School to work for the Georgia Department of Education. Her resignation is effective September 14 and leaves a vacancy at Brookwood School just as the school year gets underway.
Superintendent Tim Scott said that the search for Martin's replacement has already begun.
"We will have the position posted on our website right away and will be accepting applications," Scott said. "We are looking for a leader who is innovative, student-focused and passionate about student achievement. Brookwood has earned a reputation as a school of excellence and we certainly want to see that tradition continue."
Brookwood, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, is the only Georgia Department of Education Certified STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) School in the Whitfield/Murray County area. The school's curriculum incorporates STEM across all content areas and working with partners like Dalton State College, UGA and the Tennessee Aquarium for authentic science exploration. Brookwood leads the Dalton Public Schools in academic achievement receiving an 83.5 score on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).
Martin has served as principal since 2012. Prior to that time, she served as the school's assistant principal. She came to Dalton Public Schools in 2006 as a gifted teacher at Brookwood.
Scott added he would like to have the right person in place as principal as soon as possible.