The Carroll County School System welcomes David Jaye as the new principal of Sand Hill Elementary School for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
The former Douglas County High School assistant principal carries several education degrees and a 22-year career in Georgia schools under his belt.
The Southern California-born administrator moved to Georgia at the age of 16 with his parents in search of better opportunities to send him and his brother to college.
“We deeply rooted ourselves [in Georgia],” he said. “Me and my brother got to go to college. I graduated with the HOPE scholarship and found my way as well. I knew I wanted to be a teacher.”
Jaye went on to pursue an undergraduate history education degree at Kennesaw State University (KSU). In 2008, he was offered a teaching position at Sprayberry High School in Cobb County a month before graduating.
After completing his first professional year, he moved on to a special education position at Alexander High School (AHS) in Douglas County. Throughout the following nine years at AHS, he attained a master’s degree in social studies education from Georgia State University and specialist degree in educational leadership from KSU.
In the fall of 2018, the special education teacher transitioned to an assistant principal role at Douglas County High School.
Earlier this summer, Carroll County Board of Education approved his hiring as principal of Sand Hill Elementary School.
“I was throughly impressed by the mission, vision and purpose of Scott Cowart and the Carroll County School District,” he said. “It was something I was really interested in being a part of. I was not just very blessed to be offered the position, but I feel like my family made a terrific choice [to move to Carroll County].”
After working 22 years in high schools, Jaye explained why he jumped to elementary education.
“His name is Murray Jaye! My son, of course, is going in to first-grade this year,” he said. “I became very interested, when Murray was in Pre-K, in the learning process from a young age.”
Jaye jokingly said he felt cheated of the most influential years of learning in young scholars by the time they reached high school.
“By the time students got to my class [in high school], they could read, write, they were self-sustaining learners and were curious by nature,” he said. Jaye noted a teachers journey becomes different in terms of engaging a child in elementary school.
Like his son Murray, Jaye is a student currently enrolled at KSU earning a doctoral degree in educational leadership.
“Typically, as a child, you don’t see yourself in your 40’s still in school,” he said. “But I wouldn’t trade it for anything because it has guaranteed while I am a professional practitioner, I still also enjoy the education side [and] research side. I’m still a student as I am an educator.”
Jaye believes his ongoing search for enlightenment and educational experience will result in to a successful career as principal.