About five members of Metro Association of Classroom Educators said Teressa Watson needs to be removed from her position as principal of Hayes Intermediate because of her approach to education.
Watson could not be reached for comment.
"We hear that the teachers are being forced - from an instructional standpoint - to teach from a cookie-cutter approach, where they all have to be teaching the same way, of the same thing, at the same time and that sort of thing," said MACE Chairman and CEO Dr. John Trotter.
"That stifles creative teachers, and creativity is a very important element in reaching children, because all children are unique and they're different. You can't have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions," Trotter said.
The protestors stood near the corner of Kennesaw Due West and Stilesboro roads, holding such signs up that read, "Principal Watson Must Go," "Hey Watson, What's Wrong With Creativity?" and "Hayes Inter. Students & Teachers Deserve Better!"
Several people called the Journal on Thursday and identified themselves as Hayes teachers or the spouse of a teacher at Hayes who have had enough of Watson. Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, two callers complained teachers were being micromanaged and forced to spend hours on unnecessary paperwork, leaving little time to teach.
Hayes Intermediate vice principal Tom Farrell referred questions to the Cobb County Schools' communication department.
Cobb Schools spokesman Jay Dillon said, "The issue at Hayes Intermediate is a personnel matter that has to do with a teacher who has been placed on probation for her performance. She belongs to an organization called MACE, the Metro Association of Classroom Educators."
"This is a highly aggressive teacher organization, the same group that was associated with the problems in Clayton County and its school board. The MACE representative who contacted the school on this teacher's behalf is one of the former Clayton County board members," Dillon said.
Dillon did not identify the teacher he referred to. The former Clayton Board of Education member he referred to is Norreese Haynes, who was removed from the board in 2008 because of an alleged residency requirement violation. He was one of the protestors yesterday.
Watson's biography on the school's website notes that she earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Rochester and has 17 years of experience. It states that she "has adopted an educational philosophy that embraces all kinds of learners. She understands that many of us may have stumbling blocks in life as well as with learning. With that in mind, she has adopted the motto to keep 'Lifting as She Climbs.'"
This is the first year that Hayes Elementary has been split into a primary (grades K-2) division and intermediate division (grades 3-5). There are 576 students in the intermediate division.