The Cobb County School Board on Thursday approved hiring Hill as principal at the east Cobb area school, which serves about 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and employs 50 teachers. He will be replacing Tracie Doe, who was appointed as west Cobb’s new area assistant superintendent in July.
“I was very excited that he interviewed in the first place. … He just really was the best choice for the job,” said Timber Ridge first-grade teacher and this year’s Teacher of the Year, Rachel Rountree. “I think it’s very important to have someone who already knows the community, students and teachers.”
The 2013-14 school year marks Hill’s third year on the Timber Ridge campus.
Dorothy Gould, the school’s Parent-Teacher Association co-president, agreed.
“It’s bittersweet seeing Dr. Doe go because she’s been a great leader for the last nine years, but Adam has been such a great asset to our school,” Gould said. “He’s very approachable, always willing to take the time to talk to kids and parents and working with them to overcome any problems they may have.”
The stay-at-home mother has second-grade twins who attend Timber Ridge, and her daughter, who is now a sixth-grader at Dodgen Middle School, attended the school from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Before joining the Timber Ridge staff in 2011, Hill was a teacher and assistant administrator at Kemp Elementary in Powder Springs and a teacher at Compton Elementary, also in Powder Springs, where his career in education began in 2001.
The 36-year-old has a bachelor’s degree in science and education specialist from Berry College in Rome, a master’s degree in education from the University of New Orleans and an educational leadership certificate.
He said he knew he wanted to be an educator after growing up with his nieces and nephews.
“They were just 10 years younger than me and I played a huge part in helping raise them, so I knew early in my life what it was like to work with a child and help them learn … see that light bulb go on,” he said. “That was a great feeling.”
He decided to earn his additional degrees and certifications in leadership because not only did Hill want to impact the students in a classroom, but also the teachers he’d have the opportunity to work with as an administrator.
“I’ve always loved the team feeling of being an administrator and helping adults help children,” he said. “It is a great way to know that I’m impacting more children that way.”
Hill said he does understand the new role brings its challenges, though, but one that he’s looking forward to this school year is seeing how his school’s student scores and academic achievement will shift from the Georgia Performance Standards to Common Core Standards.
“Last year we had a lot of changes with Common Core that we welcomed with open arms and embraced here at Timber Ridge,” Hill said. “It changed not just what we were teaching but how we are teaching and we really tackled that head on. Our goal, because we did so much work last year, is to continue that and to see the fruits of our labor.”
Common Core Standards were introduced to the K-12 math curriculum last school year and are supposed to help students better prepare for college and careers after graduating from high school.
Hill’s first day on the job is “to be determined” while district staff continues to shift everyone into their new positions.