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Ms. Jamela Lewis
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We have closed another school year, and I once again have had the honor of being the Principal of a school that I love.  Briarlake has built a community of excellence.  We take pride in being a collaborative school where everyone works to ensure Briarlake is a school operating in excellence.  The Briarlake family is culturally diverse and embraces the differences in others and strives to nurture the best in everyone.  We have much to be proud of at Briarlake. My new saying is, “We are a small school doing big things!”
 
The success of our students and Briarlake is grounded in our exceptional staff and the sustainable partnerships we have with our teachers, families and community.  I am grateful that we have such an amazing relationship with each of them, and we will continue to strive to be the type of school that our families can be proud to send their children to year after year. 
 
Our entire staff works very hard to create a positive environment where every person’s unique strengths and talents are celebrated.  We have a culture of high expectations for students and staff alike. It is our sincere goal that every student not only develop academic competencies, but also develop soft skills that assist with the skills necessary to be successful in anything they do as we prepare them to be contributors of our near future. The combination of focusing on our students’ academic success as well as their exposure to our uniquely relevant STEM curriculum, experiences and services beyond the walls of BES, and social/emotional well-being creates an environment where our students do amazing things every year!
 
As you peruse our site and our PTA site http://briarlakepta.org/ as well, I am sure you will learn a great deal about the day-in-the-life of a Briarlake student. Our school is truly amazing, and I am honored to be a part of the tradition of success that has been built over the years. I am proud to serve as your Principal and grateful to have the opportunity to work with an exceptional set of students, staff and parent community!

My Best,
Jamela Lewis, Principal
Briarlake Elementary
One School. One Community. One Success.

Natasha Stansfield
Natasha Stansfield
What a fantastic time to be a member of the Briarlake Elementary School community! I am honored to serve in my third year as Assistant Principal of Briarlake Elementary. I began my teaching career in Athens (GO DAWGS!), but decided I wanted to live in the Atlanta area. In 2012, I joined the Smoke Rise Elementary staff in DeKalb County as a teacher. In my career as an educator, I've taught grades 2-4, EIP reading and math, K-5 Gifted, and eventually was able to serve in the capacity of an instructional coach. Education is truly my passion, and I am a firm believer that ALL children can learn. I pledge to continue to promote the shared vision and mission of DeKalb County Schools and Briarlake Elementary.

My hobbies include running, crocheting, sewing, reading, traveling, and anyone who knows me well will tell you that I love EATING! As a University of Georgia graduate, I try to catch as many football games as possible.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity to serve Briarlake Elementary School as Assistant Principal. I am looking forward to collaborating with parents, students, teachers, and community members to continue on Briarlake's path of excellence!
 

 
Ms. Clishé Thomas
Counselor


Ms. Clishé Thomas

As a school counselor, I love that I am able to offer students a place where they are able to freely express themselves and feel safe. The elementary school years are a fun time where students are beginning to develop academic self-concept, and confidence as learners. Moreover, it sets the tone for developing positive attitudes and necessary life skills that prepare them to become the next generation of workers, leaders, and decision-makers.

I have many responsibilities, as a school counselor, to include: academic support, goal setting, career awareness and exploration, understanding self, peer relationships, coping strategies, individual and small-group counseling, classroom guidance, one-on-one parent conferencing, and peer support; thus, ensuring a positive and solid foundation for future academic and personal/social success for all students.   

I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an awesome team and I look forward to serving this community for many more years to come!
 

 
Raylene Lowe
Part-Time Counselor
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I feel very fortunate to once again be part of the Briarlake staff. This school holds a very special place in my heart. I began my career with Dekalb County in 1978 as a paraprofessional and attended Georgia State at night to obtain my teaching degree. I started as a third grade teacher in 1981 at Briarlake. I taught for eight years at Briarlake and loved every minute of it. After adding degrees in counseling and administration, the majority of my 38+ years with Dekalb County was served at Medlock Elementary as a counselor and Assistant Principal until the school closed a few years ago. I am thrilled to come “full circle” back to where I had such a wonderful start. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your precious children! 
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