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Ms. Jamela Lewis

Ms. Jamela Lewis Greetings! It is with great gratitude that I am given the
opportunity to serve as principal of Briarlake Elementary School, one of the
best schools on the planet! Our community is one that values excellence,
collaboration and the success of its students.  As we seek to build upon
the greatness of Briarlake, I join with our wonderful school team, great
parents and community partners to ensure that every child entering Briarlake's
doors, also leaves with a heightened sense of confidence, achievement and joy. This is our commitment to our boys and girls.

The first seven years of my career in education were as a classroom teacher, EIP teacher and Math Specialist, here in DeKalb Schools. I began my eighth year of service as Assistant Principal at McLendon Elementary School. Subsequently, I also served as Assistant Principal at Huntley Hills Montessori Elementary School. Over the past 15 years, I have served a diverse population of learners and school communities, which has afforded me with deep insights into the specific needs that each student has and deserves to have met. Additionally, I have a keen understanding of STEM education based on our work at Huntley Hills, and how a true STEM process allows students to problem-solve with a purpose, which leads to real-world innovations and resolutions. Instructional and data processes are also areas of particular focus.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University and the University of West Georgia, respectively. I have had the opportunity to present at professional conferences for administrators on a wide range of educational topics, as I also continuously seek to improve and learn from others, as well.Additionally, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our beautiful children, of which, two attend Briarlake ES. My hobbies include being an avid reader, as well as painting and exercising, when possible!
My pledge to Briarlake is to lead with sensitivity, love, and collaboration, focusing energy towards higher levels of student success and confidence, ensuring that we sustain a culture that is positive, innovative and functions as One.I am extremely thankful for all of the welcoming hugs and well-wishes. Please know that I return to the entire Briarlake family warmth, dedication and optimism!
Thank you for all that you have done, and let’s have a wonderful year!
Mrs. Jamela Lewis,
Principal of One of the Best Schools on the Planet!

Natasha Stansfield
Assistant Principal

Natasha Stansfield
What a fantastic time to be a member of the Briarlake Elementary School community! I am honored to serve in my second 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

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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