Barnwell ES meets new principal, counselor

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The new principal at Barnwell Elementary School is ready to hit the ground — learning.

Parents of the students at Barnwell Elementary School gathered on July 31 to meet the school’s new principal, Dr. Norman Sauce, in the clubhouse of The Ridge at Brumbelow.

“We were looking for someone who could take the incredible record of success at Barnwell Elementary and continue it into the future,” said Brian Rubenstein, chair of the school’s Local School Advisory Committee.

Rubenstein feels confident the right man was chosen for the job.

Sauce, a California native, is equally excited to join the school.

“I feel like I’ve waited my entire career for an opportunity to lead a school like Barnwell,” Sauce said.

Sauce, whose wife is expected to deliver twins at the end of August, has every intention of staying with Barnwell for the long run.

He officially began his new role at Barnwell last month and has already started speaking with members of the school community.

“One of the most common themes that I keep hearing from everybody is how much everyone really loves Barnwell Elementary School and how grateful they are to be associated with the school,” Sauce said.

His game plan is to “hit the ground learning” by conducting interviews with staff and parents to determine which aspects of Barnwell’s current model are working and which are not.

“It may be revealed that nobody wants any change,” Sauce said. “I hope not, because I don’t think it’s my role to maintain the status quo.”

Parents at the July 31 meeting discussed issues such as homework inconsistencies from classroom to classroom, a second language program and technology in the school.

Jennifer Wilson, the new guidance counselor for Barnwell, is aligned with Sauce’s mission to help the students to be more successful.

Wilson previously worked as a graduation coach at Haynes Bridge Middle School and has seen the results of a Barnwell education.

“I think I have a good idea of where our students are going and what they need to be prepared for that next level,” Wilson said.

Students will also see a few other new faces when they return to Barnwell including several new teachers and a new curriculum support teacher (CST).

Parents can meet Sauce, Wilson and the new CST at the final meet-and-greet sessions on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8.

A survey has been posted on the Barnwell Elementary School website for parents to share their opinions with Dr. Sauce over the next few months.

JC 08-09-12