After almost a decade as a Campbell Spartan, . She began her first day as curriculum assistant principal at Cartersville High School Monday.
Saunders worked in the Cobb County School District for 19 years, the past nine of those at Campbell. She said she would have loved to finish out her career in Cobb, but that she has her sights set on being a principal.
“Last year I applied for a principalship in Cobb and I was in consideration and then they assigned Dr. Magee to be principal at Campbell,” she said. “They said, ‘Look, this is not about you. It’s not personal. And I said OK that’s great. I’m going to be here. I’m a team player and I’m going to work and I’m loyal and I’ve been here. I’m going to do what I need to do to make Campbell successful. That’s my goal. That’s why I’m in education.”
But now Saunders said she’s leaving her post in Smyrna to diversify her resume so she can be a more competitive candidate for principalship.
“This is a completely different demographic from Campbell,” she said. “It’s a much smaller hometown school. It’s the only high school in the city of Cartersville. The system is a very small system. Everybody always says when you want to be a principal you have to have lots of different varied experiences.”
Saunders said she’s sad to leave her students, colleagues and the community behind, but an email she sent to Smyrna-Vinings Patch is an indication that she's feeling right at home in Cartersville: "I will miss the Campbell community tremendously but I am very much looking forward to my new position at Cartersville High School (Go Canes!)"