The success of Warren T. Jackson Elementary starts with the leadership of Brent McBride, Dr. Patrice Austin, Allyson Atwell, and Melissa Hugh-Girdhari. These educators lead the charge to ensure our school maintains the high standards, rigid curriculum, and creative vision that keeps Jackson one of Atlanta’s most sought-after public schools Their upbeat energy and professional leadership help keep our reputation soaring.

Brent McBride is the Principal of both campuses, and Melissa Hugh-Girdhari is the Assistant Principal at Main. Dr. Patrice Austin is the Program Director for Primary, and Allison Atwell is the Assistant Principal at Primary.

Brent McBride, Principal

Brent-McBride

Professional Experience in Atlanta

  • Principal of Kingsley Charter School in DeKalb County
  • Principal of Heards Ferry Elementary in Fulton County
  • Assistant Principal of Heards Ferry Elementary
  • Instructional Technology Specialist in Forsyth County
  • Classroom Teacher in Bibb County

Dr. Patrice Austin, Program Director

      Education

  • Ed.D – Clark Atlanta University
  • M.A. – Clark Atlanta
  • B.A. – Hampton University

      Professional Experience

  • Assistant Principal – Warren T. Jackson – 11 years
  • Teacher – Frederick Douglass High School
  • Counselor – Elementary School Counselor within APS
  • Teacher at Griffin-Spalding County Schools

Allyson Atwell, Assistant Principal

Education

  • B.S. – University of Georgia
  • M.A. – Piedmont College – Elementary Education
  • Specialist Degree – Georgia State University – Educational Leadership

Professional Experience

  • Teacher and SST Chairperson Morningside Elementary
  • Teacher at Dekalb County Schools
  • Teacher at Sarah Smith Elementary

Melissa Hugh-Girhardi, Assistant Principal

Education

  • San Francisco State University
  • Georgia State University

Professional Experience

  • Summer Site Administrator for 10 APS elementary schools
  • RTI/SST Specialist
  • Compliance Facilitator
  • Teacher in California, Georgia and South Carolina