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Vanderlyn Elementary

Dekalb County Schools


Principal - Robert Clayton

Mr. Clayton
Hello Vanderlyn!

I am very honored and excited to serve as principal of such an amazing school! I look forward to getting to know all of our students (I have a few names down pat already) and families that make this school so special.  

The end of the 23-24 school year is in sight and I look forward to a successful, fun journey these next few months.

Mr. Griffin Nichols

Hello Vikings,
My name is Griffin Nichols, and it is with great enthusiasm that I am part of the Vanderlyn Elementary School family! I am originally from Columbus, Ohio but have lived in Georgia since I was 8 years old. I have four children and I got married in 2023 to my wife who is a teacher in Cobb County where I live.
I am a graduate of Kennesaw State University and Piedmont College. I hold two Master’s degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am also certified in Gifted Education, ESOL and Special Education.
I have 20 years of experience in education. Thirteen of those years were spent as a classroom teacher. Most recently, I was at Dunwoody Elementary where I worked as the Instructional Support Specialist, MTSS Chair, and the Gifted Liaison. I look forward to making a positive impact by contributing to the continued growth and development of Vanderlyn Elementary students, support staff, and faculty.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends and traveling. I’m a huge fan of Florida State University.
If you can’t tell from this brief bio, I am truly honored and excited to be your Vanderlyn Elementary Assistant Principal and look forward to your support and assistance as we work together in developing, educating, and providing the children of our community with the necessary tools to achieve their full potential as leaders of the future.