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Principal - Tracey Crenshaw


Welcome Back Vikings!

I trust that everyone had a relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating summer break! Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Vanderlyn Elementary School! I am excited to begin a new year with your child(ren), and I truly thank you for choosing VES for his/her education. Our theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “Ready, Set, Grow!” I look forward to leading the work that will lead to authentic and meaningful instructional support, best instructional practices, STEM/PBL integration, and build up the very best in each child socially, emotionally, and academically.This school year will be like no other, as we work to rebuild a new norm for teaching and learning. We understand there will be many questions throughout the year. I will provide answers to some of those questions in this newsletter. As the start of school draws near, I will continue to update you as information becomes available.

I am honored to serve the Vanderlyn School Community for the 14th year. Our school is known far and wide for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. As your leader, I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend a lot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community. I promise that they will learn something new every day. Some days they will carry it in their heads. Some days they will carry it in their hands, and some days they will carry it in their hearts.

Not only am I excited to begin working with your children, I look forward to the work we will do together. As the old African Proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child. ”I am excited to see your children through your eyes. I cannot wait to share with you all the great things they will do throughout their days here at Vanderlyn. And of course, I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day.

My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so they can learn and grow to their full potential. This has been my philosophy since I began my career teaching with the DCSD twenty-eight years ago. Please know I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences at VES.

Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced

and learned throughout my career to this wonderful community. I look forward to working with each of you and your children. My staff and I will be working for the remainder of summer to ensure a smooth transition and opening in August. Again, I will continue to update you as new information becomes available. I look forward to seeing you soon.

With joy and excitement,

Mrs. Crenshaw

Email Mrs. Crenshaw at [email protected]

Mr. Griffin Nichols

Hello Vanderlyn Vikings


My name is Griffin Nichols, and it is with great enthusiasm that I join the Vanderlyn Elementary School family! I am originally from Sarasota, Florida, but have lived in Georgia since I was 8 years old. I have two children. My son, Jackson, is in 4th grade and my daughter, Bella, is in 6th grade.

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 and Special Education.

I have 18 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 and the Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Hawks.

If you can’t tell from this brief bio, I am truly honored and excited to be your new 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.

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