New Principal Profile Q&A: James Rawls, Daniell Middle School

Question: Why are you excited about joining the Daniell Middle School community?
Answer: “I’m excited about joining the Daniell community because I’m a student-centered leader. I believe in a student-first approach. I’m excited to be part of a school that has been a part of this community for over 50 years, continuing some of the rich traditions that are already in place, and hopefully, working to increase student achievement, and overall, the student experience at Daniell.”

Question: Define Student Success:
Answer: “Student success means that a student feels supported at school. The student feels safe at school and [that means] putting the right parameters in place for the students to maximize their achievements.”

Question: Outside of being an experienced educator, what should the Daniell Middle School community know about you?
Answer: “I’m a father of three. I have a seven-year-old, four-year-old and one-year-old. I served 14 years in the military in the United States Army Reserve. I’m a huge sports fan. I love all the local teams: the Braves, Falcons, United, and Hawks. I’m a down-to-Earth person who loves to be a part of the community and to participate in community activities.”

Question: If you are not at Daniell Middle School, where might the students, parents, and teachers spot you?
Answer: “If I’m not at Daniell, they may catch me at a sporting event. I love going to see students play sports, even if it is a feeder school high school or some of our students who participate in the middle grades sports.”

Question: What do you enjoy about being an educator?
Answer: “My favorite part is to see students experience success and to see teachers experience success. I get gratification from watching others succeed, watching others put in hard work and seeing them enjoy the success of their work.”

Question: Why did you want to be a principal?
Answer: “My goal was always to be a principal, but I did understand the importance of being a great teacher first before I could ever think of becoming a great leader. I wanted to spread my impact. I didn’t want my impact to be limited to the students I teach. I always felt that if I could impact teachers and how teachers approach learning and how teachers approach instructions, as a principal, it would make my impact more profound.”