New Principal Profile Q&A: Matthew Moody, North Cobb High School

Question: Why are you excited to serve as principal of North Cobb High School?
Answer: “I’m really excited about where we are going with North Cobb. North Cobb has an outstanding staff that I have gotten to know over the last year. I’ve lived in the West Cobb community for about 15 years and my first year at North Cobb has been outstanding. I’ve learned a lot from some outstanding teachers.”

Question: Where might students, parents, and staff see you when you are not at North Cobb High School?
Answer: “I have three young daughters. I will have a sixth grader at Lost Mountain, a fifth grader at Due West, and a third grader at Due West. My wife is the counseling leader at Harrison High School. So, if we are not doing a school activity, you can probably find us riding the road to one of our three girls’ events whether it be soccer, gymnastics, or cheerleading. Also, if I’m not going to a University of Georgia game, we like to wakeboard on the lake.”

Question: Why did you become an educator?
Answer: “I had a very impactful U.S. History teacher when I was in high school. She just happened to be my best friend’s mom. She brought learning alive, and I was fascinated by history. So, when I went to college I majored in history. What drew me [to education] was a love of teaching history and then I got involved with coaching.”

Question: What brought you to Cobb County and what do you think about the community?
Answer: “A coaching job brought me to Cobb County. I grew up in south Georgia; my wife did too. I never really thought about moving to Atlanta, but now that we are here, I couldn’t imagine leaving, especially Cobb. It is just an outstanding place to raise a family. It is home now.”

Question: How important are community partnerships for schools?
Answer: “In working at North Cobb, I’ve gotten to be involved in the Kennesaw Business Association and Acworth Business Association. All the community support that North Cobb has is a positive dynamic, and I think with my leadership we can build on that and enhance our students, parents, and the community around North Cobb High School.”