New Principal Profile Q&A: Cissi Kale, Due West Elementary School

Question: Why are you excited about joining the Due West Elementary School community?
Answer: “I live in the West Cobb community, and I love the community. The people in the community are so vested in making the community where they live, work, play—better. I live there too, and I want the schools to be the best they can be. I’m really excited about all the traditions at Due West Elementary School and continuing to support what they are already doing and looking for a way to make something is already great, even better.”

Question: What does student success look like to you? 
Answer: “Student success is when kids are excited about learning and excited about their growth and getting better. Everyone can get better every day. We all have something we can do every day to grow and reach to a higher notch. I love seeing kids get excited about growing 100 points on a test or growing because they were able to run faster.”

Question: What’s one of your favorite memories of being an educator?
Answer: “A great memory was when a former student called and said she was the STAR student when she was a senior. Having her call and say you helped me get to this point, even though she was only in fourth grade when I taught her, that was huge. She remembered me and she felt like I helped her achieve her STAR student success.”

Question: Outside school, where might students, parents or staff members find you?  
Answer: “They would probably find me at a baseball field. My son plays JV baseball for Hillgrove and my other child plays travel ball at Big Shanty park. We are always out in the West Cobb community where we live. We are very active in the community.”