New Principal Profile Q&A: Dr. Benji Morrell, Pickett’s Mill Elementary School

Question: Why are You excited about joining the Pickett’s Mill Elementary community?
Answer: “It’s a blessing to become a member of the Pickett’s Mill family. They have created a culture of excellence at the school over the last 11 years, and I look forward to working with the teachers, students, parents, and community business partners as we continue to build on such a great foundation.”

Question: What does student success look like to you? 
Answer: “I think student success looks different for every student. I do believe that if every student enjoys coming to school, enjoys learning, and builds positive relationships with their peers and adults in the building, the academic gains will come.”

Question: What role in your past experience has best prepared you for your new position at Pickett’s Mill Elementary?
Answer: “I was very lucky to open Allatoona High School as an assistant principal and athletic director the same year that Pickett’s Mill opened in 2008. Pickett’s Mill feeds 100% into Allatoona High School. So, we were very involved with the Pickett’s Mill students and staff. I feel like that bond will carry over as I move into the role of principal at Pickett’s Mill.”

Question: Outside school, where might students, parents or staff members run into you?  
Answer: “They will find me in the community. My family actually lives in the Pickett’s Mills school district. So, they will see me at ball fields. They will see me at games. They will see me all over. One of my kids is a seventh grader at Durham Middle School, and the other one is a freshman at Allatoona High School. They both came through Pickett’s Mill Elementary.”