New Principal Profile Q&A: Dr. Dana Giles, Pebblebrook High School

Why are you excited about joining the Pebblebrook High School community? 

Answer: “Transitioning from Lindley Middle School, I am excited to still be serving the students of the Mableton community. Pebblebrook is a staple in this community. The school’s academic focus, highly-decorated Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) program, and competitive athletics program attract students from all over the county. I am excited to be a part of this rich heritage.” 

What does student success look like for you?  

Answer: “In high school, student success is obtaining a high school diploma along with being post-secondary and/or employable ready. This is accomplished by providing students a high-quality instructional learning space that is safe, creative, and encouraging. When these components are in place, student success is the obvious outcome.” 

What do you like most about being an educator/principal?  

Answer: “I operate as the Chief Learner in the building. No one should be learning, growing, and developing more than the leader of the building. My job is multifaceted and amazing. I love that I get to continually learn alongside others who share my passion for student success.”  

Outside school, where might students, parents or staff members run into you?  

Answer: “I have three amazing children (two in college and one in high school) who keep me active. I work out 3-4 times a week, so the gym is my second home. Finally, I’m highly involved and invested in my church and love singing and leading worship there.”