New Principal Profile Q&A: Tommy Perry, South Cobb High School

Question: Why are you excited about joining the South Cobb High School community? 

Answer: “I am so excited to begin this journey with my new South Cobb family, it is like coming back home! As a former Austell resident, teacher, and Junior Eagles football coach, there is a special place still in my heart for the community. South Cobb High School is growing and excelling in many ways, and I am so honored to be a part of something great. I look forward to handing my students their diplomas as they walk across the stage at graduation, and watching the students in The Academy of Research and Medical Sciences magnet program position themselves for future success as healthcare professionals. I also can’t wait to cheer on all of our athletic teams to many victories!”

Question: What does student success look like to you? 

Answer: “I believe student success is when students set and achieve their own goals, and throughout the process, acquire knowledge that will help position them to be successful in every area of their lives. Every student’s path to success is unique and based on their individual needs, but as long as they reach their finish line, that is success.”

Question: Why do you like being an educator? 

Answer: “Every day I have the opportunity to directly educate, influence, encourage, and motivate a large population of students. I especially love witnessing that aha moment with a student when they finally grasp a new concept of something they struggle with. I also love seeing my colleagues grow and flourish professionally, as well as, personally.”  

Question: Outside school, where might students, parents or staff members find you? 

Answer: “I can be found at the local gym. I’m always working out or jogging along a road somewhere. I also spend a lot of time in various basketball gyms coaching or watching my sons at their basketball games.”