Eclan David recently began as the new principal of Newton High School.
COVINGTON — Along with the new school year come two new principals to two of the largest schools — both in size and student population — in the county.
Over the summer break, the Newton County Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Sandra Owens, former assistant principal at Newton High School, as the new principal for Alcovy High School, and Eclan David Jr., a principal in Griffin-Spalding County Schools, as the new principal for Newton High School.
Eclan David Jr.
David has worked in education for 17 years.
He was principal of Flynt and Carver Road middle schools from 2004 until he took the job at NHS. Before that, he was assistant principal at A.Z. Kelsey Middle School starting in 2002.
He also was a teacher in DeKalb County Schools from 1996 to 2002.
David holds a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Tuskegee University and a master of education degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of West Georgia. He is expected to obtain a doctorate degree in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia in May 2014.
“I definitely want to continue with the goals and accolades that have taken place under the leadership of (Dr. Craig Lockhart, former principal),” David said. “I’m excited and ready to work. I’ve been welcomed so warmly.”
He said he hopes to enhance students’ preparation for their future colleges and careers.
With the recent opening of the new NHS building, David added that this is his second time opening a new facility.
Dr. Sandra Owens
Owens has worked in education for 23 years.
She was assistant principal at Newton High School since 2008 and at Clements Middle School for the two years prior. She’s also worked at Veterans Memorial Middle School. She was the program director of the Academy of Liberal Arts at NHS from 2009 to 2012.
She also worked as a teacher in Hinesville and Riceville, Tenn., from 1990 to 1998, when she came to the Newton County School System. She was in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1987 and is still in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Owens holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from the University of Central Arkansas, a master’s degree in human resources management from Central Michigan University, an educational specialist degree in mathematics education, an educational leadership degree from the University of Georgia and an educational doctorate in teacher leadership from Walden University.
“I am also grateful to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful students, faculty and staff,” Owens said. “I plan to lead Alcovy into a new chapter by focusing on student learning, using data in our planning, and supporting the teachers so we can provide educational excellence for all of our students. Some of my goals include increasing the graduation rate, establishing effective professional learning communities, and improving parental involvement.”
She also hopes to improve the school climate and establish an effective instructional focus program to address every student’s needs.