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Dr. Ann Culbreath

Interim Principal
Dr. Ann Culbreath

I am a recently retired DCSD administrator, and I bring a wealth of knowledge for my experiences working as an elementary school leader. I most recently served as the Principal of Austin Elementary, but I am proud to say that my first principal assignment was here at Briarlake Elementary.  I am here to serve and strengthen the connection between the school and community, and I am excited to return to support our students, staff, and parents!

Natasha Stansfield Jones

Assistant Principal 

What a fantastic time to be a member of the Briarlake Elementary School community! I am honored to serve in my fifth year as Assistant Principal of Briarlake Elementary. In 2007, I began my teaching career in Athens (GO DAWGS!), but eventually decided I wanted to live in the Atlanta area. In 2012, I joined the Smoke Rise Elementary staff in DeKalb County as a teacher. In my career as an educator, I've taught grades 2-4, EIP Reading and Math, K-5 Gifted, and eventually was able to serve in the capacity of an instructional coach. I obtained my bachelor's degree in social work from UGA, master's in education from Piedmont College, and a specialist's degree in Ed Leadership from Mercer University. Education is truly my passion, and I am a firm believer that ALL children can learn. I pledge to continue to promote the shared vision and mission of DeKalb County Schools and Briarlake Elementary.


My hobbies include running, crocheting, sewing, reading, traveling, and anyone who knows me well will tell you that I love EATING! As a University of Georgia graduate, I try to catch as many football games as possible. I was recently married and am mother to a yorkie mix, Ollie, and auntie to a yorkie, Mego. 


Words cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity to serve Briarlake Elementary School as Assistant Principal. Briarlake is such a special place nestled in a loving community with dedicated, hard-working teachers where children always come first. I am looking forward to collaborating with parents, students, teachers, district staff, and community members to continue on Briarlake's path of excellence!



Ms. Clishé Thomas


As a school counselor, I love that I am able to offer students a place where they are able to freely express themselves and feel safe. The elementary school years are a fun time where students are beginning to develop academic self-concept, and confidence as learners. Moreover, it sets the tone for developing positive attitudes and necessary life skills that prepare them to become the next generation of workers, leaders, and decision-makers. 

I have many responsibilities, as a school counselor, to include: academic support, goal setting, career awareness and exploration, understanding self, peer relationships, coping strategies, individual and small-group counseling, classroom guidance, one-on-one parent conferencing, and peer support; thus, ensuring a positive and solid foundation for future academic and personal/social success for all students.   

I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an awesome team and I look forward to serving this community for many more years to come!

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Ms. Thomas cell- (470) 289- 6705

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