Assistant Principal


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Dear Tiger Cub Family,
My name is Derek Cobb and I am so excited to join the Burnett school community as your new Assistant Principal. I am from a small town called Hartwell, GA and I attended college at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) where I majored in Political Science. I am married to Dr. Stacy Cobb and we have 2 sons; Ayden and Amir.

       My educational career began during my senior year in college working with elementary students as a behavioral interventionist. After two years of working in early childhood education, I began to work in recruitment for the University of Georgia hoping to make an impact in getting more students of color enrolled in colleges. I spent countless hours hosting events and meeting with students of color hoping I could interest them in applying to the university. The majority of the conversations resulted in them not even thinking about going to college. It was then I made the decision to return back to the classroom where I can have more of an impact.

       In 2016, I decided to join Teach for America and the organization sent me to Pitt County Schools in Greenville, NC where I taught 5th grade. After that, I moved to Durham, NC, where I taught 5th grade at Parkwood Elementary School for the next two years. In 2019 I was accepted to the NC State University Leadership Academy to pursue my Masters Degree in School Administration. While enrolled, I continued my journey at Ligon Magnet Middle School as the resident principal intern. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work in Douglas County Schools as the Assistant Principal at Factory Shoals Elementary for the past two years. I want to thank you for all that you do for our scholars in ensuring they maximize their gifts and talents. I look forward to the work and great things we will do together!

Derek L. Cobb Jr
Assistant Principal


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