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Austin Elementary

Dekalb County Schools


Administrative Team Welcome Letter


I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2023-2024 school year! I am thrilled to welcome our students, staff, and families back to Austin Elementary. I hope you had a relaxing and fun filled summer. We are all gearing up to shift into learning mode. 

This summer we welcomed our new superintendent, Dr. Devon Horton. We look forward to showing him the amazing school that Austin is! 

Austin Elementary is such a special place to learn and grow. This year we will focus on seeing through the eye of our students. We will do this by making connections with our students and helping them to feel valued and safe. We will continue to provide a nurturing environment where challenging and creative teaching occurs.  

You, our families, are a HUGE part of what makes Austin so special. Please consider joining our PTO/ Foundation. You are how we can provide our students with amazing additional experiences. Also remember, our PTO sends a weekly email with updates on what is going on at the school. Make sure you sign up!

Here are a few big dates that will kick off our school year: 

  1. Kick off to Kindergarten- We are hosting our newest babies to Austin for a couple hours on July 26th. Here students will get a chance to see the school and meet some staff.

  2. Open House - Wednesday, August 2nd is Open House. This is the time for you to sign up for PTO and Foundation, purchase some spirit wear, get your bus information, meet the teacher, and provide some important information about your babies! Times can be found below:

9:30-10:30- Last Name A-K

10:30-11:30-Last Name L-Z

11:30-12:30 Open

BEFORE OPEN HOUSE: Please know that all returning families must go through the Annual Verification before going through Open House and meeting your child’s teacher. This takes place in parent portal. If you are unable to complete before, you will need to bring the items with you and start in the Media Center before entering the Open House. 

Be sure to have your current proof of residency and a valid, government-issued, photo ID as these documents are required to complete the application. **Find helpful information and instructions here.

Important forms for Open House:

You can print and bring the Student Health Clinic Form  to Open House to reduce the amount of paperwork to be filled out when visiting the classroom. 

  1. New Parent Orientation: Thursday, August 3rd at 8:30 am. This is for our new families. It is a time for you to meet key staff members and get important information about Austin ES. This event will be held in the cafeteria. Bring your coffee and come chat about our school. 

  1. First day of School: Monday, August 7th; Carpool will start at 7:10. Do not drop off your excited little ones before that time as the Austin staff need to be ready. Families of our PreK-1st grade students, please feel free to walk your little eagle to class on the first day. This will be allowed from 7:25-7:40. 

  1. Curriculum Night: August 24th. Meet your child’s teacher and learn all about this school year. This event will last from 5:00-7:00 pm. Additional information coming soon.  

  1. Principal’s Coffees: Come join me for informal sit downs on hot topics at Austin ES. See dates below: 

September 22nd- 8:30 am

November 3rd- 8:30 am

January 19th- 8:30 am

March 13th- 8:30 am


December 1st –8:30 ****Come learn all about Peachtree Middle School at our special event with Principal Perez. 

I am so thankful to be your principal and honored to lead the team again. I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Thank you, 

Mrs. Mooneyham

Principal, Austin ES 

Principal: Avis Mooneyham

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Welcome to Austin Elementary School where our students SOAR. I am excited to meet all our families! My goal is to continue the success of Austin by empowering all school partners: students, staff, and community. Together we will be excellent. 


Assistant Principal: Dr. Tisome Nugent

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I am humbled to continue to serve, learn and grow with my amazing  Austin Elementary School family.

In all the years I’ve served; whether at the elementary, middle or high school levels, no other place has felt more like home, than at Austin.

In these 20 plus years, I have also served as an administrator at the district and state levels. I hope these years and the resulting varied experiences continue to equip me to add to the critical work being done within this community.

Thank you for partnering with us on this journey of excellence! 

Assistant Principal: Ms. Becca Briggs

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It is an incredible honor to be a part of the Austin family! As I humbly step into this role as Assistant Principal, my goal is to maintain and elevate the high standards of excellence that Austin is known for. I am excited to learn from staff, parents, and students to make Austin an even better place for students to thrive.

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Counselor: Ms. Angela Mickle

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I am thrilled to join the Austin family! I look forward to collaborating with you to help our students develop coping skills and the tools necessary to achieve success in school and in their relationships. I provide a supportive and nurturing environment for my students to overcome obstacles in their life and prosper in their day to day activities. In the past 9 years as a school counselor, I have learned invaluable lessons from my students and families. I am excited to see what I will learn this year at Austin.


Counselor: Ms. Jade Brehmer

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I am so excited to be a part of the Austin family! It is a joy to serve as one of the school counselors, and I am looking forward to all the great things to come this year. As a counselor, I will be coming alongside your child's development, and supporting them as we grow in social/emotional, academic, and career knowledge. I can't wait to meet you!