• Matt Donahoe, Principal


    River Eves Parents, 

    For those of you that do not already know me my name is Matthew Donahoe, and I will be entering my fourth year in the principal’s role for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  What amazing things we are accomplishing to serve our students and families in the most effective means possible!  River Eves is my home away from home and holds an exceptionally special place within my heart.  I truly love the community and our composition!  When one walks through the front doors, it is highly evident that you are entering a special place for students, staff & parents to work collaboratively for the greater good of our eagles; our positive and supportive educational environment is second to none.  You can just feel it!  I am very proud to have been an active participant in the development of our positive and inviting culture, since my arrival in the summer of 2014 as the assistant principal and am committed to further solidifying the elements that make our school a superior location to work, play, feel valued, appreciated, and experience a true sense of community and belonging.  We are remarkably grateful for our collective achievements and will build on the great work and outcomes that were attained during the 2020-2021 school year.  Our growth and evolution is constantly in motion.    

    We acknowledge and embrace that our “hold tights” are and will continue to be an integral element in our daily actions and “speak”: 

    • Focusing on providing all students with a learning environment that has quality instructional practices at its core.
    • Emphasizing quantitative & qualitative student and staff growth measures from academic and social/emotional standpoints.
    • Being in the business of people!  Therefore, we will continue to focus on establishing and developing positive working relationships with students, families and our colleagues.  Culture is paramount to our success!   

    To provide you with some background on my educational career, I served as an assistant principal (in Fulton County Schools) at River Eves Elementary & Hillside Elementary from 2014-2018 before taking over the principal’s reigns at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  I have completed twelve total years of leadership experience in three separate Atlanta area school districts.  Prior to that, I taught at the elementary level for a total of 12 years.  My first ten years were spent teaching 4th & 5th grade-aged students in my home state of Indiana.  After moving to the state of Georgia, fourteen years ago, I served as an Early Intervention Program teacher for two years before transitioning into my current administrative career.  I am entering my 25th year as a professional educator.       

    I was born and raised in Southern Indiana about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky (in the small town of Henryville, Indiana) and earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (1995) from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana.  Master of Education (2002) and Leadership Certification (2007) status were accomplished via Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.  I am married, am the parent of a 11-year old daughter (rising middle schooler), and reside in Decatur, GA.

    I look forward to working closely with our families, staff and community to care for and guard the academic & social/emotional well-being and development of our students.  We are one!  We are River Eves!  #RisEupEagleS  #eaglestrong

    Matthew Donahoe


    River Eves Elementary School