Karen Cooke, PrincipalKaren was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She spent the first half of her career working in Canada, Japan, and Korea, in teaching capacities before arriving in Georgia in 2003 to assume a teaching position in Cobb County. She earned her Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia (Go Wolves!) and made the move to Fulton County four years ago as the Assistant Principal of Medlock Bridge Elementary School.
Currently, she lives in Smyrna with her husband, Eddie (also an educator), and her rescue dog, Maggie. She is the proud step mother of Ayanna and Ahmed.
Andy Stein, Assistant PrincipalAndy grew up in Alpharetta, in a neighborhood just down the steet from Dolvin. After graduation from Milton High School, he went to Clemson University for his undergraduate degree and the University of Georgia to obtain his masters degree in Education Leadership. Andy lives in Cumming with his wife and their 3 children. He is a huge football fan - Clemson is his number one team, followed by UGA; and he also loves the Falcons.He started his teaching career in Athens, Georgia, as a specal education teacher before moving back to Atlanta where he taught both general education and special education at Lake Windward Elementary. His leadership experiences include Behavior Intervention Coach at Esther Jackson Elementary, Assistant Administrator at Holcomb Bridge Middle, and most recently Instructional Support Teacher at Heards Ferry Elementary. His family is very involved in Fulton County. His wife is a speech therapist at Birmingham Falls Elementary, his mom is the secretary at Ocee Elementary and his dad is IT support at Barnwell Elementary.
Janelle Layton, Counselor
Janelle earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and her master’s in School Counseling from Columbus State University. This is her sixth year in the school counseling role. She is excited to be returning to Dolvin this year and is dedicated to developing a comprehensive school counseling program that supports the development of academic, social emotional and career skills to help each student succeed at Dolvin and in life.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to a beach whenever she can.
Carrie Halron, Curriculum Support Teacher
Carrie grew up in Brookings, South Dakota, and graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion with a double major (elementary education and special education) and endorsements in science, social sciences, and language arts. She received her MEd in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
During her 21 years in education, Carrie has taught children in 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade. She has taught in the general education setting as well as in the special education setting in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Georgia.
Carrie currently lives in Peachtree Corners with her husband, Kevin (PE teacher at Simpson Elementary School). They have a daughter and two sons.
Kristal Madgett, Instructional Support Teacher
Kristal Madgett, M.Ed., Special Education, Ed.S., K-12 Leadership is the Instructional Support Teacher at Dolvin, where she leads the Special Education Department including supporting teachers, students, staff, and parents as needed.
Kristal began her career with Teach for America and has dedicated her time to ensuring all students receive an appropriate education regardless of ability. Kristal recognized early in her career her passion for providing students with varied abilities as many experiences and opportunities to access an excellent and deserving education. She believes all children can learn regardless of their ability; it just takes changing the lens of “normal” to one that considers the whole child and all abilities as exceptional strengths. With more than 15 years of experience she has developed a unique set of skills that include instructional design, behavior management, PBIS and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) implementation, supervising, coordinating and facilitating the responsibilities of the special education department within the local school, serving as liaison between the local school and district special education department, planning and development of workshops and other professional learning programs for educators, parents, and community stakeholders to help raise the level of student achievements. It is her honor and privilege to work collaboratively with fellow educators to continue her work and commitment to education and future leaders.