Dr. Terrell A. G. Awak-Principal
“Becoming a wonderful teacher, or a great or awesome teacher, is a lifetime affair. This is because good teaching is forever pursuing better teaching; it is always dynamic and in motion, always growing, learning, developing, searching for a better way.” ~ William Ayers
Terrell Awak, Ph.D., Principal
Creekside High School
Dr. Awak altruistically believes that all students can learn and that it is our duty as educators to motivate and challenge students to attain their highest potential. This philosophy has driven her work as an educator for the last twelve years.
Over her career, Dr. Awak has consistently impacted student achievement and broadened student post-secondary choices. At Douglass High School in 2014, she led the biology team to a 20-point increase in EOCT student proficiency and received Race to the Top Merit for her students' performance. In 2017 as the science instructional coach at Mays High School, she led the science team to achieve double-digit EOC gains in student performance, and in 2018, Dr. Awak was recognized as Support Person of the Year. As an assistant principal, her leadership was instrumental in Therrell High School's authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for the Middle Years, Career-Related, and Diploma Programs. Her efforts resulted in one of every four seniors in the class of 2021 being IB Career-related Program graduates. Because of her leadership impact on student outcomes, Dr. Awak was honored as one of three finalists for the LEADS Assistant Principal of the Year Award in Atlanta Public Schools in 2021.
Before her career in secondary education, Dr. Awak earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Tulane University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). For her leadership inside and outside the lab, Dr. Awak was honored in 2010 as one of the top five engineering graduate students in the inaugural class of UCSD Siebel Scholars.
Dr. Awak is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and a proud New Orleans Public School System product, graduating from the illustrious McDonogh 35 Senior High School. She is a loving wife, bonus mother, dutiful daughter, supportive big sister, and loyal friend.
Jason Ross-Assistant Principal
“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass
Jason Ross, Assistant Principal
Creekside High School
Mr. Ross believes that all students can learn when given appropriate opportunities. Mr. Ross also believes that students understand best by ‘doing’, which leads to the notion that students learn best through active engagement and techniques that require one to work harder to comprehend material. It is this philosophy that he has shared and practiced at Creekside High School for the past seven years.
Mr. Ross joined Creekside High School in 2015 following seven years of service within the Fulton County School System. His career began in the Atlanta Public Schools System where he taught fourth grade for six years at Tull Waters Elementary. Mr. Ross was awarded Tull Waters “Teacher of the Year” for the 2000-01 school year before being named Math Coordinator for Project GRAD Atlanta.
Mr. Ross was appointed Interim Assistant Principal at Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta after his tenure with Project GRAD Atlanta. After completing his interim year as assistant principal, Mr. Ross was selected as assistant principal for the Junior Academy at Charles R. Drew Charter School in the East Lake area of Atlanta. Mr. Ross contributed to the success of Charles R. Drew Charter achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during his two-year tenure.
Mr. Ross’ next leadership roles took place in Fulton County Schools where he served as assistant principal at Benjamin Banneker High School, Sandtown Middle School, and Creekside High School.
During his 5-year tenure at Creekside, Mr. Ross has supervised a science department that demonstrated over 24-point achievement gains in Physical Science and Biology for students scoring proficient or distinguished on End of Course Milestones in 2017-18 school year. This accomplishment helped remove Creekside High School from the state's “failure” list. Creekside went from a score of ‘58%’ to a ‘72%’ respectively in one year. Mr. Ross served as supervising administrator of the PBIS team that went from Emerging to Operational. Mr. Ross also contributed to the 11.7% increase in the school's graduation rate from 2015 to 2017.
Mr. Ross is a native of Chicago, IL. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
Mr. Ross is a proud father of two adults (Justen, 22) and (Jada, 20). Mr. Ross is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Tacarra Reid-Assistant Principal
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – President John Quincy Adams
Taccara Reid, Assistant Principal
Creekside High School
Ms. Taccara Reid believes everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success with the support of leaders who help them extract the greatness already within them. She has lived by this belief while serving the students, community, and staff in Fulton County Schools and has served the district for the past 13 years.
During this time Ms. Reid has served the district in several capacities from classroom teacher, instructional coach, administrative assistant, and currently an Assistant Principal. Her primary role in every position was to promote a positive climate and culture while growing scholars into positive and productive citizens of society. Most of her time consists of building healthy relationships with teachers, students, and families.
Ms. Reid is a lifelong learner and enjoys learning new innovations in education. Her vision is to continue serving the district's vision of “all students learning to their full potential” by establishing trust, building relationships, and supporting all stakeholders. She continues to support the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being to produce productive citizens prepared to positively contribute to an ever changing society. She lives by the philosophy that education is the great equalizer; thus, having a great impact on our world.
Ms. Reid loves spending quality time with her 3 children, and they enjoy watching movies, playing board games, and hanging out with extended family.
April Thomas-Assistant Principal
“Don’t sit down and wait for opportunities to come. Get up and make them. “~Madam C. J. Walker
Dr. April Thomas, Assistant Principal
Creekside High School- Teaching and Learning
April Rembert-Thomas began her career in education after completing her studies at the University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has over 18 years of experience in education with the last seven as a Graduation Coach, Department Chair and SST, and assistant principal in Fulton County Schools. After graduating from college, she began her teaching career in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Lanier High School and later at Virginia College she served as Instructor of English Literature, English Composition/Grammar, and Remedial Mathematics. During her time in the Jackson Public School district, she served also as assistant coach for Track/Field and Tennis.
In 2006, after relocating to Atlanta, Georgia she accepted a teaching position in Dunwoody, Georgia and later transferred to the Clayton County School District where she served as teacher in both the middle school and high school for five years. In an effort to not only challenge academically, but she also felt it necessary to give children the tools with which to cultivate their own garden of knowledge. This led to her enrolling and receiving her Masters of Education and Doctor of Educational Leadership degrees from Mercer University and Argosy University. Outside of the classroom she was actively involved with additional tutorial and literacy coaching. In 2015, she joined the staff at Paul D. West as Graduation Coach, School Support Team (SST) member and 504 Chair. These multiple duties required her to work with the leadership team to help develop, track, and maintain tools for student progress, intervention as needed and incentives for student achievements.
Dr. Thomas believes that the goal of education is to enrich the lives of students while producing articulate, expressive thinkers and lifelong learners, who will be socially responsible, resilient, and active citizens in the world. Along with her two sons, Jerry and Paxn, and daughter Brooklyn, Dr. Thomas is honored to have the opportunity to serve and be a part of the Creekside High School as the new Assistant Principal.
Benjamin Polite-Assistant Principal
The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and Relearn. - Alvin Toffler
Benjamin Polite, Assistant Principal
Creekside High School
Mr. Polite believes Education is both an art and science using data, various colors, and techniques, to provide a balanced approach to teaching and learning. Mr. Polite illustrates this leadership approach at Creekside High School, where he has served as an Assistant Principal for four years.
Mr. Polite has served as an educational leader for six years (2016-2022) as an Administrative Assistant and Assistant Principal at various high schools in south Fulton County. He is noted for working on closing the achievement gap with 9th-grade students.
Prior to joining Fulton County in 2016, Mr. Polite served as a choral educator and Department Chair at Frederick Douglass High School in the Atlanta Public Schools District. During his 15-year tenure there, he was recognized for his pedagogical work with his choir's superior ratings from 2008 through 2016. Mr. Polite holds a Bachelor of Science in choral music from Florida A&M University and a Masters of vocal performance from Florida State University,
An Atlanta native, Mr. Polite is a product of the Atlanta Public School System and the proud parent of Kennedi, Kaitlyn, and Cole. He enjoys singing, traveling, and exercising when he isn't teaching and rearing children.
Kevin Jones-Dean of Students
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” -Booker T. Washington
Kevin Jones, Dean of Students
Creekside High School
Mr. Kevin Jones is a veteran educator with 28 years of service and currently serves as Dean of Students. He worked in the DeKalb County School System for 15 years before coming to Creekside in 2009 to fill the role of Director of Bands and has worked tirelessly to model the spirit and energy that pulses through the attendance area. He was selected as the S.T.A.R. Teacher for Creekside (2015-16) and was a Good Day Atlanta Fox 5 High Five for Teachers Finalist in the same year. He has served on several committees here at Creekside with the most recent being service as Chairman of the School Governance Council (SGC) for two consecutive years, serving as the school’s Device Coordinator/Tech Support Assistant while also being a member of the School Data and the P.B.I.S. committees. Mr. Jones feels that it is important to work to provide a customized educational approach so that every student achieves to his or her highest potential. To that end, he is committed to contributing to the prescribed plan from local and district leadership for ensuring the success of the students here at Creekside.
In his spare time, Mr. Jones enjoys performing as a Saxophonist in various venues, playing softball, traveling with his wife Sandi, and rooting for the Atlanta Braves, Hawks, Falcons, Dream and United FC!
Mr. Jones is an Atlanta native and a product of the Atlanta Public School System. He holds a BA in Music Education from Clark Atlanta University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Thomas University. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Nikia Bynum-Dean of Students
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward
Nikia Bynum, Dean of Students
Creekside High School
Ms. Bynum has 21 years of experience in education. She served one year at St. Jude H.S in Montgomery, AL, 15 years in Cobb County at Pebblebrook H.S, and the last 5 years in Fulton County at Riverwood H.S., where she served as a Health and Physical Education teacher, Dept. Chair, Head Volleyball Coach, Head Golf Coach, and Head and Asst. Basketball Coach. In 2012, she was named the Cobb County Schools "Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year". During her coaching stint, she has won many awards and made numerous state playoff appearances including two-Final Four finishes, two-Elite 8 finishes, and three Sweet 16 appearances. During the four years that she coached at Riverwood H.S, she was named "Region Coach of the Year" four times, was Region Champs four times, and coached players that were named "Region Player of the Year" each year.
Coach Bynum was a former standout high school and Division I-AA collegiate athlete in both Volleyball and Softball. As a Volleyball player at Alabama State University, she received the Most Valuable Player as a Defensive Specialist award in 2000 and she remains #4 on the Alabama State all-time career digs record list. In addition, she is #9 on the Alabama State all-time career service aces list. Bynum-Isler earned All-SWAC recognition as a shortstop for the Lady Hornets Softball Team.
Coach Bynum holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Health Education from Alabama State University, a Master's Degree in Public Health from Argosy University, and Leadership Certification from The University of West Georgia. She is also a certified USAV, AAU, and Atlanta Area Volleyball Official. Coach Bynum has a daughter, who played DI volleyball for Austin Peay State University and currently plays for Alabama State University.
Ms. Bynum began her tenure here at Creekside in the Fall of 2020. She has served as Freshman Academic and Discipline Dean, PE Dept Admin and DC, Asst. Athletic Director, Business Manager, PTSA Admin, and a list of other duties and responsibilities.
Yolanda Magee-Dean of Students
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Yolanda Magee, Academic Dean
Creekside High School
Mrs. Magee understands the importance of cultivating a climate that encompasses and nurtures a positive learning environment that students, faculty, and the community want to embrace rather than finding ways to escape. Her leadership philosophy consists of core principles and values that create a belief system to help guide in the effective decision-making process she practices daily as the Academic Dean and Testing Coordinator at Creekside High School for 6 years.
Before joining the Creekside family, Mrs. Magee’s teaching career started at Piper High School. She continued at Cypress Bay High School and entered Fulton County Schools at Camp Creek Middle School and later Sandtown Middle School. Mrs. Magee earned her bachelor's from Alcorn State, a master's from the University of Phoenix as well as a master's and educational specialist from Barry University and she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at CapellaUniversity.
Mrs. Magee is originally from Mississippi, and she moved to Atlanta in 2007 where she made her introduction to Fulton County Schools. Outside of being an amazing asset to the student body and faculty, Mrs. Magee is a loving wife to her husband, Charlie and a phenomenal mother and mentor to her children, Chayah, London and Lynden. She also finds time to give back to the community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America Incorporated.