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 Kenya ElderKenya Elder
Executive Director of Communications
[email protected]
770-651-2037


Kenya has lived in Douglas County since 2001.  Married with two children who brag about their experiences within the Douglas County School System, she considers it an honor to direct the communications activities for the school system. Kenya earned a degree in mass communications and broadcasting from the University of West Georgia and has experience as a classroom teacher, media and instructional technology specialist and district leader. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and walking at local parks.



Portia Lake headshotPortia Lake
Director of Public Information
[email protected]
770-651-2015


Portia Lake is the Director of Public Information for the Douglas County School System. She is an award-winning journalist and public relations professional with extensive experience in media relations, crisis communications, photography, and videography. She graduated from Louisiana State University and did post-graduate coursework at Tulane University. A former television news anchor, producer, and radio reporter, Portia now loves sharing school success stories.  
She is proud to represent a school system that embodies the relentless pursuit of excellence and is excited to share student stories every day.
Portia is a married mom of twin boys thriving and succeeding in Douglas County Schools. She is active professionally and in the community. Portia serves as a United Way Douglas Board Member and is a member of the Kiwanis Club and Leadership Douglas Class of 2022. Professionally, she is a member of the Georgia School Public Relations Association, National School Public Relations Association, and the Public Relations Society America.
She enjoys being a soccer mom, reading classical literature, studying historical speeches, and cheering for the LSU Tigers.


  
principeAnne Principe
Coordinator of Interactive Graphic Design
[email protected]
770-651-2036

Anne joined the DCSS communications team in September 2019, and has settled into a new home in Douglasville.  She has lived in Atlanta and the metro area for almost 30 years while establishing a career in newspaper production, graphic design, copywriting, marketing, and, most recently, school public relations.  A native of Savannah, Anne studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design before transferring to the University of Georgia (Go DOGS!) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.  Anne has two children who are now young adults enjoying their post-secondary pursuits.



Isaiah Smith headshotIsaiah Smith
Digital Communications Specialist
[email protected]
770-651-2124

Isaiah Smith has been a part of the DCSS communications team since July 2021. He began his career as a newspaper journalist covering sports and schools and has since gained experience in website and social media management, podcasting and graphic design. A native of Northeast Georgia, Isaiah studied at Georgia College & State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, reading, traveling and creating new episodes for his sports podcast.



How to Receive Information from the Douglas County School System

The school district uses several platforms to disseminate information to stakeholders. Parents and community members may follow the Douglas County Georgia Schools Facebook page where district information is shared. They may also sign up for the weekly electronic newsletter, DCSS Digest, which is emailed every Friday when school is in session.

Parents, guardians and employees will receive automated messages via email, phone, text and app posting. The phone numbers and email addresses are pulled through Infinite Campus, our student information system. If you are not receiving messages, please reach out to the registration clerk at your school to check your information in Infinite Campus. You may also reach out to [email protected].

To receive text messages, parents must opt in. Text 67587 and type Yes to begin receiving messages.

Anyone may sign up for the school system app. Search in your phone's app store for "Douglas County Schools" and look for the familiar blue and yellow five-star logo. (There is more than one Douglas County Schools app, so look for the logo.) After downloading the app, you will have the option to choose the schools from which you would like to receive alerts.

Programs of the Communications Department

The Communications Department handles all media relations related requests and acts as the School District's Public Information Office. Please click the links below for information on the various programs of the department.

News

The Communications Department offers an easy way to submit news articles. By clicking the link below, you will go to a form that will offer you the option of submitting:

* a news article about something positive in our schools. The information might be used in the weekly district newsletter, on social platforms, or shared with the media.
* an item appropriate for an employee only newsletter
* a sympathy announcement for a relative of an employee
* a flyer to post on the Community Bulletin Board

Parents, employees, and community members are all welcome to submit news for consideration.

SUBMIT NEWS HERE

Calendar

The Communications Department assists in developing the school calendar with input from parents, employees, and the community. For the 2022 2023 Official Calendar, click Calendar.

Flyer Approvals

We are no longer approving hard copies of flyers for distribution in schools. We have set up a Virtual Community Bulletin Board which can be accessed from the main page of the district website. For guidelines, please click DCSS Virtual Community Bulletin Board.

The DCSS Digest Weekly Electronic Newsletter

The DCSS Digest is emailed to parents and employees every Friday during the school year. To see past issues, click here. To sign up to receive the publication, click here.

The Standard of Excellence Publication

Schools submit articles to be published in the The Standard of Excellence section of Chapel Hill News & Views September through May. 

Teacher of the Year

Every year, each school selects a teacher to be honored as Teacher of the Year (TOTY). From this group of 35 teachers, one teacher is selected as Teacher of the Year for Douglas County. 

Teacher 4 A Day and Principal 4 A Day

Business and community members have an opportunity each year to shadow a principal or teacher in one of our schools as part of the Teacher 4 A Day or Principal 4 A Day program. 

Douglas County Education Foundation

The Douglas County Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit that awards scholarships each year to high school seniors in Douglas County and awards Classroom Impact Grants to teachers for initiatives not funded by local, state, or federal dollars. For more information about the foundation, click here


Social Media

The Community Relations Department also updates Facebook and posts videos to YouTube for the Douglas County School System. Click below to access these platforms.

Facebook  youtube

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