Dr. Dominique Merriweather, a 30-year-old educator who is a Morehouse College graduate, has become the first Black person to be appointed to lead Sutton Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also now the youngest principal in the entire Atlanta Public School district.
In 2013, he started to pursue a career at teaching as a special education teacher for kids. Within just 9 years, he has since climbed through the ranks to become the district’s youngest principal ever.
“When you put your head in it, and never stop learning, and always are open to feedback and being better, the opportunities are there,” he said.
He has been appointed as principal at Sutton Middle School, where there are currently over 1,500 students. With the large population, he said listening to people and valuing and respecting their input are some of the most important things to do. Indeed, he already received positive feedback from the students.
“He’s really nice and fair and if we have a problem, he helps us to improve that,” eighth-grader Avery Wicker commented.
“He is a really nice guy, always there for you,” eighth-grader RJ Scott said.
Moreover, Merriweather has yet to think about his next career step. He said he wants to focus more on his present role and prove that he would succeed despite his relatively young age.
“Age does not equate to ability or capacity. If you are driven and open to learning and if you truly want to be the best at what you are doing, it can happen,” he said.
News Source: BlackNews / Written Credits to: BlackNews Staff