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Oak Grove Elementary

Dekalb County Schools


From the Principal's Desk

Valerie Kennedy

Hello Oak Grove Eagles! My name is Val Kennedy and I am honored to serve as the next principal of Oak Grove Elementary School.   I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee but have lived in the Atlanta area long enough to call it my home.  One of my greatest sources of joy comes from being the mother of Nathan (my Kennesaw Owl) and Krista (my Georgia Bulldog).  

My journey as an Eagle has included being a teacher, a parent, an Instructional Support Specialist, and most recently, the Assistant Principal of Instruction. I am excited to continue serving our beloved Oak Grove and to lead our staff in maintaining an environment where all students are valued, nurtured, and guided in becoming the best versions of themselves. My door is always open.  I welcome your input and support as we Soar Higher Together!

Tasha Etheridge-Farley


I am thrilled to join Oak Grove Elementary this school year as the assistant principal. I have over 20 years of experience providing nurturing inclusive and transformative learning environments. Having begun my career as a special education teacher, I maintained a commitment to personalized instruction and student empowerment.

This commitment led me to assume the role of lead teacher for special education, where I mentored fellow educators and promoted inclusive practices schoolwide at Lakeside High School in DeKalb County. I championed the implementation of inclusive strategies that transformed the school into a haven of diversity and acceptance.

As I step into my role as Assistant Principal, I envision a school where every student is empowered to excel academically and personally. I also visualize a school where every child's potential is recognized and nurtured. I believe that every student should feel valued, inspired, and capable of achieving greatness. 

I understand education from a professional perspective and bring a personal connection to my new role as Assistant Principal.  As I had the pleasure of having my two children attend Oak Grove Elementary and understand the school’s values, aspirations, and potential for each student. 

I look forward to what this school year has in store for all of us!