Kara Stimpson is the new principal at Jean Childs Young Middle School in Southwest Atlanta, located within the Mays Cluster. For the past four years, she has been principal at Morris Brandon Elementary School, where she moved the school from good to great by increasing its College and Career Ready Performance Index score from 92.4 to 98.8, with gains in all four years. Ms. Stimpson has an extensive background in middle and secondary education. From 2012 to 2014, she served as an assistant principal at APS’ Sylvan Hills Middle School. She also held various positions at the Atlanta Girls’ School. In addition to serving as a new principal mentor, Ms. Stimpson led the APS Middle School Transformation Team and served on the Special Education Superintendent’s Advisory Group. She has matriculated at Georgia State University (educational specialist), Kennesaw State University (master’s in educational leadership), and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (bachelor’s in English and in education).