National Principals Month Profile: Dr. Runee Sallad, Director of Georgia College Early College

Dr. Runee Sallad

Dr. Runee Sallad is in her 9th year serving as the Director of the Georgia College Early College program. She has worked in education for 28 years. Dr. Sallad became an administrator after teaching fourth grade language arts and social studies for four years. She served as assistant principal at Blandy Hills Elementary School (1997-1999) and Baldwin High School (1999-2008). She later served as principal of Blandy Hills Elementary School (2008-2010) and Johnson County Middle/High School (2010-2011).

Being the school leader of the Early College program gives Dr. Sallad the opportunity to work directly with students and their families while preparing them to be truly successful in life.

"I love the direct connections with students and parents. We are a family. I met most of our parents through previous positions held in Baldwin County. And I love our small faculty. We are very close and share the same beliefs regarding education being an equalizer for our students' future success."

Dr. Sallad was born and raised in Washington County where she graduated with honors from Washington County High School in 1989. Afterwards, she attended Georgia College and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1993. This was followed by a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Fort Valley State University (1996), and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Troy State University (1998). Dr. Sallad earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, December 2006.

She has been married to Dr. David L. Sallad for 21 years and they have two sons: Dylan L. Sallad (sophomore at Tuskegee University) and Dyson B. Sallad (sophomore at Baldwin High School and-GCEC). She also has a twin sister, who also works in the field of education. Her sister, Dr. Renee Bryant-Evans, is the principal of Gadsden Elementary School in Savannah, Georgia.

What makes her a great leader is her joy for collaborating with her team.

"One person cannot make all of the decisions. Together we can conquer the world."

Thank you Dr. Sallad for helping our Baldwin Braves and Bravettes become well prepared for college and for encouraging them to exceed expectations.

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