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Dr. Walter Burke

Greetings Fairington Family,

My name is Dr. Walter L. Burke, Jr., new principal at Fairington Elementary School. I am excited and privileged to join and serve the Fairington Elementary School and community. I am looking forward to an exciting year of teaching and learning.

My main goal is to ensure that every child that enter the doors of Fairington Elementary School is provided the highest quality education possible in a safe and supportive environment. As your partner and Principal, I am committed to helping each student achieve at his/her full potential.

In order to achieve this goal, I ask that you remember the 4 A’s to Success. These are: Attendance, Attitude, Academics, and Achievement. I sincerely believe that by adhering to these four basic concepts, our students will become prepared for the transition of moving from elementary school to middle school. When we, as adults and role models, also adhere to these four concepts, our students will better see the value of these concepts.

I invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), or attending and supporting school events. Research clearly supports that when parents/guardians participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for the child. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success. Therefore, I ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience.
2) Completes ALL assignments given by the teacher(s).
3) Read nonfictional books for at least 30 minutes daily to develop a love for reading and to improve their literacy skills.
4) Informs you and the teacher if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject.
5) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college.

I truly believe that communication is the key to a successful educational experience. Together, we will continue to improve the quality of our school community and provide the best for the children of Fairington Elementary School. Education is a partnership between the school, students, parents/guardians, and community. All children are more successful when we work as a team to achieve educational goals. Throughout the year, our school website, periodic calendars, and newsletters, etc. will attempt to provide you with the most current information related to your child’s educational experience.

I am looking forward to working with you and your child as we work toward an academically successful year of teaching and learning.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop by the school or contact us @ 678-676-8702.

In partnership,

Dr. Walter L. Burke, Jr.

Dr. Walter L. Burke, Jr.


Fairington Elementary

A place where “Panther Pride” is Intensified!

Mrs. Octavia Utley
Assistant Principal

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Welcome to an exciting year at Fairington Elementary.  It is my pleasure to serve as the Assistant Principal at Fairington Elementary. I am committed to academic excellence and creating an environment conducive to learning.

My goal is to improve student achievement and increase parental involvement. I believe that education is a partnership between home, school and the community. We can work together to ensure that students at Fairington Elementary are given the opportunity to learn and develop to their maximum potential.

We have goals to achieve this year and it requires teamwork to make these goals realities. When we work together, we send a strong message to the students at Fairington Elementary that we care about their success. I am looking forward to a great year with my Fairington family.

Mr. Shevon Lopez

School Counselor

Mr. Shevon Lopez

What Do Counselors Do?
School Counselors are responsible for the social/academic well-being and safety of every student.  There are many ways the counselors reach our to students including:
  • Individual Counseling: Talking with students one-on-one in a private setting.
  • Small group Counseling: Talking with a group of students who all have a common problem.
  • Classroom Guidance: Visiting classrooms to teach lessons on career awareness, social skills and study skills.
  • Grade level academics: Working with a small group of students on basic math or reading skills.  These groups run for 2-3 weeks during the school day.
School Counselors encourage character education by promoting the Character Word of the Month, celebrating Star Students of the Month and scheduling fun, informative educational programs. 

Academic Concerns
School Counselors are responsible for working with both teachers and parents to help students who may be struggling academically.  If you are concerned with your child's performance, please conference with your child's homeroom teacher first.  If necessary, the homeroom teacher or parent may contact the counselor for additional support.  Together we will create a plan to help your child be more successful throughout the school year!
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