Meet The Connecting Principal

            | She wears many crowns and chooses to lead |

I am glad you are here! I am Atina Young, Ed.D., also known as, The Connecting Principal. I'm a wife, mother, and a veteran educator with an established track record of developing successful school leaders. In 2016, I began journaling my journey as a school leader on social media as a way of connecting with other educators to see if others were experiencing the same as me.  Sharing these experiences and tips helped me in supporting, coaching, and mentoring current and potential educators with a strong systems approach by providing services to help them become change agents in today's education systems. 

My journey began as an English Language Arts middle school teacher.  Working on my master’s degree and expecting my first child, I found passion in making a bigger impact on students and teachers while following my dreams of being a wife and mother. Six years and an additional child later, I decided to obtain my doctoral degree while working full time as a principal and taking care of my family. I have had the opportunity to work in additional levels of public school as a school counselor, assistant principal, and principal.

These experiences have provided me the opportunity to be a turnaround principal, turning around a low performing school within one school year, as well as, a principal of a NISE ® Nationally Stem Certified Campus. I enjoy other areas of expertise such as K-12 education, Leadership Development, STEM, Special Education, Small Group Instruction and Intervention Systems, Rural and Urban Education, AVID, Nonprofit Organizations, Resume revisions, Mock Interviewing, and Mentoring. 

I have been blessed with the following honors as a result, TEPSA Regional Assistant Principal of the Year, Smithsonian STEM campus administrator fellow, Living Tree Communication Grant Recipient, Ladies of the Lake Foundation Leadership Award recipient, and Houston’s 40 Under 40 Influential Leader. 

According to my Gallup Strengths Assessment, my greatest strength is connectedness. I believe that everything has meaning and that all events in life are designed to move us forward. Thank you for connecting with me. 

I would love to help you along your journey!