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A Note From Mrs. Batts

Dear A. T. Allen School Family,

As I sit down to share my thoughts with you, I am filled with both joy and sadness.  The joy comes from the privilege I have had in serving as the principal of this wonderful school.  The sadness comes from the decision I have made to retire from Cabarrus County Schools at the end of July. 


When I moved to Cabarrus County almost 30 years ago, I had no idea how much I would come to love this community.   Nor did I know how much the Allen school community would change my life.  In 1992, I accepted a position at the little school on Highway 601.  I quickly grew to love the students, the staff, and the people in the Allen community.  With each passing year, my roots have grown deeper into the soul of the A. T. Allen community.  In 2006, with a great deal of trepidation, I accepted the principalship of this amazing school.


I wish I had great wisdom to share with you about my journey.  What I can tell you is that if you stay in one place long enough, you begin to feel as if a part of you will always be rooted in that place and with the people of that place.  You have shared your children, your joys, your sorrows, and your worries with me.  You have allowed me to be a part of your family. Throughout my tenure as principal, you have trusted me and supported me. I know that I have been blessed beyond measure and for that, I will always be grateful to the A. T. Allen community.  The decision to retire has been the most difficult decision of my life and I assure you that I did not make the decision lightly.  No matter where life takes me, I will carry these students, this staff, and this school community in my heart.


Now, for the good news! As I have shared many times, A. T. Allen Elementary is known as one of the best schools in the state.  We have a highly trained, professional group of educators who are passionate about the work they do every day.  I am pleased to tell you that the work of this school will continue well beyond my principalship.  I am also honored to share with you that the School Board voted last night to offer the Allen principalship to Ms. Sue Nash!  Ms. Nash is an experienced, highly successful administrator who has been the Assistant Principal of Instruction at Allen for the past 5 years.  She has been an integral part of the work that has been done at this school.  She has my full support in this new appointment and I am very happy that she has accepted the challenge.  Ms. Nash and I will work together for the next two months to ensure that the transition is seamless for the coming school year. 


I have no doubt that these next few weeks will slip by rapidly.  As I find closure to the time I have spent at A. T. Allen, I promise you that I will give as much passion to this job on the last day I serve in this role as I had on the first day I became a Cardinal.  Thank you for the honor and privilege of being part of the long legacy of the A. T. Allen family!

With much humility, gratitude, respect, and love,


Mrs. Batts, Principal


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