Pamela McCloud brings 32 years of educational experience, with 8 of those years as the principal of Smoke Rise Elementary School. Mrs. McCloud became the school’s principal in December 2014 at a time when student achievement had fallen well below state standards at a 58.2. Over the course of the past 8 years, Mrs. McCloud has worked with her staff to increase student achievement and test scores to a score of 89.2 on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), among the highest scores in the State of Georgia. Principal McCloud’s success story to gain this tremendous progress started with her efforts to connect with staff. Once relationships and priorities were established, Principal McCloud reached out to parents and students at Smoke Rise Elementary School to get them onboard. As a result, several years later, they’re all one harmonious group.