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Dear East Brainerd Elementary  Families, 


Welcome to East Brainerd Elementary!  I am looking forward to seeing our returning students and excited to meet our new to EBE students and parents! I am honored to lead a school with such amazing students, a committed staff, and a resilient school community. I feel very fortunate to serve a community that has already given me such a warm welcome! As we begin the new school year, I look forward to the hope and joy children will bring with them to EBE.  

During the coming school year, I will spend time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles, and interests. As a learning community, we will celebrate their successes--small and large. I will encourage them and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school. 

I am a native of Chattanooga and a product of area public schools. (I graduated from Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences). Motivated by my positive experiences in school, I hold a bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I received an additional education specialist degree from Carson Newman University and recently completed their doctoral program. Professionally, I have been serving in the field of education for more than twenty years. I have worked with students ranging in age from birth through twelfth grade in a variety of roles. I have been an exceptional education teacher (gifted), a school psychologist, and an assistant principal within Hamilton County Schools. Most recently, I served as principal of Battle Academy and elementary director for the former Opportunity Zone.    

But my greatest achievement comes not professionally, but personally, as I am the mother of a wonderful son, Rudy.  I often say that I treat all children in my school as if they were my own. Please know I will work tirelessly to ensure all your children have the best possible experiences while at East Brainerd Elementary.  Every day, I will communicate and model high expectations for teaching and learning.   

Indeed, my passion has been and always will be educating students. With that in mind, you can expect that I will work diligently with teachers to make sure our students are exposed to curriculum and instruction that is both engaging and challenging. I view education as a lifelong process and expect that I will continue to learn and seek professional growth as principal of East Brainerd Elementary. Most importantly, I believe that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I am eager to unite my experience, willingness to learn, and child-centered approach to support our students. Because the relationships between families and the school are imperative to the success of our students, I welcome your support, feedback, and involvement.   

Things are ever changing on the account of the impact of COVID-19 in our community and I will continue to work with the school system to advocate for your child. I will remain knowledgeable on district guidelines and recommendations. I assure you that your child’s safety is a top priority.  

I am so thankful and thrilled to serve as an educational leader to East Brainerd Elementary and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success. I look forward to getting to know our new students as well as building on relationships with you and your children.

I look forward to seeing you soon!   


Dr. Saunya Goss 


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