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     apple  A Message from the Principal
                                                                              
                                                                             
     
    Welcome!
     
    My name is DeShonda Payton, and it is with great honor that I serve as your child's principal at Columbia Elementary. I am a proud product of the SLPS school system, growing up only two blocks away from our school. I have been a dedicated servant leader in our district for 22 years, two of which were right here at Columbia, as the Academic Instructional Coach. Needless to say, I'm delighted to call Columbia "home."
     
     Columbia's Core Values are simple: children come first. people matter, and everything we do is data driven.
     
    Thank you in advance for entrusting us with your child's safety and academic future. I promise you, they are in excellent hands. I appreciate your level of commitment to your child's educational career and welcome you to join our school family. Because at Columbia, where CHILDREN come FIRST, "every child deserves a champion!" 
     
    In the best interest of all children,
     
    Ms. DeShonda Payton Ed.S.