Brittny Jones is the Athletic Director at Pebblebrook High School. She has been in education for six years. 2019-2020 was her first year as an AD. She is never without a smile and an encouraging word. We had a few questions about her experience in education and she was more than willing to provide the answers.
“I grew up in the Mableton/Austell area,” she said, “and being a Cobb County graduate gives me more ownership and passion for this community as an Athletic Director and Assistant Principal. I believe that some of my life’s work is to serve the Pebblebrook community by helping student-athletes and adults accomplish their goals.”
After graduating high school, Brittny attended Fresno State University on a basketball scholarship. “The decision to attend a college that was over 2,000 miles away from home helped to shape the person I am today,” she said. “I had to learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable away from friends and family for over four years.”
Armed with a degree in Education, Brittny returned to Cobb County taking a job at Griffin Middle School for one year before settling in at Pebblebrook. “Joining the Cobb County School District has helped guide my steps in becoming a teacher, coach, and leader,” she said. “Working for CCSD has given me the opportunity to envision and achieve what success looks like for me.”
Working alongside first-year Pebblebrook Principal, Dr. Dana Giles, has also been a great experience for Brittny. “Learning from an amazing principal like Dr. G has been one of the best experiences I have ever had as a professional,” she said. “The entire administrative team at Pebblebrook inspires me to grow and push myself to learn as much as I can in order to help coaches, student-athletes, and the whole Pebblebrook community.”
I am a servant leader,” she continued, “and I pride myself on helping to uplift anyone I encounter. I find the most value in being an Athletic Director by serving students, coaches, and the community in whatever way possible.”
Brittny believes athletics has a unique power to bring people together. “I love how sports can unite people from all walks of life for a common goal,” she said with obvious joy. “I also love and appreciate the tradition and honor it brings on so many levels for our youth. Just seeing smiling faces from our student-athletes and community is all I need.”
She also recognizes that sports have the power to transform individuals. “Participation in a sport helps to develop critical life skills such as resilience, goal setting, and how to handle both failure and success,” she said. “Life lessons are embedded in athletics, but it is our responsibility as coaches and leaders to ensure that each athlete displays integrity in everything that they do—on or off the playing field.”
She credits her family with providing a early influence on her, one which continues to inspire her. “Watching my mother, father, and older brother’s work ethic daily helped make me who I am today,” she said. “They instilled values of dedication, determination, and respect for others; and those standards continue to impact my professional and personal life.”
The future is bright for Pebblebrook and Brittny is honored to be there for it. “Our school is seeing a bevy of new construction projects to help improve the campus,” she said excitedly. “And we have two new school logos to go along with our new construction. I am proud of the patience and creativity our coaches, athletes and teachers have displayed to ensure that our students are safe, but are also enjoying their experience as a student-athlete. It is a new day at Pebblebrook High School, and I am grateful to be a part of it!”
Favorite food? Tacos and pumpkin pie (eaten separately, of course.)
Favorite vacation or travel spot? San Francisco, I absolutely love the scenery, food and people!
Hidden talent? Boxing
Morning person or night owl? I am a morning person. I tend to be more productive in the morning.
First job? Six Flags over GA. I was 16 years old. The job was fun, but exhausting!
What other profession would you like to attempt? I have always admired firefighters. I truly respect the dedication, and work ethic they have. Those men and women put their lives on the line daily to protect and serve their communities.