“The continuing transformation of (the DeKalb County School District) requires a proven and dynamic leader to recruit, train and hire high-quality employees,” Green said when the district announced Gregory’s hire. “Dr. Gregory checks all those boxes. At every point in her career, she’s been an innovative leader that produces results. We’re fortunate to now have her.”
Even with Gregory’s hire, the district has had to contend with more concerns about who is being hired to educate students. District officials said a teacher walked off the job in late November from Tucker High School. Carl Hudson Jr. spent years working as a teacher and administrator in New York before leaving after a 2013 arrest for meth possession. He tried his hand at K-12 education again in 2016, beginning employment with KIPP Collegiate Atlanta High School and Frederick Douglass High School, part of Atlanta Public Schools. Apparently, he walked off both those jobs, too. Green said the meth arrest would not have precluded Hudson from being hired in DeKalb. The district’s hiring process did not suss out the meth arrest, that Hudson had walked away from the two Atlanta jobs or that he misrepresented how long he worked for Atlanta Public Schools.