Dr. Dana C. Giles earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Columbia College with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Upon graduating from Columbia College she moved to Marietta Georgia and obtained additional degrees which includes a Masters in Science Education from Georgia State University, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University, and a Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction and a Doctorate in Curriculum Leadership from Argosy University.
Dr. Giles has taught Biology, Honors Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Honors Physics, Meteorology, Geology, Astronomy, and Earth Science at McEachern High School. She later became the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at South Cobb High school where her strength was leading through innovative practices, 21st century learning, leading the Magnet Schools of Science and Biomedical Research. Under her leadership, her school gained the highest graduation rate by double digits in four years under her direction and creation of innovative scheduling modules. She later became the assistant Principal at Floyd Middle School, and Assistant Principal of STEM and Assessment at Dodgen Middle School. Dr. Giles also served as Principal of Lindley Middle School in Mableton, GA. Under her leadership Lindley increased its STAR climate rating to a 4 and lowered discipline by 22% in one year. In addition because of her love for Science and STEM she created a STEM Academy. Currently she is the Principal of Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, where she additionally formed the STEAM Academy for Advanced Academics. Under her leadership, the school has earned the recognition of AP Honor School for the first time in the school’s history, increased their graduation rate by 20%, lowered discipline by 69%, Dr. Giles has been featured by Discover Education for leadership approach of Creating a Culture of Confidence which has revolutionized her schools culture of collaboration and shared leadership. Pebblebrook High School is also home to the Cobb County Century for Exceptional Performing Arts, where students from all over the county audition for majors in Vocal, Dance, Drama and Technical Theatre.
She is highly sought after to facilitate professional development throughout Georgia on various areas of curriculum and instruction. She is an author and has written and published a book entitled, Leading as You Follow: A Practical Guide for New and Aspiring School Leaders that supports new leaders on their school leadership journey that is available on Amazon.
She serves on the Cobb County Board of Education STEM Certification Review Panel, she was named Georgia Outstanding Citizen in 2022, She is a member of Association of Middle Level Educators, Blacks in Politics, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
She has three children Morgan, a Junior a Valdosta State University, Joshua, a Junior at the Honors College of North Carolina A & T, and Carrington a Junior in High School.