Austin Middle School is named after the late Ms. Irma C. Austin (July 31,1916 – June 20, 1993) a dedicated teacher who inspired many. Being a native of Paulding County, she taught approximately thirty-six years in various grade levels. She began her teaching career in 1940 at the old Burnt Hickory School. She continued her service at Dallas High, Hiram Elementary and Hiram High Schools. Mrs. Austin was also an original faculty member of today’s Paulding County High School.
As a result of her commitment and compassion, Ms. Austin was honored by one of her students as the “Star Teacher” of Dallas High School in 1968. Additionally, she was selected to represent our district as Paulding County Teacher of the Year in 1977.
Once retired, Ms. Austin continued her service to the students of Paulding County by returning to substitute teach and volunteer in the local schools. She frequently could be seen providing valued “story-times” at Dallas and New Georgia elementary schools. Additionally, Ms. Austin expressed her love for children and learning by judging Social Science Fairs for Hiram, P. B. Ritch, and McGarity elementary schools.
Ms. Austin’s commitment to Paulding County extended beyond the classroom. Following her career in education, she served as a Magistrate Judge for several years, on the Paulding County Revision Commission for six years, and on the Board of Tax Equalization. While serving on the Paulding County Library Board, her dedication to children’s literacy inspired her to organize “Friends of the Library” and conduct story times for the children.
As Program Director for the Paulding County Council for the Arts, Ms. Austin became a charter member of Paulding Festivals, Incorporated. Annually, we enjoy the results of her commitment at the popular “Paulding Meadows” event held each year during the weekend following Labor Day.
Ms. Austin’s commitment to literacy continued. She established an adult literacy program, taught several adults to read and write, and later, became involved with the Cobb-Paulding Adult Literacy Program.
Our school community continues to benefit from Ms. Austin’s contributions to children and Paulding County. As we open Irma C. Austin Middle School, her vision continues to thrive within our own commitment to learning and excellence.
Austin Middle School Purpose Statement
The purpose of Irma C. Austin Middle School is to develop a culture where our school community is actively engaged in creating the foundation for the pursuit of life-long learning and future success.
3490 Ridge Road
Douglasville, GA 30134
Principal: Greg Musgrove
Assistant Principal: Larry Sailors
Assistant Principal: Teresa Raley
Important Phone Numbers
Front Office: 770-942-0316