Faculty | Distinguished among Independent Schools in Atlanta

Raising the bar among top Private Schools in Georgia

You know that look in your child’s eyes when he really connects with a teacher. It’s the spark that fuels learning.

Atlanta Academy faculty and staff bring both the passion and talent to ignite the possibilities for your child. Raising the bar among top private schools in Georgia, Atlanta Academy’s invested faculty is a distinguishing factor among independent schools in Atlanta as well.

Qualified, Life-Long Learners

With an average of 15 years of teaching experience, our faculty members draw from a rich tapestry of background, cultures and classroom experience to engage your child. Among our Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers, 79% hold advanced degrees.To keep our instructional skills sharp, we invest annually in professional development opportunities – including week-long sessions at Columbia University for Readers and Writers Workshop training. Singapore Math consultants provide on-campus staff development to keep our math teachers at the top of their game.

As a parent choosing Atlanta Academy from among independent schools in Atlanta, you seek a challenging and relevant curriculum at all grade levels. To that end, each teacher is formally assessed by administrators through check-ins and observations and has weekly meetings with the curriculum coordinator.

Passion and Compassion

Parents tell us that they love the fact that Atlanta Academy teachers know every child. Distinguished among the top private schools in Georgia, our vibrant faculty and staff truly create a unique and nurturing experience for Atlanta Academy students.

Atlanta Academy is a passionate community of learners – teachers and students alike – working together to achieve remarkable results for your child. Get to know our teachers and staff and start making those meaningful connections to ignite the possibilities for your child.

Faculty and Staff Directory

Phoebe Ardagna
Academic Edge
Academic Services, Lower School, Mini-Middle
Baylee Canales
Student Life and After School Programs
After-School Clubs, Extended School Program
Holly Clark
4th Grade Math and Science
Mini-Middle
Greg Conlin
Middle School Bridge
Middle School
Jen Craft
Director of Curriculum
Administration
Dana Deubel
Kindergarten Lead and New Faculty Mentor
Lower School
Michael Deubel
Athletic Director and Physical Education
Athletics, Enrichment, Lower School, Preschool, Safety and Wellbeing
Chris Dierkes
Director of Finance & Operations
Administration, Business Department
Shannon Dishman
Head of School
Administration, Safety and Wellbeing
Nick Distasio
Kindergarten Assistant
Lower School
Shakeitha Durham
Nursery and PK1 Lead
Preschool
Emily Eaton
Eaton
Lower School
Richard Ellis
Middle School Math Teacher
Middle School
Debra Erwin
Associate Director of Finance
Administration, Business Department
Jennifer Fancher
2nd Grade
Lower School
Alyssa Finneyfrock
Associate Head of School and 4th–8th Grade Head
Administration, Middle School, Mini-Middle
Caroline Foster
PK2 Assistant
Preschool
Taylor Gamache
Jr. Kindergarten
Lower School
Chris Garrett
Middle School Humanities
Middle School
Ericka Godwin
Director of Diversity, Community, and Belonging and Global Leadership
Administration, Middle School
Sarah Gross
School Counselor
Administration, Safety and Wellbeing
Juli Guion
3rd Grade Bridge
Lower School
Mark Harrell
Middle School Bridge
Middle School
Monique Harrell
Academic Edge
Academic Services, Lower School, Mini-Middle
Erin Hayes
PK2 Lead
Preschool
Jackie Henley
Preschool Spanish
Enrichment, Preschool
Karyn Hickey
4th-8th Grade Wellness Coach and Physical Education
Athletics, Enrichment, Middle School, Mini-Middle, Safety and Wellbeing
Kristin Hochburger
STEAM & IT Coordinator
Creative Arts, Enrichment, Innovation Center, Middle School, Mini-Middle
David Hughes
Admissions Associate and Community Development
Administration, Admissions
Felicia Hutt
Mini-Middle Readers and Writers Workshop
Mini-Middle
Justin Jones
Middle School Math
Middle School
Neeley Jones
PK3 Lead
Preschool
Stephanie Kashdan
Director of Marketing and Communications
Administration, Safety and Wellbeing
Carroll Keith
School Nurse
Administration, Safety and Wellbeing
Judy Kleinhans
Kindergarten Assistant
Lower School
Katie Kufeld
PK4 Lead
Preschool
Weldon Ledbetter
Middle School English
Middle School
Jeana Lee
4th Grade Bridge
Mini-Middle
Frankie Linder
Mini-Middle Social Studies
Mini-Middle
Andrea Long
2nd Grade Bridge
Lower School
Vince Mastrototaro
5th Grade Math/Science
Mini-Middle
Emma McCarthy
Preschool Art and Science
Creative Arts, Preschool
Kristi McCarthy
Director of Admissions
Administration, Admissions
Carolyn McCord
Lower School Head
Admissions, Lower School, Preschool
Martha Moore
Director of Advancement
Administration, Development
Emily Mount
1st Grade
Lower School
Maria Munoz
Spanish
Enrichment, Lower School, Mini-Middle
Ali Nabors
Lower School STEAM
Creative Arts, Enrichment, Innovation Center, Lower School
Kelly Nealis
Middle School Academic Edge
Academic Services, Middle School
Mily Piscoya
PK4 Assistant
Preschool
Ansley Reynolds
5th Grade Bridge
Mini-Middle
Cyntia Rivas
PK3 Assistant
Preschool
Courtney Robinson
1st Grade
Lower School
Erin Royster
Director of Academic Services
Academic Services, Administration
Crystal Salas
3rd Grade
Lower School
David Shore
Performing Arts and Music
Creative Arts, Enrichment, Lower School, Middle School, Mini-Middle, Preschool
Caitlyn Sims
PK4 Lead
Preschool
Melissa Singh
Media Center Resource Coordinator
Enrichment, Lower School, Preschool
Cassie Smith
Middle School Humanities
Middle School
Judy Stokes
4th-8th Grade Visual Arts
Creative Arts, Enrichment, Middle School, Mini-Middle
Katie Summers
4th-8th Grade Executive Functioning
Middle School, Mini-Middle
Andrea Swoop
Middle School Science Teacher
Middle School
Farrahn Thomas
3rd Grade
Lower School
Brenda Trejo
PK4 Assistant
Preschool
Debi Trelease
Administrative Assistant
Administration, Safety and Wellbeing
Shari Underhill
Kindergarten Lead
Lower School
Kevin Walker
Director of Safety
Administration, Safety and Wellbeing
Brittany Whipple
Middle School English
Middle School
Diana Woods
Nursery and PK1 Assistant
Preschool
Maribel Yeniocak
5th-8th Grade Spanish
Enrichment, Middle School, Mini-Middle
Lindsey Ziegele
Middle School Science Teacher
Middle School