KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Staff
Everton Blair, Teacher Fellow
Everton participates in KIPP Metro Atlanta’s Teacher Fellows Program. He will work with the 9th and 10th Grade Algebra and Geometry teacher this year as a part of his fellowship. Previously, he has student-taught summer school quantitative reasoning and AP Calculus BC. He received an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.
Kyra M. Caldwell, Director of Operations
Kyra serves as the Director of Operations. She previously served as a founding English Teacher and English Department Chair at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Kyra taught at Sprayberry High School in Cobb County for four years prior to joining KAC. She earned her B.A. in English from Spelman College and earned a Masters of Education with a focus in Post-Secondary Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She went on to earn a Masters of Arts in teaching with a focus in English Education, Grades 6-12 from Georgia State University. Currently, Kyra is a Ph.D. candidate with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction at Mercer University.
L. Darrell Caldwell, Physical Education Teacher/Football Coach
Darrell is the Head Football Coach and P.E. Teacher. He brings more than 23 years of coaching experience and 12 years of classroom teaching experience to KAC. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown College, and his Master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
Michael Champion, Social Studies Teacher
Michael serves as the Social Studies teacher. Michael began his teaching career in the Chicago Public School District as a Teach For America Corp member. It was there that he instructed self-contained fourth, fifth, and sixth grade classes, coached sixth and eighth grade basketball and softball teams, and also served as assistant chess coach of Jensen Scholastic Academy. He graduated from Morehouse College where he majored in Sociology.
John Chesnut, Physics/Chemistry Teacher
John currently serves as the 9th Grade Physics Teacher. Earlier in his career he taught chemistry, AP chemistry, and physics at Rockmart High School. Before teaching high school, he taught chemistry at a small college. He has a BS from Berry College and an MA from The University of Phoenix.
Timothy City, English Teacher
Tim is an English teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He previously worked as a Special Ed. Paraprofessional in Detroit Public Schools. Tim has also held a position as an IT Recruiter for software engineers. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Michigan State University.
Erica Colbert, Math Teacher
Erica is a mathematics teacher. Previously she served as a high school math teacher in Meriwether County. She also worked as a middle grades math teacher. She has three years of teaching experience. Erica has an Associate’s degree in Secondary Education: Mathematics from Gordon College and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Emmanuel College.
Joe Edelin, 10th Grade Dean
Joseph serves as the 10th Grade Dean. He also taught 7th grade Social Studies at KIPP WAYS Academy. He previously worked as 6th grade social studies teacher at Jackson Middle School in Houston, TX. Joseph received his BA in history from Morehouse College and his Master’s in Education from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Nicole Franklin, Social Studies Department Chair
Nicole serves as the Social Studies Department Chair. She has been teaching secondary social studies for the past six years. She earned a BA in history from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and a MAT from Emory University.
Desiree Glover, Spanish Department Chair
Desiree serves as Spanish Department Chair. Prior to joining KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, she taught with Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools. She earned her BA in Spanish from Stony Brook University and a Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction from Central Michigan University. Currently, she is pursuing an EdD in educational leadership at Clark Atlanta University.
Karen Goodwin, Learning Specialist
Karen serves as a Learning Specialist at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She is a 2009 Teach for America Corp Member and previously taught at Turner Middle School and Ivy Preparatory Academy. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Princeton University and a Masters of Education in Behavioral and Learning Disabilities from Georgia State University.
Samantha Hardin, Learning Specialist
Samantha serves as a Learning Specialist. She previously participated in KIPP Metro Atlanta's Teacher Fellows Program and worked with the 10th grade geometry teacher. She has also taught dance. She received a BA in psychology and economics from Emory University.
Brina Hargro, Visual Arts Teacher
Brina serves as the visual arts teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She has served as an art educator in Atlanta area school systems for several years. Brina specializes in drawing and painting. She graduated from both Emory University and Georgia State University with degrees in African American Studies and Art Education.
Fallon Holmes, 10th Grade English Teacher
Fallon serves as the 10th Grade English Teacher. She taught at Manchester High School in Meriwether County Schools for three years prior to joining KIPP. She has a BA in English Language and Literature from Columbus State University and a MS in HR Management from Troy State University.
David Howland, Principal
Dave is the School Founder and Principal. Dave spent a year as a Fisher Fellow with the KIPP School Leadership Program prior to opening KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He served as the Grade Level Chair at KIPP WAYS Academy for sixth grade and began his teaching career as a high school teacher at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta. Dave received his B.A. in English with a Minor in Theater at the University of Rochester and completed his M.Ed in Supervision and Education Leadership from National Louis University.
Nina Hyvarinen, AP Biology and Chemistry Teacher
Nina currently serves as both the AP Biology teacher and a Chemistry teacher. Previously, she worked as a science teacher in DeKalb County Schools. She was a teaching assistant in biology and published research in neuroscience at Florida State University prior to joining Teach for America in 2011. She also teaches biology for the medical school admissions test and SAT classes for Princeton review. Nina received a BS in Biology and a BS in Psychology, both from Florida State University.
Rotarsha Jackson, Student Counselor
Rotarsha currently serves as the Student Counselor. Her school counseling career spans more than twelve years in Florida and Georgia combined. She has ten years of experience as a high school counselor. Rotarsha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Tuskegee University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Central Michigan University.
Timolin Jefferson, Office Manager
Timolin is the Office Manager. Her customer service experience spans over a 26 year period and she loves working with people and is a team player. Timolin worked for FedEx TechConnect for 8 years. She worked for AT&T for 18 years. She has a BA in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University.
Gwendolyn Johnson, Cafeteria Manager
Gwen is the Cafeteria Manager at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Previously, she served as a School Nutrition Assistant at KIPP WAYS Academy until she was promoted to Cafeteria Manager. She has also served as an Administrative Medical Assistant and a Cashier/Service Receptionist/Warranty Administrator for Curry Honda
Acqunita Jones, Assistant Dean of Discipline
Acqunita serves as Assistant Dean of Discipline. Prior to joining KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, she taught in Rutherford County, Tennessee. She has lived in Argentina as part of a KIIS study abroad program. Acqunita earned her BA in English and her BS in Spanish from Middle Tennessee State University.
Marva Jones, Special Education Coordinator
Marva has worked in Special Education for 14 years. She served as a Speech and Language Pathologist for over 10 years. She previously held a position as a program assistant of special education for four years in Atlanta Public Schools. Marva earned a BA in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from City University of New York ( CUNY) and an MA degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.
Trisha Klein, 11th Grade American Literature and AP Language Teacher
Trisha Klein is the 11th Grade American Literature and AP Language teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She served as the chair of the English department at Arabia Mountain High School in DeKalb County for three years before joining KAC. She has a BA in English from the University of Georgia and an MAT in Secondary English Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ebonee Mahone-Todman, College Readiness Advisor
Ebonee Mahone-Todman is the College Readiness Advisor for KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Previously, she served as the College and Career Program Director for the C5 Georgia program here in Atlanta. She has also worked for the Metro Atlanta YMCA as the Youth and Teen Director and has worked with many schools in the capacity of community development and/or school social worker. Ebonee has a BA in Psychology from Spelman College and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.
Antwan Mauzy, Athletic Director/Physical Education Teacher
Mauzy serves as the Founding Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Director and Boys Basketball Coach. He previously served as the KIPP through College Alumni Advisor for the past three years. He first joined the KIPP family as a parent of a 5th grade KIPPster at KIPP South Fulton Academy. He also started the Physical Education program at KSFA and became the Athletic Director. He has a BA from the University of Akron.
Nicholas C. McCormick, Spanish Teacher
Nicholas is a Spanish Teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. This is his first teaching position as a Teach for America Corps Member. Nicholas has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Romance Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Gordon McGruder, Disciplinarian
Gordon serves as the Disciplinarian and Assistant Football Coach at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Gordon has worked with youth and adults with disabilities for ten years. He received his degree from Morris Brown College.
Phillip Philon, Biology Teacher
Phillip is the Biology Teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Phillip is a Teach for America Alumni/Amgen Fellow and completed his post as a 7th Grade Life Science Teacher at Cedar Grove and Columbia Middle School in DeKalb County. Before graduating and joining the education field, Phillip was a student research assistant at UAB Center for Glial Biology in Medicine. He received a BS in Biology from The University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), where he also earned University-wide and Biology Honors with minors in Chemistry and Spanish.
Aimee Pierre, Math Department Chair
Aimee is the Math Department Chair. Prior to joining KAC, Aimee taught at KIPP WAYS Academy. She has had the honor of journeying to Ghana, West Africa with the founding 8th grade class, was recognized as the 2007-2008 KIPP WAYS Academy Teacher of the Year, and was one of ten distinguished KIPP Excellence in Teaching awardees in 2008. She attended Broward Community College. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Florida International University. Ms. Pierre earned her Master of Science degree in Mathematics Education at Nova Southeastern University.
Doug Richmond, Science Department Chair
Doug serves as the Science Department Chair. Previously, he was a physical science and chemistry teacher at West Ashley High School in Charleston, South Carolina. He also worked with at-risk students at the College of Charleston as an UPWARD Bound instructor in English and math. He has a BA in Science and English from Albion College in Michigan and an Advanced Placement Endorsement in Chemistry from UCLA.
Christina Rufenacht, Spanish Teacher
Christina currently serves as a Spanish teacher. Christina spent the last five years teaching Spanish I-IV for the Dekalb County School System. Christina earned a BS in International Affairs and Modern Language (Spanish) from Georgia Tech and a MAT in Special Education General Curriculum from Valdosta State University.
Rasheeda Salaam Tolbert, 11th Grade Dean
Rasheeda serves as the 11th Grade Dean. She is a former Student Counselor, Language Arts and Reading teacher, Social Services Case Manager Specialist, and Parent Facilitator. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media (Broadcast Journalism) from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
Ugarhon Serrette, Math Teacher
Ugarhon currently serves as a Math Teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He has over ten years of experience in education, working with organizations such as Harlem Children's Zone, DreamYard Project and Upward Bound BMCC. Ugarhon earned his B.A. in Mathematics from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Christopher J.P. Sewell, 9th Grade Dean and English Department Chair
Christopher serves as the 9th Grade Dean. Previously, he was the Academic Dean and 7th/8th Grade English Language Arts teacher at Achievement First Endeavor Middle School in Brooklyn, New York. He also worked at KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles, California and was a Teacher for America corps member in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a BA in history and American-studies from Williams College, a MSEd in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Afro-American studies from UCLA. Currently, he is working on an EdD in educational leadership and policy at Vanderbilt University.
Elizabeth Simmer, Math Teacher
Elizabeth is the 11th grade Math Teacher. Previously, she taught Geometry and AP Statistics at Berkmar High School. Elizabeth has a BS in Polymer and Fiber Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MEd in Math and Science Education from Valdosta State University.
Angelica Taverna, School Operations Manager
Angelica serves as the School Operations Manager and brings over 10 years of customer service experience to the operations team. Prior to joining KAC, Angelica worked in the finance and banking industry, managing a premier portfolio of clients for Wells Fargo Bank. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University and holds a B.S. in Marketing with a Specialization in Integrated Marketing Communications.
Kim Vo, Social Studies Teacher
Kim serves as a Social Studies Teacher. Prior to joining KIPP, she taught American Government, World Geography, World History, and US History. He has a BA from Ball State University and an MA from Columbia University.
Authur Washington, Band Director
Arthur is the Band Director. Before coming to KIPP, Mr. Washington was an Assistant Band Director at Banneker High School in College Park, Ga., which is his former high school. While at Howard University, Mr. Washington was Student Conductor for two years, Drum Major, and Student Arranger. He was awarded Howard University's Most Outstanding Musician and Bandsman for three years in a row. Authur Washington obtained his bachelors from Howard University, majoring in Music Business.
Alex Winninghoff, 9th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Alex is a 9th Grade English Language Arts teacher. She relocated from Seattle Washington to join the KIPP Metro Atlanta team after two years of service as a secondary educator and Equal Opportunity School program lead for Federal Way Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s in Social Justice from Antioch University Seattle and a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University.
Tiana Young, Front Office Assistant
Tiana is the Front Office Assistant. Previously, she worked as a Senior Teller with Wells Fargo Bank and BB&T Bank. She also has been a Grade Captain at Parklane Elementary through Hands on Atlanta for over 5 years. She has a BA in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and a MA in Organizational Management from Ashford University. Currently, she is pursuing her second Masters from Clark Atlanta University in School Counseling.
Joseph Yurchak, English Teacher
Joseph serves as an English Teacher. He previously worked as a 6th Grade Social Studies teacher at KIPP STRIVE Academy. Prior to joining KIPP, he was a Teach for America corps member in Atlanta. He attended Palm Beach Atlantic University and majored in political science.