KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Staff
Tawheedah Abdullah, English Teacher
Tawheedah serves as an English teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She served as the 10th Grade ELA instructor, band director and Response to Intervention chairwoman at Henry Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan before joining KAC. She has a BS in Jazz Studies from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and an MA in Educational Studies with concentration in Urban Pedagogy from the University of Michigan.
Joshua Adair, Math Teacher
Joshua serves as a Math teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. After graduating from college, Joshua spent two years working for Cloud Sherpas as a Project Manager and Solutions Engineer in their Google Business Unit, where he helped small- to medium-sized businesses transition from legacy technology platforms to Google Apps. Prior to joining the KIPP team, Joshua offered private math and physics tutoring to high school students; he also provided SAT and ACT tutoring through Applerouth Tutoring Services. Joshua has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Bose Ajaka, Chorus Teacher
Bose serves as the Chorus teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She is also a vocal coach and vocal producer at Patchwerk Recording Studios of Atlanta. Bose previously worked as Vocal Coach and Assistant Director at DEA Music and Art School in Staten Island, NY. She also has experience as a music teacher at The Boston Renaissance Charter School. Bose has a degree in Professional Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music.
Jenita Brown, Administrative Paraprofessional
Jenita serves as the Administrative Paraprofessional at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She recently relocated from Lynn, MA, where she was a founding parent at KIPP Academy Lynn and an active volunteer. Prior to volunteering at KIPP, Jenita was the PTO president at her children’s elementary school for several years. She attended North Shore Employment and Training in Lynn, MA, and graduated with a diploma in Business Office Procedures.
Darrell Caldwell, Physical Education Teacher/Head Football Coach
Darrell serves as the Physical Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Kyra Caldwell, Director of Operations
Kyra serves as the Director of Operations at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Rachel Carson, Director of Student Culture
Rachel serves as the Director of Student Culture at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Before relocating to Atlanta to join the KIPP team, she worked for three years as the Assistant Dean of Students and School Culture at Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia. Rachel is currently finishing a MEd in Leadership at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She has a BS in Public Health from Temple University and a MPA from Troy University.
Luis Casillas, Social Studies Teacher
Luis serves as a Social Studies teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He began his teaching career as a Teach for America Corp Member in Metro Atlanta and has taught Literature, Civics and World Area Studies at Ivy Preparatory Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from New York University and a Juris Doctorate from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Michael Champion, Social Studies Teacher
Michael serves as a Social Studies teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Timothy City, Drama Teacher
Tim serves as the Drama 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.
Malik Cooper, Counselor
Malik serves as a Counselor at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Prior to joining KAC, he worked for Catholic Social Services as a Clinical Therapist and the Director of their Mental Health Outpatient Clinic serving high school aged youth with mental health and behavioral challenges. Malik has his BA is Sociology and Africana Studies from Franklin & Marshall College and his MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ashley Deason, Science Teacher
Ashley serves as the Chemistry teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Before joining the KIPP team, she was a Teach For America – South Carolina corps member where she taught chemistry, biology, and physics, while also serving as the varsity cheerleading coach. Ashley has a BS in Biochemistry from Georgia Tech and a Masters of Education from Francis Marion University.
Almonte Duncan, Discipline Paraprofessional
Almonte serves as the Discipline Paraprofessional at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He previously served as a Paraprofessional at Forest Hills Academy. He attended Tennessee State University where we received a BA in Human Performance of Sports Science.
Jabari Duporte-Martin, Math Teacher
Jabari serves as a Math teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Before joining the KIPP team, he worked as a math teacher at both Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools. Jabari has a BS in Mathematics from Morehouse College and is working towards his MAT in Special Education from Kennesaw State University.
Dennis Durbin, Building Engineer
Dennis serves as the Building Engineer at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He also served as the Maintenance Tech Director for Brookdale Senior Living for a number of years. Prior to Brookdale he worked with Southern Electric Company as an electrician for the North Murray High School Project. He also has several years of experience in class A high rise office buildings in Atlanta.
Sofiya Erman, Biology Teacher
Sofiya is the Biology teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She previously served as the 9th-Grade Chair while teaching Biology for four years at South Atlanta Health and Medical Sciences in Atlanta Public Schools. In addition, she worked at Georgia Connections Academy for one year before joining the KIPP team. Sofiya has a BS in Human Physiology from Boston University.
Jessica Hasselbrinck, Learning Specialist
Jessica serves as the Learning Specialist at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, helping to co-teach math classes. She began her teaching career at a Teach For America – Dallas corps member where she served as a Pre-Calculus teacher and 504 Coordinator. She has a BA in Collaborative K-12 Special Education from the University of Alabama.
Love Hope Facyson, Math Teacher
Love serves as a Math teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Before joining the KIPP team, she served for five years as the Economics, General Health, Algebra and Geometry Teacher at Fulton Science Academy High in North Fulton County; she was also the head boys basketball coach and athletic coordinator. She has a BA in Business and a MBA with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta.
Nicole Franklin, Social Studies Department Chair
Nicole serves as the Social Studies Department Chair at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Shyann Gilkey, Spanish Teacher
Shyann serves as a Spanish teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She is a Teach For America alumna who taught Spanish I and II at Mundy's Mill High School in Clayton County before joining KAC. Prior to teaching in Clayton County, she also taught English as a Foreign Language in Peru and Ecuador. She has a BA in Spanish and a Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Michigan State University.
Desiree Glover, Spanish Department Chair
Desiree serves as the Spanish Department Chair at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Alex Hahn, Social Studies Teacher/Student Data Manager
Alex serves as a Social Studies teacher and Student Data Manager at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He served as the 11th grade team leader at STEMS @ Therrell High School prior to joining KAC. He has a BA in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin Madison and is certified in secondary social studies from the University of North Georgia.
Samantha Hardin, Dance Teacher
Samantha serves as the Dance teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She previously participated in KIPP Metro Atlanta's Teacher Fellows Program and worked with the 10th grade geometry teacher. 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, English Teacher
Fallon serves as an English teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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, Founding School Leader
Dave serves as the Founding School Leader of KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Ida Hyvarinen, Learning Specialist
Ida serves as the Learning Specialist at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She worked as a Special Education Teacher at Booker T. Washington High School of Health Science & Nutrition before joining KAC. She has a BA in Psychology from Florida State University and is currently working towards her Master's at Georgia State University.
Ujagbe Igberaese, Math Teacher
Ujagbe serves as a Math teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Prior to joining KIPP, he taught for more than 20 years in the Fulton County School system at both the middle- and high-school level. He has a BS in Accounting and MA in Secondary Mathematics Education from Kennesaw State University.
Kalena Jackson, RTI/504 Coordinator
Kalena Jackson is the RTI/504 Coordinator at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, where she previously served as a school counselor. Kalena was an English/Language Arts teacher in Atlanta Public Schools for 10 years before joining the KIPP team. She has a BA in English from Miles College and Masters degrees in Reading and School Counseling from Mercer University. She also earned her EdS at Mercer in School Counseling.
Sean Jackson, Social Studies Teacher
Sean serves as a Social Studies teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Before joining the KIPP team, he served as a Department Chair at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta Public Schools. He also has six years of experience teaching middle and high school social studies. He has both a BA and MA in Secondary Education from Columbus State University.
Timolin Jefferson, Office Manager
Timolin serves as the Office Manager at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Her customer service experience spans more than 26 year. 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 serves as 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
Trisha Klein, English Teacher
Trisha serves as an English 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.
Jerry Kosoff, Math Teacher
Jerry serves as a Math teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Prior to joining the KAC family, he worked as a 10th and 12th-grade math teacher at Carver School of Health Sciences and Research in Atlanta Public Schools. He was a Corps Member in Teach for America after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Mathematics and Economics.
Leah Labitue, School Counselor
Leah serves as a School Counselor at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She worked as a Licensed Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families in Boston, MA, prior to joining KAC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Social Work Degree from Boston College, and a Post Graduate Clinical Certificate in the treatment of trauma from Simmons College in Boston, MA.
Ariel Lane, Science Teacher
Ariel serves as a Science teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She previously taught Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Biology at North Atlanta High School in Atlanta Public Schools before joining KAC. Ariel was a graduate laboratory assistant at The University of Georgia in biology and published research in infectious diseases and cellular biology prior to joining Teach for America. She has a BS in Biology from Spelman College and a MS in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia. Ariel was a graduate laboratory assistant at The University of Georgia in biology and published research in infectious diseases and cellular biology prior to joining Teach for America.
Rashid Lemoine, P.E. Teacher/ Assistant Football Coach
Rashid serves as a Physical Education teacher and Assistant Football Coach at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Rashid previously worked as a paraprofessional educator in Cobb County serving grades K-8. Rashid is also currently the strength and conditioning director and assistant football coach at KAC. He holds a Bachelor degree in the Science of Psychology with a concentration is personality development. He graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia.
William Lovern, Spanish Teacher
William serves as a Spanish teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. William previously worked for DeKalb County Schools in Georgia and at Cherokee Creek Boy School in Westminster, South Carolina. William received a Bachelor’s in Spanish from the University of Georgia and his Spanish teaching education from Georgia State University.
Jordan Luke, Spanish Teacher
Jordan serves as a Spanish Teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She is a Teach for America – Charlotte alumna where she taught middle school Spanish at James Martin Middle School. She has a BA in Spanish and English from Auburn University.
Phillip Marshall, Day Porter
Phillip serves as the Day Porter at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Prior to joining the KIPP team, he worked in the warehouse industry for more than 15 years. Phillip is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta.
Karissa McClinic, Science Teacher
Karissa serves as a Science teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She previously worked as a Chemistry and Biology teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County before joining KAC. She has a BS in Genetics from the University of Georgia.
Nicholas McCormick, Director of Technology
Nicholas serves as the Director of Technology at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Prior to this, he served as one of KIPP Atlanta Collegiate's Spanish teachers while a corps member at Teach For America - Metro Atlanta. Nicholas has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Romance Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
Danielle McLaughlin, English Teacher
Danielle serves as an English teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Before joining the KIPP team, she served for three years as the Eleventh Grade American Literature and Journalism teacher at Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Miami. She has a BA in Advertising from the University of Florida and a MS in Urban Education from Florida International University.
Margo Mincey-Barlow, Athletic Director
Margo serves as the Athletic Director at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Previously, she taught in Fulton County and Statesboro, Georgia. She attended Georgia Southern University on a full track and field scholarship. She also has a master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration at American Intercontinental University and is pursuing a doctorate in Health Education at A.T. Still University.
Candace Moore, English Teacher
Candace serves as an English teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She previously taught at South Atlanta School for Law and Social Justice in Atlanta Public Schools and ACORN School for Social Justice in Brooklyn, NY. She has BA in English from San Diego State University and an MST in Secondary English Education from Pace University.
Mayci Neal, Learning Specialist
Mayci serves as the Learning Specialist at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She served in a myriad of teaching and teacher leadership roles in Atlanta Public Schools and Los Angeles Unified School District before joining the KIPP team. She has a BA in English from California State University at Dominguez Hills, a MS in Educational Leadership from Capella University, and an EdS in Educational Technology from Walden University.
Antoinette Nelson, English Teacher
Antoinette serves as an English teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Antoinette taught World Literature and 9th Grade Literature and Composition at Clarkston High School in DeKalb County before joining KAC. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Florida A&M University and a Master’s of Education in Teaching ESOL from Grand Canyon University.
Vernetta Nuriddin, Parent Liaison
Vernetta serves as the Parent Liaison at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She facilitates parent leader workshops for local and statewide organizations educating parents on the importance of parent involvement in student success. She received the Sally FitzGerald Advocacy Award from Georgia PTA for her outstanding parent advocacy. She was also selected to be Georgia's Parent Representative at the 2009 National PIRC Project Directors' Conference in Washington, D.C. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Master of Information Technology from AIU-Dunwoody.
Chanika Perry, Assistant Principal
Chanika serves as an Assistant Principal at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Prior to joining the KIPP team, she taught English at The Brooklyn Latin School in New York, where she also served as Grade Level Leader before becoming an administrator at a high school in Harlem. She has a BA in English from Agnes Scott College, a MA in English Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.
Phillip Philon, Science Department Chair/Advanced Placement Coordinator
Phillip serves as the Science Department Chair and Advanced Placement Coordinator at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Phillip is a Teach for America Alumni/Amgen Fellow and completed his post as a Seventh 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 serves as the Math Department Chair at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Konteint Redmon, Learning Specialist/Department Chair
Konteint serves as the Learning Specialist and Department Chair at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. She served as a Special Education Advisor at Provost Academy, an online state charter school, and as a Special Education Lead Teacher and Teach for America Corps member with Atlanta Public Schools before joining KAC. Prior to her teaching career, she worked in College Student Affairs as a Residence Life administrator at Baylor University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Konteint earned her BS in Education; Speech Pathology and an MS in Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Keith S. Russell II, Music Teacher/Assistant Band Director
Keith serves as the Music Teacher and Assistant Band Director at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He served as the Fulton County Elementary School Band Director and High School Percussion Instructor before joining KAC. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education from Oakwood University and co-op from Alabama A&M University.
Rasheeda Salaam Tolbert, Assistant Principal
Rasheeda serves as an Assistant Principal at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Audra Spratley, Operations Assistant
Audra serves as the Operations Assistant at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Audra also works with City of Refugee, specifically supporting the Ladies of Rattle.
Ivy Steele, Mathematics Learning Specialist
Ivy serves as the Mathematics Learning Specialist at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Ivy previously served as a lead teacher for three years at South Atlanta High School, and she has eight years of experience in grades six through twelve. She holds a BA in Middle Grades Education and a MA in Special Education from Clark Atlanta University and Grand Canyon University, respectively.
Richard Street Jr., Director of Student Culture
Richard serves as a Director of Student Culture at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. He worked for a charter school in the Philadelphia area before joining KAC. He has BA in Criminal Justice from Temple University and two Master’s degrees; an MSS-Clinical Social Worker and a Master of Law & Social Policy from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Ashley Tarver, Social Studies Teacher
Ashley serves as a Social Studies teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Prior to joining the KIPP Atlanta Collegiate family, she taught for seven years at D.M. Therrell High School in Atlanta Public Schools. She has a BA in History and Sociology, as well as a MA in History Education from Georgia State University.
Angelica Taverna, Student Information Specialist
Angelica serves as the Student Information Specialist at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Previously, she served as KIPP Atlanta Collegiate's School Operations Manager. She 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.
Jamal Terry, Director of Student Culture
Jamal serves as a Director of Student Culture at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Jamal comes to us after serving as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Georgia State University. He is a product of Benjamin E. Mays High School and has his BS in Recreation from Morris Brown College.
Kim Vo, Social Studies Teacher
Kim serves as a Social Studies teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. 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.
Victor Wallace, Special Projects Coordinator
Victor serves as the Special Projects Coordinator for KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, before which he was the Maintenance Support Technician at the KIPP STRIVE Campus. Previously, he served as a floor technician for AT&T in Atlanta. During his three years with AT&T, he traveled to multiple cities where he assited in the stripping, waxing, and buffing of floors. He was also responsible for cleaning the entire facility. In 2009, Victor attended Atlanta Technical College where he received his GED certificate and was given the opportunity to become a certified HVAC technician.
Authur Washington, Regional Director of Fine Arts
Arthur serves as Regional Director of Fine Arts, serving KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, KIPP WAYS Academy, KIPP South Fulton Academy, and KIPP STRIVE Primary. 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.
Ted West, English Teacher
Ted serves as an English teacher at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Ted previously worked as an English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher at Lake Oswego Junior High School in Oregon. Prior to this experience, Ted received his Master's in English and in Education at the University of Oregon, where he also taught college composition.