KIPP STRIVE Primary Staff
Adzua Agyapon, Kindergarten Teacher
Adzua serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to joining KIPP STRIVE Primary, she served as a Teach for America corps member in Decatur where she taught elementary special education classes in the resource setting. Adzua earned a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University.
Jennifer Amichia, First Grade Teacher
Jennifer serves as a First Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to joining KIPP, Jennifer taught first grade in Cobb County. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a dual certification in General and Special Education.
Randall Bezeau, Building Engineer
Randy serves as the Building Engineer of the KIPP STRIVE Campus. Previously, he was the Maintenance Supervior for JWB Realty Services. He has forty years of experience in the building maintenance field. He also has extensive knowledge of hospital, office, and retail-building repairs and maintenance.
Glenn Bonsu, Kindergarten Teacher
Glen serves as a Kindergraten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Previously, Glen was a founding teacher of KIPP Spark Academy in Newark, NJ. He also worked as a childcare counselor at a New Jersey state facility for at-risk teenage boys. He attended Morehouse College where he received his B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.
Aundrea Boyd, Second Grade Teacher
Aundrea serves as a Second Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She taught and served as the 2nd Grade Team Lead at Uplift Meridian Preparatory in Dallas, TX. She received her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Prairie View A&M University. She is currently working on receiving her MS in Educational Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Micheal Bray, Kindergarten Teacher
Michael serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Previously, he was a Teach For America - Metro Atlanta corps member. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology.
Adam Bursh, Music Director
Adam serves as the Music Director at KIPP STRIVE Primary. He brings his ability to perform and teach voice, piano, low-brass instruments, drums and music theory to KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to joining KIPP STRIVE Primary, he taught with Fulton County Schools. He also founded Chozen Talent Development Agency. Adam received a BA in music from Morehouse College.
Bianka Charity, Kindergarten Teacher
Bianka serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She recently graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Comparative Women's Studies.
Christal Chase, Educational Assistant
Christal serves as the Educational Assistant at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Christal also serves as the assistant coach for basketball and soccer. She attended Virginia State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education. Currently she is enrolled at Atlanta Technical College while studying Early Childhood Care and Education.
Sara Crawford, First Grade Teacher
Sara serves as a First Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously taught second grade in New Orleans, Louisiana as a Teach for America corps member. Sara received a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Women's Studies from the University of Georgia.
McKenzie Currie, Third Grade Teacher
McKenzie serves as a Third Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to joining KIPP, McKenzie worked with Uncommon Schools as a founding teacher at Rochester Preparatory Elementary School in Rochester, New York where she taught Kindergarten and first grade. McKenzie earned her BA in English from Spelman College.
Sarah Dec, Kindergarten Teacher
Sarah serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to coming to KIPP, she worked with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders at Match Community Day School in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a BA in History from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and she has completed the MATCH Teacher Residency program in Boston, MA.
Colette Dempsey, Academic Interventionist
Colette serves as the Academic Interventionist at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to teaching, she worked as an Engineer Technologist volunteering and mentoring on a full-time basis in the classroom. She decided to follow her love and passion of working with children by becoming a teacher. Colette has a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University, a Master of Information Technology from American Intercontinental University, and a MA in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University.
Leslie Epps-Bodrick, Front Office Coordinator
Leslie serves as the Front Office Coordinator at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Previously, she was the Assistant Parish Administrator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Simultaneously, Leslie was also the Front Office Administrator for Affiliated Foot and Ankle and Dr. Cipriano’s Chiropractic Office. Leslie attended Ft. Valley State College in Ft. Valley, Georgia.
Michael Fairbanks, First Grade Teacher
Michael serves as a First Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to working at KIPP STRIVE Primary, Michael was a middle school teacher at Ivy Prep Young Men’s leadership academy. As a first year teacher, Michael was elected as social studies curriculum coordinator, Head track & field coach, and Learning School Alliance Chair/National Liaison. He has a BS in Political Science/ Entrepreneurship from Florida State University.
Markia Henderson, Learning Specialist
Markia serves as a Learning Specialist at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously worked at KIPP DC and has served many years as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher. Markia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology with a Minor in Child Development from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Sheleesha Hill, Second Grade Teacher
Sheleesha serves as a Second Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She worked in Industry and Consumer Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company prior to joining the KIPP STRIVE Primary family. Sheleesha received a BS in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University, a BA in Theology from Life Christian University, and a M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University.
Shyreon Johnson, Special Education Teacher
Shyreon serves as the Special Education Teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously worked for two years at Fitz Hugh Lee Haven Academy serving as an Autism teacher. She has also worked as a learning/employment coach for the Bobby Dodd Institute of Atlanta. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Childhood Development from Georgia State University, and is in the final phase of earning her M.Ed. in Special Education at the University of West Georgia.
Tawni Johnson, School Operations Manager
Tawni serves as the School Operations Manager at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Previously, she served as the administrative assistant for the KIPP Metro Atlanta Shared Service Team. Prior to joining KIPP Metro Atlanta, she served as the Administrative Assistant for the City of Atlanta's Office of Procurement. She has a BA in Psychology from Georgia State University.
Kate Locke, First Grade Teacher
Kate serves as a First Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She taught first grade at Quitman County Elementary School as a Teach For America – Mississippi corps member for two years before moving to Atlanta. She has a BA in English and History of Art from Vanderbilt University.
Leslie Locks, Second Grade Interventionist
Leslie serves as the Second Grade Interventionist at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously worked as a 2nd and 3rd grade lead teacher in New York. Leslie received a BA in English from Montclair State University and her MA in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University.
Eric Mack, Art Teacher
Eric serves as the Art teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Prior to joining KIPP, he participated in government-sponsored art education programs as a mentor teacher, and his professional art career spans twenty-plus years. Eric earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Atlanta College of Art.
Omy Mair, Upper School Dean
Omy serves as the Upper School Dean at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She has many years of elementary teaching experience in the state of Georgia. She has been recognized for her teaching through the Teacher of the Year Award and has served as a Grade Chair in Gwinnett County. Omy earned her BA in psychology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and her MEd. in elementary teaching from Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Olivia McCune, Kindergarten Teacher
Olivia serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Before joining the KIPP family, she worked with MATCH Education in Boston, MA as a tutor at Match Community Day School. During her time with Match, she also trained as a teacher resident at Match Teacher Residency. She has a BA in Music from Spelman College.
Sasha Mills, Kindergarten Teacher
Sasha serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Sasha previously taught second grade and third grade before joining KIPP. She has a BA in Sociology from Spelman College.
Cezanne Otter, Kindergarten Teacher
Cezanne serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously was a Pre-K and Kindergarten Lead teacher at KIPP Legacy in Houston, TX. She has a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama.
Kerry Perkins, Cafeteria Manager
Kerry serves as the Cafeteria Manager of the KIPP STRIVE Campus.
Kevin Radcliffe, 3rd Grade Teacher
Kevin serves as a Third Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. His educational background consists of mentoring, administration, and assistant teaching within the Detroit Public School system. He has a B.A. in Business Management from Jackson State University.
Lakeesha Ramdhanie, Lower School Dean
Lakeesha serves as the Lower School Dean at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Previously, she served as a Kindergarten Teacher at SPARK Academy of TEAM Schools, a KIPP region in Newark, NJ. She held a variety of roles including Saturday School Coordinator, chair of the Sunshine Committee, and cheerleading coach. Lakeesha attended Spelman College where she received a BA in Psychology.
Deni Roberts, Academic Interventionist
Deni serves as the Academic Interventionist at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Deni previously taught first grade and was also the reading teacher for Kindergarten, first, and second grade at Elliott Point Elementary in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a focus on Education from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL.
Thomas Roland, Business Operations Manager
Thomas serves as the Business Operations Manager at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Thomas was a bar operations manager for an Atlanta based restaurant group previously. Prior to that, he was the business development manager for The Anderson Holness Group, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. Thomas obtained his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Morehouse College.
Annie Montgomery Schick, Second Grade Teacher
Annie serves as a Second Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously taught at Schaumburg Elementary School in New Orleans for three years before moving to Atlanta. She has spent the past two summers working for Teach For America as a Corps Member Advisor at the Atlanta Institute. She has a BA in Marketing and Management from the University of South Carolina.
Cameron Seward, Third Grade Teacher
Cameron serves as a Third Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. His previous experience volunteering within the community of Princess Anne allowed him the chance to develop invaluable skills needed to positively impact the lives of students. He received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Mini’imah Shaheed, Founding School Leader
Mini'imah serves as the Founding School Leader of KIPP STRIVE Primary. She is a Teach for America alumna who taught at Ed S. Cook Elementary and Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta. She then served as an assistant principal at J.E. Richards Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Prior to founding KIPP STRIVE Primary School, Mini’imah helped KIPP STRIVE Academy’s principal, Mr. Chang, to foster community support and recruit prospective families. Mini’imah earned her BA in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and a MAT in English Literature from Agnes Scott College.
Elease Slaughter, School Counselor
Elease serves as the School Counselor at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Elease uses her expertise to help lay the foundation to prepare scholars for academic, personal/social, and career success. She graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Economics. She later earned an Education Specialist degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina.
Darnell Smith, School Support Technician
Darnell serves as the School Support Technician at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Originally from Queens, NY, Darnell relocated to Atlanta at the age of 20 to pursue his career in property management. With more than 10 years of experience in Commercial and Residential Maintenance, Darnell is a certified technician in heating and cooling (HVAC).
Khaile Spotwood, Martial Arts Enrichment Instructor
Khaile serves as the Martial Arts Enrichment Instructor at KIPP STRIVE Primary. He is a lead instructor at the New World Martial Arts & Fitness Institute (NMAFI) under Grand-master Baba Taji Nanji. He has more than 20 years of intense study in African and Asian martial arts. Khaile has a BA in Psychology from Morehouse College and a MPH from Fort Valley State University.
Carolyn Thorne, Technology Teacher/Academic Data Coordinator
Carolyn serves as the Technology Teacher and Academic Data Coordinator at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously taught Math II and Analytic Geometry at Forest Park High School in Clayton County. She earned her BA in Economics from Columbia University.
Rashud Truesdale, Kindergarten Teacher
Rashud serves as a Kindergarten teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. He was a Professional Teller at Bank of America, as well as a member of the Teller Advisory Board, for two years before joining the KIPP STRIVE Primary family. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University.
Jamal Valentine, Third Grade Teacher
Jamal serves as a Third Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Before joining the KIPP STRIVE Primary family, he worked as a third grade teacher at Stonewall Tell Elementary in Fulton County Schools for two years. Jamal has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Clark Atlanta University.
Terra Walker, Director of Business Operations
Terra Walker serves as the Director of Business Operations at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She served as an Assistant Principal for six years in Gwinnett County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools before joining the KIPP STRIVE family. She obtained a BA in Sociology from the University of Florida, a MS in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
Dara Walker-Williams, Second Grade Teacher
Dara serves as a Second Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Dara completed her student teaching internship as a fourth grade student teacher at R.N. Fickett Elementary School in Atlanta. Dara received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Spelman College.
Jasmine Wall, Science Teacher
Jasmine serves as a Science teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Previously, Jasmine taught in Brooklyn New York in the roles of 2nd Grade Teacher at Achievement First Endeavor Elementary and Servant Leader Intern with the Children's Defense Fund Freedom School Program. Jasmine received her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College and her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from Drexel University.
Myesha Ward, KIPP Parent Network (KPN) Coordinator
Myesha serves as the KIPP Parent Network (KPN) Coordinator at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Her volunteer experience includes supporting the YMCA Dean Rusk Head Start Academy and KIPP STRIVE Academy for two years. She also served as the Assistant Branch Manager at SunTrust Bank and is currently a hairstylist in Hapeville, Georgia. Myesha received her Business Administration Degree in Finance from Georgia State University.
Tyreke Wesley, First Grade Teacher
Tyreke serves as a First Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Tyreke previously worked as a District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America's Atlanta Area Council and he also served as a Youth Counselor for the Agape Community Center. Tyreke received a BA in Religion from Morehouse College and a Masters of Divinity from Emory's Candler School of Theology.
Breana Wofford, Third Grade Teacher
Breana serves as a Third Grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Breana has a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Spelman College and an Master of Science in Educational Studies along with a Teacher Leadership Certificate and Urban Education Certificate from Johns Hopkins University School of Education.