KIPP STRIVE Primary Staff
Adzua Agyapon, First Grade Teacher
Adzua currently serves as a 1st Grade Teacher. 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.
Ashley Allen, Music Teacher
Ashley is a Music Teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She continues to serve as a voice instructor and teacher in her personal time. She graduated with a BS in Music with a concentration in vocal pedagogy and performance at Point University. While at Point, she served as the assistant of the Fine Arts Department and the Drama/Theater program.
Anica Bilisoly, First Grade Teacher
Anica currently serves as a First Grade Teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. She previously taught first grade at Benefield Elementary in Gwinnett County as a Teach for America corps member. Anica received a degree in Economics and Spanish from the University of Virginia.
Tommy Blain, Kindergarten Teacher
Tommy is a Kindergarten Teacher. He worked as a Spanish Teacher in both the high school and primary school settings in New Orleans before making the move to Atlanta. He received a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Virginia.
Glenn Bonsu, Physical Education Teacher
Glenn is a native of Newark, New Jersey. Along with Ms. Ramdhanie, our school Dean, Glen was a founding teacher of KIPP Spark Academy in Newark, New Jersey. 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. .
Kimberly Bradley, Campus Director of Academic Support
Kimberly is the Director of Academic Support. She began her career as a Teach for America corps member in New Orleans as a 4th and 5th grade learning coach. She continued her journey with TFA as a learning team leader, an admissions selector, and was honored to be selected as a regional finalist for the Sue Lehmann Teaching Award in her second year. Kimberly Bradley graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Psychology.
Sara Brand, Teacher Fellow
Sara is a First Grade Teacher Fellow. Sara previously taught the Kindergarten After School Program at KIPP STRIVE Primary as well as Pre-K at a language immersion school in East Point, GA. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University’s College of Education.
Micheal Bray, Kindergarten Teacher
Mike is a Kindergarten Teacher. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology.
Justin Browning, First Grade Teacher
Justin is a first grade teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Most recently, Justin taught 2nd grade at Morris Brandon Elementary School in Atlanta. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Justin taught 2nd grade and 4th grade in Tupelo, Mississippi. He also served as the director of non-profit organizations for children and families before venturing into the world of education. He is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and a graduate from the University of Mississippi where he received his BS in Elementary Education.
Adam Bursh, Music/EnrichmentTeacher
Adam serves as an Enrichment and Music Teacher and 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.
Anne Constantine, Kindergarten Interventionist
Anne is the Kindergarten Interventionist for KIPP STRIVE Primary. She first worked in Douglass County teaching a year of science to 5th graders and a remedial reading class for grades 1st - 5th the last four years. She has more recently taught six years at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church at various levels. She has been tutoring reading by the Ortin Gillingham Method for the past five years in schools and from her home. Anne is also a graduate of the University of Georgia in Elementary Education.
McKenzie Currie, First Grade Teacher
McKenzie is a First Grade Teacher. 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.
Leslie Epps-Bodrick, Front Office Coordinator
Leslie is the Front Office Coordinator for 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 is a first grade teacher. 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 The Florida State University.
Kim Hyler, First Grade Interventionist
Kim is a First Grade Interventionist. She has over six years of early childhood teaching experience. She has also worked at the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta where she served as the Early Reading First Literacy Coach. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Day Care from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and she obtained her Master’s degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
Shyreon Johnson, Special Education Teacher
Shyreon Harris Johnson is the Learning Specialist for Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Shyreon 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. 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.
Markia is a Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP Strive Primary. Markia previously worked for three years at KIPP DC, and is entering her eighth year 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.
Leslie Locks, Kindergarten Teacher
Leslie is a Kindergarten teacher 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.
Amy Lowman, Kindergarten Teacher
Amy is a Kindergarten Teacher. She previously taught first grade at Deerwood Academy in the Atlanta Public School system as a Teach for America corps member. Amy graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied political science and Spanish, then completed her teacher certification courses at Georgia State University.
Eric Mack, Art Teacher
Eric is the K-5 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, Learning Specialist
Omy is the Learning Specialist. She has five 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 four years as 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.
Kristin Mason, Kindergarten Teacher
Kristin serves as a Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP STRIVE Primary. Previously, she taught 7th and 8th grade ESOL Reading in a public school system, as well as Pre-Kindergarten in a team-teaching setting. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Child Development from Spelman College, and her Masters in the Art of Teaching Secondary English Education with Reading and ESOL endorsements from Georgia State University.
Belton-Martell Mickle, 1st Grade Teacher and Culture Chair
Belton is a First Grade Teacher as well as the Culture Chair at KIPP Strive Primary. Previously, he served as both a first and second-grade lead teacher at Achievement First and Uncommon charter schools in Brooklyn, New York. Belton has earned a BA in English Literature from Morehouse College, an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from NYU, and an MS in Elementary Education from Hunter College.
Crystal Nasir, Director of Business Operations & Community Affairs
Crystal is the Director of Business Operations. Although a business major, she served as an Administrative Lead with both the Marin City Children's Program (MCCP) of Marin City and The Making Waves Education Program of Richmond, California. She has also worked as a marketing executive within the health care industry. Crystal graduated from Dominican University of San Rafael with a degree in International Management with an emphasis on Global Marketing.
Kerry Perkins, Cafeteria Manager
Awilda Perry, Data Manager
Awilda is the Data Manager. Previously, she served as a bus driver and volunteer for KIPP STRIVE Academy. Awilda is also a founding KIPP STRIVE Primary parent. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.
Lakeesha Ramdhanie, Lower School Dean
Lakeesha serves as the Lower School Dean. 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.
Marvin Richards, Kindergarten Teacher
Marvin is a Kindergarten Teacher. He graduated from the University of Virginia. He majored in Political and Social Thought, a distinguished interdisciplinary major at the University.
Mini’imah Shaheed, Founding Principal
Mini'imah is the Founding Principal. 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 is the School Counselor. 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.
Tatiana Smith, Kindergarten Teacher
Tatiana is a Kindergarten Teacher. Prior to teaching, she worked in manufacturing management. She ultimately decided to transition into the field of elementary education and began as a volunteer teacher’s aide. Eventually she became a lead teacher at a private pre-K program in Marietta. She has also taught in Beijing, China while studying Mandarin Chinese. Tatiana graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Myesha Ward, Parent Support Coordinator
Myesha serves in the role of Parent Support Coordinator for 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
Torrie Watkins-Redding, After-School Coordinator
Torrie is the After-School Coordinator. She has been working with K-12 students for more than 15 years. She is also Co-Founder/Enrichment Director of Imzadi Urban Performing Arts Theater and worked at the Atlanta Preparatory Academy as an Administrator and Parent Liaison. She received her AA,CDA in Early Childhood Education from Spelman College.