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.
Jennifer Amichia, Kindergarten Teacher
Jennifer is a Kindergarten Teacher. 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.
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.
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.
Aundrea Boyd, 2nd Grade Teacher
Aundrea is a 2nd Grade Teacher. 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
Mike is a Kindergarten Teacher. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology.
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.
DeRon Cash, 2nd Grade Teacher
DeRon is a 2nd Grade Teacher. He has taught Pre-K at Drew Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia prior to joining KIPP. He has a BS in Health and Physical Education from Hampton University and a MS in Sport Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Christal Chase, Educational Assistant
Christal is the Educational Assistant. 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.
Anne Constantine, Librarian
Anne is the Librarian. She has previous experience in Douglass County teaching science to 5th graders and a remedial reading class for grades 1st - 5th. She also taught at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church at various levels. Anne is also a graduate of the University of Georgia in Elementary Education.
Sara Crawford, First Grade Teacher
Sara is a First Grade Teacher. 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, 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.
Sarah Dec, Kindergarten Teacher
Sarah is a Kindergarten Teacher. 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.
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.
Shyreon Johnson, Special Education Teacher
Shyreon 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 Learning Specialist. Markia 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.
Leslie Locks, Second Grade Interventionist
Leslie is the Second Grade Interventionist. 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 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, Upper School Dean
Omy is the Upper School Dean. 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.
Belton-Martell Mickle, Instructional Coach
Belton is an Instructional Coach. 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.
Olivia McCune, Kindergarten Teacher
Olivia is a Kindergarten Teacher. 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, Second Grade Teacher
Sasha serves as the Second Grade Teacher. Sasha previously taught second grade and third grade before joining KIPP. She has a BA in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
Kerry Perkins, Cafeteria Manager
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.
Deni Roberts, Kindergarten Teacher
Deni currently serves as a Kindergarten Teacher. 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, Teacher Fellow
Thomas is a Teacher Fellow. 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.
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 Interventionist
Tatiana is a Kindergarten Interventionist. 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.
Carolyn Thorne, Data Specialist/Technology Teacher
Carolyn is the Data Specialist/Technology Teacher. 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.
Terra Walker, Director of Business Operations
Terra Walker is 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, Kindergarten Teacher
Dara currently serves as a Kindergarten Teacher. Dara completed her student teaching internship as a fourth grade student teacher at R.N. Fickett Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. Dara received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Spelman College.
Jasmine Wall, Science Teacher/Interventionist
Jasmine is the Science Teacher. 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, Finance Coordinator
Myesha serves as the Finance Coordinator. 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, Kindergarten Teacher
Tyreke is the Kindergarten Teacher. 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, Kindergarten Teacher
Breana is the Kindergarten Teacher. 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.
Jennifer Yoo, School Registrar
Jennifer Yoo is the School Registrar. Prior to joining KIPP, Jennifer taught English at a middle school in Incheon, South Korea. After teaching in Korea for two and a half years, she returned to the United States and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with a college access and completion program in Austin, TX. She has a BA from the University of Georgia in French and Women's Studies.