KIPP South Fulton Academy Staff
Elyse Aldana, 7th Grade ELA Teacher
Elyse is the 7th Grade ELA teacher. Prior to teaching at KIPP, Elyse was a part of Teach for America in Chicago. While in Chicago, Elyse taught literacy and social studies at Bartolome de las Casas Charter School. She has a BA in Anthropology and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Education from Dominican University.
Lesia Babino, 8th Grade Georgia Studies Teacher
Lesia serves as the 5th grade Social Studies teacher. She previously taught grades K-5th in Fulton County Schools, she has taught for the Atlanta Archdiocese, and began her teaching career in San Antonio Texas. Lesia received a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of the Incarnate Word and a Master’s Degree from Atlanta University.
Shauna Bentley, School Operations Manager
Shauna currently serves as the School Operations Manager. For the past 6.5 years Shauna has been an education professional; previous work includes Office Manager for a K-8 charter school in Michigan and an Executive Assistant for Michigan State University. She has a MA in Organizational Communication with a certification in Nonprofit Management, along with a BBA from Western Michigan University with an emphasis in Human Resource Management and Accounting.
Adisa Carter, Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director
Adisa has served as the Athletic Director and Physical Education Instructor. Previously, he has held the positions of Director of Operations, Program Manager, Program Coordinator, and Program Evaluator in several community based programs. He received his BA in Psychology from Morehouse College and his Masters in Public Health from Emory University.
Marianita Chambers, Special Education Coordinator
Marianita serves as the Special Education and ESOL Coordinator. In her role she supports and facilitates learning for those students who have special educational requirements. She has taught special education for many years. She received her BA from Purdue and she has a MA in Special Education.
Bruce Daniels, Technology Coordinator
Bruce serves as the Technology Coordinator. As the Technology Coordinator, he is responsible for providing leadership and coordination in the use of technology and the management of KIPP South Fulton Academy technology resources. He is a veteran of the United States Air force. He has a BA Informaiton System Management from St. Leo University.
Anna Marie DiPalma, 8th Grade Science Teacher
Anna Marie is the 8th Grade Science teacher. She is a former Teach for America corps member from South Carolina. She taught earth science at Holly Hill Roberts Middle School. Additionally, she served as Learning Team Leader. She recently traveled to Malawi, Africa to grow professionally and culturally by exploring best practices with native Malawian teachers. She has a BS in Middle Grades Education with a dual concentration in Language Arts and Science from Georgia College and State University.
Tiffany Fick, 5th Grade English Language Arts
Tiffany is the 5th Grade English Language Arts teacher. Previously, she taught 5th grade at Slater Elementary in Atlanta Public Schools. She received her Bachelors of Science in Secondary English Education from Indiana University. She is currently working towards her Master’s in Education at Johns Hopkins University.
Siobhan Gardner, Director of Teacher Development
Siobhan currently serves as the Director of Teacher Development, managing 7th and 8th grade academics and culture. Siobhan has been with KIPP for ten years and prior to teaching at KSFA, she taught 5th grade mathematics as a Teach For America corps member in Newark, NJ. She has a BA from Emory University.
Taylor J. Glanton, Band Teacher
Taylor is the band teacher. He received his BA in music composition and saxophone performance from Morehouse College and his Master's of Music degree in composition from Georgia State University. He previously worked as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, performer, and private music instructor for woodwinds and music theory.
Michael Mario Good, Theater Teacher
Mario serves as the Theater teacher. He has worked as an actor for years on stage and in film, as well as directing and producing. Mr. Good is founder of The Good Works Theatre Festival which provides an avenue for new, emerging writers to have their voices heard in today's world of theatre. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He holds a BA in Drama from South Carolina State University.
Kellyse Hood, 8th Grade English Teacher
Kellyse is the 8th Grade English Language Arts teacher. She served as a Teach For America corps member before joining KIPP SFA. She has a BA in Organizational Communications from Northeastern University and a MEd in Special Education from George Mason University.
Dorothy Hull, 7th Grade World Studies II Teacher
Dorothy is the 7th Grade World Studies II teacher and serves as the History Department Chairperson. Her teaching career spans more than twenty years. Dorothy previously received the KIPP National Excellence in Teaching Award. She has BA in History from Tougaloo College and an MA in History from Jackson State University.
Keith Johnson, 8th Grade Math Teacher
Keith serves as an 8th Grade Math teacher. He is a former Teach For America corps member who began his career as an instructor within Clayton County Public Schools, teaching primarily 9th and 10th grade mathematics. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Florida.
Brandom Jones, 7th Grade Math Teacher
Brandom serves as the 7th Grade Math teacher. He has taught mathematics for the many years as well a ninth grade Math 1 course. He attended Georgia Southern University for his undergraduate degree and Mercer University for his graduate studies.
Kevin June, Maintenance Support Technician
Kevin is the Maintenance Support Technician. Previously, he was self-employed as a title contractor in New Jersey for many years. He has two years of college experience from Kean College of New Jersey.
Bruno Latsis, Senior Building Engineer
Bruno serves as the Senior Building Engineer. Bruno is responsible for managing repairs, maintenance, security, janitorial services, kitchen functionality, and future facility improvements and plans. Previously, Bruno worked at Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Ashford Dunwoody as the Lead Cook and Pastry Chef. He later transferred into engineering as the Lead Engineer. Bruno studied and graduated from Skrunda Technical High School located in Latvia, Europe.
Charmaine Lau, Upper School Director
Charmaine serves as the Upper School Director. She began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member. She has a BS from the University of Georgia and an M.Ed from National-Louis University.
Danielle LeePow, Teacher Fellow
Danielle is a 5th Grade Science teacher and a Teacher Fellow. She has a BA in Sociology from Howard University and a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Health Education from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
Nicole May, 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Nicole is the 6th grade English Language Arts teacher. Prior to joining the KIPP South Fulton Academy team, Ms. May taught 5th grade Math at KIPP 3D Academy in Houston, Texas. Nicole has a degree in Political Science from Norfolk State University. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Mathematics from University of Texas at Arlington.
LaNita Martin-Snyder, School Counselor
LaNita is the School Counselor. Prior to joining KIPP, she served as a child and family therapist for Wesley Spectrum Services in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She also worked as a kinship care social worker and casework supervisor in Pittsburgh. She has a BS in Administrative Justice from University of Pittsburgh and a certification in Family Development from Indiana University.
Nicole Murphy, Dance/Fine Arts Coordinator & Executive Assistant to the School Leader
Nicole is the Dance/Fine Arts Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the School Leader. Nicole has years of dance experience and is specialized in modern, jazz, and ballet dance genres. Professionally, Nicole has been selected as a guest choreographer for dance groups and companies in Florida and North Carolina, served as Minister of Dance with her church and was a guest artist with Journey Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Murphy attended North Carolina A&T State University for her undergraduate studies receiving a B.A. in Marketing and later attended University of Phoenix for graduate studies receiving her Master’s in Management.
Pamela O'Neal, 6th Grade Mathematics Teacher
Pamela is the 6th Grade Mathematics teacher. She is a member of the Georgia Teaching Fellows Cohort. She has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Onaje Oladuwa, 6th Grade Earth Science Teacher
Onaje is the 6th Grade Earth Science teacher. He has been teaching for more than 10 years. He began his career in the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America. He previously taught at KSFA before departing to explore an opportunity in South Korea. Onaje has a BA in English and Sociology from Tufts University.
Noemi Pavon, Lower School Director
Noemi serves as the Lower School Director. She recently taught 5th grade Mathematics and served as 5th Grade Co-Grade level Chair. She is a former Teach for America Corp member. She has a BA from the University of Georgia and is currently working on her Masters from the University of Texas.
Harry Perkins, Cafeteria Manager
Harry serves as the Cafeteria Manager. He has been a member of the KSFA family since 2009.
Danielle Peterson, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Danielle is the 6th Grade Social Studies teacher. She served as a 4th and 5th grade teacher as well as a Response to Intervention Specialist for grades 1st through 5th at Montclair Elementary in DeKalb County before joining KIPP. She has a BS in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University and a MED in Urban Teacher Leadership at Georgia State University.
Jondré Pryor, School Leader
Jondré is the School Leader. He has been with KIPP South Fulton for ten years. Initially, he was the sixth grade mathematics teacher. Prior to joining the KIPP team and family, he was as a program director for Teach For America. As Teach For America corps member, he has taught in Oakland, CA, New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, and his hometown of Atlanta, GA. Jondré received his BA in Political Science with a minor in Law from Hampton University.
Eleina Raines, 5th Grade Math Teacher
Eleina is the 5th Grade Math teacher. She began her teaching career at AD Williams Elementary where she served as grade level chair. She also taught K-8 at an International Language School in South Korea. Eleina has a BS in Criminology and Sociology from Florida State University.
Ramona Russell, 5th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Ramona is a Social Studies teacher. She began her career in the Fulton County School System. She has advanced degrees from Kennesaw State University, Troy State University, and Lincoln Memorial University.
Lisa Shannon, Parent Liaison
Lisa serves as the Parent Liaison. She holds additional roles such as administrative assistant and teacher. She is a recipient of the following fellowships, grants, and honors: Graduate Research Fellowship, G.S.U. History Department’s Master’s Program recipient of the John H. Alexander Scholarship Award (Awarded to the top student in the Master’s Program), Graduate Teaching Fellowship, G.S.U. History Department Ph.D. Program Recipient of the Margaret Ewing Oral History Award, African-American Studies - NSAA Cultural and Educational Excellence Awards Recipient.
Allan Smith, Math Intervention Teacher
Allan is the Math Intervention teacher. He previously served as chair of the Math department at KIPP South Fulton Academy. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Morehouse College and a M.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Tech.
Mark Stucker, High School Placement Director
Mark is the High School Placement Coordinator. He works with families to develop a list of high schools that are a match for each student's passions, goals, personality and academic ability; he then works diligently to help each student get accepted at these schools. Prior to this, Mark did admissions work, multicultural work, fund raising and college counseling at the Westtown School in West Chester, PA. Mark has a BA in Psychology from Michigan State and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Seminary.
Jewel Wilkins, 7th Grade Life Science Teacher
Jewel is the 7th Grade Life Science teacher. During her career, she has served as a Chairperson, Science Fair Coordinator, nominated for Teacher of the Year, coordinated college tours for graduating seniors, and received the highly recognized award for Differentiated Instructor of the Year. Jewel attended Tuskegee University majoring in Biology, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clark Atlanta University.
Ali Wilson, Literacy Coordinator
Ali is the Literacy Coordinator. She began her education career as a high school English teacher in Indianola, Mississippi. Prior to joining the staff at KIPP SFA, she worked for Teach For America - Greater Nashville. She has a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MEd in Reading Education and English Language Learning from Vanderbilt University.