KIPP South Fulton Academy Staff
Lesia Babino, 5th grade Social Studies Teacher
Lesia serves as the 5th grade Social Studies Teacher. She is entering her eighth year as a KSFA Team member. 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.
Ashley Berry, School Operations Manager
Ashley is the School Operations Manager. Previously, she taught first and third grade in the Fulton County Public School System. She also served as a nanny for a family in Atlanta for three years, in addition to working as a preschool teacher in a private preschool. Ashley graduated Georgia State University in 2008 with a BS in Early Childhood Education.
Jewel Bohanner, 7th Grade Life Science Teacher
Jewel is the 7th Grade Science Life Teacher. She comes to KSFA from a Charter School located in Irving, Texas having over 10 years of teaching experience in Middle and High Schools. 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.
Adisa Carter, Physical Education Teacher/Athletic Director
Adisa has served as the Athletic Director and Physical Education Instructor for the past 4 years. 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 13 years and has been a member of the KSFA Team and Family since 2006. 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 from St. Leo University.
Momotee Doe, Teacher Fellow
Momotee is a Teacher Fellow at KIPP South Fulton Academy. He previously served as a program site assistant for the Center of Pan Asian Community Services, as well as both the Oasis Ancillary Program Coordinator and lead 6th grade Math and Science teacher at Atlanta Preparatory Academy. He has a BS in Biological Sciences from Clark Atlanta University.
Makala Fields, 6th Grade World Studies I Teacher
Makala serves as the 6th grade World Studies Teacher, exploring various aspects of the world. Prior to teaching at KIPP, she taught at The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (a project based school) for four years in Providence, Rhode Island. She has a BA in Business Management and is currently completing coursework towards her Georgia Teaching certification.
Dieldra Griffin, 6th Grade Math teacher
Dieldra currently serves as the 6th Grade Math teacher. She has been in the field of education for seven years with her most recent years focused on teaching middle school science and mathematics. Dieldra received a BA in Sociology and an MAT in Middle Education Mathematics and Science from Georgia State University.
Kelly Heath, Director of School Operations
Kelly serves as the Director of School Operations. She is responsible for school finances, transportation and Title 1. She previously served as a Teach for America corps member, teaching third grade in Atlanta Public Schools. She has a BA from Southern Methodist University and an MA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Siobhan Honeyghan-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 TFA corps member in Newark, NJ. She has a BA from Emory 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. She has been a part of the teaching team at KSFA for eight years. Dorothy received the KIPP National Excellence in Teaching Award for the school year 2009-10. She has BA in History from Tougaloo College and an MA in History from Jackson State University.
Keke Hurt, Literacy Coach/Response to Intervention Coordinator
Keke serves as a Literacy Coach and Response to Intervention Coordinator. She has been a member of the KSFA family since 2007. Prior to joining our staff, she taught 10th grade English in Houston, Texas with the Teach for America Program. KeKe has also served as a counselor at Three Springs, a treatment center for troubled teens in north Alabama. She has a BA in English from Tuskegee University, and MEd from Georgia State University in Reading, Language, and Literacy Instruction/ESOL.
Monica Jaiteh, 8th Grade Math Teacher
Monica Jaiteh is an 8th Grade Math teacher. She previously taught at two Fulton County Schools and KIPP WAYS Academy. She has an undergraduate BS degree in Conservation Biology and Environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin. She acquired a Master’s degree in middle school math from Alverno College in Milwaukee WI.
Brandom Jones, 7th Grade Math Teacher
Brandom serves as the 7th Grade Math teacher. He has taught mathematics for the past seven years in grades sixth through eight as well a ninth grade Math 1 course. He attended Georgia Southern University for his undergraduate degree and Mercer University for his graduate studies.
Collin Jones, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Collin serves as the 8th Grade Social Studies teacher. He is a Teach for America corps member. He graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in religion and secondary concentration in psychology with an emphasis on education.
Kofi Kinney, 5th Grade Science Teacher/Saturday School Coordinator
Kofi serves as the 5th Grade Science teacher and 5th Grade Level Chair. Kofi has worked with KIPP for 8 years teaching various subjects. She served as an educator for over 14 years teaching 1st-6th grade. She has her BA of Communications and Masters of Elementary Education from Howard University.
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.
Robin Little, Director of Counseling and Social Work/Family Advocate
Robin services as the Director of Counseling and Social Work for KIPP South Fulton Academy and KIPP WAYS Academy providing support to students, their families, and school personnel to help improve some the external and internal difficulties that may impact our students’ success. She has been with KIPP for six years. Robin has worked in the social services field providing support to children, adolescents, adults, and their families for more than 13 years. She has a BA in Psychology from DePauw University and a MA from Clark Atlanta University Graduate School of Education, where her major was Counseling Psychology.
Alexis Lloyd, 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Alexis serves as the English Language Arts teacher for 6th grade. She came to Atlanta from Jacksonville, Florida where she was a Teach for America corps member. Alexis is a graduate from University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Relations with a minor in Education and Family, Youth, and Community Sciences
Nicole May, 5th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Nicole is the 5th grade English Language Arts teacher. Prior to joining the KIPP South Fulton Academy team, Ms. May taught 5th grade Math for three years 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.
Izraelle McKinnon, 8th Grade Physical Science Teacher
Izraelle is the 8th grade Physical Science teacher at KSFA. Izraelle McKinnon is a Teach for America Alum/ Amgen Fellow who previously taught 9th grade Biology and 10th grade Physical Science at Westlake High School. Prior to teaching, Izraelle was a research assistant at the Brown University Biomed Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She received a BS in Human Biology with a focus on Race and Gender from Brown University.
Brandon Mitchell, Band Teacher
Brandon serves as the Band Teacher at KIPP South Fulton Academy. He is a rising music educator, sheet music arranger, and jazz saxophonist. After pursuing a BS degree in Music Education at Florida A&M University, Mr. Mitchell went on to professionally choreograph/tour with the international off broadway stage play, “Drumline Live” named after the 20th Century Fox Motion Picture “Drumline.” He is CEO of www.sweacdrills.net an online sheet music mall hosting popular sheet music for marching and concert bands.
Nicole Murphy, Dance/Fine Arts Coordinator & Executive Assistant to the School Director
Nicole teaches dance at KIPP South Fulton Academy. Nicole has 19 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.
Onaje Oladuwa, 6th Grade Earth Science Teacher
Onaje is the 6th Grade Earth Science Teacher. He has been teaching for over 10 years. He began his career in the Mississippi Delta as part of Teach for America’s 2000 Corps. 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 has been a member of the KSFA Team and Family since 2008. 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 Cafeteria Manager at KIPP South Fulton Academy. He has been a member of the KSFA family since 2009.
Jondré Pryor, School Director
Jondré is the School Director. He has been with KIPP South Fulton for nine years. In his first year, he was the sixth grade mathematics teacher. Prior to joining the KIPP team and family, he spent two years as a program director for Teach For America. As a 1994 corps member of Teach For America, 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.
Rebecca Schuetz, 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Rebecca is the 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher. Rebecca previously worked at Forest Park High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Harvard 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: 2006-2008 Graduate Research Fellowship, 2006-2007 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), 2008 – 2013 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2008 G.S.U. History Department Ph.D. Program Recipient of the Margaret Ewing Oral History Award, 2011 African-American Studies - NSAA Cultural and Educational Excellence Awards Recipient.
Silka Simmons, Theatre Teacher
Silka is currently serving as the Theater Teacher at KIPP South Fulton Academy. She has previously been the lead teacher at Journey Arts Center. Silka has assisted many performing arts organizations throughout Metro Atlanta. She holds a BA in theatre and dance from Spelman College and a MEd from Howard University.
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.
Roslyn Taylor, Office Manager/Wellness Coordinator
Roslyn serves as the Office Manager. She also serves as Wellness Coordinator managing the clinic and immunization reporting for the school. She has been a member of the KIPP South Fulton Academy team and family since 2006. She previously served as a Senior Personal Banker / Loan Officer for Bank of America and HR Coordinator for Rollins, Inc. Roslyn has an AAS in Business Administration from Georgia Perimeter College and a BS in Human Services from Shorter University.
Shayla Thomas, 5th Grade Math Teacher
Shayla is the 5th grade Math Teacher. She previously served as the sixth grade math teacher. She began her career teaching 2nd grade students at College Park Elementary. Wanting to make a greater impact on rising youth, she joined the KIPP South Fulton Academy's Team and Family. She has a degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Elaine Wu, 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Elaine serves as the 7th grade English Language Arts Teacher. Prior to joining KIPP South Fulton Academy, she managed project-based learning programs throughout the Bay Area in California, and she taught at the American School in London. She received her BA from Stanford University and an MA from Zhejiang University in China.