KIPP Vision Primary Staff
Devin Alexander, School Counselor
Devin is the School Counselor. She has worked as a school social worker and has experience working with special needs children, challenging behaviors, families experiencing transitional living, and crisis intervention. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Social Work, both from Michigan State University.
Justin Bartley, Music Teacher
Justin is the Music teacher for KIPP Vision Academy and KIPP Vision Primary. He previously served as the Music teacher at Atlanta Preparatory Academy and has various notable musical experiences as a trombonist as well as a music producer/composer. He received his BA in Sociology from Georgia State University.
Kenyatta Bush, Kindergarten Teacher
Kenyatta Bush is a Kindergarten teacher. During his teaching career, he has had the opportunity to work at a number of independent schools throughout Metro Atlanta. Prior to coming to KIPP Vision Primary, he taught at KIPP South Fulton Academy. He has a BA in African American Studies from Georgia State University.
Wheda Carletos, Founding Principal
Wheda is the Founding Principal. Previously she served as Dean at KIPP Vision Academy, Curriculum Specialist for KIPP Metro Atlanta and 5th grade Non-fiction teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Prior to joining the KIPP team and family, she taught a varirty of grades at Herndon Elementary School. She has a BA from Georgia State University, a Masters in Public Health from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
Christa Coleman, Director of Community Affairs
Christa serves as the Director of Community Affairs. She previously served as school leader at KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy in San Diego California. Prior to her role as school leader, Christa served as KIPP Adelante's KIPP Through College Director. Christa holds a BA in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ralph Culpepper, Kindergarten Teacher
Ralph is a Kindergarten teacher. Prior to joining the KIPP family, Ralph has been engaged in the Atlanta community through his involvement in Mayor Kasim Reed's R.E.A.L Men Read program (Read Excel Achieve Learn), where he tutored 1st graders. He has also been involved with Forever Family, a center committed to educating children of incarcerated women and keeping them on track to college, in addition to a tutoring role in a men's prison. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgia State University Honors College, where he received the Cathcart Scholarship for Leadership.
Elisa Davis, Educational Assistant
Elisa is the Education Assistant. She previously worked for the Atlanta Public School system. She also served as the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program Coordinator and acted as a liaison while tutoring elementary school students. She is a former KIPP WAYS Academy parent. Elisa has a B.A. in Communications and Language Arts from Georgia State University.
Sandra Drew, Kindergarten Teacher
Sandra serves as a Kindergarten teacher. Prior to joining the KIPP family, she served for more than ten years as a Kindergarten and first grade teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. She also served for many years as a youth group facilitator and house parent in her local church community. She holds a BS in Mass Communications from Florida State University and a Master’s in Spanish Language and Culture from the University of Salamanca, Spain.
Rashard Dobbins, First Grade Teacher
Rashard is a First Grade teacher. Rashard has previously served as a student leader and Resident Assistant for both Georgia State University and Gordon State College. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK), and was nominated to the All-USA Academic Team. He holds a BA from Georgia State University’s College of Arts and Sciences where he graduated Cum Laude.
Meagan Ferguson, Curriculum Coordinator
Meagan is the Curriculum Coordinator. She served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at La Cima Elementary Charter School in Brooklyn, NY where she was also a member of the school's founding team. She has taught in both a primary and secondary setting, up through 12th grade. She has a BS in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and a MS in Childhood Education from CUNY Hunter College.
James Flagg, Building Engineer
James is the Building Engineer. Previously, he worked in the residential construction trade specializing in the design and construction of all forms of hardscapes, as well as major renovation projects. His knowledge of general mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC spans more than 20 years.
Tanya Flagg, Campus Business Operations Manager
Tanya is the Business Operations Manager for KIPP Vision Academy and KIPP Vision Primary. She previously worked in accounting for the many years for multiple entities serving as Accounts Payable Manager, Accounting Associate and Payroll Specialist. Tanya also has a son that currently attends boarding school at St. Andrews Sewanee in Tennessee and is a recent graduate from KIPP South Fulton Academy.
Leia Francis, Office Manager
Leia serves as the Office Manager for KIPP Vision Academy and KIPP Vision Primary. She attained her Bachelor’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University in Finance. She has extensive experience in finance and accounting. Leia also brings creativity, flair, among many other wonderful characteristics to the KIPP Vision Campus.
Holly Hammontree, First Grade Teacher
Holly is a First Grade teacher. Holly completed her student teaching at Lockheed Elementary Leadership Academy in a co-taught Kindergarten classroom. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. While earning her degree, Holly participated in student leadership councils, service learning projects, and tutored English for a summer in Hangzhou, China.
Carolyn Hardaway, Social Worker
Carolyn serves as the Social Worker for KIPP Vision Academy and KIPP Vision Primary. Previously, she served as the Foster Parent Liaison for Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). She also worked as a Family Intervention Specialist at Youth Villages, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice.
Julianna Hendley, Student Support Coordinator
Julianna is the Student Support Coordinator. Prior to joining the Founding Team at KVP, she worked at KIPP WAYS Academy as a Teach For America Summer Intern. Julianna started her teaching career as a Teach For America - Metro Atlanta corps member, teaching elementary school in DeKalb County. She has a BA in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Alexine Hutchinson, Technology Teacher
Alexine is the Technology teacher. Previously Alexine worked in the Chatham County School System in an administrative role. She also taught for many years in the Fulton County School System in the following capacities, Special Education, Interrelated Resources, Reading, Social Studies and Gifted Instruction. Alexine has a BS in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University and an MEd in Special Education Learning Disabilities from Clark Atlanta University and EDS in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
Sean Irving, Art Teacher
Sean Irving is the Visual Arts teacher for both KIPP Vision Academy and KIPP Vision Primary. He has been an educator for more than 20 years. Throughout his career he has used his skills as a multi-media artist to enhance various academic subjects. He has also worked as a professional graphic designer, illustrator, muralist, videographer and radio DJ. He studied Media Communications and African-American Studies at San Francisco State University.
Britteny N. Jacobs, Interventionist
Britteny is the Interventionist. Her teaching career has taken her all across the east coast as she founded KIPP Believe Primary in New Orleans, LA and Uncommon Schools’ True North Rochester Preparatory Charter Elementary School in Rochester, NY. Her journey into education began as a Miami Teaching Fellow. She graduated with an ABJ in Advertising from the University of Georgia, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Julie Johnson, Kindergarten Teacher
Julie is a Kindergarten teacher. Previously, Julie was in Teach For America where she taught kindergarten in Nashville, TN. While in Nashville, Julie earned her Master’s in English Language Acquisition from Lipscomb University. Julie has a BA in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northern Kentucky University.
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.
Terri Knox, School Operations Manager
Terri is the School Operations Manager at KIPP Vision Academy and KIPP Vision Primary. Her teaching career includes teaching music to all ages. She has also worked at KIPP South Fulton Academy as the Theatre teacher. She has a BS in Music Performance/Education from Florida A&M University. Terri was also a member of the world-renowned FAMU Marching “100."
Allison Layne, Dance Instructor
Allison is the Dance Instructor. She has roots in both Senegal, West Africa and Guyana, South America and was educated in Brooklyn, NY. She has experience as both an elementary school teacher and a dance instructor for grades K-5 in New York and Atlanta as well as teaching and performing modern African dance. She graduated from Brooklyn College where she obtained both a liberal arts degree in education as well as a BFA in dance.
Samantha Major, First Grade Teacher
Samantha is a First Grade teacher. Prior to joining KIPP, she was a teacher at Toomer Elementary in Atlanta. She started her teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher and then moved on to teach third grade. She has served as a Chair of the Culture and Climate Committee and as a member of the Local School Council. Samantha is an alumna of Teach For America - Metro Atlanta. She is also a graduate of Spelman College where she served as the Senior Class President and helped spearhead the initiative to bring First Lady Michelle Obama to speak at Spelman College Commencement.
Keosha Moon, Campus Director of Operations
Keosha is the Director of Operations for KIPP Vision Academy and KIPP Vision Primary. Previously, she served as the Director of Marketing, Planning and Operations for Emory University’s MBA Career Management Center. She also worked as an Associate Consultant in Bain and Company’s Atlanta office. She has a BBA in Finance from Howard University and a MBA in Finance and Marketing from Emory University, Goizueta Business School.
Christina Pack, Kindergarten Teacher
Christina is a Kindergarten teacher. She previously worked as a first grade teacher in Union County, North Carolina where she taught at-risk children. She also student taught in Durham, North Carolina. Christina received a degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kristi Reaves, Dean
Kristi serves as the Academic Dean. Previously, she served as a Lead Kindergarten Teacher at Success Academy Harlem 1 in New York City, as a pre-first and third grade teacher at Pace Academy in Atlanta, as a Kindergarten and 2nd grade teacher at Brumby Elementary in Marietta, and as a Kindergarten teacher at Oriole Elementary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She served a variety of roles in these schools, including Grade Team Lead, early intervention teacher, and middle school track and cross-country coach. Kristi attended the University of Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree.
Hannah Rose, First Grade Teacher
Hannah is a First Grade teacher. Before joining KIPP, Hannah taught at various schools across the nation, including the nationally awarded Blue Ribbon School, Success Academy-Harlem 1, and she directed an intensive summer program for underprivileged children. She has also written, developed, and implemented reading intervention plans for ELL students and led professional development sessions on effective classroom management techniques. Hannah has a BS in Elementary Education with a special emphasis in Early Childhood and graduated with honors from the University of Utah.
Donald Rucker, First Grade Teacher
Donald is a First Grade teacher. Previously, he served as a 3rd grade teacher in Greenville, AL. He was a Greenville Elementary School Teacher of the Year. In addition, he was chosen as the Butler County School District Teacher of the Year and selected as a Jacksonville University Teacher Hall of Fame representative. Donald holds a Bachelor of Arts from Maryville College in Tennessee in Child Development with Teacher Licensure. He also has a Master’s in Elementary Education.
Kiah Vernon, Kindergarten Teacher Fellow
Kiah Vernon is a Kindergarten Teacher Fellow. She has been a lead teacher at Inman Park Cooperative Preschool since 2009. Kiah has a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Georgia and is currently earning her MAT at Mercer University.
Nehemie Villarceau, First Grade Teacher
Nehemie serves as a First Grade teacher. Her experience spans from being a teacher with Breakthrough Collaborative in Miami, FL, and a Jumpstart Atlanta Corps Member. Nehemie received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Child Development from Spelman College. She is currently working on her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University.
Terry Warren, First Grade Teacher
Terry is a First Grade teacher. Prior to joining KIPP, she served as Program Director of Residential Services at Seeds of Hope Children's Home in DeKalb County. Terry earned a BA in Psychology from Emory University and a MAT in Early Childhood Education from Shorter University.
Amanda White, Learning Specialist
Amanda is the Learning Specialist. Previously, she was the Assistant Director and Supervisor at Peachtree Road United Methodist Day Care. She was also a Teach For America corps member. Amanda has a BA in Social Work from Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
Jerry Williams, First Grade Teacher
Jerry is a First Grade teacher. Previously, he served as a residence Hall Director for Clark Atlanta University. He has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Morris Brown College.
Dawn Wooten, Theater Teacher
Dawn is the Theater teacher. She was the lead teacher for Haygood Memorial WCM Child Care Development Center before joining KIPP. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University.