KIPP Vision Primary Staff

 

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 for three years, 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.

Wheda Carletos, Principal
Wheda is the founding principal for KIPP Vision Primary.  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 in 2008, she spent five years at Herndon Elementary School, where she taught kindergarten, 5th, and 4th grade. 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.

JChrista Coleman, Dean
Christa serves as a Dean at KIPP Vision Primary. 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 Director of KIPP through College for four years. Christa holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Special Education and has over 10 years of teaching experience in 5th through 8th grades.

Ralph Culpepper, Kindergarten Teacher
Mr. Ralph Culpepper, III 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, Spanish Teacher
Elisa is the Spanish Teacher at KIPP Vision Primary. She has worked for the Atlanta Public School system for eight years.  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.

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 21 years.

Tanya Flagg, Campus Business Operations Manager
Tanya is the Campus Business Operations Manager for KIPP Vision Academy. She previously worked in accounting for the past 18 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/Executive Assistant
Leia serves as the Office Manager/Executive Assistant 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.

Carolyn Hardaway, Social Worker
Carolyn serves as the school 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, Kindergarten Teacher
Julianna is a Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP Vision Primary. 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 in 2009 as a Teach for America Corps Member, teaching 3rd grade and 1st grade in DeKalb County. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.

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 almost 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, Kindergarten Teacher/Grade Level Chair
Britteny is the Kindergarten Grade Level Chair for KIPP Vision Primary.  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 2008 Miami Teaching Fellow.  She graduated with an ABJ in Advertising from the University of Georgia, Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kevin June, Maintenance Support Technician
Kevin is the Maintenance Support Technician. Previously, he was self-employed as a title contractor in New Jersey for twenty 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 six years of teaching music to all ages.  She has also worked at KIPP South Fulton Academy as the Theatre teacher.  She has earned a BS in Music Performance/Education from Florida A&M University located in Tallahassee, FL. Terri was also a member of the world renowned FAMU Marching “100”.

Yolwana Lawrence, Special Education Teacher
Yolwana is the Special Education Teacher for KIPP Vision Primary. Previously, she served as a special education teacher in grades K-3 in Dekalb County School System. She has a MAT in Special Education, General Curriculum from Valdosta State University and a B.S in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University. 

Amanda Miller, Kindergarten Teacher
Amanda is a Kindergarten Teacher at KIPP Vision Primary. Previously, she was the Assistant Director and Supervisor at Peachtree Road United Methodist Day Care. She is also a Corps Member of AmeriCorps with Teach for America. Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.  

Keosha Moon, Campus Director of Operations
Keosha is the Campus Director of Operations. 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 at KIPP Vision Primary. 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 Reaves serves as the Academic Dean for KIPP Vision Primary.  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.

Nehemie Villarceau, Teacher Fellow
Nehemie currently serves as a Teacher Fellow at KIPP Vision Primary. Her experience spans from being a teacher intern with Breakthrough Collaborative in Miami, Florida, and a Corps Member with Jumpstart Atlanta. Nehemie received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Child Development from Spelman College.