KIPP WAYS Academy Staff
Patrice Barnes, Cafeteria Manager
Pat serves as the Cafeteria Manager for the KIPP WAYS Campus. She served as Cafeteria Manager at KIPP Vision Academy before transferring to KIPP WAYS. Prior to that, she was the Cafeteria Manager at Tara Christian Academy and worked for Sage Dining Services.
Temani Frances Beck, Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Temani serves as the Eighth Grade English Language Arts teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Temani began her teaching career at Westlawn Middle School in Tuscaloosa, AL. While at Westlawn, she served as the English Language Arts Department Chair, an Expert Content Teacher, a member of the Common Core Curriculum Design Team, and the Head Cheerleading Coach. She received her BS in Secondary Education and English from The University of Alabama.
Nicole Brown, Special Education Lead
Nicole serves as the Special Education Lead at KIPP WAYS Academy. Following a successful career in corporate America as a contract manager, she began her career in education for DeKalb and Cobb County Schools where she served as a long-term substitute teacher and paraprofessional for students with disabilities. Nicole is a graduate of Mercer University. She earned a BAS in Organizational Leadership and a Project Management Certificate from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Nijia Byrd, Math Coordinator
Nijia serves as the Math Coordinator at KIPP WAYS Academy. She most recently served as a Coach and Instructor for new mathematics teachers throughout five surrounding Metro Atlanta counties with The New Teacher Project. Prior to that, she taught mathematics at the middle, high and collegiate levels for nine years. Nijia has a BS and a Master’s in Middle Grades Education from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate in Teacher Leadership.
Amber Cochran, Special Project Coordinator
Amber serves as the Special Project Coordinator for the KIPP WAYS Campus. She has worked in construction for over ten years and comes from five generations of construction workers. Amber attends Gwinnett Technical College and is pursuing a degree in Construction Development.
Jamal Cooper, Jr., Fifth Grade Science Teacher
Jamal serves as a Fifth Grade Science teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Jamal is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS in Secondary Education, Biology. Jamal is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership.
Erinn Cottman, Literacy Coordinator
Erinn serves as the Literacy Coordinator at KIPP WAYS Academy. Previously, she served as the 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher and Grade Level Chair. She began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member. Before pursuing a career in education, she previously worked in journalism as a writer for Black Enterprise magazine in New York, and continues to occasionally contribute articles to this leading business publication. She is an honors graduate of Hampton University where she received a BA in Print Journalism. Erin is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies at Georgia State University.
Joseph Edelin, Seventh Grade Social Studies Teacher
Joseph serves as the Seventh Grade Social Studies teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. He previously worked at KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, serving as an Assistant Principal. Prior to that, he taught seventh grade Social Studies at KIPP WAYS Academy. He also worked as a 6th grade social studies teacher at Jackson Middle School in Houston, TX. Joseph received his BA in history from Morehouse College and his Master’s in Education from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Ra'Chel Ford, Director of Campus Operations
Ra'Chel serves as the Director of Campus Operations for the KIPP WAYS Campus. Previously, during her 15 years with Bank of America, she served in many process and performance improvement leadership roles. Most recently, she served as Chief of Staff for District Support with the Tennessee Department of Education. She has a BS in Urban Policy Studies from Georgia State University, a MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix, and she is an alumni of the Broad Center's Urban Educational Leadership Residency.
Britnie Franklin, Eighth Grade Math Teacher
Britnie serves as the Eighth Math teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Britnie began her teaching career in Hale County School District as a Teach For America Corps member. It was there that she taught seventh grade math, coached track and field, and middle school cheerleading. She also was one of the founding math teachers at West-Side Scholars Academy. Britnie received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
Jackie Goodman-Cook, Director of Student and Family Culture/Parent Liaison
Jackie serves as the Director of Student and Family Culture/Parent Liasion at KIPP WAYS Academy. She initially joined the KIPP WAYS Academy family as an educational assistant. After her son became a part of the KIPP WAYS team and family, Ms. Goodman-Cook became active with the KIPP Team Alliance (KTA). She was secretary during the initial year and served as president.
C.R. Harris, School Operations Manager
Clyreon serves as the School Operations Manager for the KIPP WAYS Campus. She attended Cal State University Dominguez Hills where she worked on earning her teacher certification and taught for five years. Clyreon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Grambling State University.
Anniecia Ho-Sang, Dance Teacher
Anniecia serves as the Dance teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She has been pursuing her love of dance for numerous years. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Fashion Design and Marketing at American Intercontinental University.
Dwight Ho-Sang, School Leader
Dwight serves as the School Leader of KIPP WAYS Academy. He began his teaching career as a Teach For America corps member at Dunbar Elementary School in Atlanta Public Schools. He began his work with KIPP as a social studies and language arts teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. During his tenure with KIPP, Dwight completed the Teacher Leader and Leadership Team training programs and served as both the Lower School Dean and the Dean of Instruction at KIPP WAYS Academy. Before serving as Principal of KIPP WAYS Academy, Dwight served as School Leader of KIPP DIAMOND Academy in Memphis, TN. Dwight is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA.
Andrea Howard, Eighth Grade Social Studies Teacher and Grade Level Chair
Andrea serves as the Eighth Grade Social Studies Teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP WAYS Academy. She began her teaching career in Washington, DC, at Rock Creek International School. A native of Atlanta, Andrea graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in Sociology.
Alexandria Johnson, Learning Specialist
Alexandria serves as a Learning Specialist at KIPP WAYS Academy. She worked as a ninth grade Special Education teacher in Charlotte, NC, before joining KIPP WAYS. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Alexandria received her teaching license through the TEACH Charlotte program and is currently earning her MEd in Special Education from Grand Canyon University.
Crystal Johnson, Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Crystal serves as the Seventh Grade English Language Arts teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She began her teaching career at Miami Norland Senior High as a Teach For America – Miami corps member. During her time in Miami, she served as tenth grade English and Journalism teacher, as well as Journalism Club Sponsor. She received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College.
Alie Jones, Fifth Grade Writing Teacher
Alie serves as the Fifth Grade Writing teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She previously worked as a Teacher Fellow at KIPP WAYS and an intern at Sojourners magazine in Washington, DC. Alie has spent time working as a Gift Officer to raise support for student scholarships at LaGrange College. She is an honors graduate of LaGrange College where she received a BA in Religion and Philosophy.
Charles King, Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teacher
Charles serves as the Sixth Grade English Language Arts teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. A founding class member of KIPP WAYS Academy, returned to the Team & Family as a 2015 Teach For America – Metro Atlanta corps member. Charles has previously worked with KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools and the KIPP Foundation as an operations associate. Charles has a BSEd in Middle Grades Education from the University of Georgia.
Lauren Labitue, Fifth Grade Social Studies Teacher
Lauren serves as the Fifth Grade Social Studies teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Lauren previously worked as a Fifth Grade Teacher at the William H. Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. She has a BA in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University and a MEd in Elementary Education from Lesley University.
Robin Little, Director of Counseling and Social Work
Robin serves as the Director of Counseling and Social Work at KIPP WAYS Academy. She has served in the social services arena working in various capacities, including guidance, counseling, advocacy and support to children, families, educational settings and private practitioners. Robin earned her BA in Psychology from DePauw University, located in Greencastle, IN. She later went on to further her education at Clark Atlanta University, where she received her MA in Counseling Psychology.
Ashley London, Fifth Grade Math Teacher
Ashley London serves as the Fifth Grade Math teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She served as a Program Manager at City Year in Columbia, SC, before joining KWA as a Teacher Fellow. She has a BS in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University. She is currently working toward her Masters in Educational Leadership at Northeastern University of Boston.
Taccara Marzette, Fifth Grade Reading Teacher and Grade Level Chair
Taccara serves as the Fifth Grade Reading teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP WAYS Academy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Florida State University and continued her education at Christian Brothers University, earning a Master’s degree in Education Leadership.
Claudine Miles, Upper School Dean
Claudine serves as the Upper School Dean at KIPP WAYS Academy. Previously, she was the Gifted Coordinator, 6th Grade Earth Science Teacher and Grade Level Chair. She began her career in education with Teach For America - Metro Atlanta. She is a honors graduate with a BA in English from Hampton University.
Joseph Miles, Athletic Director and Seventh/Eighth Grade Physical Education Instructor
Joseph serves as the Athletic Director and Seventh/Eighth Grade Physical Education Instructor at KIPP WAYS Academy. Previously, he served as Athletic Director and Physical Education Instructor at KIPP STRIVE Academy. He was also the soccer coach at KIPP STRIVE Academy and KIPP WAYS Academy. He is a graduate of Westwood College with a degree in Medical Assisting.
David Miner, Building Engineer
Dave serves as the Building Engineer for the KIPP WAYS Campus. Prior to joining KIPP, he worked a variety of jobs in Atlanta including assembly line, cook, construction, trim carpenter, and most specifically, a glazier. He specialized in stained- and leaded-glass restoration and had the privilege of contributing to the restoration of stained glass panels in almost every church in the downtown Atlanta area. He's also an artist and musician.
Sparkle Mitchell, Theater Teacher
Sparkle serves as the Theater teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Prior to joining KIPP, she was a part of the production team at Essential Theater at Florida A&M University. She worked on set for “Dream Girls,” “Crowns,” and the FAMU Connection. She was cast with a lead role in “A Christmas Story,” “Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope,” “Caroline or Change," and “Tallahassee Nights Live,” which she co-produced. Sparkle attended Howard University where she majored in Music Education and Voice.
Tamika Powell, Office Assistant
Tamika serves as the Office Assistant for the KIPP WAYS Campus. She served as the High School Advocate for the Urban Scholars Program in Harlem, NY, before relocating to Atlanta. She has a BA in Behavioral Science from Mercy College in the Bronx, NY.
Vivian Pyles, SST Chairperson
Vivian serves as the SST Chairperson at KIPP WAYS Academy. She began working in education as a substitute Educational Assistant at Milwaukee College Preparatory School of Wisconsin and later began teaching second grade. Vivian earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Concordia Wisconsin.
Keith Ramsey, Maintenance Support Technician
Keith serves as the Maintenance Support Technician for the KIPP WAYS Campus. Keith is an eight-year U.S. Navy Veteran, where he served as an (AO) Aviation Ordnanceman (G-3 Weapons Division) aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt from 1998-2003. Keith attended the Navy Campus NAS Norfolk and TideWater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA.
Keith S. Russell II, Music Educator
Keith serves as the Assistant Band Director at KIPP WAYS Academy. He served as the Fulton County Elementary School Band Director and High School Percussion Instructor before joining KIPP. He has a BS in Music Education from Oakwood University and co-op from Alabama A&M University.
Miraca Scott, Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher
Miraca serves as the Sixth Grade Social Studies teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She served as the Seventh Grade Social Studies teacher at KIPP WAYS. Prior to joining the KIPP WAYS family, she completed her student teaching at KIPP South Fulton Academy and Arabia Mountain High School. Miraca graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University with a BA in Sociology and recently earned a MAT in Secondary Social Studies Education from Georgia State University.
Alyse Smith, Sixth Grade Earth Science Teacher
Alyse serves as the Sixth Grade Earth Science teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. She was a corps member of Georgia Teaching Fellows in Savannah, GA. She served as a 6th grade special education science teacher at Stone Mountain Middle School in DeKalb County before joining KIPP. She has a BA in Psychology from Spelman College.
Kelvin Smith, Eighth Grade Science Teacher and Grade Level Chair
Kelvin serves as the Eighth Grade Science teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP WAYS Academy. During his long professional career, Kelvin has worked for several leading industry companies including IBM, Walt Disney World, Intel, AT&T, and most recently UPS where he was an Industrial Engineering Supervisor. Kelvin Smith is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a BS in Industrial Engineering.
Nathaniel Snyder, Dean of Culture and Gifted Teacher
Nate serves as the Dean of Culture and Gifted Teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Previously he served as the Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. He began his teaching career with Teach For America in Philadelphia where he taught middle school social studies at John B. Stetson Middle School. Most recently, he lived in Charlotte, NC, where he spent three years teaching high school law, civics, and economics courses. He has a BA in Communication from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and a MA in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Tara Stifler, Lower School Dean
Tara serves as the Lower School Dean at KIPP WAYS Academy. She returns to KIPP WAYS Academy after working as a Literacy Specialist at Charles R. Drew Charter School in East Atlanta. She previously served as the 5th grade reading instructor and reading coach at KIPP WAYS. Tara has also taught Kindergarten and first grades at Parklane Elementary School in Fulton County. She has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MAT in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement from Georgia State University.
Taisian Taylor, Seventh Grade Life Science Teacher and Grade Level Chair
Taisian serves as the Seventh Grade Life Science teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP WAYS Academy. She served as the Academy Leader and Science Chairperson at West Bronx Academy in New York, NY. She also served as the 8th Grade Science Teacher at KIPP STAR Middle School in Harlem, NY, prior to joining the KIPP WAYS family. She earned her BS in Biology from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, and a MAT in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College in New York, NY.
Carsundra Trice, Office Manager
Carsundra serves as the Office Manager of the KIPP WAYS Campus. She is also a KIPP parent and a former volunteer. Before coming to work at KIPP, Carsundra went back to school to study medical billing and coding while enjoying a schedule that allowed her to spend time volunteering at her daughter’s school. Previously, she enjoyed a 20+ year career in property management with the city of Atlanta Housing Authority.
Authur Washington, Regional Band Director
Authur serves as the Regional Band Director for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. Before coming to KIPP, he was an Assistant Band Director at Banneker High School in College Park, GA, which is his former high school. While at Howard University, Authur was the Student Conductor, Drum Major, and Student Arranger. He was awarded Howard University's Most Outstanding Musician and Bandsman for three years in a row. He obtained his BA in Music Business from Howard University.
Tanaya Washington, Sixth Grade Math Teacher and Grade Level Chair
Tanaya serves as the Sixth Grade Math teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP WAYS Academy. Tanaya is a member of the second graduating class of KIPP Academy in the Bronx, NY. She began her career in education at KIPP WAYS Academy and has served as an educational and student support assistant, as well as a math support teacher. She received a BA in Economics from Spelman College.
Ebonee Wilson, Business Operations Manager
Ebonee serves as the Business Operations Manager for the KIPP WAYS Campus. She previously held business operation's roles in the corporate and government arenas. Ebonee earned her BBA from Wesley College in Delaware and her MBA from Strayer University.
Rebekah Wolfe, Seventh Grade Mathematics Teacher
Rebekah serves as the Seventh Grade Math teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. Before joining KIPP, Rebekah served as RTI chair, Leadership Team chair, and Positive Behavior Support chair at Akron Community School. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Montana State University and an Alternate Bachelor’s Certification through Athens State University.
Muhammad Yungai, Visual Arts Teacher
Muhammed serves as the Visual Arts teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy. He has built a name for himself as one of Atlanta's best emerging artists, with a focus on portraits and jazz. He was most recently commissioned by Northlake Medical Center to conceptualize and paint a wall mural in conjunction with its expansive renovation. He discovered KIPP WAYS Academy as a parent who sought a better education for his two daughters.