Amanda is a teacher for the Two’s classroom. She has experience working in child care centers and as a nanny. She loves watching children have fun while learning. Her favorite time of the day is watching the children run and play together outdoors.
Amanda’s favorite children’s book: “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear”.
April is the Academic Director at Mt. Elizabeth Academy. She has worked for 25 years in public education in the areas of teaching, counseling, and administration. She has experience working in elementary as a teacher/counselor and secondary as a counselor. April is excited to work with students this age because current research states that the overwhelming determiner of how a child does in school is how much they know before they start pre k. Her favorite time of the day is in the morning when all the kids are getting to school. It is a bright new day full of potential. Unlocking each child’s unique potential, talents, and gifts is her passion.
April’s favorite children’s book: “The Kissing Hand”.
Ms. Brooke an assistant teacher. She helps out in the afternoons in different classes around the school. She has formerly worked as a special needs caregiver, a nanny, and a toddler teacher at another preschool. She has experience with many different ages, but she has the most experience with toddlers. Ms. Brooke graduated from South Paulding High School with honors and is currently a student at Kennesaw State University where she is studying early childhood education.
Ms. Brooke believes it is important as a teacher to provide children with a positive, stimulating environment that allows each of them to reach their full potential not only academically, but personally a.s well. She strives to be the best teacher, guide, and friend that she can be for each child
Ms. Brooke’s favorite children’s book is, “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister.
Cecile is a teacher in the Younger Infants (6 weeks-6 months) classroom. She has been an Early Childhood Educator for almost 20 years. She loves to watch the babies’ rapid transformation in all areas of development within the first year of their lives. Her favorite time of the day is during Sensory/Science activities. Born and raised in France, Cecile enjoys cooking plant-based dishes for her family and friends. She also loves to teach others about the Bible.
Cecile’s favorite children’s book: “The Earth Book”.
Corinne teaches PK-3. She has taught PK-4 for 14 years and PK-5 for 3 years at a private Episcopal School in Mobile, AL. She was also the coordinator for Sunday school classes (k-2), children’s chapel and the nursery. Corinne loves working with young children, seeing their faces light up when they “get” a new concept. She also loves their complete, innocent honesty. Her favorite part of the day is small group work. It gives her the chance to spend more time getting to know each student. Corinne recently moved here from Alabama.
Corinne’s favorite children’s book: “Stellaluna by Janell Cannon”.
Ms. Emily is origionally from Florida and she has been working with children as long as she can remember. She started off assisting her mom with her at home daycare. She studied early childhood education while in high school, and she continued to work in daycare centers with children from 0-5 years. Throughout her years in the childcare industry she has attended numerous childcare courses furthering her education and training. She has her National Administrative credential and is working towards her Georgia CDA. Ms. Emily believes that each child has the ability to flourish with just the right amount of love, patience, and support.
Her favorite children’s book is “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that type” By: Doreen Cronin.
Ms. June is the closing supervisor at Mt. Elizabeth Academy. She has worked as an infant room teacher with ages 6 weeks-15 months and also as an evening closer. After working in the daycare system for many years, she became a nanny for two boys; an infant and a toddler. June and her husband have 4 boys, two are teenagers and the other two are in elementary school. She is very happy to be a part of Mt. Elizabeth as the closing supervisor and to be a part of your children’s lives as she gets to watch them grow. June graduated from high school in Atlanta, and as a young mom, learned that her passion and goal in life was to become more active and involved with children. She loves seeing their smiling faces every day and enjoys their different personalities. Her philosophy on education is that everyone in the classroom contributes as a student, teacher, and thinker. June says it’s very important that everyone is aware of every student and their needs. Each child is an individual and every one learns in their own unique way.
June’s favorite children’s book: “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie”.
Kai teaches in the young toddlers in classroom Toddler 1A. She has thirteen years of experience in childcare working with various ages, eight years working specifically with infants and toddlers, and five years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum. Her passion for working with children is being able to provide children with the stepping stones they need to be successful throughout life. Kai’s favorite parts of the day are Art Time and Circle/Story Time. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and traveling.
Kai’s favorite children’s book: “The Grouchy Ladybug”.
Kibibi is the Fine Arts Teacher at Mt. Elizabeth Academy. She provides weekly music, art, drama, P.E., and Yoga activities for the children to enjoy. Arts and crafts have always been a hobby of hers and she loves getting the opportunity to share her passion with children. Having the ability to explore their creative side and discovering their many talents with them every day is a very rewarding part of her profession. Before working at Mt. Elizabeth Academy, Kibibi was the assistant choir director at her church. She has been playing the guitar and singing since she was in 6th grade and has loved it ever since. Her favorite part of the day is the afternoon. After a long day of active playing and fun, the children can unwind and learn while expressing thoughts and feelings through the appreciation of fine arts. Your children are her priority and she strives to keep their imaginations and creativity flowing every day.
Kibibi’s favorite children’s book: “The Little Engine that Could”.
Kristen is the Lead Teacher for the Older Toddler classroom. She has been a toddler teacher for the past seven years. Kristen believes in creating a classroom environment that fosters problem-solving and independence skills, giving children the confidence they need to learn from their environment. She also believes that children learn through play. As a teacher, she creates an environment that allows the children in her class to move about freely. As they “play” she supports them by asking open-ended questions and suggesting new ideas and ways to use manipulates. She also has her A.S. in Early Childhood Education from Chattahoochee Technical College. Kristen loves to look back to the beginning of the year and see how far the children in her class have come, how much they have learned, grew, and matured in the time that they spent with her. Her favorite part of the day is story time.
Kristen’s favorite children’s book: “Dragons Love Tacos”.
Ms. Raina is an afternoon teacher at Mt. Elizabeth Academy. She recently graduated with Honors from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. In the near future, she plans on going to graduate school for Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Ms. Raina has 6 years of childcare experience varying from infants to teens. While attending school, she worked at the YMCA Kid’s Zone and has had the opportunity to be a camp counselor, mentor and tutor for the past two years. One of her favorite quotes from Maya Angelou is, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Even from a young age I find that it is important to instill values that will last a lifetime, treat others with kindness and understanding, and remember that every day is a fresh start to do even better!
My favorite childhood books are the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park.
Originally from Jamaica, Patricia moved to the USA and became a member of the New Jersey foster parent association working with young children where she developed a passion for working with kids. For more than 15 years Patricia has been working as a lead teacher in early childhood education with children ages 6 weeks to 4 years of age. Patricia says that no matter what the age group, or the location, she just loves teaching kids. She really feels blessed to have the opportunity to work with young children. Patricia loves to encourage the kids to be creative by doing art projects with them. She says having the opportunity to watch children learn and grow is one of the best parts of her life. In her spare time Patricia enjoys reading, playing games and listening to music. She attended Knox College for 2 years in Jamaica where she studied early childhood education. She has also taken a course in business management in adult education. Patricia has attended 120 hours of training classes in early childhood education where she gained her Child Development Associate credential (CDA). Patricia has also attended 40 hours of the early childhood Directors training network.
Patricia’s favorite children’s book: “The Little Engine that Could”.
Ms. Shequila is from Wisconsin and enjoys teaching awesome little learners. She has been teaching for over five years. Ms. Shequila has been the lead teacher in toddler classrooms and she loves this age group. Being able to watch children grow and development in so many different ways is a pleasure of hers. She feels that helping to nurture and guide children as they transition each day is rewarding as a caregiver, mom and teacher. In addition, Ms. Shequila loves to be creative in the way she teaches while she introduces new concepts to toddlers. She is currently studying early education and has formerly studied at Marian University of Wisconsin. She has obtained her CDA.
Shequila’s favorite children’s book: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
Ms. Michelle, known as “Ms. Shell” to the kids, is our Private Pre-K teacher. She has been married for 37 years and has two wonderful sons and two grandchildren. Recently, she relocated to Georgia, from Florida, to be close to her growing family. She has worked with children her whole life, from being the neighborhood “go to” babysitter to the owner of a Nationally Accredited Preschool in South Florida for many years. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and believes that the early years are our opportunity to build a strong foundation for learning. She is passionate about education and believes we never stop acquiring knowledge.
She has many favorite books as she loves all literature and adores reading with children! We know that her class will be regulars in our library!
Taryn is the assistant teacher in the Toddler 2 class, as well as the Spanish teacher for Toddlers and Pre K. She has been working in childcare for two years. She loves seeing the kids learn and apply what they have learned in, and outside the classroom. Her favorite part of the day is when the kids get to play outside and enjoy the weather. Taryn likes trying new things and loves enjoying at the beach.
Taryn’s favorite children’s book: “Horton Hears a Who and Oh, The Places You’ll Go”.
Ms. Terre grew up in Woodstock, GA and graduated magna cum laude from Kennesaw State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree. While at KSU, she earned eighteen Early Childhood Education credit hours and spent one semester interning as a teaching assistant in a First Grade classroom. After working for six years as a Financial Analyst, she chose to pursue her passion for early childhood education and has now been teaching for two years. In November 2017, Ms. Terre and her husband welcomed their sweet baby boy Grayson. This past year, Ms. Terre has earned 37.5 credit hours of training from the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy and the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. She believes that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education.
One of her favorite children’s books is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae.
Ms. Vivian is from Powder Springs GA and she teaches the afternoon classes. In college, Ms. Vivian minored in Korean Language & Literature and had an amazing internship where she taught English to high school students in South Korea for a month. She has also tutored family friends and colleagues in Science, English and Math. Vivian graduated from UGA cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Genetics and planned on obtaining a Master’s Degree in Genetics Counseling. Now, she is more interested in counseling children and she plans to go back to school to study counseling with a focus on children and adolescent development. Vivian believes the classroom is a conducive space for learning, both for the teacher and the students. It’s up to the teacher and the students to both put in efforts to learn something new every day. She hopes to be able to teach the kids something new and fun daily!
Ms. Vivian favorite children’s book is “The Cat in The Hat” by Dr. Seuss.
Ms. Olivia works at Mt. Elizabeth Academy as an After School Program teacher.
Ms. Olivia officially began working in childcare after high school when she was nineteen years old. She was caring for children from 3 months to 12 years, however, she has loved working with little ones for as long as she can remember.
She has attended numerous training events in the child care field and hopes to continue learning new ways to cultivate children’s natural spark for life and learning. She believes that every child has unique and special abilities that need the chance to flourish.
Her absolute favorite children’s book has to be “I Like Myself” by Koren Beaumont
Ms. Brittany is originally from New Orleans and is super excited to be a part of the team at Mt. Elizabeth Academy.
She began working with children in 2013 as a Museum/Tour Guide for NASA. She has taken courses in early childhood development while receiving her English Degree at Louisiana Tech University in 2016. She is a former Phi Mu sister and was inducted into the French Honor Society.
She received her Registered Behavior Technician certification shortly after college and worked with children as a Behavior Therapist at First Grace United Methodist Church in 2017.
She finds teaching to be very rewarding and believes that every child deserves the opportunity to learn in their own unique way. She believes that growth becomes even more possible when teachers and students come together in a positive safe environment filled with smiles and laughter.
Her favorite children’s book is, “The Runaway Beignet” by Connie Collins Morgan.