Upper Learning Faculty & Staff

Natalia Barba

Natalia Barba

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Dr. Allen Barksdale

Dr. Allen Barksdale

Titles: Social Studies Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, Warren Wilson College
Master of Arts in History, Appalachian State University
Ph.D. in American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
Departments: Upper Learning
Denny Beatty

Denny Beatty

Titles: Kinetic Wellness Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Therapeutic Recreation, Georgia State University
Departments: Upper Learning, Athletics
Scottie Belfi

Scottie Belfi

Titles: French Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Political Science, and French, The University of Richmond
Master of Education in Secondary Education, concentration in French, Vanderbilt & Belmont Universities
Departments: Upper Learning
Sarah Benedict

Sarah Benedict

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, English, Elon University
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, Rutgers University
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Peggy Benkeser

Peggy Benkeser

Titles: Director of the Arts
Degrees: Bachelor of Music, University of Illinois
Master of Music, Georgia State University
Departments: Upper Learning, Administrative, Fine Arts
Kerren Berz

Kerren Berz

Titles: Strings Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee
Master of Music, Florida State University
Boston University
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Fine Arts
Sam Biglari

Sam Biglari

Titles: Social Studies Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, University of Virginia
Master of Arts Degree, Georgia State University
Departments: Upper Learning
Anne Broderick

Anne Broderick

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, English, Notre Dame
Master of Education, Teaching and Learning, DePaul University
Departments: Upper Learning
Silvette Bullard

Silvette Bullard

Titles: Guidance Counselor
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, DePauw University
Master of Science, Counseling and Counselor Education, Indiana University
Education Specialist, School Counseling, University of Georgia
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Misao Cates

Misao Cates

Titles: Theatre Tech Assistant & Costumer
Departments: Upper Learning, Fine Arts
Edward Clark

Edward Clark

Titles: Physics Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Furman University
Master of Science, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Master of Education, Science Education (Physics), University of Alabama at Birmingham
Departments: Upper Learning
Megan Cramer

Megan Cramer

Titles: Drama Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Wake Forest University
Departments: Upper Learning, Fine Arts
Sally Cramer

Sally Cramer

Titles: Dance Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Florida State University
Departments: Upper Learning, Fine Arts
Katie Crowell

Katie Crowell

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: Master of Arts, Teaching: Secondary English Education, University of Georgia
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Chris Curtis

Chris Curtis

Titles: Economics & World History Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Social Studies Education, Pennsylvania State University
Departments: Upper Learning
Theresa Dames

Theresa Dames

Titles: Chemistry Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Alexander Diaz-Williamson

Alexander Diaz-Williamson

Titles: Social Studies Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Pomona College
Master of Arts, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley
Departments: Upper Learning
Ayesha Fakhrid-Deen

Ayesha Fakhrid-Deen

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Clark Atlanta University
Master of Science in Mathematics, Clark Atlanta University
Departments: Upper Learning
Dr. Sue Feig

Dr. Sue Feig

Titles: Coordinator of Learning Services (Grades 5-12)
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Clark University
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Emory University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Emory University
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Learning Services
Stephen Fleming-Cooper

Stephen Fleming-Cooper

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Oglethorpe University
Departments: Upper Learning
Ann Fountain

Ann Fountain

Titles: Associate Director of College Counseling, English Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Sarah Lawrence College
Departments: Upper Learning, College Counseling
Gareth Griffith

Gareth Griffith

Titles: Principal
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English and French, Wake Forest University
Master of Arts in Art History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Master of Science in Exercise & Sports Science - Biomechanics, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Departments: Upper Learning
Mary Stuart Hall

Mary Stuart Hall

Titles: Art Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Art, The University of the South
Master of Education in Art Education, University of Georgia
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Fine Arts
Sally Harvey

Sally Harvey

Titles: Science Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Secondary Science Eduation, University of Alabama
Master of Arts, Secondary Science Education, University of Alabama
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Dr. Lauren Holt

Dr. Lauren Holt

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English, Hendrix College
Master of Arts in English, University of Tennessee
Ph.D. in English, Emory University
Departments: Upper Learning
Dr. Lynda Jenkins

Dr. Lynda Jenkins

Titles: Science Teacher
Degrees: Ph.D. in Science Education, University of Georgia
Departments: Upper Learning
MariaPaola Jimenez

MariaPaola Jimenez

Titles: Technology Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, Universidad de Los Andes
Departments: Upper Learning
Ayisha Karim

Ayisha Karim

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Asian & African Languages and Literature, Duke University
Mathematics Teachers College, Columbia University
Private School Leadership, Klingenstein Center
Departments: Upper Learning
Elissa Marele

Elissa Marele

Titles: Theatre Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Theater Education, University of South Florida
Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Arts, Nova Southern University
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Fine Arts
Jeanne Martinez

Jeanne Martinez

Titles: Registrar & Administrative Assistant
Degrees: Bachelor of Science
Departments: Upper Learning, Administrative
Jesus Martinez-Saldana

Jesus Martinez-Saldana

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English as a Foreign Language, University of Havana
Master of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture, University of Salamanca
Departments: Upper Learning
Brian Mitchell

Brian Mitchell

Titles: General Music & Guitar Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Ochestral Instrument Performance, Georgia State University
Master of Arts in Music, Georgia State University
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Fine Arts
Becki Oeswein

Becki Oeswein

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: Masters of Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, University of Louisville
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Louisville
Departments: Upper Learning
Cecilia Pagani

Cecilia Pagani

Titles: Spanish Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages, University of Florence, Italy
Master of Arts, Linguistics, University of Florence, Italy
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning
Nabila Peterson

Nabila Peterson

Titles: French Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, English, Stendhal University
Master of Arts, Teaching French as a Foreign Language & PGCE, Lancaster University, England
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning
Tori Powers

Tori Powers

Titles: Mathematics Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Religion Studies, Lehigh University
Master of Arts, Teaching Secondary Mathematics, Agnes Scott College
Departments: Upper Learning
Danielle Reed

Danielle Reed

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, English Education, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Master of Education, English, Kennesaw State University
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson

Titles: English Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, History, Pomona College
Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, The New School
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Dr. Lore Ruttan

Dr. Lore Ruttan

Titles: Art Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Biology, University of Chicago
Master of Science, Ecology, University of California, Davis
Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology, University of California, Davis
Departments: Upper Learning, Fine Arts
Elizabeth Sanders

Elizabeth Sanders

Titles: Science Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Yale University
Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
Departments: Upper Learning
Daniel Solammon

Daniel Solammon

Titles: Band Director
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Fine Arts, 2018-19 New Staff
Stephanie Strickland

Stephanie Strickland

Titles: Learning Support Teacher
Departments: Upper Learning, Learning Services
Dr. Matt Vieron

Dr. Matt Vieron

Titles: Latin Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, Millsaps College—Jackson, MS
Master of Arts in Ancient Greek & Latin, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D. in Ancient Greek & Latin, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Departments: Upper Learning
Tara Vito

Tara Vito

Titles: Lead Librarian
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Rhode Island College
Master of Library and Information Science, University of Rhode Island
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Library
Liz Whalen

Liz Whalen

Titles: Theatre Tech Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, St. Mary's of Notre Dame
Master of Fine Arts, Technical Theatre Production, University of Alabama
Departments: Upper Learning, Middle Learning, Fine Arts, 2018-19 New Staff
Beth Wilson

Beth Wilson

Titles: Assistant Principal
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, English, Davidson College
Master of Arts, English, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Doctor of Philosophy (ABD), English Rhetoric & Composition, Old Dominion University
Departments: Upper Learning, 2018-19 New Staff
Bob Zapotocky

Bob Zapotocky

Titles: Director of College Counseling
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Gettysburg College
Departments: Upper Learning, College Counseling