faculty & staff

The Museum School

2015/16 Classroom Teachers

 

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade

 

 

Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Middle School

Kindergarten


Katie Dugan

Kindergarten Teacher

Education I am a graduate of Brenau Woman’s College in Gainesville Ga. where I received my Bachelors of Science in Early childhood Education in 1991. My teaching experiences ranges from teaching first grade, Kindergarten and Pre-School while in DeKalb County, Saint Thomas More Catholic School and Decatur Presbyterian Children’s Community.

In 2001 when my twins were born, I retired from teaching. Two years later I started teaching at Decatur Presbyterian Children’s Community.

I started working at The Museum School as an Instructional Assistant in Special Education in 2010. These past two years I was Mrs. Stenberg’s Assistant Teacher in Kindergarten.

I am trained in Ortin-Gilliham which is an approach to teaching not only children who are struggling with letter recognition and sounds but all beginning readers, and hold a Gifted Endorsement from TMS.

My Teaching philosophy is to teach each child through real life experiences, hands on approach, positive atmosphere, while challenging them to be self-learners. To find out what their best way my students learns and provide them with the materials needed in order to become a successful l learners. My classroom provides my students with an environment in which they can feel safe and secure so learning can take place.

Avondale Estates has been my home for over 19 years. I have four children who attend The Museum School. This school year I have a rising 4th, 7 th and twins in 8th grade. Patrick was in 3rd grade when TMS opened. During that year I was able to volunteer and observe The Museum School’s Model and saw how successful the students were including my son who was Dyslexic. I knew this was the place I wanted to return to teach. The following year his twin sister Ann Elizabeth, his brother Joseph, little sister Kathleen were chosen from the lottery and entered that school year. I was hired that year as a part time Instructional Assistant in Special Ed.

Website: missdugansclass.weebly.com
Email:Katie.dugan@themuseumschool.org

Oanh Nguyen

Oanh Nguyen

Kindergarten Teacher

 

Katie Stenberg

Kindergarten Teacher

Educaton:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Stenberg taught kindergarten for three years in Minnesota and for two-and-a-half years in Fairfax County, Va. In addition, she spent a year in Reykjavik, Iceland tutoring foreign students in English and has worked in DeKalb County teaching at-risk students in grades 2-5. This is her third year at The Museum School.

A personal note: My husband and I enjoy traveling back to Minnesota to visit our families. We recently began tent camping and love exploring northern Georgia. In my spare time, I love knitting and reading!

Teaching philosophy: I believe it is important to instill a lifelong love of learning in children, building their self-esteem and fostering their independence. In the classroom, students work both cooperatively and independently to make meaningful choices and to develop complex thinking skills. Similarities and differences are acknowledged and celebrated. A variety of methods, modalities, extensions and supplements are used throughout the curriculum and in the classroom environment to meet the various needs and learning styles of all students.

Website: http://www.mrsstenberg.weebly.com/

First Grade

 Sonia Stark

Caroline Almand

First Grade Teacher

 Michelle Newbold

Michelle Newbold

First Grade Teacher

 Yolanda Silveri

Yolanda Silveri

First Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with an ESOL endorsement, Georgia State University

This is Silveri's tenth year teaching. She taught first grade at Rockbridge Elementary School in Gwinnett County for three years and taught first and second grades at Walnut Creek Elementary School in Henry County for five years. This is her second year at The Museum School.

Personal note: I have a 12-year-old son named Jaylen. I love running and all things fitness.

Teaching philosophy: It is my mission to provide an inviting and stimulating classroom environment in which all students will learn through music, movement, technology and hands-on learning experiences. I believe all children can learn, and my goal is to create an atmosphere that engages students' various learning styles, strengths and needs within the classroom.

Email: yolanda.silveri@themuseumschool.org

Second Grade

 

Ashley Beebe Zimmerman

Second Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Public Relations, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, University of Georgia
Currently working on a Master of Arts in Teaching

This is Zimmerman's sixth year teaching. After teaching second grade for two years in Charlotte, N.C., she moved into the Gifted magnet program and taught an accelerated second grade class for two years. She spent two summers working in the Mississippi Delta and Tulsa, Okla. as a Corps Member Advisor and Curriculum Specialist, coaching new teachers as they entered the classroom. This is her second year at The Museum School.

A personal note: My husband and I have been married since October 2011 and own one puppy – Cecelia (Cici). I am originally from Georgia; we moved back from Charlotte to be closer to our wonderful families. In my spare time I enjoy photography, travel, cooking and reading – I can't stop reading a good book until I'm done!

Teaching philosophy: I believe children benefit from a classroom environment that allows them to explore their identity and seek to understand their peers as well as the world around them. In this process, students' own active participation enhances their learning as they probe new topics and delve deep into familiar information. I believe that by creating a warm, nurturing classroom culture and encouraging exploration and discussion, children are able to investigate challenging topics and take control of their own learning.

Website: http://www.msbeebe.weebly.com

Lillian Galicia

Second Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University
* ESOL, Math, and Gifted Endorsements

After five years teaching kindergarten, I am in my first year teaching second grade! I also completed two years of pre-service experience teaching grades Pre-K through seventh grade. A memorable point of my teaching career was teaching English in an elementary and middle school in Chengdu, China through an ESOL practicum.

A personal note: I speak Spanish fluently and enjoy playing guitar. I love spending time with my puppy Jasper!

Teaching philosophy: I believe all students are individuals who have different styles of learning, personal experiences, interests and needs. I believe an integral part of my job is to guide students in their learning through meaningful and effective instruction that is developed with these differences in mind, to ultimately lead to student success.

Email: lillian.galicia@themuseumschool.org
Website: missgaliciasclass.weebly.com

Katherine Morgan

Katherine Morgan

Second Grade Teacher

Third Grade

 

Shaniece Marie Bates

Third Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Tennessee State University
Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Central Michigan University
*Certified in Middle Grades (4-8)
*Gifted Endorsement

Bates is entering her eighth year of teaching. She has experience teaching second and third grades in DeKalb County schools. This is her second year at The Museum School.

A personal note: I am originally from Brown Deer, Wis., a small suburb of Milwaukee. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Jonathan, my daughter Kennedi Elaine, my son Aidan Kenneth and my step-son Jaylen. Other pastimes include cooking, reading, shopping and traveling.

Teaching philosophy: I believe all students can learn and should be engaged in the learning process at all times. I also believe students should be made aware of what is expected of them, and educators should be firm and consistent, yet nurturing. I believe students should grow academically, socially and emotionally in an atmosphere that is stimulating and adaptive to their diverse needs. Most importantly, I believe the learning process should be a fun and rewarding experience for both the student and the educator.

Email: shaniece.bates@themuseumschool.org

Website: http://mrsbates2ndgrade.weebly.com

 

Christi Brittian

Third Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Education, Clayton State University

This is Brittian's second year teaching, and she has a year of pre-service teaching experience in a fifth-grade classroom in Henry County. In addition, she served as an instructional assistant for third and fourth grades at The Museum School during the 2011-2012 year.

A personal note: My husband and I have two amazing daughters, Gracie and Sophie. I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling and cooking.

Teaching philosophy: My teaching philosophy centers on honoring and respecting each student and his/her unique and individual needs. My goal is to create an atmosphere of trust and compassion so that all students feel confident to take risks and reach their highest potential. I believe learning should always be meaningful and relevant to students' lives. I encourage students to question, problem solve and work together to find solutions and understand other points of view.

Website: http://mrsbrittiansclass.weebly.com/

 Sonia Stark

Katrina Norman

Third Grade Teacher

Fourth Grade

Tami Gilbert

Tami Gilbert

Fourth Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science Middle Level Education, Georgia State University
-Middle Grades Reading (4-8)
-Middle Grades Language Arts (4-8)
-Early Childhood

This is my first year at The Museum School. Last year, I served as a resident teacher in 5th grade, through a New Teacher Residency Project at a charter school in Atlanta Public Schools.

A personal note: You can find me on the Emerald Coast boating and spending time with friends and family when I am able to visit my hometown of Destin, Fla. My pastimes include most outdoor activities (especially sporting events), working out, indoor cycling, and snuggling up with a good book, alongside my dog, Princeton.

Teaching philosophy: My philosophy embraces an inclusive learning atmosphere that fosters differentiated instruction in a general classroom to accommodate the needs of all students. I believe in incorporating interactive, student-centered activities, that will stimulate the essence of gratitude, appreciation of diversity, and importance of working collaboratively to solve problems meaningfully. Ultimately, it is my priority to maintain a classroom where students feel comfortable, inspired, and valued.

Robin Hollis

Robin Hollis

Fourth Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Communications, The Pennsylvania State University
Master of Arts in Teaching, Oglethorpe University

This is Ms. Hollis’ seventh year in teaching. Before joining The Museum School, she taught third and fourth grade at Dunwoody Elementary, and fourth grades at Austin Elementary in DeKalb County. Prior to teaching, Ms. Hollis spent 15 years in the corporate world, mostly in marketing and public relations. This is her first year teaching at The Museum School.

On a Personal Note: I like to spend time with my husband and our two sweet dogs. Some of my favorite pastimes are traveling, watching movies, exercising at boot camp, decorating our home, and creating arts and crafts projects.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe in creating a classroom community based on mutual respect and responsibility, fostering a passion for learning by allowing children to explore and make choices about what and how they learn, incorporating families, the community and various perspectives in the classroom, and developing and supporting each child’s emotional and social development along the way. 

Kimberly O'Malley

Kimberly O'Malley

Fourth Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University
Masters of Elementary Literacy and Mathematics, Walden University
Educational Specialist in Early Childhood Education, Georgia State University

This is O'Malley's sixth year as a classroom teacher. For one year, she worked as a studio teacher teaching child actors on film sets. She is certified in gifted education and holds a TSS endorsement. She is not only certified to teach elementary grade levels, but also middle grades Social Sciences.

A Personal Note: My husband and I have been married since July 2007. I am originally from Marietta, Georgia and moved to midtown Atlanta during college. I love living in the city where I can walk everywhere and enjoy everything that encompasses a city life. In my spare time I enjoy reading, dancing, singing and playing with my dog, Thomas Jefferson.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe children benefit from an environment that allows them to explore and construct their learning as I facilitate. I teach to the individual child by differentiating my instruction based on ability levels, interests and learning styles. My hope is that my students develop a life-long love of learning and they understand that with hard work and dedication, they can become whatever they dream of being.

Email: kimberly.omalley@themuseumschool.org

Fifth Grade

 Carla Bunch

Carla Bunch

Fifth Grade Teacher

 Catie Eisel-Elder

Catie Eisel-Elder

Fifth Grade Teacher

 

Shannon Frandsen

Fifth Grade Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University of South Florida
ESOL Endorsement

Frandsen has five years of experience teaching third, fourth, and multi-age third and fourth grade classrooms in Pasco County, Fla. This is her first year at The Museum School.

A personal note: I recently relocated from Tampa, Fla. with my six-year old Bichon Bolognese, Oscar.

Teaching philosophy: Within my classroom, it is my goal to establish a hands-on, interactive, student-centered, safe and stimulating environment. I believe in teaching the whole child. I strive to provide a differentiated environment that appeals to all learning modalities and levels within my classroom. It is my mission to help mold lifelong learners and productive members within the community.

Middle School

Avery Alexander

Avery Alexander

6th and 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Email: avery.alexander@themuseumschool.org

Dakota Floyd

Dakota Floyd

6th and 7th Grade ELA Teacher

Email: dakota.floyd@themuseumschool.org

 Stephanie Earnest

Stephanie Earnest

Sixth & Seventh Grade Science Teacher

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education, North Georgia College and State University Masters of Secondary Science, Mercer Unviersity
Gifted & ESOL Endorsement

This is my first year at The Museum School, but my 12th year of teaching in the classroom. I have taught Science, Social Studies, and Reading in grades 6-8 in Dekalb County and Forsyth County. I have been fortunate to teach a wide variety of students that differ in their backgrounds and needs.

A personal note: I live with my husband and dog, Cash, in Tucker. We are both Atlanta natives. I am most at peace when I am outside and/or active; that could be hiking, biking, traveling, camping, or sitting in a hammock and reading.

Teaching Philosophy: My Philosophy is somewhat wrapped up in my content area. I think kids are born with a natural curiosity and wonder about the world around them, which is the basis of science: a question. My hope in teaching is to maintain and grow that curiosity in kids. I want kids to desire to be creative, innovative, and knowledgeable. I hope to accomplish this goal by providing engaging and hands-on instruction that addresses a variety of learning styles.

Email: stephanie.earnest@themuseumschool.org
Website: mrsearnestsscience.weebly.com

Kerrie Rich

Sixth Grade Math Teacher

Education:
Bachelor's in Early Education at Buffalo State University
Master's in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction from Walden University

Rich has 11 years experience teaching third and fourth grades in South Fulton County schools. This is her second year at The Museum School.

A personal note: In my spare time I like to read (Harry Potter is a personal favorite), dance and try new, Atlanta restaurants. I love to travel, especially to Jamaica, but any tropical beach will do.

Teaching philosophy: I believe in teaching the whole child: academics, socialization, character education and conflict resolution. I try to make everything relate to a real world experience in order to connect the student to their learning and make learning more exciting. If students can see that what they are doing makes a difference in the world, they will become more interested in learning and doing, which makes our community a better place.

Peter Robertson

Peter Robertson

8th Grade ELA, Math, and Social Studies Teacher

Email: peter.robertson@themuseumschool.org

Laura Steward

Laura Steward

7th Grade Math, 8th Grade Science Teacher

Email: laura.steward@themuseumschool.org