The school leadership team collaborates with parents and teachers to provide an educational environment of excellence. The Suzuki School uses a highly collaborative organizational structure which utilizes extensive feedback from both the teaching and parent community during decision-making processes.
Collaboration with parents focuses primarily on the needs of the family’s individual child. Virtual town hall meetings, surveys, individual conferences and workshops provide ongoing dialog to the Administrative staff as they make the key decisions that most benefit our students.
Parents are encouraged to provide consistent feedback to the school and we provide multiple ways for them to do so. Our emphasis on an open-door policy ensures access to immediate dialog and resolution for both parents and Suzuki staff.
Ponce City Market: 404.233.2128
Paula Charles, President has been with the school since 2005. She was introduced to The Suzuki School when her infant daughter attended the school years earlier. Paula has a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Texas, and BS in Accounting from the University of Washington. Before joining The Suzuki School, Paula spent many years working in management consulting, and in Corporate Finance. Paula and her husband, Robert live in Buckhead.
In Spring of 2008, she moved to Atlanta, GA and began working in the Primary classroom at Suzuki. In 2009, I was very instrumental in creating Suzuki In Bloom, a funding raising event for Children’s Hospital of Atlanta and other nonprofit organizations, this quickly went from being a Primary classroom event to a school wide annual art event. After two years in the classroom, she moved into the Admissions Department where she was heavily involved with the marketing and opening of the thirst campus at Ponce City Market. In 2014, Kimberly completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification through the American Montessori Society and, in 2015, became the Director of the Buckhead Campus. Kimberly’s two young girls have attended The Suzuki School since they were 3 months; Charlotte, now 4 years, and Bess, 1, and husband, Nathan, reside in Druid Hills. Kimberly also serve on the Atlanta Children’s Shelter Young Professionals Board.
Kristen Walker graduated from UGA in 2006 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Child and Family Development, and started teaching in Athens, GA shortly after that from 2006 to 2008. In addition, she taught in Shanghai, China from 2008 to 2010, where she spent time in Kindergarten and 1st grade at Xiwai International School. She came to Suzuki to teach Kindergarten in the Summer of 2010, and has since then taken Dr Meadows PAMS course, where she obtained her certification in November of 2013. Kristen also has a son, born in September of 2014, and who started at Suzuki in Summer 2015!
Miss Tasnin Mousumi graduated from The City University of New York, York College in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. Tasnin is no stranger to Suzuki, either! She originally joined the Suzuki School as a Pre-Primary Associate in the Spring of 2013 at the Northside campus and subsequently worked with the School as a substitute. At Suzuki, Miss Tasnin fell in love with the School’s unique focus on the Montessori system of education and the family friendly environment.
Kelly Perryman obtained her undergrad degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia before pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from Strayer University. Kelly started in August 2006 in the classroom before moving to Administration, where she devoted herself to Admissions and ensuring the new family experience is one that represents the heart of Suzuki. In October of 2016, she became the Director of the Northside campus, and is excited to begin these next steps in her journey!. Her daughter is also a Suzuki alum.
Ashante’ joined the Suzuki School almost five years ago after working as a public school teacher for six years. Ashante has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Leadership from Cambridge College in Boston. She also has a Bachelors Degree in Art Therapy and Psychology from Converse College in Spartanburg South Carolina. She also recently received her Early Childhood Montessori Certification earlier this year. Her love for education and children is infectious. She is happy to work for such an outstanding school that goes the extra mile daily to honor children and equip them with the tools that help develop children that have a lifelong love for learning!
LaTallia Lockhart holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University and a BA in Psychology from the same institution. La’Talia was also a ParaProfessional at Visions for New Hope. La’Talia has a strong love for children, and is thrilled to be supporting families and children in a preschool which so strongly honors each child.
PONCE CITY MARKET CAMPUS
Courtney May has worked with children and families in a variety of capacities for over 15 years. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Child and Family Development, she began work at Quality Care for Children as an Early Care and Education Specialist. In 2006, she accepted a position at the Frazer Center as the Director of Child Development Programs and eventually moved into a larger role as the Director of Programs. During her time working at the Frazer Center, she also earned a Master's Degree from Georgia State University in Early Childhood Special Education. As the Director of our Ponce City Market location, Courtney brings an amazing amount of talent, dedication, and knowledge to the Suzuki community.
Casey Hardigan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and minors in Education and Psychology. Since joining Suzuki in 2013, she has taught at all three campuses, and spent time in each level. Casey was an integral part in opening the first Primary classroom at the Ponce City Market location and where she taught for 3 years, building strong partnerships with parents and children. Casey earned her Montessori certification in 2014 from the Pan American Montessori Society and brings a wealth of passion and enthusiasm for parent education, contributing to the Suzuki Speaks blog among other initiatives at the PCM campus. She is currently pursuing her second Montessori certification with the American Montessori Society.
Pia Dokes is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a BA in Criminal Justice. Before coming to the Suzuki School, Pia worked for the Juvenile Justice Unit of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Her work consisted of monitoring Georgia's adult and juvenile detention centers to ensure compliance with the federal law. Since joining Suzuki, she worked part-time as a Substitute teacher. Pia is very passionate about working with children and is excited to be a part of the Suzuki community!
SUPPORT STAFF SERVICES
Sunny Alley grew up in South Georgia surrounded by a family of educators and has acquired teaching and academic coordination experience in the U.S., China, Benin, France, Costa Rica, and South Korea. She has a Bachelor's degree from Queens University of Charlotte in International Studies. Sunny completed her Master's degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development from the United Nations graduate school The University for Peace. She was first introduced to Montessori as a full time teacher at a full foreign language immersion Montessori preschool teaching in classes from infant to preschool aged children in Mandarin Chinese, French, and Spanish language classrooms. She is thrilled to be a part of a learning institute that embodies the same high standards and values for independent growth and education that she shares with The Suzuki School.
Lyndall de Klerk
Lyndall de Klerk is originally from South Africa and came to the United States at a young age. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in psychology. Before coming to the Suzuki School, Lyndall worked at a domestic violence shelter that assisted women and children in need of immediate safety. Lyndall started at our Ponce City Market location in the Fall of 2016 as the Administrative Coordinator. Since then, she has become an integral part of the Suzuki Community: Lyndall has been the face of the PCM campus, and has always shown her wonderfully warm and energetic personality. She is excited to be a part of a learning institution that continuously supports each child to reach their full potential, and is even more excited to now be bringing more families into the Suzuki community.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Aileen Jackman, M.Ed. CCLS is a Child Development Specialist, Certified Child Life Specialist and Better Brains for Babies Educator. Aileen specializes in infant and child mental health, early intervention and prevention services, training and program development, developmental assessment, behavioral concerns and therapeutic intervention with infants, toddlers and young children. She is passionate about education and support for parents and teachers of young children. Aileen received her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education in 1986 from the University of Oklahoma. Aileen further enhanced her education by completing 18 hours of Montessori Course work in the Early Childhood Education Master’s Program at Kennesaw State University in 2008. She joined the Suzuki School in April of 2018.
Health and Safety, Human Resources, Communications
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND SAFETY
Ponce City Market: 404.233.2128
Myesha Moore, mother of 2, graduated from Clarkson College in Omaha, NE in 2004. The majority of her nursing experience is in the Primary care setting, where she worked side by side with a physician for 7 years. In this capacity, she gained knowledge of how to diagnose and treat many long term health needs as well as how to react in emergency situations. Her love for children and passion to educate is what brought her to the Suzuki Family. Now, she is bringing her wealth of knowledge regarding health and safety to all three campuses!
Ponce City Market: 404.233.2128
Kristye Kingston was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012, she and her family relocated to Georgia to further their career opportunities in the Metro Atlanta area. Kristye has 8 years of experience in not only education, but in HR and in leadership. Before joining the Suzuki School, Kristye worked at the TJ Maxx Corporation and JCPenney Corporation in Human Resources and Talent Development for 4 years. She also brings 12 years of teaching and education experience from the Detroit Public and Charter School Systems. Kristye is excited to join the Suzuki School Team, because it allows her to combine her skill, love for teaching, and life-long passion for helping others. Kingston obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and worked on her Masters in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Ponce City Market: 404.233.2128
Patrick Stephens obtained his MSc from the University of Edinburgh in August of 2012. After that, he returned to publish two novels and begin working in the field of digital marketing and technological innovation in the workplace with an emphasis on nurture marketing and lead conversion programming through various email automation programs. He has played with the Atlanta Pipe Band since 2003H, and joined Suzuki in June 2014, bringing a background of digital marketing, technology, web design, data analysis, and communications to the position.
Finance and Talent Acquisition
Robert Charles, CFO joined the Suzuki School in 2005. Robert provides leadership in finance and facilities and was instrumental in the design and construction of each campus. Robert has a Masters in Community Development from Georgia State University and a BA in Business Administration from LSU. Robert is an avid fisherman and musician.
Susan received her Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Business Administration – Management. She grew up in Smyrna, GA, and relocated to Clearwater 22 years ago. In 2013, she moved back to Atlanta area to be closer to family. Susan has one daughter who is actively serving in the Navy, who is currently stationed in the Seattle, Washington area. In her spare time, she enjoys going to work out classes at the gym, walking and exploring hiking trails north of Atlanta, and browsing hidden treasures from yester-year at the many antique/reclaimed shops around the Atlanta and North Georgia areas.
MONTESSORI TEACHER EDUCATION INSTITUTE
Dr. Ashley Darcy
Ashley Darcy is a certified Montessori teacher in Early Childhood with five years’ experience as a credentialed teacher in a Montessori Early Childhood classroom. She is an Early Childhood and Infant/Toddler instructor, currently teaching the Infant/Toddler Child Development and Introduction to Montessori courses. In addition, Ashley has earned her Doctorate Degree in Early Childhood from Kennesaw State University in December 2014. She is a recognized teacher for Bright from the Start, and has been leading teacher Montessori training sessions in the Montessori Teacher Education Institute this year as well as in-service training blocks since 2009.
REGISTRAR AND MARKETING COORDINATOR
Katherine Williams graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics. She has experience teaching literacy to preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary school children in Singapore, English as a Second Language to kindergartners in South Korea, and English as a Second Language to adult immigrants and refugees here in Atlanta, Georgia. After teaching language and literacy, Katherine spent some time working for Whole Foods Market on their Marketing Team and their Regional Training Team. Education, health, and wellness are all ongoing interests of Katherine’s, and in her spare time she volunteers at a local yoga studio and likes to explore the hiking trails of the Appalachian Mountains on the weekends.