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Decatur Staff

Michelle Haynes

Teacher
Decatur


Laura Michelle Haynes was born August 24th and was born and raised in Kirkwood on Hosea L Williams Dr!. She has two daughters and 4 grandchildren. She's been in childcare for over 15 years and loves what she does. She started off in childcare back when she was about 18 years old when her aunt had her own nursery. Michelle worked there and has been doing it ever since!

Bryanna Duncan

Teacher
Decatur


Bryanna Duncan absolutely loves caring for children! She is from Brooklyn New York. She bagan childcare for a year in her early teens but after that, she took on the roll of caring for adults in a senior living facility. She enjoys playing outside, arts and crafts, reading and creative play. She believes the children should have a memorable experience in and out of their homes, and will help make that experience unforgettable! She looks forward to meeting you and your little ones during your stay at Soulshine!

Alisha Williams

Teacher
Decatur


Alisha Williams was born on January 13 in Tifton Georgia. She spent most of her childhood in Columbus, Georgia before moving to Atlanta when she was just two years old. She's been here since with her parents and two older siblings, a brother and sister named Terrell and Zoe.

Vanessa Providence

Teacher
Decatur


Vanessa Providence is very excited to be one of the Raccoons teachers at SoulShine Decatur. Before working at SoulShine, Vanessa attended The Great Bethune Cookman University where she majored in psychology. Vanessa signed to BCU on a track and field scholarship, after graduating high school, and competed in sprints. She also became involved in many clubs/organizations at BCU including Caribbean Students Association and Syren Dance Crew as their secretary. After her time at Bethune Cookman, Vanessa became an assistant track and field coach for Midway Track Club and worked with ages 5-14. She is grateful to have a position here at SoulShine & looks forward to working with everyone here!    

Sandra Frazier

Teacher
Decatur


Sandra V Frazier, married for 24 years, she has three grown children, one son, two girl and a 7 year old grandson. A 24 years retiree of the US Army Reserves, 5 of those years served on active duty, one being in Kuwait/Iraq. Sandra received numerous Military Awards during her service. She also received some certificates; Leadership, Supply Management, Warehouse Supply Specialist and Logistics just to name few. She worked for Georgia Department of Corrections for 13 years, as a Correction  Officer, after transitioning from the Army in 1997. Sandra plans to complete her Bachelor of Business Management this year at Grantham University.

Christopher Jackson

Teacher
Decatur


Chris is 38 years old and was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he spent most of my life. He is married and has 8 children. Working with the youth is his passion and has experience working with ages 0-17. He absolutely loves the idea of being able to impact young minds in a positive way!

Grace King

Teacher
Decatur


Grace loves children and hopes to have many herself one day! She's been married for over a year and has spent much of her life in Michigan, but is originally from Jordan. She's excited for this new adventure here in Georgia and at SoulShine! She loves to hang out with friends, cook, spend time with children, and go to Church.

Peggy Smith

Teacher
Decatur


Euchrist P. Smith (Peggy), was born and raised in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a southern Caribbean nation. She migrated to the United States of America February 1982. She has always had a passion for working with children, especially babies. At a very young age, babysitting for family and neighbors was her favorite pastime. After many years of sitting at a desk in front of a computer, and a few as a retail worker, it's a welcome change to get back to her first love, working and molding young children.

Tranae Powell

Teacher
Decatur


Tranae is from Chicago Illinois where she began working with Children. Tranae has worked with children since the age of 9. From babysitting, to volunteering, to taking a few college courses. She is now pursing her career in Early Childhood here in Georgia. Words cannot fully express her love for children and to see a smile on their faces. It is an honor and privilege to be apart of the SoulShine family.

Mary Endirias

Teacher
Decatur


Mary Endirias has been working in the ECE field for almost a year now. She is a retired CNA who worked at Grady Memorial Hospital for 28 years. Mary started her career working in the toddler classroom at La Petite Academy because she loves to work with the little ones. Ms. Mary is a mother of 6 and has one grandchild! She enjoys singing, reading and spending time with her family. She is very honored to join the SoulShine family and excited to grow as an Early Childhood Educator.

Shamika Smith

Teacher
Decatur


Shamika Smith was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up with a lot of culture and diversity around her has made her multifaceted. She loves art, hair, music and clothes. She is a fun, out going, lovable person and her love for children goes beyond anything you have ever seen before. She believes that shaping a child's mind when they are small is the key to everything they will experience as they grow, where it all begins. Shamika is really happy and proud to be a part of the SoulShine family!

Sharon Bell

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Sharon was born in Guyana, South America. She's a wife and a mother of three and a former track and field athlete. After working as a pre k assistant at Prodigy Daycare Center, she worked as the child care manager at Bally Total Fitness. Ms. Sharon is also a coach for Midway Track Club with children ages 5-14. She's a USATF official and volunteers for Sapphire Track Club during the indoor season. She also taught aerobics classes to the silver sneakers members. Ms. Sharon enjoys staying busy and working with children!

Courtney Shelton

Chef
Decatur


Ms. Courtney is a New Jersey Native. She began cooking at a young age because of of her love for food. As a child growing up she begged her parents and grandparents to let her in the garden to help pick vegetables, instead she found herself food prepping for meals., and she never lost that love. Ms. Courtney's been a chef for over 10 years. She's a US Army Vet, & attended Atlantic Culinary and Kentucky University.

Rondell Govan

Chef Assistant
Decatur


Ms. Rondell is originally from New Jersey. She grew up in a big family and always assisted her mother and aunts with their cooking. She's previously worked with mentally and physically disabled where prepared meals  and  assisted them in their everyday living. She moved to Atlanta 4 years ago.  Ms. Rondell love's cooking, reading, writing poetry, traveling and meeting new people. She lives to brighten everyone's day, because we all deserve to be around positive energy.

Jacqueline Wade

Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Jacqueline was born in Decatur Illinois and raised in Peoria Illinois. She’s a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago where she has lived for the past 27 years. She relocated to Atlanta to start an outreach ministry. Jacqueline enjoys spending time with family and friends and she enjoys writing short stories, plays which she fondly calls 'the art of my passion, 'that opens the imagination. Her greatest desire is helping those in need.

Gennerre Crockett

Receptionist
Decatur


Ms. Gennerre is originally from Boston, but is happy to call Atlanta home. She has event planning and administrative experience, loves music and people. Gennerre is tenacious, resourceful and determined to maximize her own potential while helping others become their best selves.

Ny-Asia El

Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Ny-Asia was born in New York and raised in Virginia.  She studied social work and psychology at Ferrum College. She has always loved tiny humans, and has helped her mother with foster care all her life. She believes love and laughter have the power to change the world, and she looks forward to combining education and play for a unique learning experience for the young ones.

Taylor Hayes

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Taylor Hayes  is from Little Rock, Arkansas and studies at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. She is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology with the hopes of becoming a counselor. She loves being outdoors and exploring Atlanta. She is very excited to be a part of SoulShine!

Wanda Williams

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Wanda has been in childcare since 2009. She attended DeKalb Technical College for Early Childhood Education, and worked at a Quality Rated center over 5 years. She has lived in the Atlanta area for more than 25 years. She enjoys cooking, crafting, and singing.

Stephanie DeSantis

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Stephanie DeSantis is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University. She began working with children while in high school, teaching gymnastics at the local YMCA and working as a summer camp counselor. After graduating college, and spending a couple of years in a sales job,  she realized her true passions were rooted in teaching and helping others. Stephanie enjoys sharing her skills with art and textiles with both preschoolers and afterschoolers at SoulShine.  On her days off, you'll find her in a hammock with her dog.

Henrietta Hanson

Floating Floating Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Henrietta is originally from Montgomery, AL and has spent most of her adult life in the field of education and family/community work. She is the mother of five and grandmother to seven. She enjoys sewing, anything that has to do with nutrition, literature and music.

Melinda Thomas

Floor Coordinator
Decatur


Melinda Thomas is a Florida native who has called Atlanta home since 2015. As an auntie, a babysitter and a nanny, she is dedicated to helping children learn through playful and fun activities. With over 10 years of childcare experience, Melinda is a wonderful teacher and friend to every child she meets. Her favorite things to do around town are kickboxing, discovering new foods and places, eating Thai food, and spending time with her fiancé.

Destiny Smith

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Destiny attends Agnes Scott College, studying anthropology and sociology. Her hobbies include dancing, arts & crafts, and creative writing. She has been dancing since the age of three and teaches classes at The One dance studio in Snellville for kids of all ages.  When she isn’t dancing, she enjoys baking sweets and watching cartoons from the 90’s. Her favorite dessert is New York style cheesecake and there isn’t a show that can replace Tom and Jerry.

Maymunah Straud

Teacher
Decatur


Maymunah Stroud is from Atlanta. She is an educator, filmmaker and photographer. She has always been in love with the arts and self-expression.  She also has been a caregiver and art teacher since 2010. She attended the Art Institute of Atlanta for Digital Filmmaking.

Chrys Robinson

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Chrys Robinson wass born and raised in Atlanta and has been working with children as a nanny since 2014. She enjoys being out and one with nature, reading books, learning new things about life and watching kids grow. Her favorite part is seeing their personalities blossom. She believes that children are like seeds; if they are planted with plenty of love and care, they can change the world.

Jazmine Williams

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Jazmine Williams is an Atlanta native who is studying at Georgia State University. She discovered her love for working with children as a young teen herself, when older relatives started having kids she could babysit. Her favorite part of working with kids is seeing them smile and being happy. Her favorite food is hot wings.

Paloma Sanchez

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Sadly Ms. Paloma was born a muggle, so she was not accepted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Therefore, she now studies Bio-medical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She especially loves to study the body’s response to injury and foreign objects. She enjoys the color blue, playing violin, Indian food, and sleeping past 1 pm. Outside of school, she has tutored children from K-12 grade in every subject and college freshmen in Chemistry and Excel.

Briunna Smith

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Briunna Smith is from Decatur and is currently working towards her Bachelors in Psychology and Vocal Music at Agnes Scott College. She is very passionate about music and people expressing their individuality. In her free time she loves to watch Law & Order: SVU and spend time with family and friends.

Gabrielle Love

Floating Teacher
Decatur


Ms. Gabrielle is a bubbly and spunky woman. Her warm and charming personality set her apart from the rest. Her passion in life is to bring smiles to everyone she encounters.