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Kirkwood Staff

Teachers

 

Earthworms

Dajah Thomas

Earthworms Teacher
Kirkwood


Dajah grew up in city of Decatur and attended Decatur High School & Limestone College in Gaffney, SC. She chose the childcare profession because her grandmother owned a daycare in Los Angeles. When not at SoulShine, you'll find Dajah working out or shopping.

Loretta Long

Earthworms Teacher
Kirkwood


Loretta Long, also known as Ms. L, started working with kids babysitting in the church nursery. Ms. Loretta enjoys church, music, dancing, reading and playing games. Her favorite sports are tennis, football, and bike riding with her loving husband. She is pursuing the Child Development Associate credential.

Morgane Mosley

Earthworms Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Morgane was born and raised in Atlanta. She began working with kids right after high school. She is blessed to have her child, Nyla, who always keeps her on her toes! Ms. Morgane enjoys volunteering at the East Atlanta Library in her spare time.

Polly Goolsby

Earthworms Teacher
Kirkwood


Polly Goolsby was born in Beaufort, SC, and moved to Atlanta when she was just three years old. She's a graduate of Decatur High School and is passionate about caring for children.

Ladybugs

Antionette Hill

Ladybugs Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Antionette is very outgoing and loves to meet great people. She has two beautiful baby girls.

Aushana White

Ladybugs Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Aushana was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and moved to Atlanta when she was 15 years old. She gained extensive experience working with children as she helped raise five younger siblings, while she worked in childcare. She is enrolled at Georgia State University in Early Childhood Development and hopes to gain a masters degree.

Chloe Young

Ladybugs Teacher
Kirkwood


Chloe Young is from Atlanta and plans to major in Early Childhood Education in college. Ms. Chloe's love of children and education come naturally, as her grandmother and mom were educators. Listening to music, doing puzzles, and binging on Netflix are some of her down-time activities.

Turtles

Felicia Jenkins

Turtles Teacher
Kirkwood


Felicia Jenkins was born and raised in Atlanta. Her passion is to teach literature and children are her motivation. Before coming to SoulShine Felicia tutored in an after-school program.

Michaela Davis

Turtles Teacher
Kirkwood


Michaela Davis was born and raised in Decatur Georgia and is pursuing her degree in early childhood education at Georgia State. In her spare time she enjoys shopping and traveling and is personally passionate about chicken alfredo.

Tytiana Johnson

Turtles Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Tytiana is an Atlanta native who is attending Georgia Perimeter College. She loves music, outdoors, food, and working. Ms. Tytiana is a people person who derives joy from helping others.

Honey Bees

Dominique Miles

Honey Bees Teacher
Kirkwood


Dominique Miles has worked with children since 2013. She loves poetry, music, painting, cooking and acting but, she found her passion lies in teaching children.

Kiara Conyers

Honey Bees Teacher
Kirkwood


Kiara is pursuing a degree in nursing while also studying Spanish.

Tobie Hogan

Honey Bees Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Tobie is from Atlanta and has been working with children since 2005. She has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Bachelors degree. She is the proud mother of four boys.

Katydids

Tiara London

Katydids Teacher
Kirkwood


Tiara London has been working with children since her teens and is pursuing her degree in early childhood development and special education at Mercer University/Atlanta.

Trenisha Waters

Katydids Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Trenisha is studying biology at Georgia State University. She has a passion for caring for young children as well as animals. She is energetic and gets along with most everyone she meets.

Chipmunks

Jazmine Williams

Chipmunks Teacher
Kirkwood


Jazmine Williams is an Atlanta native who is studying at Georgia State University. She discovered her love for working with children as a teen, when older relatives allowed her to babysit. Her favorite food is hot wings.

Wanda Williams

Chipmunks Teacher
Kirkwood


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

Wrens

Chloe Ralston

Wrens Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Chloe is a proud Atlanta native.  She studied at Georgia State University. She’s worked with kids of all ages at summer camps, and as a caregiver to infants. Her favorite hobbies are making art, reading, and exploring nature.

Taylor Goolsby

Wrens Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Taylor was born and raised in Atlanta. She began working with kids in her grandmother's in-home daycare. She is currently attending Georgia State University in the Early Childhood Education program. 

Falcons

Dusten Sonnon

Falcons Teacher
Kirkwood


Dusten grew up in the Chicago area and is ecstatic he finally got to see the Cubs win a World Series! After graduating college, Dusten discovered a love for teaching and has been involved with primary education since 2000. He relocated to Atlanta in 2013. In his free time, Dusten is a freelance artist.

After School

BC Cranford

After School Teacher
Kirkwood


Mr. BC graduated from Emory University and has been with SoulShine since 2007. Afterschooler Kai says of BC, "Mr. BC takes care of us and plays with us. He makes sure we are following directions so that when we are older, we can be disciplined. Most importantly he makes sure we are having fun and doing what we are supposed to do.”

Chrys Robinson

After School Teacher
Kirkwood


Chrys Robinson was 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.  She believes that children are like seeds; if they are planted with plenty of love and care, they can change the world.

Denton Rand Herbik

After School Teacher
Kirkwood


Rand loves working with children, especially at SoulShine because he's been with us since he was five years old  in our after school. 

Isaiah Partridge

After School Teacher
Kirkwood


Isaiah Partridge was born and raised in Detroit and moved to Atlanta in 2008. In his first year of living here, Isaiah found SoulShine and has been with us ever since.  He loves working at a place where children are free to play, learn and become more confident and independent.

Jimi Fadahunsi

After School Teacher
Kirkwood


Folajimi (Jimi) Fadahunsi was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In college he studied Exercise and Sports Science. Jimi is a Certified Reiki Healer. He enjoys good music, dancing, nature, playing sports, cooking, and inspiring others.

Kirkwood Management

Christopher Jackson

Floor Supervisor
Kirkwood


Chris was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he spent most of my life. He is married and has eight children. Working with youth is his passion, and he has experience working with ages 0-17.

Melinda Thomas

Floor Manager
Kirkwood


Melinda Thomas is a Florida native who has called Atlanta home since 2015 and been in childcare since 2007. As an auntie, a babysitter and a nanny, she is dedicated to helping children learn through playful and fun activities. She enjoys kickboxing, discovering new foods and places, and spending time with her wife.

School Administration

Courtney Shelton

Chef
Kirkwood & Decatur


Ms. Courtney is a New Jersey native. As a child, she begged her parents and grandparents to let her in the garden to help pick vegetables. Instead she found herself prepping ingredients for meals, and she never lost that love. Ms. Courtney's been a chef since 2007. She's a US Army veteran, and attended Atlantic Culinary and Kentucky University.

Gennerre Crockett

Receptionist
Kirkwood & 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.

James Bumbray

Kitchen Assistant
Kirkwood & Decatur


James Bumbray, also known as Jimmy, is originally from Baltimore, Maryland but moved to Georgia in 2015. Jimmy served four years in the US Marine Corps. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing sports, participating in community and charitable events and visiting restaurants to try different cuisines.

Rondell Govan

Chef Assistant
Kirkwood & Decatur


Ms. Rondell is originally from New Jersey. She grew up in a big family and always assisted her mother and aunts with cooking. She worked with mentally and physically disabled adults, preparing meals  and assisting with everyday living. She moved to Atlanta in 2013.  Ms. Rondell loves cooking, reading, writing poetry, traveling and meeting new people. 

SoulShine Management

Brandon Harris

Office Manager
Kirkwood & Decatur


Although he was born in Kentucky, Brandon considers himself a Georgia native. He attended elementary, middle and high schools in Oakwood, Ga. After a detour to Colorado, Brandon, his wife Alma and child Max returned to Georgia.

Kate Karassik

Chief Administrative Officer
Kirkwood & Decatur


Kate Karassik and Shannon Smith have been close friends since middle school and grew up working in childcare together. Kate received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and went on to receive her Masters in Education. She was a public school teacher for five years before joining the SoulShine team in 2011.

Oriana Padron

Director Communications
Kirkwood & Decatur


Ms. Oriana graduated from the University of Montevallo with a BFA.  She has a strong passion for children and has been caring for them since her early teens and began working professionally in childcare while still in college.

Shannon Smith

Founder & Visionary
Kirkwood & Decatur


Mrs. Shannon founded SoulShine in December 2006. SoulShine is rooted in her belief that every child should be given the space and encouragement to create themselves through all forms of expression. Shannon has worked with children since 2002 and is still in awe every day of how amazing they are. She believes in positive reinforcement instead of traditional behavioral discipline. She is always encouraging the children to use their words and open their hearts.

Somee Ko

After School Director
Kirkwood & Decatur


Ms. Somee is a native of Ohio and moved to Georgia in 2012. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in political science. She is passionate about politics and history and loves to learn. She loves kids and has been working with them from a very young age. In her spare time, she is usually relaxing at home with her pup Cory, watching a movie and eating pizza.

Stephanie DeSantis

Permaculture Coordinator
Kirkwood & 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.  Stephanie enjoys sharing her skills with art and textiles.  On her days off, you'll find her in a hammock with her dog.