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Kirkwood Staff

Teachers

 

Earthworms

Barbara Mason

Earthworms Teacher
Kirkwood


Barbara Mason was raised in Florida but has called Georgia home for more than 20 years. She knew at an early age that she wanted to work with children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing stories and spending time with her family.

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

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.

Tanisha Singh

Ladybugs Teacher
Kirkwood


Tanisha Singh was born in Jamaica and has been in Atlanta since 2016. She started working with children in 2000 and has two children of her own.

Turtles

Destiny Mobuary

Turtles Teacher
Kirkwood


Destiny Mobuary was born in Atlanta then raised in Chicago. She is the oldest of ten, so she started honing her skills in child care at an early age! In her spare time, Ms. Destiny enjoys singing, dancing, reading and writing.

Loretta Long

Turtles 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.

Honey Bees

Kyra Smith

Honey Bees Teacher
Kirkwood


Kyra Smith was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in the British Virgin Islands. After spending some time in Florida, she now calls Atlanta home.

Morgane Mosley

Honey Bees 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.

Katydids

Benae Beamon

Katydids Teacher
Kirkwood


Benae Beamon is a native of North Carolina and is happy to back in the South after spending more than a decade in the Northeast. She holds a masters degree and is still pursuing knowledge, specifically in social ethics. She enjoys reading, watching documentaries, baking and art.

Chelsey Heinz

Katydids Teacher
Kirkwood


Tobie Hogan

Katydids Teacher
Kirkwood


Ms. Tobie is from Atlanta and has been working with children since 2005. She holds a BS in Child Studies from Post University. She is the proud mother of four boys.

Chipmunks

Tammesha Hogan

Chipmunks Teacher
Kirkwood


Tammesha Hogan was born and raised in Atlanta. Her favorite color is purple. She has worked with children her entire career, beginning with babysitting while still in middle school. Tammesha enjoys working with kids and watching them grow.

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

Jacquelyn Evans

Wrens Teacher
Kirkwood


Jacque' Evans is a proud Atlanta native and started teaching - her dolls - at the age of nine. At 17, she was working with children, and has been in education over 30 years now. In her free time she enjoys traveling, creating baskets & centerpieces and spending time with her family.

Jazmine Williams

Wrens 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.

Falcons

Sunsett Sealey

Falcons Teacher
Kirkwood


Sunsett Sealey proudly hails from Brooklyn, New York, but has called Atlanta home since 2017. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University and has more than 10 years experience in education and child care. When not teaching, Sunsett enjoys gardening, baking, raising her daughter and their three hermit crabs.

Multiple Classrooms

Makilah Wells

Classroom Teacher - Floating
Kirkwood


Makilah Wells was born and raised right here in Atlanta. As a teenager she was the cousin every family member called to babysit, and her love for children started there. She is currently enrolled at Georgia State and loves spending her spare time with family and friends.

After School

Chiketta Arnold

After School Teacher
Kirkwood


Chiketta Arnold is an Atlanta native who learned about childcare from her Grandmother.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

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.

Kirkwood Management

Chloe Ralston

Closing Manager
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.

Melinda Thomas

Co-Director Toddler Building
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.

Oriana Padron

Co-Director Infant Building
Kirkwood


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.

School Administration

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SoulShine Management

Destiny Smith

Human Resources Manager
Kirkwood & Decatur


Destiny Smith was born in Decatur, but grew up in Montezuma, GA. She returned to Decatur to attend Agnes Scott College and graduated with a BA in Psychology. Even though her role at SoulShine is in HR, she has a fondness for teaching and for dance. She combined them starting at 13, when she began teaching dance to girls ages 3 to 15. In her spare time, you'll find her taking dance classes, baking and enjoying shrimp scampi.

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.

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 Asst. 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.