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Melinda Thomas

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…

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Rhiannon Apple

Originally from Mishawaka, Indiana, Rhiannon graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Communication and a concentration in Advertising in 2004. With over 12 years experience with brands such as Cartoon Network, AT&T, Walmart & Disney Parks, Rhiannon is a champion for finding new and innovative ways to capture successful operations and standards for small…

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Oriana Padron

Ms. Oriana graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelors in Fine Arts concentrating in Photography. Along with photography, she has a strong passion for children and has been caring for them since her early teens. From 10+ years of babysitting and 3 years at a Child Care facility she worked through college, she…

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Shannon Smith

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 over 15 years of experience with children and is still in awe every day of how amazing they are. She believes in…

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Kate Karassik

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.

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Magen Villaneuva

Ms. Magen is originally from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, she moved to Georgia when she was three. She recently graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She is passionate about helping children learn and grow. Outside of SoulShine she enjoys exercising, swimming, and spending time with her younger brother.

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