6035 Sandy Springs Circle Sandy Springs, GA, 30328 United States
She attended Georgia College and Sate University in Milledgeville for Middle Grades Education. After working with little ones, she's inspired to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. Besides working with children, she enjoys coffee, art, and hiking.
Ms. Sammi grew up in Milton, Georgia. After graduating summa cum laude from Auburn University with a degree in Elementary Education, she moved back to the Atlanta area where she taught second grade in Fulton County for two years. Ms. Sammi began at TLC working with the two and three year olds. She is currently taking classes to pursue a Master's Degree. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog Milo, reading, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends.
Mr. Eric is currently attending Kennesaw State Univ. for a degree in psychology. He's worked as a camp counselor at High Meadows, taught after school programs, tutored, and has worked with children for 8 years. Perhaps best of all, he was a college intern at Disney's Magic Kingdom! Mr. Eric loves country music, reading, tennis, his 3-D printer, and gluten-free dessert!
An Atlanta native, from a young age Ms. Nikki was involved in sports, clubs, and after school activities. She ran track and field and served as the Student Athletic Advisory Committee President. She especially excelled at Judo, traveling internationally for competitions and at age 15 tried out for the U.S. Olympics Team! Afterward, she began working at the Boys and Girls Club where she was awarded Youth of the Year. Graduating from Benedict College with a B.S. in Biology, she pursued her passions of exploring athletic abilities and science with students.
Natalia has been involved wtih kids her whole life! She was inspired after working at her Mom's childcare in Colombia! She came to the US as an au pair to learn a second language and learn about different cultures. She finished the program and elected to stay as a nanny caring for newborns to school aged kids. Did you know she was a professional skater when younger? She loves hiking, sports, and dance. She's very creative and likes crafts and projects with kids. (And, if you ask us, she has great taste in handbags!)
Ms. Misty has been nannying for nearly a decade, watching children from newborn to age 12. She nannied for a child with epilepsy and cared for her in the hospital. In partnership with TLC, Misty earned her CDA. She has a daughter that is a teenager (Eeek!). Besides teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, reading, acro-yoga, and anything competitive!.
Did you know after5 years of service at TLC, teachers can earn a trip to any early childhood conference in the world?! Here's a list of programs we've attended!
Kathie 2013 4.5 years (honorable mention!)
Archana 2013 4.5 years (honorable mention!)
Jane 2014 Hawaii, USA PacRim Diversity and Disability
Laura 2015 Melbourne, Australia Beyond Tomorrow
Jocelyn 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education)
Katie 2017 New York, USA Young Child Expo
Becky 2017 Opatija, Croatia OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Care)
Fiorella 2018 ???
Kristin 2019 ???
Lorena 2019 ???
Why send preschool teachers across the globe for training?
1.) Other professions take training trips. We believe educators deserve world class instruction, too.
2.) Our staff hails from around the globe, and so do our students.
3.) We're open to learning methods from other lands-- hometown doesn't have ALL the answers:)
Ms. Alexia is our youngest staff member, a bilingual (Spanish-English) assistant teacher. She loves reading books and takes a lot of selfies!:) She is currently finishing school and in the future plans to obtain a Child Develoment Associate's degree. She has no children herself, but loves all the little ones like they are her own! And YES, she actually drew this amazing self portrait!
Ms. Masi is a bilingual (English-Farsi) assistant teacher who emigrated from Iran. Overseas, she studied social work for adults with special needs. She and her husband have a young son who attends TLC! She is currently enrolled in a program to earn her Child Development Associate's Degree. Ms. Masi enjoys make-up, fashion and all things glittery and fabulous!
Ms. Lynn is an Atlanta native, mom of three daughters, and attended DeKalb College for Art and Georgia State for psychology. She loves working with children and seeing what makes them tick. She also loves working at TLC because of we have the BEST children and parents! Ms. Lynn's specialties include homemade falafel, idly, and anything sprinkled with organic garlic salt! Also, she'll soon be a grandmother (!!!), so ask her about the cutie on the way.
Ms. Lorena emigrated as a child from Peru and is one of our bilingual (English-Spanish) staff. An assistant teacher, she is currently attending GSU to earn a nursing degree. She is an AMAZING artist and extremely talented at drawing or sketching. Be sure to ask Ms. Lorena about her two chihuahuas!
Ms. Santee is an Atlanta native! She has always been active in the YMCA, first as a youth participant, and later as a staff member. She loves singing and dancing and was a dance choreographer in college! She is currently working to obtain her C.D.A. When off duty, she enjoys spending time with her toddler son.
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An Atlanta native, Ms. Laura previously used her bilingual (English-Spanish) skills to work as a translator for hospitals and government agencies. She's been at TLC for more than six years, meriting an anniversary trip to Melbourne, Australia to attend the Early Childhood Conference 'Beyond Tomorrow'. She's married, has a young son, and is expecting twin daughters very soon!
Ms. Brandy started with us in January 2016 after teaching in Johns Creek. She worked many years in the business/finance industry before serving in the Army! She received her B.A. degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Child Education. She believes that every child deserves the chance to learn in a loving and nurturing environment. Ms. Brandy is married with a blended family of 5 children.
Ms. Shannon graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Secondary Education (English-Spanish). After subbing in public schools, she married and moved to Atlanta where she spent two years working for AmeriCorps (2nd and 5th grade). Later, she began teaching preschool in Dunwoody for almost a decade. She's been at TLC since 2008 and has the best job in the world: Working with wee ones! She's a Starbucks' addict who brings a wacky sense of humor, love of children, and enthusiasm for learning. Just don't ask her to cook anything!
Raised in Boca Raton, Florida, Ms. Kristin graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has held teaching positions as an assistant in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama Public School System and lead teacher (5th Grade) in the Dekalb County Georgia Public School System. She is married with three children (1 son and 2 daughters). Ms. Kristin enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her family.
Ms. Becky has been with TLC since 2012 starting as a substitute teacher! She is married with two college kids - her daughter even worked at TLC's summer camp. Ms. Becky currently serves as our H.R. Director. She has a marketing degree with a concentration in advertising, and hobbies include music, exercise, reading, and skinny lattes. She LOVES working with people and children - what a perfect place to incorporate both!
TLC has a multi-tiered job application. To be a Legacy teacher, employees must meet TLC standards (interviews, peer performance reviews) and State of Georgia standards (extensive background checks, CPR-First Aid certification, and 10 hours of yearly continuing education classes). Though experienced, we consider ourselves "I DON'T know it alls" and are continually learning from our professional peers, families, and, perhaps the best teachers of all, the children!
We hire highly qualified individuals who expect the best from themselves, are enthusiastic about our profession, and strive to provide the best for families. In our staff, you will find quality counsel as we partner with you to help your child succeed. Simply put, TLC hires teachers who LOVE their "job" and believe our vocation is a vacation.
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Ms. Sandy graduated Summa Cum Laude from GA State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education after a 14 year retailing career with Rich's Department Store. She taught third grade for ten years and Gifted 1 - 5 for six years in Gwinnett County. Since retiring in 2010, she has volunteered at the CAC's Food Bank and in her two youngest granddaughters' classes. She enjoys gardening, yoga and traveling with her husband.
Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Ms. La'Davia graduated from the Univ. of Missouri with her B.S. in Human Development and Family Science. She has worked for the YMCA, Jumpstart Inc., and The Boys and Girls Club. She mentored middle and high school girls at Desire to Aspire and volunteered as an assistant teacher in elementary school in a program entitled A Way With Words And Numbers. Three fun facts about Ms. La'Davia include... 1.) She started playing the piano at 3 years old. 2.) She studied ASL for 4 years in college. 3. She's addicted to Chik-Fil-A!
Ms. Fiorella was born in Lima, Peru, and at the age of 9 moved to Atlanta. She loves working with children of all ages, that's why she's a full time student at GSU majoring in ECE. She's bilingual (English-Spanish), a self professed workaholic, and enjoys spending any free time with friends/ family, hiking, and outdoor adventures.
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