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Faculty and Staff

2013-09-18 08.29.53 HDRSharonda Frazier, Principal

Sharonda Frazier is a native of Atlanta and after receiving her Bachelors in Political Science from Georgia State University, she spent some time in the corporate world of private wealth management where she was a trust advisor. After realizing her passion for education, she began pursuing her degree, receiving her Masters in Early Childhood Education in 2004. Sharonda began teaching in a private PreK program as a lead teacher and subsequently taught at Jolly Elementary, a high refugee population school, where she gained valuable instruction in the areas of English language learners, early literacy, and early intervention. She also served as Curriculum Director and Interim Director at North Decatur Parents Morning Out program. As an inclusion teacher for City Schools of Decatur, Sharonda was awarded a grant to implement NeuroNet, a brain-based program to support the Exceptional Student Services program.

Sharonda’s desire to learn more about brain development and how children learn led her to pursue an Ed.S. in Leadership focused on Brain-Based Teaching. As Principal, she desires to support Cloverleaf’s talented staff and amazing students as they learn, grow and achieve. She is looking forward to continuing with Cloverleaf’s strong academic and social strategies to support teachers and students throughout the school year.

In 2012, Sharonda and her family started a gluten, dairy, nut and soy free bakery to accommodate the needs of herself, her children, and countless other people she encountered with these dietary restrictions. She is a photography enthusiast and her passion for working with children includes volunteering at local shelters, events supporting the community of autism, and her children’s school as a member of the academic excellence committee. Sharonda lives in Avondale Estates with her husband, two children and two rambunctious dogs.

 

Elise HeadshotElise Albrecht, Educational Director & Middle School Teacher

Elise grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Denison University in 2006 with majors in English Literature and Education, as well as a minor in French. Elise holds a Master’s degree in literacy, and she is trained in Singapore Math, Habits of Mind, Positive Discipline, and Read & Write Gold. Prior to working at Cloverleaf, Elise worked at The Howard School and was a Program Director for Jumpstart, a national early childhood literacy non-profit that prepares preschoolers from low-income families for kindergarten by partnering them with trained college student volunteers. At Jumpstart, Elise ran many new and developing programs, and she has extensive experience with service learning program development, community and family outreach, volunteer management, and curriculum design. Working at Jumpstart brought Elise close to the challenges of many underserved Atlanta neighborhoods and schools, and she is committed to engaging students in projects that help them understand how to be good stewards of their communities.

Elise’s dog Kinsey, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, is also a member of the Cloverleaf team, providing therapy and companionship to the school.

 

Katherine McGee, Director of Admissions

Katherine McGee brings an array of experience to her position at The Cloverleaf School. After graduating from Kennesaw State University with a BS in psychology, she began teaching in the special needs community, specializing in phonics and social skills instruction. Eager to learn as much as possible to address the needs of her students, Katherine pursued training in Orton-Gillingham, Handwriting Without Tears, The Alert Program, and Yoga Kids. In 2008, Katherine became an Educational Director, working closely with other teachers to help them develop curriculum, classroom management skills, and multisensory instruction techniques.

Being a parent of a child with special needs, Katherine has always been passionate about parent support and education and has a knack for viewing things with a “fresh eye.”  Stepping out of the classroom after having her second child in 2011, she took the opportunity to begin facilitating monthly community parent support groups and socials as a Community Outreach Coordinator. Katherine is very excited to combine her specialized education and skills set as the Administrative Director of The Cloverleaf School, where she will work with parents, teachers, and children to achieve the common goal of student success.

 

Renee Carmon, Lead Middle School Teacher

Renee is originally from Dalton, Massachusetts. She graduated from North Adams State College (now Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) with her B.S. in Middle Grades Education and a minor in English. After graduating, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and continued her education at Georgia State University where she received her M.Ed. in Special Education. She is currently certified in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies with a Reading Endorsement. While in Atlanta, Renee has taught for Atlanta Public Schools for 17 years and raised her three children. Now that her children are approaching adulthood, Renee is excited to be opening a fresh chapter in her life by exploring new horizons and dedicating herself to the community of learners at The Cloverleaf School.

In her leisure time, Renee enjoys writing, cooking, hanging out with her children, and numerous outdoor activities.

 

Miranda English, Lead Middle School Teacher

Miranda was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and has one sibling — an older brother. After graduating from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, she received her certification in special education, allowing her to live out her life’s calling.

Miranda’s passion for working with children with differences was first sparked several years ago when her family volunteered for the Special Olympics. It was there that she realized this calling was something that made her come alive.

After finishing her undergraduate studies at Kennesaw State, Miranda began working in a public school in the Cobb County School District as a K-2 Autism teacher. There, she worked with students of various cognitive and social/communication levels in a self-contained autism classroom. Miranda also volunteers at her church working with children with special needs. She has discovered the importance of combining curriculum, social skills, and building relationships with both students and parents in order to help each child succeed in the day to day.

In her free time, Miranda loves to be outdoors, at the lake, or with friends and family. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Andrew. Working at Cloverleaf – a school that has the same dreams, values, and beliefs as hers – is a dream come true.

 

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Farah Mithani, Lead Elementary Teacher

Farah was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Sugarland, Texas. She graduated with a BS from Houston Baptist University in 2009 with a double major in English and Biology, including pre-medical classes. She then went north to Washington D.C. There, she earned a master’s degree from George Washington University for Special Education K-12, specializing in emotional and behavioral disabilities, and interned full time at The Foundations School. After receiving her degree, Farah worked for two years at The Lab School of Washington where she taught all core subjects to 5th and 6th graders and started a Poetry Slam at the school that involved all students and staff.

Farah moved back to Texas and taught middle school math and science at The Harris School, a therapeutic school for students with emotional and behavioral differences. She was voted by staff to become the leader and voice of the teachers for the Strategic Leadership Team, while also helping to make administrative, executive, and budgeting decisions. Farah started many programs within the school, such as mindfulness in the classrooms and Responsive Classroom. She founded Chess Club and Fit Club, prepping the Fit Club for basketball and track meets with other special education schools.

As a teacher, she uses art to develop an “out-of-the-box” thinking mindset for STEM subjects. Farah developed her passion for art in elementary school and further developed her skills in high school and university. She is an experimental artist that infuses her passion of science with her passion for art. She has helped students develop art pieces that incorporate topics learned in class and put on an art show and auction.  Growing up with anxiety and ADHD, art has been a supportive and therapeutic way of life for her. Farah continues to develop her passion of art by sharing it with others on social media.

 

Headshot JasonJason Teufel, Lead Elementary Teacher

As an Atlanta native, Jason has always been surrounded by diverse environments. This diversity has been a thread in his multisensory approach to education and his belief that all students have the ability to learn regardless of their individual learning style. For the past 12 years Jason has worked with children on the autism spectrum and those with other types of neurological, behavioral, emotional, and sensory needs. Many of those years have been spent outside the classroom as a program coordinator with multiple outdoor recreation therapy programs that focus on connecting children to the world around them while improving their physical, social and emotional health. His experience in classroom settings have included enrichment coordinator and inclusion facilitator where he homed in on those effective strategies that allow diverse students to develop as individuals and to remain in a classroom to achieve academic goals. Jason’s journey has led him through many effective and research-based trainings:  The Alert Program, DIR Floortime, SEE-KS Coach Training through The Marcus Center, Handle with Care, Darkness to Light, PBIS, CPI, High and Low Ropes safety training. Jason utilizes his training and experience to approach education in a fresh light, bringing the heart of knowledge to meet students where they are and providing multiple opportunities and choices in ways to move forward.

Jason is an avid soccer player who discovered his passion for teaching as a youth soccer coach and uses that passion for sports to promote healthy living. Using sports skills to build confidence and team spirit, Jason has developed multiple sports community programs in the past that create a low stress-high success environment and is welcoming to all children. Jason is also an experienced hiker and camper and he utilizes the “outdoor” classroom whenever possible—which is particularly fulfilling to him as it weaves his passion for teaching with his love of nature. A fan of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Jason’s instructional approach seeks to present knowledge in multiple ways in order to reach all learning types and hands-on student-centered learning projects serve as his foundation to the multiple ways in which he engages students to demonstrate mastery of learning goals

 

Scott PicScott Garmon, Instructional Assistant and Enrichment & Afterschool Teacher

Scott has lived in Atlanta his whole life, and is passionate about supporting the development of the city’s neurodiverse students. He was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia and is happy to remain close to his parents, sister, and grandparents. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Social Studies Education, but as he started his career in the schools, he began to realize that working with students with learning differences was his calling.

After substitute teaching in many different special education classrooms, Scott became a paraprofessional in a high school autism class. He obtained his certification to teach Adapted Curriculum (P-12) and Special Education in Social Science (P-12). In Gwinnett County, he was a lead teacher in a high school autism classroom. Scott then transitioned into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and is still working as a registered behavior technician with individual children on the autism spectrum and their families.

As an instructional assistant and enrichment teacher at Cloverleaf, Scott is able to integrate his own interests with those of the students during sensory-based movement activities, enrichment class, and weekly hikes with the elementary students. Like many students at Cloverleaf, Scott enjoys building with Legos, anything dealing with Star Wars or super heroes, video games, and growing vegetables in the school’s garden. He is eager to continue inspiring creativity, social interaction, and new learning opportunities for Cloverleaf students.

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Kinsey

Kinsey

  Kinsey is an 11-year-old Cardigan Welsh Corgi. She received her therapy dog certification in the summer of 2017. She loves walks in the park, getting petted, and food!

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