Faculty

Meredith K. Moseley, Head of School

Meredith holds a BS in Secondary Social Science Education from the University of Georgia and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.  She is a former Social Studies teacher at Tucker High School and Assistant Principal at Meadowcreek and Tucker High Schools.  Meredith holds teaching certificates in Social Studies, Educational Leadership, and Gifted Education.  She has been involved with SPS since she was 11 where she volunteered during the Summer Fun Camps.  She is a former 3 year old class teacher at SPS and has been the Head of School since 2013.  She has two daughters Grace (an SPS graduate) and Amelia (an SPS grade school student).  She enjoys spending time with her girls and husband Chris, watching UGA football, and reading. 

Maggie Casner, Assistant Head of School

Maggie holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia.  Prior to joining SPS, she was president of a small technology company.  Maggie has served on the board and been an involved volunteer at SPS since her daughter joined the toddler's class in 2011.  Her daughter, Charlotte, is now enrolled in grade school at SPS.  Her favorite things to do are spending time in the mountains with her family, reading, yoga, and cooking.

Jennifer Rhodes, School Counselor & Social-Emotional Learning Teacher

Jennifer is the new school counselor. She is licensed in the state of Georgia as a LMSW.  She previously worked as a foster care social worker for a private non-profit organization in Atlanta. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia and her Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Prior to this new role, Jennifer taught in the kindergarten classroom from 2014-2018.  She lives in Tucker with her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters, Virginia and Martha.  Both of her children are SPS graduates and, during her time as an SPS parent, Jennifer served as an active board member and Joy of Giving committee member.  Jennifer loves spending time with her family and friends.  She enjoys hiking, camping, hearing live music, playing tennis and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Lauren Dellinger, Admissions & Operations Coordinator

Lauren (she/her) is an Atlanta native and a GSU graduate with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Now residing in Tucker with her husband Grant, she previously worked in customer service management and in-home childcare before joining the Shallowford administration team in 2019. Lauren is also a piano and general music teacher who works with children in one-on-one private lessons as well as an avid baker who loves to share her creations. In her free time, Lauren likes to read, explore the outdoors, and snuggle with her cat and 2 dogs.

Stacey LaMadrid, Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Stacey is a native of Georgia. She has studied Business Administration at Georgia Perimeter College and Early Childhood Education at Georgia State University. She is a former Pre-K teacher at Embry Hills Kindergarten and Preschool and taught there for 10 years. Stacey and her husband, George, reside in Atlanta with their two children and two dogs. Her children Nicholas and Isabella attend Lakeside High School. When she is not at SPS, you can find her on a soccer field watching both of her children play for Concorde Fire and Lakeside. She enjoys walking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Anne Dorsett, Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Anne studied Early Childhood Education at Western State University in Colorado. During Anne's time at SPS she has been a room mom several times and has chaired many events.  She loves being outdoors, cooking, music, going out to dinner and being with her family and friends.  Anne is also a licensed esthetician.  She specializes in skin care and helping others with their skin care needs.  Anne's favorite thing is enjoying the beach and mountains with her daughter, Ella. 

Kristina Burnett, 1st Grade Lead Teacher 

Kristina has worked as an audiologist at Emory and the Atlanta Speech School.  Prior to coming to SPS, she worked at Immaculate Heart of Mary School for 8 years as a first grade teaching assistant, library assistant, and garden coordinator.  She attended the University of Georgia and earned a B.S. Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a M.Ed. in both Audiology and Education of the Hearing Impaired. She holds a Georgia State License in Audiology and Georgia Teaching Certification for Early Education, Hearing Impaired and areas of Special Education.  Kristina particularly enjoys teaching children to read and also watching students develop a love of reading and writing. Kristina has been married for 23 years and has 2 children, a daughter who is a sophomore in college and a son who is a senior in high school. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys spending time with family, watching UGA football, watching her son’s varsity basketball team, gardening, and scrapbooking.

Sharon Kimble, 1st Grade Assistant Teacher

Sharon studied education at the University of New Orleans. She has a B.A. in English Education with a concentration in Reading and the Language Arts. She has worked in schools in Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas. Sharon taught 3's, Pre-K, and Kindergarten at SPS in the 1990's

and returned to Shallowford in 2019 to be the Assistant Teacher in the 1st Grade. Sharon and her husband of 47 years, Joe, have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Granddaughters Grace and Amelia are former SPS students, and grandson George is currently in the 2's. His brother, Henry, is patiently waiting until he is old enough to join the Shallowford family. Sharon enjoys spending time with her family, reading, decorating, and traveling.

Laura Smith, 2nd Grade Lead Teacher

Laura holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University, a MS in Teaching Reading K-5 from Walden University, and is Orton-Gillingham trained. Prior to joining SPS, Laura taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, Summer School, and After School in Gwinnett County Public Schools for 16 years. She has also taught Pre-K. Laura's favorite things are swimming and spending time with her immediate and extended family.

Meghan Jorgensen, 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher

My name is Meghan Jorgensen- the kids call me "Mrs. Meg". I'm the new Teacher's Assistant for Second Grade. This is my first year teaching at Shallowford but I'm a long time Shallowford parent. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a Mental Health Concentration from Madonna University. I have two children- Trey, 8 and Addie, 4 and both will attend Shallowford this year. I have been a stay at home mom since having my kids. Last year I homeschooled Trey for second grade because.... pandemic. I loved it! So when we decided to send the kids back to Shallowford I thought I'd come too! My hobbies include reading, painting, writing and celebrating all the holidays (go BIG or go home!). 

Asha Lashley, 3rd Grade Lead Teacher

The 2021-22 is Asha Lashley's first year teaching at SPS, and she is very excited to make it her home. She is originally from Southern California and moved to Georgia a little over a year ago with her significant other and her dog. She received a Bachelors in Arts from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Psychology and will graduate with her Masters from Mercer University in 2022. 

Amelia Wheelus, 3rd Grade Assistant Teacher

Amelia holds a Bachelors of Speech Communication with a focus in Public and Political Rhetoric from Georgia State University. She was also lucky to study at Oxford University in Oxford, England where she focused on Communication, Shakespeare, and Chaucer. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Before SPS she was a Reference and Instructional Librarian, and a reading and writing tutor. Amelia is married with two daughters both of whom have attended SPS. She loves libraries, reading, writing, and swimming! 

Casey Key, 4th Grade Lead Teacher

Casey holds degrees from College of Charleston (BS in Elementary Education) and Georgia State University (Masters in Early Childhood Education, Gifted Endorsement).  Casey is from North Carolina and currently lives in Decatur with her husband, Justin, and children Caroline (6-in 1st grade here at SPS) and Harper (2), and dog, Grace.  She enjoys spending time with friends, family, and beach trips.

Lauren LaCroix, 4th Grade Assistant Teacher

Lauren has been with SPS for 9 years now. She has been married for 22 years and has 3 boys (Alex, Marc, and Matthew) that are no strangers to SPS. They have worked summer camp and have volunteered throughout the years. Her husband, Dave, works for Dekalb County. Lauren enjoys watching UGA football, going to the beach and mountains, and spending time with family and friends. 

Michelle Decker, 5th Grade Lead Teacher

Courtney Harper, 5th Grade Assistant Teacher

Courtney is currently a student at Valdosta State University studying History and African American Studies. She is an Atlanta girl born and raised and has three siblings-one in the Army and another in the Navy. She loves gardening, anything outdoors, cooking and reading. This is her first year teaching, which she got into because she loves children and watching them learn new skills and grow.

Rylen Gordy, 6th Grade Lead Teacher

Rylen Gordy (soon to be Rylen Owens), joined SPS in the 2021-22 school year after spending three years working with all ages of children, primarily in special education roles during school hours and coaching soccer after school. They received their B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Infant-Adolescent Development from Kennesaw State University. Rylen has continued education to gain knowledge in differentiated instruction, modifications & accommodations, ADHD & ASD, and design processes. Rylen has a strong passion for educating middle school-aged students and helping them to grow socially and emotionally through restorative and conscious discipline based practices and is looking forward to growing alongside the upper grade school program at Shallowford. Outside of school, Rylen loves to travel, spend time with their family, and maintain an ever-growing sneaker collection. 

Meiling Gomez-Geo, 6th Grade Assistant Teacher

Meiling moved to Atlanta in 2019 from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Having a background in science studies and education, she is currently pursuing her degree in Health Education. Ms. Mei believes in a holistic approach when it comes to educating our children. When she is not assisting our 6th grade teacher, she is reading, running, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two children. 

Joshua Lee, 6th Grade Assistant Teacher

Joshua is a current college student at Georgia Gwinnett College majoring in Elementary Education. Before coming to SPS in 2021, he spent 2 years teaching English in South Korea, where he discovered his passion for teaching. In his free time, Joshua enjoys hiking or photographing scenic views in nature. 

Daisy Kendrick, 2s Lead Teacher

Daisy has been teaching ages 18 months to 4-year-olds for almost 40 years. She has had her own in-home daycare for eight years. She has three beautiful adult children ages. Her daughter, the oldest, is a Business Lawyer, Security Advisor and a State Representative. She has been married to her better half since 1982; he is a successful Ceramic Tile Installer with his own business. Daisy loves kids and enjoys touching their lives by investing in their future-not to mention that they keep her young! Daisy's hobbies are sewing, arts and crafts, and just being creative every chance she gets.

Kate Fourmy, 2s Assistant Teacher

Alexandria Kerr, 2s Assistant Teacher

Anna Rees, 2s Assistant Teacher

Anna has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Ga State. After she married her husband, Stuart, she spent a few years working on campus with the Christian student club after attending a Bible school on the west coast. She worked for a couple years in a local charter school and then took a break from education to be at home with her 3 children, Ben, Jack and Emma. While home with them she has been tutoring Chinese students online in English for the past couple of years. Apart from being a mom and all that involves, Anna loves making people happy, serving the the young people at church, a good organizational project, and baking!

Maria Younus, 5 Day & T/Th 3s Lead Teacher

Maria is married with three children, one of whom graduated from SPS 10 years ago.  Maria has been a teacher since 2007.  She also owns her own Indian homecooking catering company called Spice Up. Her hobbies include cooking and shopping.

Nancy Edman, 5 Day 3s Assistant Teacher

Nancy holds a BA in Art History from GSU. She has 9 years teaching experience with preschoolers and especially loves to give them random tools and paper to see where they go with it as she loves abstract art. She is a pianist and composes a little and is in the very early stages of writing a (maybe one day fingers crossed published) children’s book. She lives with her adult daughter, husband, and Pug. They all enjoy game nights and north GA hikes!

Megan Pankow, T/Th 3s Assistant

The 2021-22 school year is Megan Pankow's first year with SPS, and she is very excited to be here! Megan has lived in Atlanta her entire life, attended Presbyterian College (majoring in Biology) and Georgia Baptist College for Nursing. She has been working as a nurse and diabetes educator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for the past 15 years. Megan has two girls, Ellyn (7) and Claire (almost 3) and they all love to go to the beach and explore new playgrounds. Megan also likes to play tennis. 

Charlotte West, MWF 3s Lead Teacher

Charlotte is married with three children. She currently serves The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta as a Cadette troop leader and serves on the Parent Council Executive Board for her daughter's school. She has enjoyed being an Elementary Science Olympiad Coach, and Club volunteer for First Lego League, Garden Club, and Chorus. Charlotte attended CIA (Culinary Arts) and served The Vinings Club for 15 years in their culinary and membership departments.

Nicole Thorp, MWF 3s Assistant Teacher

Nicole holds a BA in English Literature from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and a teaching certification in Art (K-12) from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught children of all ages in many educational settings, including children’s museums, pre-schools and elementary schools, and has also worked in the non-profit arts world for Atlanta Ballet.  A New Jersey native, Nicole has now lived in Atlanta for 20 years.  She is proud to be part of the Flair Forest neighborhood with her husband and 2 children (SPS graduates). She likes anything involving artistic endeavors, good books and adventures! Nicole enjoyed many, many years of being a stay-at-home-mom and many, many “jobs” volunteering on school boards, committees, PTAs and Girl Scouts, and now is so excited to be returning to SPS in her new role as a teacher.

Lourelle Lawrence, Pre-K Lead Teacher

Lourelle began teaching at SPS in 2016 and is currently the assistant teacher for 2nd grade. She was previously the lead teacher for one of SPS's Pre-K classes, and has taught at St. Bede's as an assistant and lead teacher in the 2's class. A native South African and Smoke Rise resident, she is married with four children and has a furry friend, Rosie the dog. Going to her children's sports games, gardening, nature walks, and Candy Crush are a few of her favorite things. 

Elena Murphy, Pre-K Lead Teacher

Elena has a BBA from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN.  She is a native Atlantan and is married with two children. In addition to teaching at SPS, she enjoys teaching STEM concepts to children through Lego model-building classes. Both of Elena's children attended SPS. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and backyard birdwatching.

Aimee Small, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Aimee has 11 years of experience in DeKalb County Schools teaching Kindergarten and 2nd Grade. Aimee has taught at SPS since 2012, this year as a preschool assistant teacher. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia. She is married with 3 daughters and 2 cats. Aimee is a former SPS parent and is a member of Shallowford Presbyterian Church. She enjoys reading, traveling, going to restaurants with friends, and being a mom.

Kristen Shafer, Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Kristen has taught at SPS for 6 years, at Oak Grove Elementary for 12 years, and at Country Day School in Costa Rica for 4 years.  She has a BS in Education from Miami University and a Masters Degree in Education from Framingham State College. Kristen is married with two daughters. Her hobbies include playing ALTA league tennis, camping, hiking, sailing, painting, and running.

 

Molly Woods, Media Specialist & Virtual Coordinator

Molly holds a BA in English from Ithaca College and a Masters degree in School Library Media from Georgia State. She was a children's book editor in New York before moving to Atlanta, where she has worked as both a freelance writer and a certified Dekalb County schools media specialist. She loves anything having to do with books, cooking, exploring Atlanta, and spending time with her husband and two children (one a graduate and the other a current student).

"Coach Kyle" Johnson, PE Teacher-Preschool

Kyle has been a favorite staff member to SPS children since 2008. A graduate of Mercer University, he has lived in the area for over 20 years with his wife, Laura. He has two children that attended SPS from 2002 to 2009. His daughter Claudia is a student at Purdue University, while his son Eric attends Lakeside High School.  When he’s not at SPS you can often find him biking or rollerblading through the neighborhood.  He also loves to travel the world and has visited more than 15 countries with his wife and kids.  Kyle has a passion for sports and exercise that he enjoys sharing.

Sara Pitts, PE Teacher

Sara is excited to join the SPS family starting in the 2021-22 school year! After several years of being a stay-at-home mom, Sara chose to become a PE teacher to share her passion for health and fitness and encourage kids to find physical activities they can enjoy for a lifetime. Sara has lived in Atlanta since 2018 with her husband, two boys (both SPS students), two cats, and dog. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching in Health and Physical Education at Georgia Southern University, and she also holds a Master of Library Science degree from Valdosta State University and a BA in English from the University of Georgia. In her spare time, Sara enjoys running races from 5Ks to marathons, lifting weights, baking, and playing games with her boys. Her goal this year is to learn to play pickleball!

Kristin M. Pugliese, Music Teacher

Kristin has been an educator for over 15 years, first in early childhood education and then in the music classroom. She has worked almost exclusively in Title 1 Schools and helped create music standards for Cambridge Public Schools. In 2009, Kristin created Note Knacks Music to provide support for educators via lesson plans, a blog, workshops and as a national clinician.

Katie Carter, Art Teacher

Katie has a BFA in Art Education from the University of Georgia. She has 8 years of teaching experience and previously worked in Cobb and Dekalb County Schools. Katie grew up in Tucker, and still lives in the area with her husband, their baby Ellie, and 2 cats. Katie loves drawing, calligraphy, knitting, and traveling. 

Keyla Lara, Spanish Teacher

Keyla moved to Atlanta in 2012 from Mexico. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish with a concentration in language, culture, and society. Her philosophy is that children learn best when they feel welcomed and comfortable with a teacher. Keyla is also a Pre-K assistant teacher at The Goddard School in Buford and she hopes to go back to school one day to complete her master's degree. Her hobbies consist of traveling and seeing other cultures, as well as spending time with her family.