Our Team

A passion to help students learn joyfully

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Principal: Ann Scott Hanks

Ann Scott Hanks serves as the Principal for CAA. Coming from a long lineage of teachers, Ann Scott’s own journey in education was birthed out of a desire to serve the community. She has a deep passion for helping students learn joyfully, and her heart is to cultivate environments where students can discover their unique, God-given gifts. For Ann Scott, the goal of school will never be for students to learn mere facts, but for them to learn to create and be minds-on problem-solvers. Her desire is to help students grow to their God-given potential and to feel seen and celebrated along the way.

Ann Scott believes that the mind and the heart are intertwined, and she has seen that positive attitudes toward learning will lead to higher achievement. Scripture tells us we are all created in the image of God and that we do our work for the glory of God. This Truth informs Ann Scott’s approach to both teaching students and coaching teachers. She helps those within her sphere of influence to discover their talents and improve themselves through goal-setting, questioning and encouragement.

Ann Scott carries with her a breadth of academic and vocational achievements. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in Education from Stanford University, a Master’s in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College, and an Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of North Georgia. In addition to being certified in Georgia for grades K-5 and Middle Grades Social Studies, she also holds endorsements in ESOL, Gifted instruction, Teacher Support, and Instructional Supervision.

Originally from upstate New York, Ann Scott moved to Atlanta in 1998 and served in Fulton County public schools for 20 years. She has a breadth of experience within education, with positions including 2nd grade teacher, Talented and Gifted Program lead teacher K-5, Math teacher 4-5, Testing and Eligibility Specialist for Advanced Studies, Problem-Based Learning Coach, and STEAM Lab instructor. Ann Scott received the high honor of being Teacher of the Year for her school in 2009. She has spearheaded a Lunch Book Club, Science Olympiad team, Family Science Night, and Discovery Kits for science and social studies units. She has presented at state conferences, led professional learning courses for teachers across Atlanta, and has facilitated many parent workshops with particular emphasis on increasing critical and creative thinking for all learners. Ann Scott cherishes her role as the Academic Advisor for Canopy Life Academy, a boarding school in Kenya growing Godly entrepreneurs.


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Assistant Principal & 6th Grade Math: Leigh Woods

Leigh has a unique perspective as a parent, teacher and administrator at City Academy of Atlanta. The Lord brought her family to City when her oldest was entering 1st grade as a parent, who helped with training for both teachers and parents. The second year, she taught Math for both 4th & 5th grades and by the third year, she entered into her current role as Assistant Principal and 6th grade math.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce, Leigh spent a few years in corporate banking. Having always desired to teach, God fulfilled that desire when she completed the Teacher Institute through the University of North Georgia and a partnership with Galloway. Professionally she has taught and tutored Math from the elementary level through Pre-Calculus in DeKalb County public schools, Whitefield Academy and The Lovett School. I also served as the Director of Community Service at Whitefield Academy for 6th - 12th grade students.

Leigh loves having the opportunity to be in the classroom a few hours a week, as well as serve in the office. No two days look the same! She would tell you that one of the best parts of my role at City Academy is that she is always learning new things and can encourage students to be passionate about learning for life.


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Kindergarten: Jenni Means

Jenni Means is the campus pastor and kindergarten teacher at City Academy of Atlanta. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Roanoke College and has taught for 15 years in both public and private school settings. She took a break from teaching in 2008 to pursue a call to full-time children’s ministry, which included training children’s ministers and teams internationally, working with missionary kids, and ministering to parents and children within the adoption community, and orphan ministry. Three years ago, the Lord called her back to the classroom, and she is enjoying teaching within the hybrid model more than ever!

Jenni and her husband, Scott, have been happily married for 37 years and they enjoy doing marriage ministry together. They have three daughters, Laura who works at Georgia Tech as the Communications Manager for the Office of Government and Community Relations, Lisa who lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Otto, and works as the assistant to the Middle School Principal at The Parks School, and Emily who is a middle school Language Arts teacher at Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi.


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1st Grade: Ashley Mayfield

Ashley Mayfield is the 1st grade teacher at CAA. She is a native of Georgia, is certified with 7 years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K-3, and holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia.

Ashley’s passion for children led her to teaching — she loves to watch the magic of learning happen in the classroom. She believes that every child is unique and deserves the best, and she holds high expectations for each and every student: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6 NIV). When Ashley is not teaching, she loves to be outdoors hiking with her husband, cheering on her favorite sports teams (Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs, and Atlanta Falcons), serving at her church, and spending quality time with friends and family.


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2nd Grade: Marilyn Lorrick

Marilyn Lorick is City Academy’s 2nd grade teacher. Marilyn is one of those rarest of breeds: a true native-Atlantan, having been born and raised in Decatur before leaving for Athens, where she became a Bulldog while earning her Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education. Her 30- year teaching career has taken her from the now-long-gone Newton Estates School at the end of one of the Hartsfield-Jackson runways to Fairfax County, VA, and back to an extended stay at Dolvin Elementary in John’s Creek.

Marilyn wants everyone to know that she is not a teacher who happens to be a Christian. Rather, she is a Christ follower who chose teaching as a pathway to touch the lives of children in their formative years. Mrs. Lorick’s teaching philosophy centers on creating a safe, positive environment that is stimulating and encouraging, and environment that gives children the educational and spiritual foundation to excel in life.


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3rd Grade: Liz Joyner

Liz Joyner is the 3rd grade teacher at City Academy of Atlanta. She grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, and always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She attended UGA (Go Dawgs!), where she earned her B.S. Ed. and met her husband, Trey. Liz and Trey have two beautiful daughters, Caroline and Blakely, and they love investing in their home community of Smyrna as well as leading married groups through Buckhead Church.

Liz has taught for 10 years, spending her time in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms. Her goal is to create a learning environment that feels safe for all children, where students are encouraged to celebrate their strengths and find new ways to grow. She considers it such an honor to spend time with children during their most formative years, and she prays that her students feel the love of Jesus each time they step into her classroom.


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3rd Grade, Monday School: Diane Gustafson

Diane Gustafson is CAA’s 3rd grade, Monday school teacher. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from Georgia State University, and is certified in the state of Georgia to teach Early Childhood Education (P-5) and Gifted Consultative (P-12). Most of Diane's 40+ years of teaching transpired in the Fulton County School System. She also taught in Camden, Maine for six years.

Diane's goal is to bring a love of learning to her students. She believes in learning alongside them, allowing them the freedom to be a part of their own education. She wants them to learn to question using higher levels thinking, bringing their own creativity to their work. Diane's classrooms run on the concept of mutual trust and respect, and she expects each child to offer his or her best to the learning and classroom experience


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4th Grade: Christina Cook

Christina Cook serves as City Academy’s 4th grade teacher. She graduated from UGA with a degree in English and spent the eight years after graduation as a professional wedding photographer. In that season, she knew something was missing from that work. She began to search her heart and God’s will on where He would have her go. Coming from a long line of educators (stretching back to my great-grandparents!), in that season of searching Christina discerned that God had put teaching on her heart!

Christina is an adventurer at heart, and loves finding the next daring and exciting thing to motivate her and keep her curious. Whether it's hosting my own children's film camp, coaching volleyball, translating for medical mission trips, or performing in musical theater, God keeps calling her to stretch out of her comfort zone. She loves sharing her curiosity with students in the form of things like hands-on STEM and art design challenges or music-smart learning like creating our own songs as a memory tool. She firmly believes that God has gifted us each uniquely and that one of her roles as a teacher is to equip her students to use their unique gifts well!


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5th Grade & Admissions Lead: Jenny Carruth

Jenny Carruth is our 5th grade teacher and Admissions Director. She is entering my 25th year teaching! She holds a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Morehead State University in Kentucky. Jenny has taught grades K-5, but she would tell you that upper-elementary is her sweet spot. She believes that children learn best in a safe and nurturing environments where they have the opportunity to explore, ask questions, and work collaboratively. Her life and work's mission is summed up this way: "to GATHER a community of children, INVITE them into the bigger story of how Jesus is at work in the world, EQUIP them with what they need, so they can LAUNCH into their God-given purpose and passion.” Jenny believes that education centered and grounded in Christ is essential, and that there is no greater privilege than to be a partner with parents in helping children discover who God is and who He has made them to be.


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Middle School Bible/Discipleship: Kevin Cuthbertson

Kevin Cuthbertson teaches Middle School Bible and Discipleship. He holds a B.S. from the University of Mississippi, an M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

God has blessed him with a beautiful wife and seven children and has been a Families Pastor at The Church of the Apostles for the past three years. Although he grew up in church and Christian schools he would tell you that the Bible didn't become real to me until his senior year of high school. It was then that he finally saw Jesus for who He was and started truly enjoying studying His Word.

His hope for City Academy students is toward that same end: to see that this is a book like none other. This is the God and Creator of the universe telling us who He is and what He's done. One of Mr. Cuthbertson’s favorite aspects of teaching is seeing the look on student's faces when they realize a truth that they've never seen before.


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6th Grade Social Studies & Science: Deidre Wallace

Deidre Wallace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in science and language arts, as well as an endorsement in Gifted Education. She previously taught 8th grade at Barber Middle School in Acworth, GA. When her first son, Colin, was born, she stepped into ministry as director of her church’s children's ministry. Before returning to the classroom at CAA, she homeschooled Colin for K-2nd and her youngest son, Mason, for Pre-K. Deidre feels blessed to be back in a classroom in a capacity that also allows her to homeschool her two boys.

Her greatest passion is to encourage students to wonder over God’s perfect and beautiful creation and to challenge students to wrestle with texts in a way that develops their critical thinking skills and confidence. She especially loves that she can steward both her students’ minds and hearts at CAA, knowing each child as an individual and speaking into the gifts God has given them. Outside of school, Deidre enjoys going on nature walks with her family, reading, and serving on a Care Team at her church, which serves a local foster family.


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7th Grade Math & Humanities: Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson graduated from Furman University with her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She worked in an inner-city school in Atlanta where she was recognized as Teacher of the Year. Additionally she was selected as an “Expert Teacher”, served as an advisory teacher for student teachers and was a presenter and trainer for language arts and writing instruction. She has also worked as a curriculum director, a reading tutor, and an English teacher at a local private school. Linda has taught in many homeschool hybrids and co-ops in the Atlanta area including Lincoln Prep, the Mable House, Metro Academic Studies, and Timothy Ministry. With over 20 years of teaching experience both in and out of a traditional classroom, Linda is thrilled to bring her love of learning to City Academy.


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Administration: Leah Case

Leah came to the City Academy family first as a parent, and now serving as our administrative coordinator. The Lord led their family to CAA as their oldest daughter was entering first grade, and they have enjoyed being part of such a unique, Gospel centered community. Leah has a deep passion for systems, processes, organization and administration. Her sweet spot is serving those with a larger vision, and executing the details behind the scenes. Leah brings experience in process development and system management from multiple start-ups in the Atlanta area.

Leah and her husband Chris live in East Lake with their 3 children, where Chris serves as the lead pastor at their church. They have a heart for discipleship, specifically through hospitality and living their life with an open door.


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Elementary Assistant: Becky Van Ameringen

Becky’s love of teaching actually began in childhood. She vividly remembers taking great pleasure in teaching children how to write their name, tie their shoe, or even ride a bike. Her vast elementary education degree spans 3 states, 7 grade levels, and 30 years of teaching experience with 27 as the teacher and 3 as a teacher's aide.

Becky will tell you that children, with their uninhibited, honest ways, are fun and refreshing. She’s observed they learn best by doing..by using multiple senses… seeing, hearing (the teacher talking or the child verbalizing), sometimes tasting or smelling, touching (forming a challenging word in play dough for example). School and homeschool are safe places to practice, make mistakes, practice some more and grow. We don't become good at skiing by starting at the top of the highest mountain, pushing off, and going full-speed ahead. We learn little by little, sometimes experiencing some mistakes, but getting back up and trying again and experiencing little successes along the way.

Becky’s favorite thing about City Academy is being at a school where Truth is spoken, displayed, and taught throughout the day! Knowing that Jesus loves and accepts each unique child, is a great starting point for great learning!!

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Art: Leslie Vann

Leslie received her BA in General Visual Art from Dallas Baptist University in 2007 and is passionate about using the arts as a vehicle for learning, personal growth, connecting with God and discipleship. She fostered her love for aesthetics, creativity and ministry through the retail industry, interior design and various youth and homeless ministries before beginning her teaching career in art and discipleship in 2015. Her personal artwork is an extension of her own journey of faith and freedom through Jesus Christ. It is one of her favorite things to share this process, both artistically and spiritually with others in hopes of encouraging them on their own journey.

Interesting in Joining Our Team?

 

City Academy is looking for qualified teachers who are passionate about educating minds and cultivating hearts of children. CAA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origins in its admission or hiring practices. Apply for employment here.

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Board of Trustees

Meredith Rabalais

Meredith Rabalais serves on the board of City Academy of Atlanta in the role of visionary and co-founder. She believes wholeheartedly in the hybrid-schooling model, the pursuit of each child’s heart, living in engaged community and the rich learning that occurs inside and outside the classroom. She loves seeing the fruit of this unique approach to education in the lives of children and families.

In her free time, Meredith loves cooking, hosting, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is actively involved at Passion City Church and loves serving Jesus in any way possible.

Meredith earned a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Florida.

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Angela O’Halloran

Angela O’Halloran serves on the Board of Directors for City Academy of Atlanta in the role of Secretary where she provides strategic and operational oversight for the school. Angela is a founding member of CAA and has helped to launch multiple education ventures, including the predecessor to CAA, Legacy Community Academy-Atlanta and Mustard Seeds PMO.

Angela is a leader in her community and she has been actively involved at Passion City Church since 2011.

She is a devoted mother and wife and she and her husband Scott have three children at CAA, Liam, Cullen and Ella Rose.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, spending time with family & friends.

Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of Florida.

Scott O’Halloran

Scott O’Halloran serves on the Board of Directors in the role of President where he provides strategic and financial oversight to the school. Scott is a founding member of CAA and previously served on the Steering Committee and Board of Directors for Legacy Community Academy.

Professionally, Scott is a Partner at an Atlanta-based commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm, Scotland Wright Associates. Scott has been active in the commercial real estate industry in Atlanta since 2003 having previously worked for Duke Realty Corporation and Colliers International.

Scott is a leader in his community and he has been actively involved at Passion City Church since 2011. He and his wife, Angela, have three children at CAA, Liam, Cullen and Ella Rose.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of Florida.

Ashley Washer

Ashley Washer serves on the board of City Academy of Atlanta as a liaison between parents and faculty. She is passionate about developing a school community where families can find support and encouragement, both spiritually and academically.

Having been homeschooled herself during some formative years, Ashley has experienced first hand the benefits that come with this type of model, including the margin parents are provided to spend time with and disciple their children. Ashley, her husband Ben, and their three children have participated in a hybrid model for over four years now, and are so grateful for the opportunity to see City Academy of Atlanta continue to support families across the metro Atlanta area.

In her spare time, Ashley loves to cook, entertain, travel, read, listen to podcasts, and connect with people over a good cup of coffee.

Ashley received a B.A. in Sociology from Dallas Baptist University.

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Parent Council

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a group of parent leaders and volunteers who partner with City Academy to enrich the student and family experience.

Fundraising

Supplements student and teacher experiences throughout the year. Money raised is used to provide additional technology, books, teacher appreciation gifts and lunches, and events like family picnics, grandparent’s day, mother/son & father/daughter events.

Events/Hospitality

Provides opportunities for community building and fellowship through monthly events.

Community Care

Group of parents who intentionally shepherd new families, as well as those experiencing difficult times. Help may come in the form of prayer requests, meal support, transportation and play dates.

Prayer

Organized monthly prayer groups for both moms and dads. Focus is on praying for City Academy staff, families and students, as well as our impact on the city and any other pertinent requests.

Teacher Appreciation

Every effort is made to love and serve our staff. This includes providing food and drinks for the teacher lounge, special lunches, remembering birthdays, and Christmas and end of year gifts.

Classroom Liaisons

Serve as a point of contact for the class. This includes interfacing with the parent council, teacher and parents in their respective grade, to simplify communication so everyone is informed and not overwhelmed.

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