TEACHERS

Kimberly Askew

Position

College and Alumni Information Advisor, Psychology/Sociology and AP Psychology

Education

Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Minor in Studio Art, North Georgia College and State University

Experience

As someone who is inspired, perceptive, and patient, I treasure teaching at Rivers Academy because this experience allows me to use an unique approach of using creativity and leadership to encourage young people to think for themselves. I am able to use my knowledge and understanding of a subject I am passionate about to enlighten students through group discussion and critical thinking. This course provides each individual the opportunity to see the world through a different perspective by participating in an encouraging group setting. I look forward to sharing this experience while forming lasting relationships with this close knit community of educators and students alike. My knowledge and understanding of both the curriculum and students, is reflected in the courses I am lucky enough to teach. I enjoy taking real life circumstances and including them in my psychology and sociology classes.

Julie Barrentine

Position

Intermediate Language Arts/Social Studies

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Bachelors of Arts in Education, University of Arkansas

Experience

After teaching 10 years in the public school system, I am thrilled to be a teacher at Rivers Academy! I have a passion for teaching and for having a positive impact on children's lives. I am excited to be teaching 5th Grade language arts and 5th Grade social studies. I believe a positive experience in school, in these early years, has a tremendous impact on the dreams and goals of these kids and on the belief they have in themselves. I love being a part of this school and creating an environment where kids can love to learn and grow into the best they can be!

Lisa Baumohl

Position

Middle School Language Arts/Spanish, High School Spanish

Education

Bachelors of Science Inclusive Eduacation, Syracuse
Master's in Counceling Education, Western Maryland

Experience

Lisa Baumohl has been an educator here in Atlanta schools for the last 15 years. She comes to us with experience teaching Spanish to every age group from preschool to adult in both public and private institutions. She is certified to teach everything from Special Education and Spanish to high school social studies. Her diverse experience in both elementary and middle school classrooms compliments her creative style to teaching and learning. Lisa is also a certified school counselor and understands that every student is an individual with unique strengths and weaknesses. Lisa is thrilled to join our Rivers Academy team and brings with her a great enthusiasm for languages both in English and Spanish. Reading, writing, and communicating creatively is her goal for all of her students. Student projects will be a welcome site around her classroom and in our school halls!

Carol Bozeman

Position

High School Science

Education

Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, Minor in Education and Graduate Studies, The University of West Georgia

Experience

While pursuing a career in pharmacy, I developed such a love for learning and for science that I changed paths in order to become an educator. As most career opportunities in today's world are related to math and science, I hope to help young minds remain excited about and engaged in the study of science. I have more than sixteen years of experience teaching almost every discipline in science in both public and private schools as well as working as a private tutor. I am blessed to work in such a unique setting with this excellent faculty and our amazing Rivers students!

Michelle Brown

Position

Middle and High School Language Arts - Atlanta Campus

Education

Bachelor of Arts in English, Tulane University and Juris Doctor, Georgia State University College of Law

Experience

In joining the faculty at Rivers Academy after many years of teaching, I am fully embracing what I've come to understand about education, the classroom alone cannot cultivate our student's hearts and minds. We must nurture their need for balance of real life experiences with academic discourse. As Socrates aptly claims, "I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think." Tapping into their natural curiosity, exposing them to works of fiction and nonfiction from all corners of the world, and challenging their preconceived notions, we are given the important task of making students think to interpret, to question, to analyze, to synthesize, to evaluate, and ultimately to live in the world around them.

Frank Bryant

Position

Engineering - Atlanta Campus

Education

Bachelors of Science in Physics, Georgia Tech
Masters of Business Administration, Georgia Tech

Experience

I started my first business at the age of 20 and I recently founded a company to develop and commercialize new technology, which I invented and patented. Looking back though, I guess I have always been a teacher, even in my professional life; whether I was managing co-ops and engineers, working as a corporate trainer, or teaching at every level from elementary to the collegiate. I think it starts with a love of science and the desire to share my knowledge and experiences with others. I have taught Physics at Georgia Tech and have been an instructor for management, math and chemistry. Additionally, I teach in the STEM program for Science, Technology, Robotics and Programming, mentor a FIRST Robotics team, sponsor and judge the Georgia Tech Capstone program, and instruct ACT and SAT prep courses. I am constantly learning from my students and as my teaching abilities evolve, my students are able to more effectively learn from me. I teach to see that "aha" moment in their eyes, when they finally get a concept and I continue to work with them until that is accomplished.

Frances Cooper

Position

Middle and High School Spanish

Education

Middle and High School Spanish, University of Kentucky Bachelor's of Arts, Bowling Green State University Graduate Study in Spain, Bowling Green State University Master's in Spanish, Bowling Green State University

Experience

After studying high school Spanish with a dynamic teacher, I knew that I wanted to teach Spanish. Over the years, I have taught elementary, middle and high school Spanish, levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and AP. I started teaching in Ohio from 1965 to 1971. I moved to Western Kentucky where I taught until I retired from Kentucky public schools in 2002. Missing the classroom, I resumed teaching at a Catholic high school in 2003. I retired a second time in 2008. I moved to Atlanta and taught one year at John's Creek High School. Then, in 2010, I discovered the unique atmosphere at Rivers Academy where I have continued my life's passion of teaching Spanish.


Shaneka Ellington

Position

Middle and High School Science - Atlanta Campus

Education

Bachelors of Science in Biology, Minor in English Jacksonville State University

Experience

I'm very excited to embark on this amazing experience with Rivers Academy. This is my third year teaching science to secondary education students. My love for the subject has always been undeniable. Once I knew that science was all around me it quickly became one of my favorite subjects. I engage my students with hands on inquiry based learning activities that challenges them to apply what they've learned. I believe that students learn best by doing; trying, failing, and trying again. I'm extremely excited to work in such a unique setting here at Rivers Academy and help students to become a better version of themselves.

Patty Gumbrill

Position

High School Mathematics

Education

Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Auburn University

Experience

My love of all things logical and mathematical led me to graduate with a math degree from Auburn University in 1999. Shortly after, my husband and I moved to Atlanta where my passion for math led me to begin working with middle and high school students who wanted to improve their math skills. Over the last 14 years my goal has been to connect with my students, giving them personal confidence and motivation to succeed in the their Math courses. I have found great joy in seeing students learn how to solve problems that they never thought they would be able to do. This is a great life skill! I also spent six years coaching year-round swimming to committed, young athletes; so I am very excited to work with students at Rivers who want to excel in academics while also pursuing other passions.

Hunter Holley

Position

Middle School Math and Science - Atlanta Campus

Education

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science, Tougaloo College

Experience

In 1995, I began teaching middle and high school math to At-Risk students in school districts of rural Mississippi. It was during this time that I realized my passion for teaching through an insight of creating a caring atmosphere that supported mutual respect, teamwork, help, and responsibility for learning. After relocating to Georgia, that experience prompted private tutoring for children of a home school support church, at local libraries, and later as a substitute teacher for Douglas County Schools. For twenty years, teaching and tutoring has been my mainstay of happiness as an educator. I am excited to continue that pursuit of happiness with Rivers Academy. And, I am honored to help students embrace math in a way that encourages them to keep learning and improving.

Vincent Houben

Position

Middle and High School Mathematics

Education

Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Systems, Minor in Business Administration, Georgia State University Minor in Math, Georgia Perimeter College

Experience

From teaching underprivileged kids in the inner-city to privileged home school students, I have had the opportunity of being around young people, connecting with them, and teaching various subjects for the last twenty years. I have taught math in non-traditional schools since 2008 where I have appreciated a more tailored approach to teaching. As an educator, I am determined to empower each student in reaching their academic goals. The unique setting at Rivers Academy allows me to use my insight into how children learn and provide a variety of approaches to mastering an exceptional mathematical mind.


Tarik Johnson

Position

Middle and High School Social Studies - Atlanta Campus

Education

Masters of Arts US History, Georgia State University (2017); Juris Masters, Emory University School of Law; Bachelors of Arts History and Political Science, Winthrop University.

Experience

After receiving my Masters Degree in Law from Emory Law, I began more graduate work in History at Georgia State University where I planned to complete a Ph.D. and spend my life doing research and writing. However after giving several lectures, I found that I enjoyed teaching. I have spent the last two years as a tutor for middle and high school social studies and the last year as a history instructor at Georgia Highlands College and it has been the most fulfilling and rewarding time of my professional life. While I will complete my Ph.D., I now plan to spend my career in front of a class awakening young minds and watching them grow. As a social studies teacher, I strive to teach students to think critically about the past, present, and the future because critical thinking will assure them success in school and beyond. I look forward to working with our students at Rivers Academy and helping them achieve their goals in life.

Kim Jones

Position

Intermediate Language Arts and Science

Education

Bachelors of Science, Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama
Masters of Arts, Early Childhood Education, University of Alabama National Board Certification

Experience

While working on my Masters degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Alabama, I became one of six founding teachers of The Capitol School, a private school focusing on the Multiple Intelligences of children. At this school, I taught and developed curriculum for kindergarten through fourth grade. In 1995, my husband and I moved to Georgia where I served as a language arts specialist, second grade teacher and curriculum coordinator in Jefferson City Schools. I continued my teaching career in Fulton County as a Core Knowledge coordinator while teaching first grade and special education. I have had my own tutoring business for 15 years, where I have enjoyed working with students from preschool - high school. I look forward to combining my love of teaching with my understanding of the importance of each child's individual passion.

Corrie Keesee

Position

Middle School Science

Education

Bachelors of Science in Education, Kennesaw State University, Bachelors of Arts in Art History, University of Miami Masters of Arts in Art History, University of Miami

Experience

I am proud to say that this is my 6th year at Rivers Academy and my 17th year in teaching. I have taught everything from college level Art History classes to preschool 2 year olds. My passion for science education is driven by my hands on style of teaching. I believe all learners excel in an environment where they are challenged to discover the lessons before them. This passion has afforded me the opportunity to develop an early childhood science program implemented in preschools, to create lessons and curriculum used at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, to be published in numerous publications, and to have my lessons used throughout the state of Georgia.

Kim Lowenthal

Position

Middle and High School Mathematics

Education

Bachelors of Science in Educational Curriculum & Instruction, Secondary Math & Chemistry, Texas A&M University

Experience

I began my teaching career in north Texas where I taught middle school math and then high school math/chemistry in two rural public schools. After a move to Houston, I taught high school math in a large suburban school. Since moving to Georgia, I've tutored privately, and I've taught middle and high school math in a private Christian school and in a home school support school. After twenty years in this profession and having taught in almost every environment, I have found my final home at Rivers Academy. I love teaching math at Rivers, and it gives me great joy as my students come to love math as well. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling job!

Kelliann Mateker

Position

High School Mathematics - Atlanta Campus

Education

Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Minor in Physics from Tulane University

Experience

Growing up, I always had a love for math and science. After graduating from Tulane, I intended to pursue a career as an actuary. However, I began working as a math instructor at Mathnasium in Birmingham, AL and discovered a passion for helping children of all ages learn and understand mathematics. After moving to Georgia, this passion for teaching led me to Rivers, where I look forward to sharing my love of mathematics and teaching students fundamental skills that they will take with them.

Lexie Miller

Position

Middle School Language Arts

Education

Bachelors of Science in Language Arts and Math, University of North Georgia

Experience

Growing up, I always had a deep appreciation for sports and music which I balanced with my love for learning. Throughout my schooling, I found balance by playing varsity sports, traveling with my chorus, and taking AP classes. These passions led me to pursue a degree in education while running cross country at the University of North Georgia, and my appreciation for equilibrium in life has led me specifically to Rivers Academy. I look forward to establishing positive relationships with my students this year as they teach me about their passions, and I, in turn, will teach them the foundations of the English language to help them communicate effectively throughout their lives.

Paula Moore

Position

Middle School Language Arts

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Education, University of Georgia

Experience

Upon graduation from the University of Georgia, I fulfilled my dream to teach. Since beginning my career in 1975 at St. Joseph's in Athens, Georgia, I have also had the pleasure to teach at Alpharetta Christian Academy, Barnwell Elementary, and Alpharetta Elementary. While instructing in the Fulton County school system, I was voted Teacher of the Year in 2006 at Barnwell and again in 2013 at Alpharetta. It has always been my passion to nurture independent learners and to have them understand from the onset of our time together that my goal is their success. The old adage that a child does not care what you know until they know that you care has always spoken to my heart. Students will always know that I care. I look forward to working with students at Rivers Academy and instilling in them an appreciation for the written word...both literature and their own.

Jim Mundy

Position

Chess

Education

USCF Candidate Master & Intercontinental Bronze Medalist, USCF Certified Instructor & Nationally Recognized Chess Coach, USCF Local Tournament Director, Columnist for Georgia Chess Magazine

Experience

I discovered a passion for Chess early in life, and tournament play is something I have pursued for over three decades, winning many championships. In my mid-twenties I discovered I had another passion, teaching it! I started my teaching career over seventeen years ago with the GRN Regional Board, helping At-Risk children learn about choice, self-reliance, and self-discipline. I love that Chess teaches each student how they think, how they learn, and how they solve problems in a constantly changing environment and all while having a lot of fun!

Jonathan Ostrosky

Position

Middle and High School Science

Education

Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of North Georgia
Masters of Arts in Public Administration, University of North Georgia

Experience

While attending the University of North Georgia, I took advantage of my opportunity to study the interaction of indigenous wildlife within the environment in the Okefenokee Swamp. This experience fueled my passion for biology and inspires me to create a thought-provoking environment that stimulates the mind and engages students to learn more about natural life. As an undergraduate, I worked as a research assistant testing bacteria levels in the Chattahoochee River as part of a research project while studying horizontal gene transfer in bioluminescence organisms. Learning science using real-world applications, such as this, helps me promote the development of the subject and the proficiency of the learner. My goal is to teach students how to think, not just how to accumulate facts.


Lucy Pastore

Position

Student Life Coordinator & Middle and High School Social Studies

Education

Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) Brain-Based Teaching (BrainSMART Program): Nova Southeastern University
Masters of Science in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (Grades K-12), Walden University
Bachelors of Arts in Secondary Education-History, Boise State University

Experience

I began teaching social studies in Georgia public schools in 2006 and had the opportunity to teach at Rivers Academy shortly after. I have taught social studies at a variety of grade levels, including adult ELL classes at a local charity. I have had extensive training in curriculum and instruction, along with developing and generating high level standardized tests. My teaching background in BrainSMART learning and education has enabled me to create and teach each student and class in a unique way that enhances the learning environment in an engaging manner. I love everything about teaching and history, and I am blessed to be able to teach and help students gain historical connections that are meaningful to today.

Amanda Quintanilla

Position

Middle and High School Spanish

Education

Bachelors of Arts in World Languages and Cultures in Spanish, Minor in Italian and French, Reinhardt University

Experience

My love and passion for languages and cultures began at a very early age in my life. While attending Reinhardt University, I had the chance to accumulate some firsthand teaching experience. During my studies, I had the chance to be the Teaching Assistant in the World Languages and Cultures department. This experience truly sparked a passion for teaching in me! In addition, I became an ESOL instructor for a publically known center called Mi Familia Center. Following, I became an English Immersion elementary school teacher at a private bilingual school, which later led me to teach Spanish at a private Montessori school. My main goal as a teacher here at Rivers Academy is to bring my passion of the Spanish language and culture to life for them as well as to make it an enjoyable experience for all!

Misty Ragland

Position

Intermediate Mathematics

Education

Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Birmingham-Southern College
Masters in Applied Math, Auburn University

Experience

While attending Auburn University, I had the chance to be a Teaching Assistant in the math department. This sparked a passion for teaching for me! Upon finishing at Auburn, I worked at Bellsouth Corporation in computer programming and project management. After starting a family, I was a substitute teacher for Fulton County Schools, which allowed me to get back in the classroom at the elementary level, and in which I thoroughly enjoyed. I also have had the privilege for the last few years to teach part time at Georgia Perimeter College. Working with students to build a strong math foundation and a love of learning is my goal in the classroom.

Aimee Rank

Position

High School Social Studies and AP Human Geography

Education

Bachelors of Arts in History, Columbia College, Columbia University
Masters of Arts in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Experience

After graduate school, I taught middle school social studies for ten years in various academic settings, ranging from the New York City public school system to rural Georgia to a small private school setting in Atlanta. I "retired" from teaching when I became a mom but missed the classroom conversations and the interaction with students immensely! When my oldest child started school, so did I! I have been at Rivers Academy since 2009 and love the opportunity that the small class size provides for engaging conversation, in class projects and generally thinking outside of the box. My main goal as a teacher is to encourage active, engaged young global citizens who can problem solve and analyze for themselves.

Cindy Rittenhouse

Position

High School Literature

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Humanities, a triple major in English, History and French, Michigan State University
Masters in Literature, Michigan State University

Experience

I have been enriched by literary and writing influences from my mother who quoted poetry as she walked through the house to a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who chaired my Masters committee; from writing for the SAT exams my first job out of college to 10 years as an advertising copywriter and copy chief. I have taught literature and creative writing to grades 5-12, encouraging critical thinking skills with a hands-on approach. I am also certified in AP Literature. I love sharing my curiosity and enthusiasm for books and authors and the power of language, and I love the joy of teaching at Rivers Academy.

Kohler Sartain

Position

Intermediate Social Studies, Language Arts and Science

Education

Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Development, University of Georgia
Masters of Elementary Education, Oglethorpe University

Experience

After 11 years of teaching in a traditional, independent school, I am excited to begin my journey at Rivers. One thing I''ve learned over the years is that the most important part of an elementary school teacher's job is to instill a love of learning and a growth mindset in all students. I love that Rivers provides students with the unique opportunity to explore their passions while continuing to grow academically and socially. I want my students to feel loved for who they are, as well as challenged to see their unlimited potential. My goal is to help foster creativity and independence in my students and to help them meet every challenge, in and out of school, with a positive attitude and a desire to continue to learn and grow. Ultimately, particularly in the lower grades, school should be fun!

Traci Shuster

Position

High School Literature

Education

Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
Bachelors of Arts in English, University of Maryland, College Park

Experience

In 1992, I began my teaching career at East Paulding High School in Dallas, GA, where I taught 9th-12th grade English. During my time there, I designed the 9th grade honors English class, created a distance-learning program for college preparatory seniors, and educated the faculty on a writing-across-the-curriculum program. In 1997, The Weber School hired me as their inaugural English teacher. There, I assisted in the establishment of their guidelines and standards. I also had the opportunity to help design the English curriculum for grades 9-12, which included college prep, honors and AP programs. In January of 2002, I left the classroom to be a stay-at-home mom for my 4 children. At that time, I started my own tutoring and consulting business of courses, such as "Reading Comprehension," "The Writing Workshop," "Grammar Techniques," "Test-taking Skills," "Writing the College Application Essay," and "SAT Verbal Prep." In 2011, I re-established my classroom teaching at Rivers Academy and love being part of this vision.


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