PREMO EDUCATORS

Why Our Teachers Are Different

Premo teachers are masters of their craft. That's why they are given a great deal of autonomy and are encouraged to teach how they teach best. Much of the school’s success can be attributed to the fact that our teachers are supported and our environment is positive. Happy teachers who feel valued and excited generate an environment of engaged students who feel connected to the joy of learning. Premo educators are honored, respected, trusted, and supported as expert professionals - and as a result, Premo students learn to honor and respect their own work as expert learners. 

Meet Our Staff

Kerry Edgington

Head of Lower School |  kerry@thepremoschool.org 

Kerry graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Special Education and received her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education with a literacy concentration and Reading Endorsement from Georgia State University.

 

Kerry is a lifelong learner who knew from an early age that she wanted to become a teacher. She taught in the Gwinnett County Public School System for many years before taking some time to stay home with her three children. The Premo School ethos is what first attracted Kerry to the school as a mother looking for a better educational environment for her children. As a parent, seeing all three of her children thrive and grow so much within the nurturing community at Premo made Kerry’s decision a year later to return to her lifelong passion of teaching all that much easier.

 

Kerry is committed to the Premo philosophy of nurturing the whole child and fostering every child’s intrinsic desire to learn, grow, and succeed.

Alashia Cody

Head of Upper School  |  alashia@thepremoschool.org 

Alashia has served as an educator for nine years. She has taught English Language Arts and History spanning third through eighth grade in both private and public schools.  She earned a Bachelor of Science at the University of North Georgia in middle grades education with a concentration in English and History. 

 

Alashia has worked with adolescents as a teacher, mentor, and liaison between school and community. She has led STEM committees, Google integration in the classroom, and relevant writing with a focus on project-based learning.

 

Alashia is an advocate for humanities-based learning. She believes history, art, philosophy, language, and literature open a window through which humans can experience an entire world from a mere idea, gain a wealth of knowledge from a hypothesis, and experience a single-human perspective with universal connections. 

 

Alashia is married and has a fourteen-year-old daughter. Together, Alashia and her family love to read, travel, and eat!

Alexandra Thomas

Reading Specialist  |  athomas@thepremoschool.org 

Alexandra received her Doctorate in Education from the Curriculum and Teaching department at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds an M.S. in Childhood Education from Lehman College and a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining The Premo School, Alexandra was a Professional Development Consultant at The Center for Technology and School Change at Columbia University specializing in curriculum design and interdisciplinary pedagogies. She worked in New York City Public Schools over the course of 10 years as a teacher, professional development coach, and researcher. She is passionate about social justice education and helping learners develop into critical thinkers. 

 

Alexandra loves crafting, making, and tinkering! She loves learning new crafts and trades. Currently, she is learning how to weld. 

Pilar Rodgers

Math & Science Specialist  |  prodgers@thepremoschool.org 

Pilar graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  She completed her graduate coursework in Math Education at the University of Georgia.   Pilar has taught in formal classroom settings and has tutored 5th - 12th grade students in various settings for over 20 years.

 

Pilar is passionate about teaching math across the grades.  She believes that math literacy isn’t just about learning algorithms and procedures but also about learning how to tackle and solve challenging problems.  She is excited to structure a math program that addresses students’ needs in an engaging and creative way that also prepares them for high school math studies.  As a result of her engineering training, she loves to answer that famous question, “When are we going to use this in real life?"

Sarah Sullivano

Early Childhood Education Specialist  |  ssullivano@thepremoschool.org 

Sarah graduated from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has her Masters in Early Intervention for At-risk Children from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Sarah has been a teacher for more than 16 years with a focus on Early Childhood Education, teaching at the renowned Gordon School in Providence, Rhode Island and The Avery Coonley School in suburban Chicago, among others. 

 

Sarah is a strong believer in teaching the whole child and learning with and from her students. A glimpse into her classroom will present a room full of chatter, fun, exploration, and child-focused experiences. Sarah works hard to foster social/emotional learning as well as encouraging children to take a risk, whether it’s touching the sticky, gooey gak placed in front of them or sharing an idea in front of the class.

Jenevieve Goss

Arts Integration Specialist  |  jgoss@thepremoschool.org 

Jenevieve received her BS in Art Education from Buffalo State College. She holds a Masters in Education and a PhD in Curriculum Instruction and the Science of Teaching from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

 

A lifelong educator, Jenevieve began her career teaching art in the Buffalo Public schools, and over the years has taught art in kindergarten through 12th grade. During her graduate studies, Jenevieve worked as a research fellow developing science curriculum and using new science technologies in inner city schools in Buffalo. Jenevieve also has certification in teaching yoga to children and adults.

Liz Freck

Connections Specialist |  lfreck@thepremoschool.org

Liz dates her love of teaching to her senior year of high school, when she participated in a joint program with The University of South Florida that allowed high school students to work as teachers’ aides in classes with at-risk students. Liz went on to graduate magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a BA in psychology, where she was awarded Honors Student of the Year for her research into how children connect with teachers to learn effectively. 

 

Liz’s passion for teaching and connection with children has led her to hold positions as a preschool teacher, art teacher, Odyssey of the Mind coach, paraprofessional in an inclusive special needs class, curriculum developer for a K-8 program about group collaboration and group dynamics, and children’s sewing instructor. Liz also homeschooled her own children for 8 years. Her teaching style is characterized by an enthusiastic, accepting, creative approach to meeting children right where they are. Liz believes that nothing beats an unfettered imagination when it comes to problem-solving.

 

When Liz is not teaching, you can find her having adventures with her 7 children, who range in age  from 3 - 15. An artist and maker, she is always excited to find new skills to research and learn such as advanced sewing, 3D modeling, and woodworking. She loves roller derby, playing football with her kids, and investigating current topics and world issues from children’s perspectives.

"I am not a teacher, but an awakener."

-Robert Frost

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."

-Albert Einstein

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