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

Director of Lower School | 

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. She is committed to the Premo philosophy of nurturing the whole child and fostering every child’s intrinsic desire to learn, grow, and succeed. Kerry takes a special interest in the creation of developmentally appropriate curriculum for children at every level.


Kerry and her husband have three children, all current or former Premo students. She enjoys reading, hiking, and knitting in her free time.

Alashia Cody

Director of Upper School  | 

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!

Pilar Rodgers

Math & Science Specialist  | 

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?"

Liz Freck

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 seven children, who range in age from 3 - 15. As 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.

Alexandra Thomas

Reading Specialist  | 

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. 

Ashley McGlathery

Ashley McGlathery graduated from Georgia College and State University with a degree in English with a Creative Writing Focus and a minor in Theater. 

Before moving on to obtain her Masters degree in Screenwriting from Bournemouth University in England, She began her professional career as a middle school English and Humanities teacher where she found that creating a meaningful relationship between History, Anthropology and Narrative Development lead to increased engagement and interdisciplinary success among students. 

Ashley was attracted to the Premo School due to its individual approach to education and the ability for the students to find passion in their work, which Ashley believes is the key to a successful relationship with writing.

When she’s not teaching, she can be found crafting stories of her own through both screenplays and prose and spending time with three-year-old Jack Russell. 

Sarah Sullivano

Early Childhood Education Specialist  | 

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.

Ashley Thomas

Early Childhood Teacher | 

Ashley has been an Elementary School Educator for 10 years in the Florida Public School System.  She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  After teaching for ten years in Florida, her family decided to move to Georgia.


Ashley was attracted to teaching at The Premo School because of its focus on teaching children based on student interest and learning style.  Ashley likes to use a multi-sensory approach to teaching and learning where students engage more than one sense at a time during learning activities. 


Ashley is married to her husband, Jonas and has a two-year-old son.

Imari Hurst

Imari graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies and Entrepreneurial Management. She is a registered yoga teacher certified at the 200 hour level with an emphasis on children's yoga, vinyasa power yoga, and restorative yoga. 

Imari has always had a passion for working with children spending many years as a preschool teacher prior to becoming a certified yoga teacher. In her classes students focus on deep breathing, self connection, and refining poses in new ways that will feel good and build strength.

Off of the mat Imari enjoys working with families as a Realtor. She also loves to travel to experience new places and cultures, spending time outdoors, and going to concerts.

Ashley Cornwall

Ashley graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree specializing in ceramics and art education. Ashley is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Roswell, Georgia to pursue her passion for the arts and teaching. She also teaches pottery classes at The Art Center West in Roswell. 

Ashley has taught art to all levels from toddlers to adults. She has experience teaching at childcare development centers, community art centers, and artist cooperatives. Her passion for sharing her craft stems from spending several years of developing her own body of artwork and becoming a freelance artist. Teaching has allowed her to share her knowledge and passion in hopes of inspiring others to explore their own creativity.


Ashley believes that the curriculum at The Premo School allows her to focus on the skills of each student and their individuality. She aims to help each student develop problem solving skills in order to achieve their ideas and goals. 

Claire Summers

Claire graduated with a BA in Latin and English from Georgia State University. She also received an MA in English Renaissance Literature and History from GSU. 

Claire has taught at a number of private schools in the Atlanta area as well as Georgia State University. She has a passion for Classics and for importing the love of language to her students.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys exercise and reading Roman history and classic literature. She is involved in organizations aimed at helping those experiencing homelessness and in a number of catholic ministries including the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Ayanna Taylor

Ayanna Simone is an Atlanta native, certified yoga instructor, and meditation guide. She is a graduate of Georgia State University where she received a BA in Journalism and Marketing. She currently leads classes at the largest yoga chain in the United States, Core Power Yoga.


Ayanna finds great fulfillment in giving back to her community. She has partnered with non-profit organizations like Smile Train USA & South America and the Epilepsy Foundation, hosting yoga classes for fundraising initiatives.  She volunteers with Sisters of Yoga and New Life Community Center, connecting with women of color, teaching foundational meditation practices to victims of trauma, and feeding the homeless.

Yoga Teacher |  

"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