We Are SKTCS
Mrs. Sandra Hardy
Dean of Social Emotional Learning
Greetings! My name is Sandra Hardy, Dean of Social Emotional Learning at Susie King Taylor Community School. I believe, due to coming from a family of many educators, my heart was naturally drawn to choosing a career path where I can continue to reach youth and their families. I have worked in areas of non-profit that targeted at risk youth, adolescent mental health, human services and teaching early childhood.
I chose SKTCS because of the community-centered approach practiced both
inside of the school and beyond these four walls. The students are learning how to work both
independently and collaboratively in order to prepare them in becoming contributing members of society.
Ms. Tanika Johnson
Greetings! I am Tanika Johnson, a native of Savannah, Georgia, and a mother of two. I am the Math Interventionist.
I chose SKTCS because it allows me to serve and meet the needs of students and their families.In my role I am able to assist in the efforts of improving academic achievement, multicultural experiences, and holistic growth for all students in a diverse setting.
Mrs. Stephanie VanVleck
Hello SKTCS families! My name is Stephanie VanVleck and I am a Kindergarten teacher. I am a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University where I got my bachelors in Early Childhood Education. I also graduated from Columbus State University with a Masters in Educational Leadership. I am a mother of two. In my free time, I love spending time with my family at the beach!
I chose SKTCS for the community family feeling, rich learning environment, and the empowerment for each student to thrive.
Ms. Victoria Bright
Hello! My name is Ms. Bright! I am from North Georgia. I graduated from University of North Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I am currently working on a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. I love teaching because of the impact I can make in the lives of students.
I chose SKTCS because I love bringing the community into the classroom. I think the best way for a student to learn is to experience learning in a hands on environment!
Mrs. Jaime McCormick
I received my undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University (Go Eagles!) and my Master of Art in Teaching degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University (which is now a part of GSU). Third grade is one of my favorite grades to teach, as it is filled with so many interesting and exciting concepts to learn.
My family and I moved to Savannah in 2019 and we absolutely love living in the most beautiful city in the nation. Outside of travel sports and gymnastics we spend our family free time enjoying the outdoors, walking in the parks, fishing, and soaking in all the culture and history that Savannah has to offer.
I chose SKTCS because of the school’s student-centered, collaborative, active, and discovery driven instructional model. The model allows more creativity in lesson planning while supporting student engagement and creating successful lifelong learners.
Ms. Leslie Tyson
Fifth Grade - Math/Science
Hi! I am Leslie Tyson. I teach 5th grade Math and Science. I am a native of Savannah, GA and absolutely love my city! I have taught fourth and fifth grades throughout my teaching career.
I chose SKTCS because I believe in our model to use the city as a textbook to enhance the learning of our future leaders.
Dr. Rebecca Wells
Middle Grades Science
Hello! My name is Rebecca Wells and I am the Middle Grades Science Teacher. I have taught all science content areas in grades 6 -12 as well as college biology, environmental science, and undergraduate and graduate courses for science educators.
I chose SKTCS because of the faculty and staff commitment to educating the whole child by providing a nurturing, family-like environment within an academic setting. I have two amazing sons who were born in China and together we enjoy fostering puppies with One Love Animal Rescue, going to the beach, and watching superhero movies.
Ms. Chelsea Foster
I was born in Atlanta but am loving the rich history of Savannah. I obtained my degree in art education from Georgia State University where I also trained in graphic design, photography, ceramics, printmaking, and pretty much everything under the sun when it comes to the visual arts.
I chose SKTCS because I love the hands-on approach to learning. Art at SKTCS will incorporate a variety of different media and processes in creating, developing and appreciating art in all of its forms. My students can look forward to getting their hands dirty, problem solving in new and innovative ways, and developing a close connection to their aesthetic surroundings.
Art is not what you see but what you make others see. -Edgar Degas
Ms. Breana Brown
Special Education, K-2
My name is Breana Brown and I am the K-2 Special Education Teacher. I am originally from Virginia. I grew up as a military child which is how I came to live in Georgia. I am a Georgia Southern University graduate, “GO EAGLES”! I am a proud fur mom to a 4 year old cat and almost 1 year old puppy.
I chose SKTCS because we love students learning experiences that are self-initiated, self-directed, and self-paced.
Mrs. Keysha Dukes
Hello! My Name is Keysha Dukes and I am a parprofessional. I was born and raised in Savannah,Georgia, I started working at SKTCS and fell in love with the school, so my daughter came to join us and we love it here! I am committed to my job and go above and beyond the job description to help the students.
I chose SKTCS because the school empowers students to be critical thinkers. I also love the fact we are a family no matter race, gender, or abillity!
"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world"
Mrs. Katie Wilkins
Greetings and Salutations to all! My name is Katie Wilkins. I am a paraprofessional at Susie king Taylor Community School. I have a love and passion for decorating and using my hands to create visions.
I chose SKTCS because of the unique learning atmosphere. It is truly a caring community unlike any schools I've ever seen.
Mrs. Quiana (Q) Aikens
Business and Operations Manager
Hello! My name is Q. Aikens. I started at SKTCS as the Administrative Specialist and am now the Business and Operations Manager.
I have worked in education for a very long time. I enjoy getting to know the children and parents and supporting the school's administrative and teaching teams so that they may focus on academic achievements.
I chose SKTCS because it's a community, not just a school.
Ms. Calandra Ervin
Hello! My name is Calandra Ervin. I love for children and I find joy in watching them grow and blossom into well rounded young adults. I am excited about the opportunity to work with your children this year.
I chose SKTCS because of the familial environment and our wonderful families.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Ms. Kacy Saunders
Hello! My name is Kacy Saunders and I teach first grade at SKTCS. I love to call Savannah my home, but I spend any chance I can get to travel the world. I have lived in Italy and taught English because I truly love teaching as much as I love traveling.
I chose SKTCS because it aligns with my motto of learning through doing. I appreciate our place-based learning model because going out and exploring the world is the best way to learn.
Ms. Jequoyah Knauls
Greetings! My name is Ms. Knauls and I teach second-grade. I enjoy the great outdoors. On any given weekend you’ll find me hiking a trail or fishing.
I chose SKTCS because of our mission to empower students through innovation, critical thinking, creativity, and application.
Ms. Sarah Montana
I am a Georgia Southern University graduate and am very excited to be at Susie King Taylor Community School!
I chose SKTCS because of the unique learning environment and progressive values. My professional goal is to never stop learning and never stop loving. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the joy students get when they master something difficult and see how capable and smart they truly are!
Mrs. Miranda Faircloth
Fifth Grade - WELAR/Social Studies
My name is Mrs. Miranda Faircloth and I teach 5th grade Writing, English/Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies. I am a mother of 5; two boys and three girls- ages ranging from 6-19. I love the beach and I love to read!
I chose SKTCS because there is nowhere else I would rather be! Home is where the heart is,hence the reason you will find me at SKTCS!
Mr. Justin Bristol
Middle Grades Social Studies
Good day! My name is Justin Bristol and I am the Middle School Social Studies teacher. Outside of teaching I am an avid cyclist and have participated in races around the country, including in two collegiate national championships and one mountain bike World Cup.
I chose SKTCS because its location in our historic downtown provides the perfect setting for sharing the narratives of our history and culture.
Coach Kassaan Smith
My name is Kassan Smith, known as Coach Smitt to my SKTCS family. I have been in Savannah since 2008, which is when I began my military service. I am now a veteran US Army Ranger.
I attended Armstrong State University and obtained a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education, Health, and Recreation. Although I spent my time pursuing recreational opportunities with young teens, I feel as if my passion for active engagement and meaningful relationships have led me to teaching PE full time.
I am also a military brat, affected and influenced by many cultures and regions of america. I enjoy running, lifting weights, playing all sports, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.
I chose SKTCS because I was longing for a new community to be a part of, to give my all, and to serve. I am very proud and honored to be a chosen member of this family.
Mrs. Kisha Kennedy
Middle Grades Special Education
My name is Kisha McRae Kennedy and I am the Special Education teacher for the Middle Grades .
Having recently moved to Savannah, I enjoy finding new eateries and learning about the restaurant's history. Sharing these gems with my students has been lots of fun, and a great tie in to what we are learning. Our students have lots of suggestions for great places to dine!
I chose SKTCS because of its amazing and compassionate teaching staff; visionary leadership; vigorous curriculum and supplemental learning; as well as the manifold opportunities to grow and develop as a professional each day! The families at this school love learning and love the community. I couldn't ask for anything more!
Ms. Sherrylynn Burney
Special Education, 3-5
Hello! My name is Ms. Sherrylynn Burney. I am the Special Education teacher for grades 3-5. I come from New York City where I pursued an acting career before the teaching bug took hold of me. I obtained my Masters degree in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York.
I chose SKTCS because of the opportunity to return to the elementary school setting where I can bridge my love of theater along with my love for helping students.
Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning. -Jo Moulton
Ms. Cindy Robbins, RN
My name is Cindy Robbins, RN and I began working at Susie King Taylor Community School in October 2020. I am originally from Maine and relocated to Savannah in 2013. I have been a nurse for 31 years. I love the ocean, raised 3 children, and enjoy cooking, Zumba and watching football.
Dr. Yanis Medina
Dean of Lower School
Hello SKTCS families! I am Yanis Medina and I am the Dean of Lower School and Reading Interventionist. My family and I moved to Georgia from Texas in May of 2018. This will be our 3rd year in Georgia and my 3rd year at SKTCS.
I chose SKTCS because of our commitment and mission to foster successful learners through a diverse learning environment. At SKTCS we truly are a family and we are all committed to the success of our students and our families!
Mrs. Madison Mecum
Hello! I am Madison Mecum and I teach kindergarten. I moved to Savannah from Columbus, Ga. Spending time with my family is one of my favorite things to do. I also love to travel, spend time outdoors, and hang out with my two adorable dogs.
I chose SKTCS because of the unique learning environment and the hands-on learning approach.
Ms. Erica Scalmato
Hi! I am Erica Scalmato, known most often as Ms. S, and I teach third grade. Some people may not know this, but I love to sing and have performed the National Anthem at several baseball games for the former Savannah Sand Gnats team.
I chose SKTCS, because I love the community that exists here and the dedication we have to educating and loving the whole child.
Mrs. Kimberly Carter
Hi! My name is Kimberly Carter and I will be one of your fourth grade teachers here at SKTCS this year. I am new to Georgia, relocating from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I have visited Savannah many times, as this is my husband’s hometown. He recently retired after serving in the military for 26 years and we are now residents here.
I am an avid reader that also loves a good movie, and I enjoy exercising and learning to speak Spanish! It is my goal to be bilingual. My true happy place is either in the classroom, or seeing the growth of my daughter in the financial industry, or at a track meet watching my son blaze his trail!
I chose SKTCS because of our shared beliefs in helping to develop scholars who have a true sense of purpose and belonging and who aim to reach their true full potential. It will be my pleasure to serve the children of Savannah.
Ms. Collett Faulkner
Middle Grades Math
I am Ms. Faulkner, Middle School, Math Teacher. I am from N.J. but came to the Savannah area via the military. I served in the US Army for six years and have 2 children whose ages are 25 and 30.
I chose SKTCS because of its unique approach - "a Community, Not Just A School."
Ms. Chaquita Smith-Reeves
Middle Grades ELA
My name is Chaquita Smith-Reeves. I am a Savannah native and proud English teacher. Most of my spare time is spent reading, writing, or spending time with my immediate family and close friends. I am intrigued with personal development and self-realization for all people.
I chose SKTCS because of the hands-on approach. I want to inspire the next generation of dreamers, believers, thinkers, and doers. I believe SKTCS is the perfect place for that.
Mr. Delandrian Aikens
I am a Savannah native known to the students as Mr. Dee. I am a professional songwriter and producer with over 25 years of experience in entertainment business and music theory. I trained and studied Piano Performance at Armstrong Atlantic State University. My artistry is heavily inspired by the strong musical genres of jazz, classical, gospel, soul, country, r&b, rock, and hip hop. I am a member of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and from 2007-2009 served as the A&R Executive for rising independent label, Sound Walk Music Group, overseeing marketing and public relations for explosive national recording artist Mali Music, who is now signed to a major mainstream label, Bystorm, RCA. I am also the CEO of Digistar World Wide Entertainment LLC, which is a full service multi-media company, and is home to National Recording Artist “RLW”.
I chose SKTCS because I love seeing young children explore and create music.
Ms. Chaquita Bush
Hi, I am Chaquita Bush. I am a paraprofessional. I first fell in love with SKTCS as a parent, and then as an employee. My daughter has been attending SKTCS since its opening. She has loved it since day one. At SKTCS she not only gets an education, she has gained a family as well.
I chose SKTCS because I get to watch children grow and learn the SKTCS way - with Peace, respect, and courage!
"I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." - William Henley
Ms. Lea Jones
My name is Lea Jones and I am a Special Education paraprofessional for the middle grades.
One of the things I love about SKTCS is that we are truly a family. Almost all of the staff whose children are in grades K-7 attend school right along with their parents. My daughter is a founding student and her experience encouraged me to apply for a job here. She absolutely loves it and now I see why!
I chose SKTCS because It’s a different environment. The focus is not only on education but also on building and nurturing the whole child.
“Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world.”-
Mary McLeod Bethune