Meet Our Faculty and Staff

The majority of my time as an educator has been spent teaching kindergarten and first grade. I have also served as a reading specialist and intervention teacher working with struggling readers for five years. My favorite spot in Savannah is Forsyth Park where I spend Saturday mornings with my family at the farmer’s market. In my free time, I enjoy riding my bicycle, participating in parades, shopping at thrift stores, and hanging out with my friends and family.

I am thrilled to be a part of the SKTCS family. I believe in our mission to teach and celebrate a child’s individuality and build a school that reflects our diverse community.

Ms. Heather
Ms. Daria 

During my years as an educator I have held a variety of teaching experiences. I have taught as a first-grade reading enrichment teacher in White Plains, NY, a K-5 art teacher in Atlanta, and a bilingual art teacher in Central America.  When I returned to the United States I taught ESOL (English as a second language) for 2 years.  I enjoy keeping my teaching practice well rounded and fresh by participating in professional development opportunities.  Recently I participated in the Peaceful Schools conference, the Teaching Tolerance conference, and completed the mindful educators course all of which will contribute to fostering a positive teaching environment in my classroom.  

 

My favorite place in Savannah is Tybee Island.  I love to hear the sound of the waves and feel the sand between my toes.  In my free time, I love to travel the world and paddle board.  When I am not at the beach, I like to spend time with my family or spend time creating a variety of art (most recently, mosaics).   

 

I am proud to be a founding teacher of our school since 2017.  I chose to work at Susie King Taylor Community School because I strongly believe in our vision and mission.  I am grateful to be working in an environment where I can teach peace, mindfulness and how to celebrate and appreciate all of our unique differences in order to prepare our students to become global citizens.

I moved to Savannah after graduating from Georgia Southern University. I began my teaching career as a Kindergarten teacher. 

I spent this past summer in Italy teaching English to students from the age of 5 to 7. In my spare time, I enjoy long walks around Savannah with my dog, reading outside while drinking tea, and surrounding myself with good food and good people!

 

I’m looking forward to my new adventure at SKTCS as a First Grade teacher!

Ms. Saunders

 I have spent most of my time teaching in North Carolina as a kindergarten teacher. I moved to Savannah in 2018 with my family. My husband is a chef and my son will be a first grader here at Susie King Taylor this year. I have a passion for teaching. I love building relationships with my students and their families. Savannah is a beautiful place with so many things to do and learn. My favorite places to visit in Savannah are the Georgia State Railroad Museum and Children's Museum. We visit quite often. 

 

SKTCS chose me! I am so lucky that I get to be a part of this school! What an amazing environment, community and mission that I get to be a part of. I look forward to growing as a teacher and partner at SKTCS.  

Mrs. Yarboro

Since moving to Savannah in 2002, my favorite thing to do here is to be a tourist! I love to walk around learning about the history of the city and take a tour from time to time. Since joining the  Savannah-Chatham Public schools system in I have taught in many capacities such as third and second grade, gifted, and I was even a theater teacher for a few years. So I definitely have a flair for the dramatics!

My favorite part of teaching is making learning come alive for my students, so don’t be surprised if you find that my classroom has been changed into a campsite or if I'm dressed in a crazy costume from time to time. 

 

I chose SKTCS because of the ability to be creative with my lessons and give my students a hands-on experience.

Ms. Scalmato

I obtained my bachelor's of science degree in Psychology with a concentration in child development. I will soon graduate from Georgia Southern with a Master's of Arts in Teaching. 

 

I chose SKTCS because of its mission and vision for every student. I am excited to be at a school that encourages community involvement,  mirrors our surroundings, and teaches students to use inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving. Although I am new to Savannah, I am more than excited to begin my teaching career at Susie King Taylor Community School. 

Ms. Knauls

I am originally from Savannah and take pride in my hometown. There are so many things to offer our students here culturally through the community and the arts. I graduated from Savannah Arts Academy with a major in vocal music.

 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts: Music from Armstrong State University and I am currently working on my Masters of Education: Early Childhood degree. I have worked in SCCPSS  at Windsor Forest Elementary and Charles Ellis Montessori.

 

I choose SKTCS because I am open to learning innovative methods of teaching and I have a pure heart for students. I look forward to making strong connections with my students in order to foster academic growth. 

Mr. Aikens

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! 

Ms. Montana

Hello! I am a Savannah native and I live with my children, William and Jackson. I have a passion for teaching and bringing out the best in my students every day!

 

I am excited to move from traditional public education to a charter school setting this year. I chose Susie King Taylor Community School because I love being creative and allowing my students to shine through creativity.

Ms. Tyson

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA I received my Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education English at Slippery Rock University and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona.  I've taught eighth grade Reading and sixth grade English Language Arts. This past May I earned my Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction at Grand Canyon University, also in Phoenix. I'm excited to be part of Susie King Taylor Community School because I believe that students deserve a school environment that is rigorous and real-world based. 

 

I love reading and hanging out with my two cats Inara and Inkling.

Ms. Fisher

Middle School Humanities

jocelyn.fisher@sktcs.org

I am a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University. During my teaching career, I have enjoyed being a Middle School Math Teacher. Throughout my teaching career, I have worked with students at Southwest Middle School, The United Arab Emirates, and Myers Middle School.

 

  I have an enormous love of math and therefore I teach math by bringing it to life in the classroom. I ensure that students are able to see the connection between math and their everyday life.

I am looking forward to helping students explore the world of math through relevant experiences such as field trips and incorporating culturally relevant activities, problem-solving, and discovery learning into the math curriculum.  All of these qualities will be necessary in order to prepare students to become 21st Century Learners. 

Mrs. Faulkner

Middle School Math

collett.faulkner@sktcs.org

I have worked in a variety of capacities in the Savannah School System and private schools. I have a passion for working in schools and was also a member of the start-up team at Islands High School where I received the 2015 Instructional Support Person of the Year Award. I have a Bachelors of Science, Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 3 children.  I also love to cook, spend time outdoors, and shop.

 

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.

Ms. Q

Office Manager

quiana.smith@sktcs.org

Mrs. Medina

My family and I moved to Georgia last year and we absolutely fell in love with Richmond Hill and everything Savannah has to offer. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two amazing boys, Marz and Arian. I love watching them play football and baseball! 

 

I graduated from Texas A&M - CC with my Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. After graduating, I taught kindergarten through second grade.  Before joining the SKTCS family, I was an English Language Arts and Social Studies Instructional Coach in Victoria, Texas. I have received my Master’s Degree from the University of Houston in Victoria in Educational Leadership. I am currently completing my doctoral degree and should graduate this Spring!

I am beyond excited to return to SKTCS as the new Reading Coach and RtI Coordinator! I can’t wait to see all the growth and accomplishments we will make this year! I am excited for the future of SKTCS. I chose Susie King Taylor Community School because of our commitment and mission to foster successful learners through a diverse learning environment.

Reading Interventionist/MTSS Coordinator

yanis.medina@sktcs.org

Ms. Johnson

Math Interventionist

tanika.johnson@sktcs.org

I am a Savannah, Georgia native, and a mother of two. I am committed to educating students, colleagues, families, and community stakeholders by establishing strong connections through communication.  I hold a Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Criminal Justice from Fort Valley State University (2004), a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Elementary Education from Mercer University (2011), and a Specialist of Education (Ed.S.) in Curriculum and Instruction from Kennesaw State University (2019). I also hold supplemental endorsement certifications for teaching gifted students (GATE) and mathematics to strengthen content knowledge and pedagogical skills for math. 

Throughout my career, I have served in many capacities, and on many teams and committees, such as school leadership, data, grade-level chair, new teacher mentor, cooperating teacher for student teachers, RTI committee and grade-level lead, after school program coordinator, Georgia Southern University Advisory Board member, and Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) Mathematics Testing Committee member. I have experienced success in a variety of teaching environments including: Co-teaching in special education inclusion classrooms, teaching leveled stations for math interventions during K-5 specials rotations, and teaching clusters of gifted and talented students.

As I prepare to embark on a journey to obtain a Doctorate in Educational Leadership I felt that Susie King Taylor was where I needed to be to learn how to ultimately serve students and their families in a leadership capacity outside of a public school setting. This new experience will allow me to direct the raising of the bar for all students when it comes to educational achievement, multicultural, and holistic growth, in my own facility one day.

Mrs. Sikes

Special Education (Grades K - 3) 

I was born in California but was raised in Savannah since I was six years old after my Dad retired from the Air Force. My degree is in Health Science from Armstrong State University and for 19 years I worked as an Environmental Health Specialist for the Chatham County Health Department in Savannah, Georgia. 

 

However, teaching children has always been a dream of mine and in February 2012 after being a substitute teacher with the Vidalia City School System, I was afforded the opportunity to bring my dream to fruition. I co-taught 4th grade inclusion for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year. In the summer of 2012 I was accepted into the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy Program (GaTAPP) and completed the program in May 2013, while continuing to

co-teach in 4th grade. Since then I have taught pre-school, self-contained 3rd grade and K/1st  grades special education classes, and 5th grade math, science, and social studies.  I am so excited to be a part of the Susie King Taylor Community School.

Bio coming soon! 

Mrs. Kennedy

Special Education (Grades 4-6) 

kishamcrae-kennedy@sktcs.org

Hello! My name is Calandra Ervin. This school year I will be working as a kindergarten paraprofessional.  I have an amazing 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.

 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

                         -Nelson Mandela

Ms. Ervin

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Ms. Jones

Paraprofessional Grade 6

I was blessed with the opportunity to transfer from a traditional public school to SKTCS in the middle of last school year. It was a much-needed change. It provided me with the opportunity to utilize the knowledge I gained from other educational experiences as well as learning quite a bit from the students and colleagues.

 

My daughter is currently attending SKTCS, and has been since it opened. She absolutely loves it and now I see why! It’s different, the focus is not only on education but also on building and nurturing the whole child, which I feel is very important. So, I’m glad to be returning for the 2019/2020 school year! 

My hope is that we continue to uphold the values and mission of SKTCS and keep doing awesome stuff!

“Believe in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better world.”

Mary McLeod Bethune

 

I moved to Savannah in June of 2019 from Cleveland, Ohio and the shores of Lake Erie. My husband is a professor at SCAD and we are excited to begin this new adventure and explore the many aspects of life in Savannah. I graduated from The Ohio State University. I have taught kindergarten through 8th grade over the course of my career, most recently middle school.

 

I believe all students bring unique and valuable ideas to the creative process. I celebrate and enjoy being a part of their learning.

 

I am thrilled to join an innovative learning community like Susie King Taylor Community School. 

Mrs. Mravec

I am a Savannah native known to most as "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.

Mr. Dee

Music Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Coach Blake

Physical Education

Coach Smitt

Physical Education

smitt@sktcs.org

Bio coming soon! 

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