Megan Angiulo, BA
“My favorite teacher: Mrs. Joyce Deen Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher. Mrs. Deen made my first experience in a classroom exceptional. I left her class feeling confident, capable, and loved!”
At a very young age, Megan learned firsthand the benefits and characteristics of great teaching. Her mother was an elementary teacher that poured her heart and soul into making learning meaningful and enjoyable for children. Witnessing her mom’s enthusiasm for teaching and the positive impact on her students was the beginning of Megan’s commitment to be an educator making a difference in the lives of children and families. Megan earned her B.A. from Piedmont College in early childhood education. She has taught for 5 years in both public and private elementary settings. Megan’s own passion for yoga led her to become a registered yoga teacher so that she could to share that passion with children. Additionally, Megan is committed to weaving nature into her students’ learning, all the while helping students understand their influence on the world and promoting sustainability for the future.
Daniel Bass, MA
“The most influential teacher in my life was Dr. Annette Parrott who taught me high school biology. She invited us to explore, question, and move through the world seeing it as more wondrous than we had previously realized. She made learning exciting and fun!”
Daniel Bass is an Atlanta native and a lifelong lover of learning! His undergraduate degree is in Spanish from Georgia State University. Daniel loves seeing boundaries between people traversed as linguistic and cultural connections are made. He has spent over a decade tutoring and teaching Spanish, English, and American Sign Language at the pre-k, elementary, and high school levels in the Greater Atlanta Area. After finishing his Master’s of Ministry degree from Richmont Graduate University in 2014, he began working as a youth pastor at a local church parish in Oakhurst. Continuing to pursue his love of helping light bulbs go off for students of all ages, Daniel has come to Hess Academy and is delighted by the collaborative, inclusive, and dynamic environment of the school! He is energized by encouraging young learners to explore their world and the world of others with wonder and compassion. When not at Hess Academy, Daniel reads voraciously (mostly theological nonfiction and fantasy novels), runs and practices yoga, and sings an alarming amount of the time.
“My most inﬂuential teacher: Mrs. Frazier in 2nd grade. Mrs. Frazier physically engaged with her
teaching by demonstrating concepts to us. She laughed a lot and taught us that learning didn’t have to be such serious business!”
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Naomi joins Hess Academy with a genuine love of teaching and learning. Her many years teaching have been spent working with children from two to ﬁve years of age. She earned her Child Development Associate certiﬁcation in 1996 and continues to enjoy studying teaching theories and working on curriculum development. Along with her husband and two children, she loves hiking and camping. Naomi’s love of the outdoors inspires her to bring natural elements into the classroom learning environment as well as strongly support the importance of outdoor education for all children. Using a constructivist approach to teaching, she engages each child and encourages further learning based on what they know. She understands and acts on the fact that children need to feel emotionally safe for new learning to take place. She enjoys learning from and teaching young children.
Daniel Buckley, MAT
“My favorite teacher, Dr. Renee Schatteman, made every inquiry into literature and education a fascinating and gripping discussion that I often resume with myself and others on a daily basis. Her impact on me as a learner is unquantifiable and ongoing.”
Daniel graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in English Education and Applied Linguistics in 2011. His previous experience includes teaching English to non-native speaking adults in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, and teaching reading enrichment classes for students of all ages in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2015 he graduated from Georgia State University with an M.A.T. in Language Arts Education, spending the majority of his practicum working with students in Clarkston, Georgia. His chief area of interest has always been in the intersect between identity, language, and narrative and their respective roles in learning across all content areas. In his free time, Daniel is an active bicyclist and a volunteer bike mechanic at a neighborhood program which helps children learn how to repair, maintain, and safely ride their bikes. In his free time he travels extensively, retreats to the wilderness, and writes music. Daniel was drawn to Hess Academy after meeting a faculty and administration that actively models collaboration, and highly esteems the multiple intelligences necessary to foster human flourishing.
Caleb Collier, MA
“When I was a senior in High School, I had Ms. Gibson for AP English. It was a college level class and it went deeper and expected more from me. It really challenged me to explore literature.”
Caleb earned his Bachelors degree in Philosophy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He later returned to earn his Masters in Religious Studies, before moving to Atlanta with his wife and daughter. Caleb is passionateabout helping displaced and silenced people find their voices. He has worked extensively on Give Us Names, a project that documents and shares stories of displacement in Columbia, and this same concern for critical change and active participation carries over into his thoughtful approach to educating middle schoolers. See how Hess Academy’s integrated curriculum resonates with Caleb’s teaching philosophy by watching our short video here.
Ricci Horwedel, BA
“My most influential teachers: Dr. Brian Barlow and Dr. Kevin Radaker at Anderson University. Both are brilliant educators who shy away from“telling,” trust that students will find their own way to truth, and, at just the right moment, reveal paths that may lead them there.”
Ricci was fortunate to grow up in a home where learning was a passionate, every day affair. From a young age, she was shown the beauty of discovery and encouraged to study those things that gave her joy. This love of learning followed her to Anderson University, where she earned a B.A. in English and Spanish, in addition to TESOL certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She believes meaningful education allows for student-led exploration and rich, facilitated discovery. Ricci’s studies under a constructivist educator and her work with children of diverse needs have continuously affirmed these approaches to be fruitful. Ricci aspires to empower and challenge each child who enters her classroom with enthusiasm, patience, and persistence. In addition to teaching, coffee ice cream, writing, traveling, an ornery dog named Crosby, great works of art, and antique stores bring her great happiness.
Tisha Jones, BA
“My Favorite Teacher: Greg Gastineau, 8th grade social studies. He was the first teacher who made social studies come alive for me. I went from learning about old dead people to feeling like I was learning fascinating stories about people who once lived.”
Tisha knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. Her mother, a high school math teacher, was always a great example of dedication and care. Teaching became Tisha’s passion as she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Florida A&M University. This fall she will begin her graduate studies at Georgia State University in Educational Psychology. Tisha has been teaching for 10 years in both public and private schools, grades kindergarten through 4th. She has always had a love of learning and shares this in the classroom. Specifically, Tisha is inspired by the creativity and beauty in math, and has become very excited about teaching math to students. In addition to teaching, she is a mom of 2 amazing boys, she loves playing volleyball, enjoys cooking, and she loves spending time with good friends.
Katie Robertson, MAT
“Ms. Sanders in second grade made me see myself as a writer. Despite my challenges learning to spell and space letters properly, she focused on my strengths and honored my efforts as a writer. She brought in her sewing machine and helped us make bound books. She celebrated all of our stories, including mine, which I only later realized was written entirely backwards! Thanks to her, I wasn’t afraid to take risks and confidently saw myself as a future author.”
Katie comes to Hess Academy with a strong background in the creative arts including theatre, media, foreign language, and literary studies. She graduated from GSU in 2011 with a B.A. in Creative Writing, and went straight to China to teach English for a year, where she was able to use her creative strengths to connect with children and fell in love with the art of teaching. She spent two more years teaching in an Atlanta private school, and from there decided to return to GSU to earn her M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education. Katie enjoys working with children on projects that ignite their curiosity and highlight their strengths, and sharing her passion for reading, writing, history, exploring other cultures and perspectives, and lifelong learning.
Lucy Uceda, EdS
“My favorite teacher was Ms. Oxford in 2nd grade. She had us dress up as Greek gods and goddesses for a Roman banquet after studying Mythology and I’ll never forget it. It made learning come alive for me and made me want to do the same for my students when I became a teacher.”
Lucy comes to Hess after 30 years of teaching throughout the Southeast. She has vast experience teaching Language Arts and Social Studies to middle grades (4-8), with the bulk of her career dedicated to gifted education. She got her BA at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, and her M.Ed. and Ed.S. at Georgia State
University. Lucy believes that learning should be experiential and kids should leave a class with a love of learning and inspiration. She enjoys spending her free time absorbed in a good book, in the company of her 5 beloved shitzus and her fish, Violet Moonlight.
Bobbie Williams, MA
“Most influential teacher: Tom Davidson, education professor at West Georgia College, inspired me as a student teacher to believe that I could change the world. He nudged me to discover my love for teaching mathematics to young students and demonstrated how to develop students’ conceptual understanding of numbers by modeling his college classroom like a child-centered classroom full of manipulatives.”
Bobbie Williams has loved teaching and challenging young children to think for the past 38 years. She earned a B. S. in Elementary Education and a Masters in Elementary Education at West Georgia College. She later added a gifted endorsement. In 1992, Bobbie joined the staff at the Center for Innovation in California where she has trained teachers in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Ohio, and Wisconsin to teach Math Their Way to primary students. She has taught K, 1st, K-1 multi-age, Readiness, 2nd, and 6th grades. Bobbie is passionate about teaching writing, math, and gifted education with young children and mentoring classroom teachers in math and writing. Most recently, she has been honing her craft of teaching writing through a workshop approach. Bobbie has dreamed of teaching in a progressive private school and is thrilled to be a part of the Hess learning community where teachers ignite an appetite in children to read, write, think, solve problems, and most of all, love learning.
Jenna Wilson, BA
“My Favorite teacher was Ginny Hanley; she taught my math class in 10th and 11th grade. She always took the extra time to develop different approaches, specifically for me, to make sure I understood what she was teaching. She gave me an individualized education when it wasn’t formally required. Because of her example, I strive to give my students the same experience.”
Mrs. Wilson is originally from Buffalo, New York, but was raised in Lawrenceville, GA. As her father was a devoted teacher for over 30 years, Jenna grew up grading papers, creating bulletin boards, and talking about teaching and learning. As a young adult, Jenna worked in schools and orphanages in South America and India. There, she realized that teaching was her true calling. Upon returning to the States, Jenna studied constructivist teaching at Georgia State University and has additional training in gifted education, special education, and second language learners. Celebrating community, diversity, and the arts in the classroom are some of her greatest passions. Jenna is married to her high school sweetheart and has two fur-babies: a dog and a cat. She loves traveling during her time off and enjoys trying all kinds of new food, especially eastern Asian cuisine.