faculty

Daniel Bass, m.a.

“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.

5/6 Teacher

Naomi Browning

“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.

Pre-K Teacher

Daniel Buckley, M.A.T.

“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.

7/8 Teacher

Ricci Horwedel, B.A.

“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.

7/8 Teacher

Misty Kosek, M.Ed.

“My favorite teacher was Ms. Lenhart, who taught 10th grade English.  She helped me to explore writing as a means of self-expression; her influence inspired me to help others find their individual outlets of expression and communication.” 

Misty holds certification in both School Counseling and Special Education.  She completed her M. Ed in School Counseling at the University of Tennessee and received her B.A. in English from Penn State University.  She prefers a Solution Focused counseling approach, and looks forward to supporting Hess students both in and out of the classroom.

K-1 Teacher

Terri sellers, m.ED.

“I have had many influential and favorite teachers in my life. Mrs. McConnell, my first grade teacher, gave me the confidence to read my first page of full text with no pictures. I still remember sitting at the reading table with my eyes wide and saying, " A whole page of words!"  She said, "Don't look so worried, you can do it." My 4th grade teacher Mrs. Davis, my college professor Dr. Ayers, and Hess's own Bobbie Williams have been wonderful teachers and mentors. All of these wonderful teachers had one thing in common; they each made me feel smart with their confidence in me and their encouragement to have faith in myself.”

 

Terri earned a B.S in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University and a Masters in Reading and Literacy from Walden University with endorsement in Gifted and ESOL as well as Special Education certification. After graduation, Terri taught multiple grade levels and loved them all. She was a teacher at the Gwinnett County Cluster Summer Writing Institute and a Cluster Teacher at the Gwinnett County Summer Math Institute. Working with children and getting to know their different personalities and learning styles as well as building relationships of trust and mutual respect drives Terri’s love of teaching. When not at school, you will find Terri  reading, walking 5k's sponsored by various charities, and playing with her dogs. She loves the beach and the mountains and is involved in multiple activities at her church. 

2/3 Teacher

Clare valdivieso, b.s.

My most memorable teacher was Ms. Reeder in second grade. She continually incorporated things that sparked our interest in her class. Everything was weird and we loved it. We learned about animals and their needs with our class pet tarantula and turtle, learned to love reading by listening to suspenseful Goosebump books, and spent much of our time doing science and art projects. I quickly learned that school could be fun and incredibly interesting! 

 

Clare graduated from The Florida State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Social Science Education. She has taught several different ages and grade levels, and has enjoyed every single one. Throughout her career, Clare has found that children and their families are her passion and works hard to ensure each child in her class feels loved and cared for. Her teaching ventures have taken her to Tennessee, Florida, Guatemala, and now Georgia! Clare enjoys drinking too many cups of coffee, traveling, live music, and spending quality time in the sun with family and friends.

4th Grade Teacher

Bobbie Williams, M.Ed.

“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.

K/1 Teacher