I began my educational career on the campus of Ohio
University where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary
Education with a minor in Spanish. I continued my love for learning at
National-Louis University where I earned a Master’s degree in Education
Leadership and graduated summa cum laude. I am currently a 3nd year
doctorate student at Nova-Southeastern University pursing a Ph.D. with a
concentration in Educational Leadership and minor in Urban Education.
educator with nearly 22 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator,
Melissa Jones Clarke feels privileged to serve as the first principal of Atlanta
Heights Charter School. Mrs. Jones Clarke’s
aim is to establish Atlanta Heights Charter School as a school known for
academic excellence — a school that parents can have confidence in, where
students can thrive and one that will be a source of community pride. Her
strong instructional leadership skills and extensive experience will be
invaluable as she strives to set the vision for the school and work with staff,
students and parents alike to build a strong foundation for the school to grow
Prior to her
appointment at Atlanta Heights, Melissa most recently served as principal at
Blaine Street Elementary School in Monroe, Georgia. While at Blaine Street
Elementary, she instituted a rigorous teacher selection process and established
data talks with students, faculty and the community to hold each voice
accountable to the school’s mission. Under her leadership, the school was
recognized as a Georgia Title 1 School of Distinction for three consecutive
years. Before joining Blaine Street Elementary, Melissa served as assistant
principal at R.L. Norton Elementary School in Snellville, Georgia and as
principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Belvidere, Illinois.
While there are several reasons as to why I enjoy working
with National Heritage Academies, the number one reason would be that I believe
that I am a part of an educational movement that is creating generations of
children that will be productive citizens in this wonderful country. Our
organization is providing priceless educational opportunities for traditionally
underserved communities within a college-bound culture and making a life-long
impact on our parents and children for years to come.
Brantley has 14 years of experience in the education field. She began her career as a Title I teacher in
Nashville, TN and then relocated to Boardman, OH. She started with National Heritage Academies
in 2007 as a 5th grade teacher, and became a Dean of Instruction in
2008. Mrs. Brantley has worked closely
with grades K-5 teachers and students throughout her career. She has provided instructional coaching,
conducted weekly observations, and facilitated meetings with her teams. Mrs. Brantley believes that children learn in
different ways. As educators, it is our
job to determine the best way to teach each child in order for he/she to reach
their fullest potential.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in
Communications/Advertising from Michigan State University (GO SPARTANS!)
I also earned a Teaching Certificate, a Michigan Early Childhood (ZA)
Endorsement and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Degree from Wayne State
University. I’ll be attending Mercer University this fall. I am pursuing an
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership.
What is there not to like about
NHA? If I had to choose just one thing I’d say that I love the enthusiasm,
passion and dedication the organization has about better educating more
children. In my building, I really enjoy working with an awesome team of
teachers who share in the enthusiasm of the company and are relentless in their
efforts to move each scholar forward.
Prior to becoming an Educator, I
worked as a Marketing/Media Coordinator at Young & Rubicam Advertising and
Don Coleman Advertising for about a year and a half.
I am the proud owner of “My
Heart’s Desire”. My Heart’s Desire
specializes in Scrapbooks and Paper crafts. Also, I am the world’s greatest
personalized license plates decoder, I’m addicted to Sudoku and at any given
moment, a movie line or two is running through my mind.
I have a Bachelors
of Arts degree from The College of New Rochelle and a Master’s of Science in
Childhood Education-Brooklyn College. I will be pursuing a second Master’s of
Science in School Administration, August 2011.
I previously worked as an Upper Grade Elementary Teacher in
an urban community in Brooklyn, New York within the New York City Department of
Education. In addition, I have experience working in Early Childhood Education.
I have worked in education for nearly 18 years.
There are many reasons why I love working with NHA. In that
sentence alone tells it all. I feel like I’m working with, instead of for a
management organization. Our opinions, suggestions and concerns are always
taken in to an account. If we feel there’s a better way to challenge our
scholars to achieve, we are given the autonomy to do so. In addition, we have
an awesome support team that helps navigate through tough situations in a
timely matter. All we have to do is pick up the phone, dial our service
department and someone is always ready to assist. This allows us to stay
focused on what really matters…TEACHING and LEARNING.
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