Faculty and Staff

2019 - 2020 Staff  


Ms. Amie Cumming, Program Director 

Educational Background

  •  B.S. degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia College
  •  M.Ed in Elementary Education from Piedmont College
  •  Ed.S in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University
  •  Endorsements: Gifted Education, Reading, and Teacher Support Specialist
  •  20 years of classroom experience teaching grades 5-8.
  • Assistant Principal of Cousins Middle School for three years.
  • Currently serve as Coordinator of Student Services and Director of RISE Academy

Ms. Cumming

Favorite Quote

“You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." - C.S. Lewis 

Ms. Phalanda Perriman, Program Supervisor 

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music Education, Georgia College & State University
  • Master of Education, Georgia College & State University
  • Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University
  • 17 years in education 

Ms. Perriman

Favorite Quote 

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6



Ms. Kelly Byrd, Program Facilitator 

Educational Background
  • Received Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Jackson State University
  • Received a Master of Leadership in Education from Marygrove College
  • Curriculum and Instruction Specialist received from Piedmont College 
  • 17 years of teaching experience with 10 years in Middle School math while in Detroit, MI and 7 years teaching High School  in Georgia 


Ms. Byrd

Favorite Quote
"Every day is a new day....."

Ms. Shelsey Reed, Program Facilitator

Educational Background 
  • B.A. in Political Science from Fort Valley State University 
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Grand Canyon University
  • Studying to receive a Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • 3rd year in education

Ms. Reed

Favorite Quote 
“I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values- and follow my own moral compass- then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own!” - Michelle Obama


Ms. Claudine Smith, Program Facilitator 

Educational Background
  • Received  B.S. in Psychology and M. Ed. in Counselor Education from Florida A&M University
  • 15 years of experience in Child Welfare with work in the private and public sector
  • 1 year in education 


Ms. Smith

Favorite Quote 
Never give up! You never know how close you may be to achieving your dreams.


Ms. Cindy Croy, Program Manager

Educational Background
  • 17 years of experience with Newton County Schools 

Ms. Croy


Favorite Quote 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  -  Philippians 4:13


Ms. Didi Davis, Transition Coach

Educational Background
  • Received her B.S. in Kinesiology K-12 from the University of Arkansas
  • Earned her M.Ed. in Physical Education from the University of Georgia, Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University
  • This is her 13th year teaching


Ms. Davis

Favorite Quote 
"What lies behind you and what lies before you, pales in comparison to what lies within you."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson







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