Dr. Holly Brookins | Kindergarten Center Program Administrator

Phone: 404-802-8950

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Degrees and Certifications:

Elementary Education - Clemson University Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership - Kennesaw State University Doctorate in Educational Leadership - Mercer University

Dr. Holly Brookins | Kindergarten Center Program Administrator


Dr. Brookins is thrilled to be part of the MES family and is passionate about education, particularly early literacy!  She comes from a family of educators and has been in education for 20 years in various roles. She has taught all grades K-5. She has worked as a classroom teacher, science lab teacher, early intervention program teacher, student support team specialist, instructional specialist, assistant principal and most recently, program administrator. 

Dr. Brookins grew up in Massachusetts and loves going back to New England every summer with her family. She received a BA in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University (GO TIGERS!), M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University. 

She is married with two children who both attend Morningside. Dr. Brookins feels fortunate to have experienced the K Center as an administrator and as a parent, which offered her a unique perspective! She is an avid animal lover and as a child was always bringing home stray animals! She has an English Bulldog and three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and two fish! She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and volunteering with Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue. 

Dr. Brookins has spent the last three years at Morningside Elementary and has loved every second of being part of this fantastic community!

Welcome to the MES Kindergarten Center

  • The Morningside Kindergarten Center is located at the Atlanta Metropolitan Cathederal (999 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, Geogia 30306)
     
    The Morningside Kindergarten Center opened at the start of the 2018/2019 school year to help address capacity challenges at the MES Main Campus
     
    For more information, please visit: MES Community Page.
     
    Contacts: Kindergarten Center main phone number 404-802-8700 

    Note: As a reminder, this page may be translated by selecting the translate text/icon from the menu/sidebar and select your preferred language.

Kindergarten Center Updates:

  • 2019-2020 K Center Welcome from Dr. Brookins

    Posted by Brian Baron on 6/18/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Hello, Kindergarten families!

    I am so excited for the 2019-2020 school year to begin! I am the Program Administrator of the Kindergarten Center and this is our second year in this fabulous space!  I am in the unique position of being the Administrator and also an MES parent, with a rising 2nd grade son and a rising 1st grade daughter this year!

    You might be wondering what the title Program Administrator means… as Program Administrator at the MES Kindergarten Center I will have the opportunity to work with your sweet kiddos and our fabulous staff daily, under the direction of our amazing principal, Audrey Sofianos. Mrs. Sofianos will be visiting us frequently so she can also get to know our Kindergartners and their families.

    I know you have lots of questions (and maybe some anxiety which is totally normal!) about the new school year so I wanted to send you some communication in advance! Please reach out to me or our secretary, Ms. Pierre with any additional questions- our door is always open to our families and communication is very important to us!

    K Center FAQs

    • Who will be working with my child this year?  Permanent staff at the Kindergarten Center includes a Program Administrator, 8 teachers, 7 paraprofessionals, a Registered Nurse, a secretary, a custodian and a cafeteria staff member. We will also have our own dedicated Special Area teachers: PE, Art, and Music. Our counselor, media specialist, and garden paraprofessional will visit us on a regular schedule from the Main Campus! We have an incredible team put together and we can’t wait to get started! 

    • How do I find out which class my child will be in? At the beginning of August, all enrolled Kindergarten students will receive a letter letting you know who your awesome K teacher will be. Be on the lookout!

    • How will my child get to school?
    • Option 1: Assigned neighborhood bus (check out the APS Bus Stop Locator to determine your bus stop and schedule!)
      Option 2: Carpool or Walk to Main Campus by 7:40am and your student can ride the shuttle to the K center
    • Option 3: Carpool to the K Center

    *Please note that for safety reasons, K Center walkers is not an option

    • How will my child get home from school?
    • Option 1: Assigned neighborhood bus (check out the APS Bus Stop Locator to determine your bus stop and schedule!)
    • Option 2: Main Campus Carpool, Walker, Haygood Hut, or Morningside After School program (MAS)- your child will ride the bus from the K Center to the Main Campus and staff will assist in getting them to the correct spot
    • Option 3: Daycare vans from K Center (check with your provider- some pick up at K Center, some pick up at Main Campus)
    • Option 4: K Center Carpool

     *Please note that for safety reasons, K Center walkers is not an option

    • Arrival/Dismissal Schedule: We have been busy refining our schedule, and have some updates to share!
      • 7:30 - 8:00am |Carpool begins at Kindergarten Center (999 Briarcliff Road) Please note that after 8:00am, students are considered tardy.
      • 7:40am | K Shuttle leaves Main Campus (1053 E.Rock Springs Road)
        • Please note that there is only one K Shuttle departure time. If your child misses the K Shuttle you must drive them to K Center and drop them off.
        • Students can ride their assigned bus from their house and transfer (with staff assistance, of course!) to the K Shuttle
      • 8:00am | School begins at K Center; students must be present and in their classrooms at 8:00am.
      • 2:20pm | K Shuttle leaves K Center to Main Campus
        • Transfers to assigned bus, Morningside After Care, Main Carpool, walkers, and van riders will all happen at Main Campus with staff assistance
      • 2:20pm | Carpool begins at K Center

    Fun Fact:

    Did you know that all our kindergarten classrooms use Promethean boards? Teachers use the oversized interactive “ipads/tablets” called Promethean boards to engage their students during their daily lessons at MES. Wow, right?!? A couple of years ago the MES PTA and Morningside Foundation came together and purchased one for each of our MES classrooms. It has been an amazing tool to use in the classroom and our teachers can’t wait to show your kiddos how they use technology to learn! 

    I want to keep you all "in the know" so please check back on this page for updates.  As a reminder, all MES webpages can easily be translated by clicking on the “translate” button on the sidebar or top menu of any of our webpages and then select the language preference. Communication is important to me, please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns!

    Enjoy your summer! - Holly Brookins, Ph.D.

    Program Administrator Kindergarten Center | Morningside Elementary School
    404-802-8700
    holly.brookins@atlanta.k12.ga.us

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  • April 16: Chickens, honeybees and goats oh my!

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 4/16/2019 1:35:00 PM

    First chickens, then honeybees, now goats! We are always busy learning about nature @APSMorningside K Center! Happy Earth Week! 🐐 🌍 ❤️ @AudreySofianos @atlantaeducator @MrPaul24 @APLeverette pic.twitter.com/HMYeFAW4Tz

    — Holly Brookins, Ph.D. (@HMBrookins) April 16, 2019

    Goat Visit

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  • April 10: Careers on Wheels

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 4/10/2019 10:35:00 PM

    Careers on Wheels Day @APSMorningside K Ctr! Thx City of Atlanta Fire, APS Police, GA Power, and CHOA! @AudreySofianos @APSPDChief @atlantaeducator @AssocSupBrown @APLeverette @MrPaul24 pic.twitter.com/ljagfbZTHl

    — Holly Brookins, Ph.D. (@HMBrookins) April 10, 2019

    Careers on Wheels

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  • March 20: Kindergarten Patriotic Parade at Main Campus

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 3/20/2019 9:10:00 PM

    Standing room only @APSMorningside main campus as we welcome 200 family members for kindergarten Presidents & American Symbols parade! Smiles everywhere! pic.twitter.com/6TeUpPICQb

    — Audrey Sofianos (@AudreySofianos) March 20, 2019

    Patriotic Parade

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  • January 30 | Bookfair with Little Shop of Stories

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/30/2019 11:35:00 PM

    Browsing the Bookfair at K Center! Thank you, PTA! @APSMorningside @AudreySofianos @APLeverette @atlantaeducator @MrPaul24 pic.twitter.com/21lCGtkxhi

    — Holly Brookins, Ph.D. (@HMBrookins) January 30, 2019

    Bookfair

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  • January 26 | Junie B Junes Field Trip

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/26/2019 10:35:00 PM

    K-2 loved Georgia Ensemble Theater’s Junie B Jones!! 3-5 loved A Wrinkle In Time!! Thank you PTA! #AllDolphinsIn @AudreySofianos @atlantaeducator @HMBrookins @APLeverette @MrPaul24 pic.twitter.com/ScPwEXiCCL

    — Morningside ES (APS) (@APSMorningside) January 26, 2019

    Junie B Junes Field Trip

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  • January 24 | 100th Day of School

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/24/2019 10:35:00 PM

    What can you build with 100 cups? #100thDayofSchool #mathcenters @APSMorningside pic.twitter.com/eWCleaBGNz

    — Becky Georges (@GeorgesBecky) January 24, 2019

    100 Day of School

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  • January 24 | Book Buddies

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/24/2019 6:35:00 PM

    Mr. Welsh & I had our first Book Buddies meeting today! The kids met their buddy and made a Frayer diagram about themselves to find similarities and differences as a get to know you activity! @APSMorningside @AudreySofianos @HMBrookins #ILoveKindergarten @SELearningEDU pic.twitter.com/JZtjh02fL6

    — Becky Georges (@GeorgesBecky) January 25, 2019

    Book Buddies

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  • 2018/19 Kindergarten Center Survery

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/22/2019 11:30:00 AM

    From Principal Sofianos & Dr. Brookins: We want to know how we are doing at the K Center! Your response is important to us. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and provide us with your feedback! https://tinyurl.com/MESKCenter Thank you!

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  • January 9 | Mystery Reader Nurse Clifton

    Posted by Deonne Malick on 1/9/2019 9:35:00 PM

    Thank you, Nurse Vicky, for teaching us how to stay healthy! We ❤️ you! @cliffygirl @APSMorningside @AudreySofianos @atlantaeducator pic.twitter.com/lFv8YBtYyn

    — Holly Brookins, Ph.D. (@HMBrookins) January 9, 2019

    Nurse Clifton mystery reader

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