Dr. Rose Prejean-Harris, Director of SEL
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Dr. Prejean-Harris is a Louisiana native and received her B.S. in Science Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an M.Ed. in School Counseling from the University of West Georgia and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University. She began her teaching career as a middle and high school science teacher in New Orleans, Dallas and Atlanta before transitioning to a high school counselor and then assistant principal in DeKalb County Schools. Most recently, she was the principal of Gainesville Middle School in Gainesville, Georgia. Dr. Prejean-Harris believes that in order for students to gain access to a challenging curriculum, their social and emotional needs must also be addressed by caring adults who are also self-aware and skilled in meeting the needs of all children. The depth of SEL reaches beyond the classroom and changes the lives and communities in which we live.
Dr. Veneschia Bryant, SEL Coordinator
Dr. Veneschia Bryant is a graduate of Atlanta Public Schools. Having taught in both Clayton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools, Veneschia has served in the roles of classroom teacher, Early Intervention Teacher, Literacy Coach, Instructional Technology Specialist, Learning Technologies Manager, Assistant Principal, and currently, Social Emotional Learning Coordinator. With a BS from Georgia State University in Early Childhood Education, and additional graduate degrees from Georgia State University, Nova Southeastern University, Troy State University and Fielding Graduate Institute, learning and growing are essential to Dr. Bryant’s character. As an overly enthused member of the APS Social Emotional Learning Team, Dr. Bryant is completely committed to the “heart-work” embedded in SEL practices.
Erick Metzger, SEL Coach for the Douglass Cluster
Erick Metzger grew up in Indiana and attended both public and private schools. He received a B.A. from Lee University, a M.A.Ed. from Tennessee Tech University, and an Educational Specialist from Lincoln University. He was a classroom educator for 13 years in a variety of school settings before becoming a Social Emotional Learning coach for Atlanta Public Schools. As a teacher he taught second, third, fourth and fifth grades. During that time Mr. Metzger co-taught a full inclusion class and looped with his students allowing his students continuity and familiarity. In this setting, he further crafted his ability to meet the needs of the whole child for every child. When not at work he enjoys spending time with friends and traveling the world experiencing different cultures.
Tara Shelton, SEL Coordinator
Coach Tara Shelton received her B.A. from Tennessee State University in Nashville and her M.Ed. from State University of West Georgia both in the area of Special Education. During the first seven years of her career Tara was an Interrelated Special Education teacher for the DeKalb County School System. Within Atlanta Public Schools, Tara has served as a Preschool Behavior Specialist, where she started her work in assisting teachers on providing quality instruction in social and emotional skills. Prior to this assignment, Tara served as the Diagnostic Teacher at Heritage Academy, where she received Teacher of the Year, and as an Early Intervention Program Teacher at Thomasville Heights. Tara has a passion for the social well-being of people, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Atlanta Public Schools’ mission to develop the whole person.
Lindsay Wyczalkowski, SEL Coordinator
Lindsay Wyczalkowski received a B.A. from UCLA, before completing a M.Ed. from Georgia State University in Urban Education. She is an 11-year veteran in the classroom, working as an elementary classroom teacher, before joining the SEL team as a coach in 2015. In her tenure with APS, she received the Teacher of the Year award, representing Atlanta Public Schools as a district semi-finalist. Lindsay also has a key leadership role on the Superintendent Teacher Advisory Committee and was a collaborating teacher-author on the book, In the Service of Learning and Empowerment-Service Learning, Critical Pedagogy, and the Problem-Solution Project. In addition to her work in APS, Lindsay serves as a consultant with Metro RESA and other organizations, providing professional development to teachers around Georgia on curriculum, and teacher and student empowerment.