Our Amazing Staff

  • Enrichment Teachers

    Dingle My name is Timothy Dingle. I have been teaching art to students for six years. I started my teaching career in DeKalb County as an Elementary Art teacher. I also taught middle school art for two years. I am currently teaching elementary students again for Atlanta Public Schools. I received my bachelor's degree with honors from Claflin University and my teacher certification from the University of West Georgia.


    I am Mrs. LuShaun Falconer and I have the pleasure of empowering the Humphries Elementary community through MUSIC. I have fifteen years of experience ranging from K-12. My goal is to create a musical learning experience for your child that will enrich his or her life for many years to come. I am thrilled to be a part of Humphries Road Runner family and look forward to teaching and producing a music program that will create life long learners with a love for the arts.


     Hannah My name is Coach William Hannah and I’m the Physical Education teacher.  I have spent the last 13 years in the Dekalb County School District as an elementary PE teacher.  I am a graduate of Fort Valley State University with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education, and I received my masters in Post-Secondary Education from Troy State University.  I look forward to having a wonderful and productive school year with the students as well as the staff here at Humphries!!  My main goals are to help the students realize the importance of eating properly, exercising, and to help them develop an appreciation for Physical Education as a viable lifestyle.



    My name is Maria Montoya-Oddy. I have been teaching Spanish to students for 13 years. I am a graduate of Buffalo State College in New York. My main goal is to help the students become proficiency in Spanish language.


     Pre-K Teachers
    McDaniel Greetings! My name is Shadeana McDaniel and I am the new pre-K teacher at Humphries Elementary School. I am a native of Georgia.I hold a Master's in Early Childhood and have been in Education for 24 years. I am very excited about this school year and working with your children. 
    syle My name is Nequisha Sylve I am the paraprofessional in the Pre-K classroom at Humphries Elementary School. I am originally from Hammond, LA where I attended Southeastern Louisiana University. I am currently enrolled at Atlanta Technical College. I look forward to teaching and learning with all the children. I believe it takes a a village to produce successful young scholars. "Each one teach one and we all learn."

    I am Yolanda Scales Faison. I received my bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University. I am currently a Kindergarten teacher.  I have been teaching for 26 years.  I love reading and watching my students become productive citizens. My goal this year is to increase the desire in my students to love reading!

    Greetings! My name is Racquel Jones and I am so excited to be part of the Humphries Kindergarten team! It’s going to be a year full of fun, learning, and lots of adventures and I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us! I thought you might like to know a little bit about me. I am a proud mother to two daughters (Darian) who is 12 and in the 7th grade, and (Jenna) who is 10 and in the 5th grade. They take up most of my free time, but some hobbies that I enjoy are cooking, cycling, traveling, and shopping! I am originally from Greensboro, NC, but I’ve lived in Atlanta since 2005. I hold a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. This will be my 10th year as an educator; however, this will be my fourth year working in Atlanta Public Schools. All of my experience has been with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. I absolutely love teaching, and more specifically, I love teaching KINDERGARTEN! It is my mission to instill a love for learning in my students. I attempt to teach with a passion so that my students develop a desire to become life-long learners. I look forward to a great year!!!!



    Hello! My name is Tojuana Lindley. This is my fourth year at Humphries Elementary as a Para. I am the mother of two boys, and two girls. I enjoy traveling, dancing, reading quotes, laughing, and being a Basketball Mom. It is such an honor to be named Support Person of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year! I will continue to give 110% each and every day so that our students will be successful. I received an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from Kaplan University. My passion is watching children learn and grow to their fullest potential. I look forward to working with every one of your beautiful children! “Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning, but also capable of succeeding” -Robert John Meehan


    Hello, my name is Shanice Thomas, and I am a kindergarten teacher here at Humphries Elementary School. I am from the beautiful island of St. Croix U.S.V.I. I am a mother to my wonderful son Messiah. I am a recent graduate of Georgia State University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education as well as an ESOL Endorsement. My goal for this school year is to get to know my students so that I am able to meet their needs academically to the best of my ability. I look forward to having a magnificent year with my students!


    First Grade

    ameyaw I am Dr. Cherie Ameyaw, a 22 year veteran teacher.  I am excited about teaching first grade at Humphries Elementary School!  I am originally from Thomasville, Georgia where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Thomas University.  I earned my Master’s and Doctorate’s degrees from Walden University.  I also hold an Educational Specialist degree in  Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. I am excited to get to know each and every family. I am married with three children.  My husband and I are small business owners.  I strive to use all of my educational and life experiences to empower children to reach their full potential. 


    Gay Hello! My name is Sabrena Johnson Gay and I am a first-grade teacher at Humphries Elementary. I have been working with young children for over 21 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Special Education, a master’s degree in Special Education, and a Education Specialist degree in Early Childhood Education. I believe that all children have unique capacities for learning and achieving. Therefore, I strive to empower our students to seek knowledge and to use their talents to reach their full potential. I look forward to a fun filled 2018-2019 school year.



    I am Carla Humphreys, a first grade teacher here at Humphries Elementary. I am originally from St. Simons Island, Georgia. I made Atlanta my home in the early 90s and began my young career in the business world doing everything from managing hotels, to bookkeeping,and accounting. However, my desire to teach continued to remind me that I was not happy. Therefore, in 2011, I completed my Master’s in Education with the University of Phoenix; landed a teaching job with Humphries, and have been happily fulfilling my destiny since. My goal is to build confidence and make sure that the children of today are equipped with the tools necessary to make it through school to become successful adults.

    Second Grade


    My name is Venecia Guthrie. I graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. I completed my Master’s at Concordia University. I am currently in school continuing my education at Capella University. I spend my spare time having fun with my daughter and doing my homework assignments! I am very excited to teach 2nd grade this year. As a veteran teacher ( year 7!), I understand the importance of getting to know my students and making learning fun! I am looking forward to an amazing year!

    Ms. Lasley
    My name is Janae Lasley and I was honored to be the Teacher of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year.  I am native of Los Angeles, California and I attended UC Berkeley for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Social Welfare and Public Policy.  I received my M.Ed. from Georgia State University with an emphasis in Reading and Math.  I have proudly served the students of the Atlanta Public Schools for the past fourteen years. If a visitor entered my classroom they would encounter an educator who teaches not just with mind, but also with heart! I genuinely love the art of teaching and I display my passion for education in the lessons I design and implement as well as in the partnerships I build with students and their families. One of my greatest joys of teaching is inspiring students academically and personally. I feel very rewarded when the light bulb of learning turns on and I can document my students’ success over time. Furthermore, my job is never boring and I enjoy all the experiences teaching provides.

    Third Grade
     Hello, my name is Pricilla Fowler, and I am a third grade teacher here at Humphries Elementary. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  I have two sisters and two nieces who I adore dearly.  I have a Master’s Degree in Education and have been teaching for fourteen years.  I believe that reading stories aloud, teaching and motivating students to tell stories, and finding exceptional ways to illustrate them builds not only a great imagination, but fosters reading comprehension and literacy.  Moreover, I am very passionate about making all children dreams come true.  Children are a gift!

    Greetings! My name is Natalie Washington, 3rd grade math and science teacher at Humphries Elementary School.  I am from Atlanta, GA and a graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools System.  I am married and have three beautiful children.  I am entering my eighteenth year in education and have taught grades K-5, in addition served as an instructional coach. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Morris Brown College and a Master of Arts in k-12 Instruction with a concentration in Adult Education from Central Michigan University.  I have a certificate in Education Leadership from Georgia State University and an endorsement in ESOL. 

    As I reflect upon my experiences as a teacher, it is evident that setting clear goals, modeling, and developing a relationship with students, parents, colleagues, and community members lead to success.  I am a believer that “it takes a village to raise a child” and I am proud to be a part of the village at Humphries Elementary School.  


    Fourth Grade

    negusse My name is Merron Negusse and I am Fourth grade teacher here at Humphries Elementary School. I received my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education as well as my Masters in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University. I have been teaching for 12 years, and I can proudly say that I have been with Atlanta Public Schools for all 12. I have a 7 year old daughter that leaves a sparkle everywhere that she goes. I am proud to say that she is an Atlanta Public School student.  I am currently pursuing my Reading Specialist degree at Georgia State University. My goal is to empower my students to overcome barriers that could negatively impact their learning. I am looking forward to an exciting school year! 

    Oden My name is Chaundra Oden and I am one of the 4th grade teachers here at Humphries Elementary.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in history from Tulane University in New Orleans. Then I received my Master’s in Instruction from Central Michigan University.  Finally, I received my Specialist in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. I love helping students expand their knowledge in all all subjects. I am looking forward to teaching Reading and Social Studies this year. 


    Fifth Grade
    Hardwick My name is Eloney Hardwick and I am a 5th grade teacher at Humphries Elementary. I have been teaching in Georgia for 11 years now. I graduated from City University of New York with my Bachelor’s degree, and went on to Grand Canyon University where I obtained my Master degree. I love to see how eager my students are to learn new concepts. I am looking for a fantastic year of teaching and learning with everyone!
     Mr. Hundley My name is Jermain Hundley and I teach fifth grade at Humphries. I’m new to Humphries, but I am not new to the field of educating children.  I am a native of Gadsden, Alabama. I completed my BS in Elementary Education at Stillman College, and my Masters of Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics at Walden University. I believe that all children can learn, and that the teacher is the most important factor in the process of providing students with a quality education.
    St. Cyr  
    My name is Catherine St. Cyr. I am proud to serve the students in the community where I reside. After two decades as a banker, I transitioned into teaching.  This is my 17th year at Humphries Elementary.  I earned a BA in Economics from Spelman College, a MBA in Finance from Atlanta University, Early Childhood and Middle Grades certification from Mercer University, and an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial.  I encourage my students to set goals and strive for excellence.  By working with all stakeholders, I hope to help build a caring, compassionate, self-reliant, and globally competent citizenry. 
     Early Intervention Program (EIP) 
    My name is Tamika McNamee. I attended Illinois State University. My passion is molding our future leaders. I have been teaching at Humphries Elementary School for six years.
    sharper I am Bree Sharper, an EIP teacher & SST/504 chairperson at Humphries Elementary. I have received my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, along with an ESOL and Leadership endorsement. I have over 24 years of teaching experience in the states of Hawaii and Georgia. I thoroughly enjoy the learning process and hope to instill this in our students. I believe that school should be a safe and nurturing place for our students. I look forward to a fantastic 2018-2019 school year at Humphries Elementary.

     Department of Special Education

    Ms. Abdullah

     I am Rhondalyn Yvette Abdullah, a paraprofessional employed at Humphries Elementary School.  I enjoy working in the Special Education Department with MOID students.  I was born in rural SW Dawson, Georgia.  My family moved to Miami, Florida when I was seven.  Attending Liberty City Elementary School, Edison Middle School and High School was absolutely fun in the Sun. Later I attended Tennessee State University and Miami Dade College and University.

    I am Dr. Betty Cooper, the K-2 MOID Instructor at Humphries Elementary School. I am a product of Atlanta Public Schools. I have a Doctorate Degree in Teaching and Learning, Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, Master in Education and Bachelor Degree in Psychology. I truly believe that all children can and will learn at their own pace. I am a transformational leader who loves to be of service to people. It is my greatest desire to see children live up to their fullest potential and so, I strive to create a learning environment that’s positive, supportive and loving. I look forward to working with the faculty and staff at Humphries Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. Forever in your service...

     Dyzala Foster

    harris My name is Mrs. Laila Harris, and it is a great honor and pleasure to work with students here at Humphries Elementary School.   I received my undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and later received my Master’s Degree in Teaching Special Education from Valdosta State University.   I began my teaching journey in August 2008, with the DeKalb County School System.  After four years of teaching in a high school setting, I decided to explore another option and began my second journey with Atlanta Public Schools in an elementary school setting.  I must say that I have learned so much in the past ten years of my teaching career.  And because of the support of my talented colleagues and supervisory staff; I have had the opportunity to develop my craft and use it to educate, motivate, and leave tiny to huge impressions on students I’ve had the opportunity to work with during my teaching career.  

    Ms. Hines

    My name is Dr. Taka Hines. I have been an adaptive physical education teacher and Special Olympic facilitator for Atlanta Public Schools for eight years. I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University where I received my undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy. I then received my graduate degrees in Education from Cambridge College and Nova Southeastern. I look forward to a long career of providing as many smiles to my students as they have provided to me while we work on meeting their goals together.


    Obong Hello, my name is Deserae Obong and I am one of the Interrelated teachers at Humphries Elementary School. I graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working in the elementary school arena for two years through Teach For America, but I have been working for children for 10 years. I enjoy watching the joy that comes to students’ faces when they learn new things. I look forward to working with the children, other teachers, and administration this year in making sure that the students are successful in achieving academic success.


    Petty Greetings!!! My name is Kalika Petty, and I am the Special Education Lead Teacher (SELT) at Humphries Elementary. I have been a SELT with Atlanta Public Schools for four years. I also have prior Lead Teacher and Special Education teaching experience with DeKalb County Schools. Within my SELT role, I also support the district's Related Services Programs by ensuring professionals adhere to the programmatic policies and procedures. I am confident that my expertise and leadership style will be a great asset to Humphries and the Special Education Department.

    Greetings, my name is Beverly Phinazee and I am currently a Special Education Paraprofessional here at Humphries Elementary. I have over 15 years of experience working in special education and servicing individuals with special needs. I obtained a Bachelor's degree from Mercer University with a Major in human service and Minor in criminal justice. I was born in Chattanooga,TN. I moved to Georgia when I was 10 years old and I have lived here ever since. I'm an enthusiastic, caring individual who believes that all children can learn and thrive in an environment that meets their needs. I am very excited about working with your children this year.
    Shamecqua Thompson
    My name is Shamecqua Thompson and I am the 3-5 Interrelated Teacher.  I was born in Atlanta, GA and spent my later years in Jonesboro, GA. I am so excited to experience my first year as an elementary school teacher here at Humphries & look forward to giving back to the same community that educated me.  My previous nine years were spent in the Middle School setting in both Clayton County Schools and Atlanta Public.  I obtained my BA from Clayton State University and my M.ED in Special Education from Kaplan University. I was selected as Teacher of the Year (2015-2016) at J.E. Brown Middle School. I bring with me my passion for learning, my love for kids, & my optimistic & enthusiastic personality. I am happily married (7 yrs) and have two kids: Marcus Jr. (7) and Khylee (4) who are both APS students.  I treat each student as if they are my own and truly believe that each child has unique qualities with the ability to learn and experience success.  Outside of education, I enjoy watching NFL (GO FALCONS) games, HGTV, traveling, and spending quality time with my loved ones. I am a proud chartering member of Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  I know that this will be a great school year!!



    Joanne Carroll has been teaching for 16 years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood/Middle School Education and Psychology, as well as a Masters in Technology in Education. Joanne has obtained her endorsement in both Reading and ESOL. She enjoys motivating and challenging students to their full potential.


      Gifted Program

     Kendricks Greetings! My name is Ms. Kendrick. I’m very excited to serve the Gifted and Talented-Development (GATE) students at Humphries Elementary School. I graduated from Clark-Atlanta University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science of Science in Mathematics as well as Master of Art in Education. My educational philosophy is to be knowledgeable, develop critical and creative thinkers, collaboration, and design and deliver rigorous instructions and lessons, expose gifted pedagogies, provide opportunities to solve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and real-life problems to meet the students’ needs.

    My plans are to engage the GATE students to many STEM activities with technical writing using the Engineering Design Process, enriched science experiments, STEM-based field trips, Coding, Stock Market game, Chest, Odyssey of the Mind, and Mathcompetitions.


    Media Specialist 


    I am Oreta Hinamon Campbell, and as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a school librarian.  However, due to economic realities at the time I graduated, I took a detour into corporate work, spending twenty years as a retail and office manager and a legal secretary.   Finally I was able to come back to my first love, librarianship.  I earned my Master’s Degree in Librarianship from Emory University (ALA accredited) and my Specialist degree in Information Technology with an emphasis in School Library Media from the University of Georgia (AASL accredited.)  I was Teacher of the Year for the school year 2010—2011. My calling is to provide teachers with print, non-print, technological and intellectual instructional resources so that together we can create students who have the resources, desire and skills to become enthusiastic, life-long, proficient learners.

      Support Staff


    Hello.  My name is Claudette Deyamport.  This is my first year serving as the school social worker at Humphries Elementary, although I have worked with Atlanta Public Schools for 20 years as a social worker.  I received my BS in social work from State University New York at Buffalo and my Masters of Social Work from Atlanta University. I am passionate about helping our students by assisting in alleviating any barriers to their academic success. Every child deserves a chance in life even if walls must be broken down. I look forward to serving the Humphries community.


     Gowan My name is Rachel Gowan and I am thrilled to be starting my second year as the school counselor at Humphries Elementary. I recently completed my Education Specialist degree from Georgia State, in addition to a Master’s in both School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor. I look forward to working with your children and helping them reach their fullest potential. When I’m not in my role as a school counselor, I can be found doing martial arts, yoga, and cuddling with my dog.

    Brittany Trice

     Nurse Ross

    My name is Jacqueline Ross. I am now your full time nurse and I am proud to be at Humphries. I am from Savannah, Georgia and I have been in Atlanta for over 26 years. I attended public school in Chatam County. I attended Nursing School in Tuskegee, Alabama, and presently I am attending Calhoun Community College in Decatur Alabama for my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I am the mother of a son and daughter and grandmother to two lovely girls whom I have the pleasure of raising. I have two brothers and two sisters. I am proud to say I have a living mother who resides with me now whom I take care of and a father out of Springfield, Georgia. 

     School-Wide Paraprofessionals

    Beverly Harvey


    Ms. New My name is Avis M. Lewis. I am a paraprofessional at Humphries Elementary School. I have been working at Atlanta Public Schools since August 2010. I have been a Pre-K lead teacher for over 12 years. I have worked as a PEC Paraprofessional for two years. I have four years towards my Bachelors in Psychology/Mental Health at Tougaloo College and my AA in Early Childhood Education from Atlanta Technical College. I have over 20 years of teaching experience. I am the mother of three lovely daughters; age 29,22 and 20; I have a four year old grandson.  I believe that when it comes to teaching children you "teach one, reach one." In other words in doing your teaching you may not reach every child at the same time, because children learn at different levels. I love working with children and seeing the smiles on their faces when they learn something new and exciting.


    Sumlin I am Deborah Sumlin, a paraprofessional for 15 years at Atlanta Public School. I have a BS in Journalism (Georgia State University) and a BA In Human Services with emphasis in counseling (Shorter University). I am a Human Service Board Certified Practitioner. I am also a Lifetime member of Girl Scouts, USA. I am presently a girl scout leader at Humphries Elementary School and a Mentor/Director of I.S.I.S (Inspiring Sisterhood in School) which promotes building relationships and support groups among girls at Humphries through dance. 






    Office Staff


    Mybuggs name is April Buggs; Although I am new to Humphries, I am not new to APS.  I have been with APS the past 18 yrs. I began working with APS in 1997 as a cashier in the cafeteria and also as a Parent Liaison at Blalock Elementary. In 2000, I was offered a position at Sammye E. Coan Middle School as an Office Assistant, which is now referred to as School Clerk. Though the position's name has changed many times over the years the duties are all the same. I worked as Office Assistant/School Clerk from 2000-2012 until the doors of Coan Middle Schools closed for good. In July of 2012, I began a new chapter as School Clerk at Mary Lin Elementary.  During my time at Lin I became school Secretary up until my departure in July 2015. Upon leaving Lin, I served as support for the New Associate Superintendent of Schools K-8 and on September 14, 2015 I was presented with an opportunity to come work at Humphries and I graciously accepted. So, here I am! I am excited to be here, eager to learn new things and most importantly I am looking forward to meeting and working with each of you. I believe in positive energy and I am a fair, genuinely nice person, if there is something I can help with just ask. I am looking forward to a fantastic year!



    Lumumba Greetings!! My name is Malaiki Lumumba.  

      Custodial Staff

    mcmullen Hello, my name is Sam McMullen and I am a custodian at Humphries Elementary School. I have 21 years of service. You have heard of "Three Men and a Baby?" Well, I am "Three Dogs and a Man" because I have three dogs. My goal at Humphries Elementary School is to keep the school safe and clean so that our students can learn. 
    simon My name is Tammy Simon. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and I graduated from Grady High School. I enjoy spending quality time with my family when I'm not working. I love to travel and go places I've never been. My favorite hobby is cooking. 

    Cafeteria Staff
    Jacqueline Clems
    Qonesha Lewis 
    Ashley Weems (manager)