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.






    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.

    Houston L My name is Leney Houston and I am the Spanish teacher.  This is my fifth year at Humphries Elementary School.  The 2017-2018 school year begins my fourteenth year of teaching experience.  I received a BS in Education from Auburn University, a Master of Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  My principal goal is to instill in our young students the critical skill of being bilingual in today’s global economy.

     Pre-K Teachers
    Lockett Greetings! I am Ashley Lockett and I am so delighted and excited to be teaching Pre-K here at Humphries Elementary, the BEST elementary school in the city of Atlanta! I was born and raised here in Atlanta. My academic journey started at Atlanta Metropolitan College, where I received my Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. I went on to graduate from Kennesaw State University, with my Bachelor of Science in Birth to Kindergarten Education. I have known since MY very first time entering Kindergarten that I would be a teacher; it is definitely my passion.

           I can assure you that your child will leave school every day knowing more than the day before, and more than prepared to successfully enter kindergarten. I am here to work together with you in helping each child reach their greatest potential.











    syle 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 E. Bell; and this will be my first year teaching at Humphries Elementary. I’ve been teaching for over 15 years and have taught the following grades: kindergarten, first, and EIP k-2.  I received my Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction from Grand Canyon University and received my specialist’s degree in Leadership in Educational Administration. I am the proud mother of a 6 year old energetic little boy. Teaching has been the BEST and most rewarding job I’ve ever had.  There is nothing more gratifying than seeing a child learn a new skill or concept and knowing that you have been a factor behind that growth. I’m so excited and looking forward to a SUPER school year. 
    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!


    Hello, welcome to my world! My name is Beverly Harvey. I am a product of the Atlanta Public School system. My area of expertise here at Humphries Elementary School is the kindergarten team. I am a paraprofessional of 20+ years. I am also a mother of two children. It is my belief that ALL children CAN AND WILL LEARN IN THEIR WAY, PLACE, and TIME!!!



    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 and this is my third year here at Humphries Elementary. The best elementary school in Atlanta! I am a mother of two boys, and two girls and Humphries Elementary is where they all attended school. I enjoy traveling, dancing, reading quotes, and being a Basketball mom. 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. That is why it is important to have patience, love and understanding, and that’s what I will be displaying this school year. 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

     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.

    First Grade


    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.
    Hello, my name is Tameila Johnson!  This is my sixth year teaching at Humphries Elementary School.  I am a proud graduate of Georgia State University with a master's degree in Early Childhood Education and an endorsement in ESOL.  I also earned a specialist's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln University.  I have a deep love for children and teaching that is fostered by the belief that ALL students can learn! I'm looking forward to a wonderful school year. 

    Second Grade

    Allen Greetings! I am Chikiya Allen and this is my 10th year teaching, but my first year here at Humphries Elementary. I am a native from Miami, FL and a mother of two daughters and one son. My educational experience includes receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Union Institute and University, a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, a Specialist’s degree in Curriculum Instruction and Administration, and I am currently working on my Doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership, all from Nova Southeastern University. I aspire with each year to be the best teacher I can be. With my aspiration, comes the continuing knowledge of learning and growing within. As my students learn and grow in education, I will also. Learning fascinates me and my desire is to empower children with that same feeling. My mantra is to activate, educate, and elevate the minds and hearts of children, while assisting them in being successful in their academics, attitudes, and aspirations.

    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.
    My name is Merron Negusse.

    Third Grade
    Guthrie My name is Venecia Guthrie. I graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. I completed my Master’s at Concordia University. I spend my spare time having fun with my daughter and doing my homework assignments! I am very excited to be a new teacher here at Humphries. I will be teaching third grade Science and Social Studies. As a fifth year teacher, I understand the importance of making learning fun! I am looking forward to an amazing year! 

    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.


    Fourth Grade

    Hi, my name is Ronald Catlin. I am a native of Eutawville, South Carolina. I am a graduate of South Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary. I also have my Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University. I have been teaching for 5 years. This is my second year working for Atlanta Public Schools. This is my first year at Humphries Elementary. I have an open door policy that I encourage all parents to feel welcome to come into my classroom any time they want.  I check my e-mail frequently and that is the best way to get in touch with me.  I am very excited to work with your students this year. I love spending time with friends and family when I am not at school. I enjoy playing video games, going to concerts, and attending festivals. Every year I run a boys mentoring club called BROTHER’S KEEPER. Hopefully, your son will be able to sign up and become molded into a great young man for the future.

    Fowler Hello, my name is Pricilla Fowler, and I am a fourth 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!


    Fifth Grade
     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 fourteenth 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) 

    Greetings, my name is Patricia Whitehead and I am the EIP teacher for grades K-2. I am a graduate of Georgia State University with a Masters Degree in Reading. I also was trained and certified as a Reading Recovery teacher at Georgia State.  I have held several positions in APS (coach, teacher tutor and regular classroom teacher) but the most rewarding position was Reading Recovery. The knowledge I gained about the reading process has allowed me to work with the lowest performing students and accelerate their progress to grade level.

     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.
     Andrews My name is Angela Andrews; and this will be my first year as the K-2 MOID Teacher at Humphries Elementary. I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia and I am a veteran teacher of Atlanta Public Schools for the past 14 years.  I received a BA in Psychology from Agnes Scott University; and a Masters in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. My primary belief is that children can go as far cognitively as you can take them. Therefore, as I am a lifelong learner; so are my expectations for each and every student that I have and will continue to encounter. "The expert in anything was once a beginner." Each new year allows me the opportunity to both develop and create expert scholars and collegiate bound learners.



    My name is Mrs. Laila Harris, and I have been an educator for eight years in the area of Special Education.  I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia and my Master’s degree from Valdosta State University.  I believe that education should not only be in the classroom, but a part of everyday life. After traveling the world and seeing the vast pyramids of Giza; there are no limits and boundaries as to what we can dream and make happen. 

    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.



    maisha jack

    Maisha Jack has served as an educator in Georgia and in Kentucky for 18 years and considers herself an advocate for all children, a servant leader, and most of all a teacher. She began her passion for educating children at Eastern Kentucky University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education: Interdisciplinary and a minor in Special Education. She received a Master’s Degree in Instruction in Education from Central Michigan University, and her Specialist’s degree from Central Michigan University, as well as acquiring her Educational Leadership certification and Teacher Leader Endorsement. Mrs. Jack began her APS tenure as a Primary Non-Categorical Teacher where she taught K-1 Special Education students. Shortly thereafter, she received a promotion as a Lead Teacher of Special Education (SELT) serving several elementary schools within the Carver and South Atlanta Clusters, as well as Hillside Conant Residential facility. Mrs. Jack had the honor of being selected by her peers as 2006 Teacher of the Year in DeKalb County for Flat Shoals Elementary School. She has also had the opportunity to work and educate children and parents in the general education and special education setting as a 5th grade teacher, Pre-Kindergarten teacher, an interrelated teacher, a self-contained teacher, as well as serving in the capacity of both roles within a co-teaching classroom for general and special education. Mrs. Jack grew up in the state of Kentucky and enjoys spending free time with her family, friends, and helping others. She is married to Winston Jack Sr. and has four children (Kemiah, Kayla, Winston, and Anthony). Mrs. Jack, a former athlete and 1991 Female Athlete of the Year for the State of Kentucky, also loves watching professional and collegiate basketball and football.  

    McDaniel My name is Shadeana McDaniel and I am an EIP Teacher and SST Chairperson. 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. 
    My name is Marlene Morgan. I am excited to be teaching here at Humphries Elementary. I have been teaching in Atlanta Public Schools for 11 years and have enjoyed every minute. Recently I have returned from teaching in the United Arab Emirates where I was able to appreciate the culture and lifestyles of the Emirate people and visit 11 countries around the globe. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Education Leadership. I look forward to encouraging and supporting the students of Humphries to be the best they can be.
    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 Mathelatics competitions.


    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.

      Parent Liaison

    Hello! My name is G. Quin Adaway-Howard! Welcome Parents of Humphries Elementary School!  I am your optimistic Parent Liaison! My Goal is to see every child have an equal opportunity in education so that they may succeed in life. Together Parents, We can make their dreams come true and change OUR community! Lets be our children's first role models and superheroes because time invested is time well spent! Become an All-Star Parent and transform this world one child at a time!

    ¡Hola! ¡Mi nombre es G. Quin Adaway-Howard! Bienvenidos Padres de la Escuela Elemental Humphries! Yo soy su enlace de padres optimista! Mi meta es ver que todos los niños tengan igualdad de oportunidades en su educación para que puedan tener éxito en la vida. ¡Los padres unidos, podemos hacer que sus sueños se hagan realidad y cambiar NUESTRA comunidad! ¡Seamos los primeros modelos y superhéroes de nuestros hijos porque el tiempo invertido es tiempo bien aprovechado! ¡Conviértase en un Padre Estrella y transforme este mundo un niño a la vez! 


    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.




    My name is Gowan Rachel Gowan and I am thrilled to be the school counselor at Humphries Elementary. I have two Master’s degrees from Georgia State, one in School Counseling and one in Mental Health Counseling and I am a Nationally Certified Counselor. I believe in each and every student’s ability to achieve academic success and look forward to helping the students at Humphries reach their fullest potential. Outside of the school, I enjoy practicing martial arts, running, and cuddling with my dog.

    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.

    Nurse Scott Hi, my name is Jacqueline Ross and I am the school nurse at Humphries Elementary. I am originally from Savannah, Ga. I have been here in Atlanta 22 years. I am recently married. I have a son who is 30 and a daughter who is 27. I have two lovely granddaughters, one 11 and one 3. My mother resides in Savannah, Ga. and my father resides in Springfield, Ga. I have one sister and two brothers along with one half-sister all of whom reside in the state of Georgia. I attended the public schools of Chatam County where I graduated from High School. I completed my nursing degree in Alabama and presently attend school in Alabama on weekends. I love helping people, reading, bowling, and eating plenty of seafood.


    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!



    Greetings!! My name is Shan Tukes.  I am a new member of the APS family.  I have been in an administrative position for the past five years.  Upon my departure from my previous employment, I was granted the opportunity to join the Humphries Elementary team.  I attended North Georgia College where I earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.  I am currently pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  In my spare time I enjoy customizing various arts and crafts projects, along with coordinating and planning events.  I look forward to working with each and every one of you and having an awesome school year.

      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
    Ms. Chapman
    Jacqueline Clems
    Melva Johnson