The Equity & Student Services Team

Phone: 404-371-3601 x 1026


Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed., Ed.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Lillie Huddleston

Associate Superintendent

My Job at a Glance: Making sure students are safe, seen, and successful.

Favorite Quote: “If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Lilla Watson

What it Means to Me: Educational equity is everyone's work because what affects one person affects all. This knowledge emboldens me to approach the work, not from a place of helping "those kids," but from a place of joining together for the liberation of our community. 

Phone: Office: 404.371.3601 ext 1032


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Ms. Cynthia Brown

Administrative Assistant

Job at a glance: I make things work around here!

Favorite Quote: "Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." ~ Benjamin Franklin

What it Means to Me: Human beings are all connected in more ways than we can imagine. Yet, some of us have the ability to choose to be in denial about the broken system we live in. We need many more people to be outraged enough or courageous enough to speak out.

Phone: 404-370-4176


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Mr. Rodney Thomas

Executive Director of Student Services / Athletics and Activities Director 

My job at a glance:
Create a safe and positive extension of the classroom. In addition, to make sure discipline is equitable and not punitive.
Favorite Quote:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou
What it means to me:
Always treat people the way you want to be treated.  Always treat people with kindness, respect, and understanding.

Phone: 470.373.3309


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Ms. Dianne Andree

Student Success Director

Job at a glance: I connect students to success!

Favorite Quote: Every child deserves a champion, an adult who insists they become the best they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson

Phone: Office: 404-371-3601 x1029


Degrees and Certifications:

J.D., Ph, D.

Dr. Mari Ann Banks (She/Her/Hers)

Equity Director

My Job at a glance: Revolution!

Favorite Quote: “An educator in a system of oppression is either a revolutionary or an oppressor.” - Lerone Bennett

What it Means to Me: When African Americans and other students of the global majority are being marginalized in a system of oppression, it is my responsibility to revolt - until things change.

Phone: Office: 404-371-3601 x 1062


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Mr. Benjamin Knaebel

Coordinator of Section 504 and School Psychology

Job at a Glance: I help students build resilience, awareness, and confidence to become responsible, life-ready, global citizens.

Favorite Quote: "One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore." - Andre Gide

What it Means to Me: The unfamiliar and unknown may be daunting at first. We may feel confused and uncomfortable but this is precisely the time at which we discover new connections and synthesize new ideas. Consenting to the adventure helps us arrive at a world of growth, knowledge, and wisdom.



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Political Science, M.A.T.

Mr. Anthony Downer

Equity Coordinator 

Job at a glance: I champion good trouble in service of all scholars and in coalition with abolitionist, anti-racist, culturally responsive, liberatory, ratchetdemic, and revolutionary educators. 

Favorite Quote: "I am no longer accepting what I cannot change. I am changing what I cannot accept." - Angela Davis 

What it Means to Me: Dismantling the status quo of anti-Blackness and white supremacy requires courage and urgency. To that end, my ancestors inspire me to agitate, disrupt, educate, and resist so that all scholars can realize their freedom-dreams.

Phone: Office: 404-371-3601


Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed, Ed.S, Ed.D.

Dr. Kimberly Jones

District Lead Counselor

Job at a glance: I am a Barrier Breaker & Roadblock Remover so that my team can carve out spaces for holistic wellness and success.

Favorite Quote: "Everything you want in life is a relationship away."  -Idowu Koyenikan

What it Means to Me: The only way that my team and I can effectively break barriers and remove roadblocks is to build relationships with students, families, faculty, and the community. So much in life is about building relationships and rapport with others. I endeavor to model relationship building, teach relationship building, and my heart is made happy when I see my students engaged in successful and healthy relationships.



Degrees and Certifications:

Ed. D Curriculum Studies

Dr. Melvin Ratcliff

District Lead Social Worker

Job at a glance: I work collaboratively with individuals, groups, and systems to remove barriers and facilitate school success for students.

Favorite Quote: 'Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.' - Epictetus. 

What it Means to Me: My approach to situations is impacted by how I view them. Therefore, it is important for me to view situations in a positive light to have a positive outcome.



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