Since this will be your child's home away from home, we aim to provide a safe, caring, homelike atmosphere for your children, while at the same time providing for their physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.
We begin each day with a Morning Meeting, where students have the space to check-in, share and connect. We practice being empathetic to one another and building a learning community together.
The rest of the morning includes personalized English/Language Arts, Social Studies and Math lessons with hands-on activities and discussions. Our curriculum is based on Common Core standards, but is flexible to work with the learning goals and needs of each family.
Lunch and quiet time are a fun and restful midday break.
Afternoons include: Spanish, Music, Art, Wellness and Science. Our students make fresh juices, create slime, practice yoga, and much more in these project-based learning experiences.
Students also have time during the afternoons to pursue their own interest-driven passion projects. Student projects have included fashion design, cooking, building, coding and more.
To end the day, we have a community story time and clean up before we head home.
Mikala is committed to empowering students to discover and pursue what they love. Prior to co-founding Zucchinis, Mikala also founded The LIFE School, taught middle and high school computer science and math courses, designed curriculum, and coached teachers around the world. She is a 4.0 Schools Fellow and a SXSWedu conference speaker. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Education (Learning, Design, and Technology) from Stanford University.
Khabral is an experienced educator, who brings a wide variety of skills in STEM and the arts, as well as a deep understanding of how important it is to instill a love of learning in children.
As an educator, her goal is to empower students to become self-directed learners while learning through their particular cultural lens.
With her Masters in Literacy and Childhood Education at Bank Street College of Education, NYC, and her B.A. in African American Studies at Georgia State University, Mama Kiri brings years of experience to the program.
As an educator, her goal is to empower students to become self-directed learners while learning through their particular cultural lens. With her Masters in Literacy and Childhood Education at Bank Street College of Education, NYC, and her B.A. in African American Studies at Georgia State University, Mama Kiri brings years of experience to the program.
Carla is a professional visual artist with a passion for education. She came to Atlanta in 2016 to pursue her Masters degree in Fine Arts at SCAD. "I believe that knowledge, experience and acquired skills are only relevant and transcendent when you share them with others. As an art teacher, I strive to sow in the minds and hearts of my students the importance of art, its role as a powerful and transformative practice to communicate ideas, and its beauty in the process of learning different ways to experience, understand and cope with the world around us."
Abike E. Johnson is an early childhood education provider in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Education. She is certified in both "Bright from the Start" and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Her love of children led her to her chosen profession. As an undergrad, she gained experience while interning at the L. Suttles Child Development Center and professional experience from Sheltering Arms Child Development Center. She specializes in both the social and emotional development of children, and applies her skills and experience to help the youth she works with, to better understand and prepare for the world around them.
Shikita was an undergrad student at Georgia Southern University when she realized she would enjoy teaching. As an autodidact or person who has a passion for lifelong learning, she taught herself human anatomy and physiology through visual presentation. Driven by personal and professional milestones like this, she has gone on to earn two Masters: one in Secondary Education and the other in Special Education. Passionate about teaching with love and creativity, there is a level of depth and richness in her teaching style that supports students where they are at, and engages them in a collaborative, meaningful, and sustainable way.