Lynn Schoeneck – Head of School; Occupational Therapist
Lynn earned a M.S. in Occupational Therapy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Psychology (graduated with honors) from Wake Forest University. She is certified and licensed to practice occupational therapy. She has attended continuing education courses in the areas of handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears and Solving the Handwriting Puzzle), executive function, auditory training (Integrated Listening Systems, Therapeutic Listening), auditory processing, visual processing, sensory processing, information regarding specific learning differences, and course relating to administration. She has given presentations to parents, staff, and at the annual GISA conference. Lynn joined Porter Academy in 2004.
Barbara Richard – Assistant Principal
Barbara earned a M.A. in Educational Administration and a B.A. in Elementary Education. She has 20 years experience teaching Kindergarten-grade 4. She was a Vice Principal for two years in Florida. Barbara has teaching certification in FL and MA. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham, Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Integration Disorders, Math Their Way, and Differentiated Instruction. Barbara joined Porter Academy in 2003.
Barbara Ramer – Educational Specialist
Barbara earned her M.S. in Education. She has over 57 years experience in the field of education including teaching (K-8), counseling (K-12), supervision, and administration. Barbara is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NCC) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in GA and VA (LPC). She earned her postgraduate license for elementary, middle and secondary counseling. Before joining Porter Academy, Barbara designed community-wide promotions for guidance services in local VA schools, acted as director of a special education school, served as Advisory Committee Chairman for the school superintendent to coordinate curriculum for the Virginia school system, was Vice President of Middle/Junior High School Division American School Counselors Association, was President of Virginia School Counselors Association, was an Executive Board Member of Virginia Personnel and Guidance Association, was an Executive Board Member of Guidance Department Virginia Education Association, was an Officer of Delta Kappa Gamma, was President of Beta Sigma Phi, was a Member of Lychnos Society at University of Virginia, developed Career Education Program for the school system in Fredericksburg Virginia, and was presented with a Career Service Award from the Virginia Counselor’s Association. Barbara joined Porter Academy in 2003.
Pam Higginbotham – Business/Operations Manager
Pam earned her B.S. in Corporate Finance and Accounting. She has seventeen years experience working with all aspects of accounting from large corporations to small businesses. Pam joined Porter Academy in 2008.
Hannah Cha – Administrative Assistant
Hannah is finalizing her Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University. She teaches violin. Hannah joined Porter Academy in 2003.
Grace earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. She is certified Pre-K – 5th grade and earned her ESOL Endorsement. Grace previously worked with grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Fourth, and ESOL. She has volunteered for Youth With a Mission, Cambodia. Grace joined Porter Academy in 2012.
Jennifer earned her MA in Education from University of Phoenix and her BA in Music from Geneva College. She is Orton-Gillingham Certified and has her Georgia Teacher Certification for K-5. She has taught children ages pre-K through fifth grade who have a variety of learning differences. Jennifer joined Porter Academy in 2017.
Tracye earned her Doctorate (EdD) in Special Education from Northcentral University, her Masters of Science in Special Education from Long Island University, and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lincoln University. She has 11 years experience as a resource teacher , 5 years experience as a preschool owner, and 12 years experience as a general education teacher. She has worked with children preschool through fourth grade. Tracye joined Porter Academy in 2016.
Marcie earned a B.S. in Computer Technology, an A.A.S in Computer Programming, and is working towards her M.A. in Education. She became certified in Wilson Reading System in 2001. Marcie has experience tutoring children with dyslexia in reading and spelling and worked at Pathways Academy. Marcie joined Porter Academy in 2004.
Jackie Shallcross – Team Leader
Jackie earned her Bachelors of Arts in Education and has over 20 years experience teaching children with special needs and behavioral disorders in CT and GA. Before coming to Porter Academy, she taught at Mill Springs Academy and theater at The Howard School. Jackie joined Porter Academy in 2002.
Deirdre earned a Master of Science in Education with a Literacy Concentration and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Humanities concentration. She has worked as a teacher’s aid, an instructor with Mad Science and at Rockland Country Day School, a S.T.E.M. Coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club, and a volunteer tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Rockland. Deirdre joined Porter Academy in 2016.
Mary is certified as an early childhood program director from G.A.Y.C. and possesses Child Development Associate Credentials from the Council of Professional Recognition. Mary has twenty years experience in a private Pre-Kindergarten class in California and lengthy experience working at an all-inclusive school that honors individuality. Since moving to Georgia, she has worked as a lead Pre-K teacher as well as a long-term substitute for a local school district and various private schools. Mary worked as a substitute at Porter Academy before joining us full time in 2016.
Beverly has a K-12 Art Education degree from American University in Washington, D.C. As an art teacher in Jacksonville, FL, she was given an award for Outstanding Artistry and Effort. In addition, she earned a diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature, in Redding Ridge, CT, as she enjoys writing stories and poems for children. An Atlanta resident since 1992, she began teaching private art lessons to adults and children, as well as being an educator at a local religious school where she won the 2000 Teacher of the Year award. She
began teaching in the general classroom several years ago and has worked with children on all grade levels from kindergarten through middle school. Most recently, she was an educator who worked closely with students with Dyslexia both in
the general classroom and in the arts where she earned her Educator Certification in the Orton Gillingham program. Beverly joined Porter Academy in 2017.
Teresa earned her A.S. in Early Childhood Education. She is skilled in Intermediate American Sign Language and trained in Handwriting Without Tears. Teresa joined Porter Academy in 2003.
Vicki is certified as a special education para-professional. She has experience as a special education assistant and as a personal care assistant.
She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears. Vicki joined Porter Academy in 2008.
Marian King, COTA/L
Marian earned her AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant from Brown Mackie College Atlanta. Before becoming a COTA, she worked as a police officer and as a preschool teacher. She is a published children’s author. Marian served at Porter Academy as an OTA intern in 2015 and officially joined Porter Academy in 2016.
Claudia Porter ~ Speech/Language Pathologist; Founder
Education/Licensure: M.A. in Speech/Language Pathology; Certified Speech/Language Therapist since 1971, GA license in Speech-Language Pathology; CA Life Teaching Certificate
Experience: Developed L.D. program at High Meadows School; Program Director of North Fulton Child Development Center in Roswell; Speech Language Therapist & teacher/coordinator for the Georgia Challenge Grant Program; Kindergarten teacher in L.A. public schools. Founded The Porter School with Muriel Lange in 2000.
Associations: Member of ASHA, GSHA, PEO, International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
Awards: Presenter at the Annual GISA Conference, 2007-2011; Hand-in-Hand Award 2008 presented by The Leita Lift Foundation; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest; ACE award presented by ASHA for outstanding accomplishments in Continuing Education; Fellowship for Master’s degree at Occidental College; Certificate of Excellence by Occidental College Speech and Reading Clinics
April Thomas – Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
April earned her BS in Communication Science Disorders from the University of Mississippi. She is licensed as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. She has worked as an SLP Assistant and an Audiology Assistant with individuals from birth through age 35 with a variety of learning differences, developmental delays, specific language impairments, and articulation, language, and fluency disorders. April joined Porter Academy in 2017.
Jody Kershner – Music Therapist
Jody earned a B.A. in Music Therapy from FSU. She is a Board Certified and State Licensed Music Therapist with pver 30 years of music therapy experience in education and mental health settings. Jody is a Member of American Association for Music Therapy. She trained with Dr. Gary Mesibov and Dr. Stanley Greenspan. She is also trained in ORFF music education. Jody collaborates with teachers to incorporate music into the classroom. She joined Porter Academy in 2003.
Tammie Partridge – Art Teacher
Tammie earned a Master of Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Certification in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and art education from Tyler School of Art. She has earned additional Masters credits in ceramics, glass, bookmaking, mosaics, and Photoshop. She has studied abroad in Studio Arts in Italy. Tammie has worked as an art teacher for 27 years. She joined Porter Academy in 2016.
Justin House – Physical Education
Justin completed coursework for a Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education from Troy University, earned his Bachelors of Science in Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University, and is certified to teach through the Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP). He has experience teaching both elementary and high school students with learning differences, and he has instructed students in the areas of reading, writing, math, science, home economics, and physical education. Justin has coached freshman football at Murphy High School, worked as a physical education director at the Boys and Girls Club at Gilliard Elementary, and worked as an events manager at Troy University. Justin joined Porter Academy in 2015.
Liana Valentin-Scott – Sign Language
Liana earned an A.S. in Early Childhood Education. She is certified as a M.I.L.E. math instructor, skilled in Advanced American Sign Language, and has experience as a classroom Teacher and Assistant Teacher. Liana has over 20 years experience in Office Administration. She joined Porter Academy in 2004.
Laura earned her M.A. in Special Education. She took additional coursework in Autism. Laura earned her Georgia certification in level 4. Prior to Porter Academy, she had 5 years experience with special needs children, specializing in Autism. She is trained in Orton Gillingham and has sign language skills. Laura joined Porter Academy in 2006.
Lisa Witteman, M.Ed.
Lisa earned her Masters in Special Education from University of Georgia, her Masters in Education in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University. She has been teaching for 34 years; she has taught for 18 years in Georgia, 11 years spent teaching in a GA school system and seven years in Specialized Academies (Piaget, Reggio & Innovation). She has taught primary and middle school students in both General Education and Special Education. In her last position, she expanded to leadership as a District Lead Teacher and 5th grade IRR at Fulton Academy of Science and Technology. It provided enrichment and fuel for her goal of total inclusivity with objectives reaching out to the general educator and public. Lisa joined Porter Academy in 2018.
Student Internships and Fieldwork ExperiencesWe are proud to work with the following college/universities' student internship and fieldwork experience programs:
- Special Education Programs
- Liberty University
- Georgia State University
- Grand Canyon University
- University of Phoenix
- Nova Southeastern Program
- University of Georgia
- Educational Leadership
- University of Scranton
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Nova Southeastern University
- Georgia State University
- Counselor/Social Worker
- Kennesaw State University
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Brown Mackie College
What Sets Us Apart
- Developmentally Grouped Homerooms
- Differentiated and Individualized Academic Instruction
- Utilization of a Variety of Well-Supported Academic Programs and Multi-Sensory Instruction
- Small Groups for Core Academics
- Group Speech-Language, Occupational, and Music Therapy for all