Our Staff

Lynn Schoeneck – Head of School; Occupational Therapist

Lynn Schoeneck – Head of School; Occupational Therapist

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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 Richard – Assistant Principal

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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.

Pam Higginbotham – Business/Operations Manager

Pam Higginbotham – Business/Operations Manager

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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.

Jennifer Cairns

Jennifer Cairns

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 Purchase

Tracye Purchase

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.

Iman Harris

Iman Harris

Iman earned her Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Liberty University. She has experience working with children ranging in age from infant to 17 years old. Most recently, Iman worked at Jacob’s Ladder with students aged eight to seventeen years old with a variety of physiological and cognitive differences. She worked with another teacher to run mindfulness groups and cognitive behavioral therapy activities. Iman joined Porter Academy in 2018.

Natelya Hayden

Natelya Hayden

Natelya earned her Master of Education in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University Online and her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Education from Bethune-Cookman University. She has experience teaching preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students, leading classrooms of students with learning differences,  providing 1:1 assistance to students with learning differences, and providing assistance to both teachers and students regarding behavioral situations. Natelya joined Porter Academy in 2018.

Laura Corn

Laura Corn

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.

Cecilia Giordano

Cecilia Giordano

Cecilia earned her Masters in Special Education from the University of Louisville and her Bachelor of Education in Special Education, Elementary and Middle School from Eastern Kentucky University. She has 21 years of experiences in private and public education settings, from preschool through middle school with over 10 years assisting preschool teachers and students in the Atlanta area. Cecilia joined Porter Academy in the spring of 2019.

Teresa Bowen

Teresa Bowen

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.

Jalen Freeman

Jalen Freeman

Jalen earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University and is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resource from Clark Atlanta University. He has experience assisting teachers at Charles Drew Charter School and completed an internship with the Child Protection Center in Alabama. Jalen joined Porter Academy in 2020.

Hannah Cha

Hannah Cha

Hannah is finalizing her Early Childhood Education at Kennesaw State University. She teaches violin. Hannah joined Porter Academy in 2003.

Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones

Victoria earned her Associate in Business from Skyline College. She has 15 years of experience as an assistant teacher, working with children who needed extra support. She received the Cura Personalis Teacher’s Award in 2016, an award given to the teacher who embodies the school’s philosophy.  Victoria joined Porter Academy in 2020.

Rebecca Ciccarelli, MS CCC/SLP

Rebecca Ciccarelli, MS CCC/SLP

Rebecca earned her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern University and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Spanish from University of New Hampshire. She is a certified Speech Language Pathologist. Rebecca has worked with Kids Therapy Networks, in the Boston Public Schools, in early intervention programs, and in hospital rehabilitation. Rebecca joined Porter Academy in 2018.

Tammie Partridge – Art Teacher

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.

Jody Kershner – Music Therapist

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.

Justin House – Physical Education

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 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.

Claudia Porter – Founder, Retired

Claudia Porter – Founder, Retired

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

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Student Internships and Fieldwork Experiences

We 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
  • Georgia State University
  • Cabarrus 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