Lisa Barber – Executive Director, Educator for Math and Science
As the needs of the school have grown, Lisa set aside real estate and stepped into a new role as Executive Director to continue to lead Pride School Atlanta in the next phase of growth and expansion. She sees the opportunity for Pride School Atlanta to become a model of education excellence for all students, LGBTQ and Allies. She is working to create a template for other Pride Schools to open nationally. Formerly an accredited teacher in the public school system, she also teaches Biology, General Science and Math, and Financial Literacy and Business Skills.
Dr. Dana Bevan – Educator, Science
Dr. Bevan is an educator and expert on transgender science and has researched pertinent literature across some 22 scientific disciplines and over 3,000 scientific articles. Dr. Bevan received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Physiological Psychology and her B.A. from Dartmouth College. Dr. Bevan has published two books on transgender science. In 2012 she published an autobioscience book entitled The Transsexual Scientist which traces her personal experience as a transgender person from childhood and her search for the cause of transgenderism. In 2014 she published The Psychobiology of Transsexualism and Transgenderism through Praeger which provides a snapshot of the current state of transgender science. Most recently in December 2016, Dana published Being Transgender a book for the public, transgender people and allies. She is a male-to-female transsexual. She teaches Biology and General Science as a volunteer for Pride School Atlanta.
Catherine Hynes – Substitute Teacher
Catherine received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Georgia State University, followed by a Master of Art in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has over 30 years of teaching experience with the following amazing organizations: Atlanta Public Schools, Seattle Public Schools, and most recently with the Monterey County Office of Education where she served as a Principal for a special education program. She has provided leadership to staff, coordinated activities and ensured outcomes to achieve school-wide, district, and state objectives. Catherine has also traveled this amazing world, and intends to keep discovering its beauty wherever she finds herself. She loves walking-talking with friends and family on the Atlanta Beltline, gathering for meals with loved ones, and finding good live music.
Jeff Graham – Educator, English Language Arts and American Sign Language
Jeff Graham has been in the Atlanta area since 2001. He hails from New York, studied in Boston, studied American Sign Language at Northeastern University and was an ASL interpreter there for 16 years. His is an avid bibliophile and one of his favorite assignments was interpreting Literature classes on the high school and college level. He teaches English as a Second Language in Lawrenceville, as well as ASL at Emory University and UGA Gwinnett. He is also a professional flutist who loves being a part of the Atlanta Freedom Band, the only LGBT wind ensemble in the area. As J. Lee Graham, Jeff has written five novels: four adventure novels for Middle Readers and one coming of age novel for Young Adult. He is currently working on a sixth. He is also a playwright, actor, and professional astrologer. In April, 2017, after 16 years of being together, he and his partner, Ken Hornbeck were married.
Tamar Quincey – Educator, Social Studies
Tamar Quincey is a transgender female of color who hails from historic Appalachia where she lived in the state of West Virginia 18 years collectively. Tamar's professional background is quite diverse and includes time as a: world missionary, published author, public speaker, executive board officer of a student-run public relations firm, associate communications director for media literacy and industrial hemp campaigns, LGBTQ activist, legal assistant and educator. Prior to teaching at Pride School Atlanta, Tamar had experience instructing at a local Montessori school as a substitute teacher and as an English and writing tutor for West Virginia State University. Tamar holds a certification in theology and religion from the Northeast Ministry School in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as from Global University located in Springfield, MO. Tamar also studied political science at West Virginia State University, and is currently finishing a degree in sociology at Morehouse College. Overall, Tamar has a passion for education and is dedicated to the students of Pride School Atlanta, helping them to become the best version of themselves through learning and cultivating community within an inclusive and affirming LGBTQ environment.
Laura Trad – Educator, Public Speaking and Technology
Laura Trad is an educational facilitator who has been working with students of various ages for the majority of her career. She has a passion for helping speakers find their unique voice. She has taught public speaking for UCF and Seminole State college in Florida. Laura holds a Masters degree in Communication with an emphasis on student/teacher communication and a BA in Technical Education from the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include using new media technology to enhance education, the communication of gender and the gamification of education. She presents regularly for academic conferences and has papers published in Communication Education and Florida Communication Journal.
Melanie Wallace – School and Student Advocate
Mx. Melanie L. Wallace uses the pronouns Zie, Zim Zir, they and them, also known as the people pronouns. Zir journey into education began as a mentor and advocate for AmeriCorps FL Reads, Orange County. Zie served over 2,800 hours helping at risk children in K–3rd reach their reading and math levels before the end of the school year. Zie then moved to Atlanta, GA to obtain a Primary Directress Diploma from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta in 2005. Even though zie had the heart for education, the seed for zir love in public service and advocacy was planted. Melanie finished zir Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University in 2011. Zie had interned at Raksha, Inc. as their volunteer caseworker intern/advocate. Zie assisted South Asian families and communities of domestic violence and sexual assault. Melanie wanted to continue zir studies and begin research in May 2016. Zie graduated in top 10% of the advanced standing cohort in Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work Master’s Degree program. It was during the Master Degree program, zie met Christian Zsilavetz and learned of Pride School Atlanta, Inc. Being inspired by the Democratic Free School model and how they tailored the program to all LGBTQQIAAP students and families, zie became a volunteer in 2014 and was offered a full-time position Spring of 2016 as the School Advocate and Events Coordinator. When zie is not active in Pride School Atlanta, Inc., zie can be found in the community and continuing zir educational efforts.
Terry Hodges – Educator, Spanish and French
Frani Green – Yoga Instructor via Shoulder’s Down
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Pride School Atlanta Team, either as an educator or other position, please complete the contact info. If we have an open position, it will be posted here. If nothing is posted, we will gladly take a look at your resume and see if there is an opportunity in your skill set that we have not previously considered. Please don’t hesitate to send an attached resume for review.
All staff working in the school are required to complete a full application, submit references, and pass an FBI background check before they are considered for hire. Once an application is submitted and you are considered for a position, we will let you know the process going forward.