NDS Staff

Most of our teachers from the three, four, and five-year-old classes have teaching certificates and have been teachers in an elementary setting at some point. Among them, they have hundreds of years of experience and still enjoy coming to work every day! The teachers are top on the list of what makes Northminster Day School a special place to learn.

 

Andrea Bourgeois

Andrea Bourgeois, Director

I am excited to begin my 9th year at Northminster Day School! After teaching in the 3's and kindergarten classes, I was thrilled to fill the role of director of this wonderful school!

I graduated from the university of Alabama with a degree in early childhood/elementary education and have been an educator for more than 22 years! I taught kindergarten and 3rd grade in the public and private school system for eight years. I have been married for 18 years to my husband, Mike, and am a mom to Madelyn 16, Michael 13, and Reid 10.

I am blessed to have met so many wonderful families through NDS and to work with creative and dedicated teachers who make our preschool a warm and loving environment for our children to grow and learn.

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Jennifer

Jennifer Bunnell, Office Manager

I have been a teacher at Northminster Day School for 15 years. The last 4 years, I have been an assistant teacher in the five day 4 year old class. I have also taught in the 18 months, 2's, and Young 5's classes.  

This year, I'm thrilled to start my new position as Office Manager and getting to know all the wonderful families here at NDS. 

Prior to working at Northminster Day School, I worked in the banking and mortgage industry for 15 years. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. 

Natalie Barnes, Business Manager

I have worked for Northminster Day School for 2 years. I keep track of the Day School’s finances, and I am happy to answer any questions you have about your statements. A little background: I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting, and worked for 9 years at a large corporation in downtown Atlanta. When I had my family, I took time off to stay home with my two daughters and my son. Now that they are in middle and high school, I enjoy working for both the church and Day School. Hearing your little ones’ happy voices and laughter coming down the hall is always a treat. The atmosphere here at Northminster Day School is fun and comfortable at the same time. I’m sure you will enjoy your time here!

Amanda Imhulse

Amanda Imhulse

I have a degree in Elementary Education from Plattsburgh State College in upstate New York. I moved to Georgia shortly after graduating, and I love it here! I taught elementary school in Fulton County for six years before having children. My husband Drew and I have two sons who are now 11 and 13. I began teaching at Northminster when my boys started school here. This will be my eleventh year. I love being a part of the Northminster staff, and working with young children. 

Brenda Ely

Brenda Ely

I have been an educator for over 40 years. I attended the University of Georgia, and Georgia State University where I earned a degree in Education with a minor in Psychology. I have taught kindergarten, second, and third grades, but have spent the majority of my career as a Preschool Director and 4 year old teacher. I love working with the sweet, eager little students! Where else can you work where you get a smile and hug each morning?

In addition to serving as Director and teacher at Northminster Day School from 1987-2009, my experience includes serving as school Director and 4 year old teacher at Eastminster Presbyterian Church Preschool in Marietta, GA and at St. John’s Episcopal Church Preschool in Tulsa, OK. I established the schools’ initial curriculum at Eastminster and St. John’s.

I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Cathy Dougherty

Cathy Dougherty

I have been at Northminster for 9 years. I began as an Assistant in the three year old class and have spent the last two years as the assistant in the Kindergarten class. I am a native of Philadelphia but have called Alpharetta home for 25 years. When not watching one of my three kids play sports, my husband Brian and I enjoy visiting new restaurants and going to the movies. 

Chris Leach

Chris Leach

I was born and raised on the beaches of Long Island, New York. I graduated from Adelphi University with a BBA and from Nassau Community College with an AA. While taking graduate courses at Adelphi University, I met and married my husband, Erik. I was a buyer at Sterns Department store for over 15 years. In 2001, I transferred to Rich’s Department Store and, with my husband,  relocated to Johns Creek, Georgia. We now have two sons, Connor and Ryan, and a fluffy little dog named snowball.

At NDS, I have worked in Kindergarten, Sunday Nursery, Parents Night Out, and am currently in our 3 year class, 12-17 month room, and Early Drop Off. 

Cindy Muehlberger

Cindy Muehlberger

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Accounting. I worked in the corporate world for six years, until I had my first son. After staying home for a few years, I started working at Northminster, where both of my sons attended preschool. I worked for nine years as the music assistant, and I now work as an assistant in one of the four year old classes. I am married and enjoy spending time on the weekends cheering on my sons at their soccer games.

Debbie Zaricor

Debbie Zaricor

I have taught at Northminster Day School for 20 years and find it more rewarding every year. Both of my children attended our school in the 90’s.

I am married and live on Lake Lanier with my husband, Ben. I am a native of Louisiana and was educated at LSU and Mississippi State University before moving to Roswell in the 80’s. My interests include reading, exercising, cooking, decorating, and lake activities. Teaching children is my favorite and most rewarding endeavor. Since the 90’s, I have seen many young children come to our school and watched them grow and develop into fine adults that both parents and the community are proud of.

I take special pride in my role of being one of the first early influences in their development and work my hardest to insure that every day is not only a milestone in learning but a day filled with fun for the children. I understand and balance the importance of being adults tomorrow with the necessity of being children today.

DeeDee Colagrulio

 DeeDee Colagtrulio

I have been a teacher in the Fulton County school system for 11 years and I have experience working in Kindergarten, first, and fourth grades. I earned my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood education from Miami University and my Master’s Degree from Georgia State. My husband and I are originally from Ohio, but we have lived in the Atlanta area for 11 years. Although we love living in the south, we are still die-hard Ohio State fans and we continue to support our Cleveland teams (Go Browns, Indians, and Cavs)! 

We recently welcomed our identical twin boys, so we are very busy! I am excited to be part of the Northminster Day School this year and continue my love and passion for teaching children. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Gaby Burdett

Hello, my name is Gabriela (Gaby) Burdett. I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I will be your children's Spanish teacher this year, as well as the teacher for the after school Spanish program. I moved to the United States when I was 15 and attended the Atlanta International School. I graduated form the University of Georgia where I met my wonderful husband Michael. Together we had our twins, Matthew and Maya, who attend Northwood Elementary School. I have seven years of experience teaching preschool, and I'm so honored and excited to join Northminster Day School. I look forward to getting to know your sweet children, and I thank you for the opportunity to let me introduce them to my culture and native language. 

Jo Arslen

This is my first year at NDS. I am from Michigan, but have lived in Georgia for many years. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from KSU. I taught at Roswell North Elementary for ten years until the birth of my son. I have been a stay at home mom, volunteering at Northwood Elementary often. I became acquainted with NDS while babysitting for a student. I was very impressed with the day school and wanted to join this great group of educators. I am so excited to be working with the little ones in the 18-23 month class. I had almost forgotten how much joy children this age can bring to my days.

Kathryn O'Toole

Kathryn O'Toole

I started at Northminster as a nursery and Sunday school teacher four years ago. I have since worked in the 12-17 month old class and currently in the 18-23 month old class. I have been employed with the Roswell police department for 22 years and have had my real estate license for 23 years!

I attended Dominican Loyola University in New Orleans and did upper graduate work at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. I am a proud and loving mother of three sons and three grandchildren!

Kathy Wilkerson

Kathy Wilkerson

Northminster Day School has been a big part of my life for a long time as all three of my children attended Preschool here. After joining the board as a parent representative, I eventually took a job two years ago as a two year old teacher. For so many of the children, this class will be their first experience going to school. My goal is to make it a fun and loving environment for the kids.

Katie Mulligan

Katie Mulligan

I have three wonderful children, Brady 16, Meghan 14, and Sean 10, who all attended Northminster Day School. They were blessed with a warm and nurturing first school experience and I am thrilled to be back in this preschool community. I am originally from Michigan and received my elementary education degree from Michigan State University. I taught in the Cobb County Schools for 6 years prior to raising my family. I enjoyed my years at home with my children, volunteering and being their #1 fan.

I am excited to be back in the classroom working with the precious students at NDS. In my free time, you can find my husband and I cheering in the stands at a ball game or hockey rink, along with playing tennis, running, biking, and traveling.

Laura Grabow

This is my first year at the Northminster Preschool. For the past twelve years, I have worked at a preschool in Dunwoody where I held positions as a lead teacher and, most recently, Co-Director. I attended Vanderbilt University, transferred and graduated with a B.S. in Child Development from the University of Georgia. After graduation, I was sidetracked into the corporate world, but decided to go back to my original passion, children. My belief is that children are active learners and through exploration and discovery children learn from the world around them. It is our job to create a nurturing and stimulating environment for children to develop a life long love of learning. 

My family currently lives in Johns Creek. David and I have two children, Mary-Everton (Evie), 8 and Max, 14. If I could keep them little preschoolers forever, I would. As a family, we enjoy traveling, golfing, and of course, following the Georgia Bulldogs! 

Lyn Shealy

Lyn Shealy

I began teaching the 2's the Fall of 2013 and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am married to Michael Shealy and we have 3 boys that love to play lacrosse. We have lived in the Roswell/Alpharetta area for 20 years. I graduated from The College of Charleston in 1993 and love to visit Charleston as much as possible.

Melissa "Missy" Rhodes

Melissa “Missy” Rhodes

I grew up in Mobile, AL and attended Auburn University where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in vocal performance. I then went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in voice from Georgia State University. After receiving my Master’s Degree, I taught private voice lessons for several years, and continued to perform. I sang with the Atlanta Opera chorus for several seasons and was a staff singer for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. During this time, I developed a career in the restaurant industry. I worked my way up from waiter to eventually serving as General Manager for Here To Serve restaurant group.

After the birth of my two children, Jackson (8) and Laurel (6), I took some time off to focus on motherhood. After moving from downtown Atlanta to Roswell in 2011, I was overjoyed to discover Northminster Day School. Both of my kids completed their preschool years here and I began serving here last year as a helper in the baby room. When the music position became available this year, I was thrilled to be asked to fill the space. I love teaching and am passionate about developing a love for music in young children. My classes focus on movement, rhythm instruments, developing listening skills, and, of course, singing songs!

I continue to perform with my church choir, First Baptist Atlanta, where I am an occasional soloist and ensemble member. I love to read, cook, and garden.

Michelle Nicholson

I've been a parent at Northminster for 7 years as both my girls have attended this wonderful school. Now that my youngest is off to kindergarten, I'm excited to return to the classroom as a teacher in the two-year-old class. I taught second grade at River Eves Elementary and New Prospect Elementary and then pursued a career as a corporate trainer before taking time off to concentrate on motherhood. I have degrees in Elementary Education and History from The University of North Carolina.

I've lived in the Atlanta area since graduating in 2001. My husband, Michael, and I have been married for 12 years and have two daughters, Katie and Ava. I enjoy reading, shopping, and spending time with my family. 

Mo Troyer

Mo Troyer

I have been teaching the M,W,F 3’s class at NDS since the fall of 2013. After receiving my degree from New York University in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, I moved to Seattle where my love for teaching preschool developed. Head Start, GA Pre-K, and now here at NDS, I share with the kids my favorite silly songs, finger plays, and books.

Besides being a teacher, I am a wife and mother to three wonderful children who keep me quite busy. In my free time, you can usually find me cheering for my kids at a local soccer field or chasing down balls on the nearest tennis court. I also enjoy quiet moments with a book and a cup of coffee.

Sheila Burke

Sheila Burke

I am excited to be on the staff here at Northminster Day School and I enjoy all the wonderful families that make this place so special. I have spent my entire career working with children from teens to pre-school age. I started as a college recruiter talking to teens all day and then earned my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and spent my days talking to elementary aged kids. Both groups are fun and I have found that if you take the time to talk with any child, any age, you will almost always walk away with a smile!

I started teaching to Pre-k and Kindergarten aged children at my church and have enjoyed continuing on that path here at Northminster. This is a wonderful school filled with great kids and great families that support them!  

Shelly Seymour

I love to have conversations with kids; it seems like the younger the child the much more entertaining the conversation! I have been having conversations with kids for the last 18 years ever since I graduated from the University of Dayton with a dual degree in elementary & special education. 

I taught special ed for one year, then 2nd and 4th grade for 8 additional years. Then my 3 oldest daughters were born which included twins and they officially made my decision to stay at home for seven solid years. During my time at home my last daughter was born, who is now coming to NDS in the 4 yr old class!  

I'm now joining the NDS staff as a lead 2yr old teacher! I also work part time on the Fellowship Bible Church staff as the Special Needs Coordinator and part time as the Atlanta Director of an after school Spanish Company, Fun Fluency, who will be providing the Spanish curriculum in the Day School classes and as an after school club at NDS!

Sherry Ardis

Sherry Ardis

I live in Johns Creek with my husband and two children, Ryan (8) and Olivia (5), both who attended Northminster. Having previously taught the young 5's class at Northminster, I am very excited to be back teaching the 4's. With a Masters degree in Elementary Education, I have a strong interest in phonics and handwriting instruction.  

Stacey Heuer

Stacey Heuer

I am originally from California but have lived in Georgia most of my life. From early on, I have always had a love for children and knew I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. I graduated from North Georgia College with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and, over time, have kept my teacher certification up to date. After college, I taught Pre-K for 2 years and First Grade for eight years, and I have also volunteered as a religion school teacher at my church for many years. I decided to stop teaching to stay home and raise my family. I love spending time with my husband Jim, daughter Megan, son Jared (who attended NDS for two years), and our cute orange tabby kitten named Lucy.  

At NDS, I have really enjoyed working as a substitute teacher, PNO teacher, Fun Friday teacher, and currently a teacher in the 12-17 months class. I love being with all of these sweet, smart, and fun-loving children and being a part of this very special school!  

Stephanie Miller

Stephanie Miller

I grew up in the Roswell/Alpharetta area and attended the University of Georgia earning my Bachelor and Masters degrees in Education. My three boys have all attended NDS and I have always loved this school. I love to teach children and find it so rewarding. I am excited to teach in the 4 year old class.  

Susan McCarthy

Susan McCarthy

I have been a teacher at Northminster Day School for 14 years. Twelve of those years, I was an assistant in the 18 month and 2 year old classes. The last 2 years, I have been an assistant teacher in the three day 3 year old class. Two of my three children were students at this school and I started working here when my youngest was in the 2 year old class. I have a daughter graduating this May from UGA, another daughter who attends the University of North Georgia, and a son who is a sophomore at Chattahoochee High School.

I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Taylor University in Indiana in 1985 and worked in that field for 10 years with children and adults who have special needs. I have always loved working with children and don’t see myself doing anything else.

Teresa Quindlen

I am so excited to be starting at Northminster this fall working with the two's. I am married to Jerry and together we have raised our four children: Kelly(29), Kim(27), Michael(24), and Annie(20). We have lived here in Georgia for 19 years. I have a Business degree from West Chester University in PA. but was a stay at home Mom for 27 years. I have been working at Holy Redeemer School in the After Care program since August 2015. I really enjoy working with kids and look forward to many exciting days at Northminster.  

Tracey Schmidt

Tracey Schmidt

I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor's in History with a minor in Secondary Education. I moved to Atlanta after getting married to my husband Rob in 1997 and taught Middle School Social Studies for 5 years before staying home to raise my 3 wonderful daughters, Ellie (13), Lane (11) and Molly (8).

My daughters all attended NDS from the time they were 2 until Pre-K. I was a parent here from 2004-2012 and served on the Day School Board for 2 years. I began subbing here when my youngest started Kindergarten and love the warm school environment. It is so fun and rewarding to spend my days with the little ones.... I have enjoyed working in the Parent's Morning Out room for the past 2 years.

My husband and I spend our free time trying to keep up with our girls!  

Victoria Cook

I am originally from England and I have lived in Georgia for 20 years. I have a varied background in teaching, performing arts and real estate. I trained as a Montessori Teacher through the London Montessori Center and I have a passion for teaching and nurturing children of all ages.  

Before becoming a teacher, I trained at the Italia Conti Performing Arts School in London and l went on to work in musical theater, television and radio. I love to incorporate music and drama wherever possible in the curriculum.   

I took my real estate license while living in Georgia to allow me the flexibility to stay home with my three daughters. I am married and we have three girls ages 9, 11, and 14. I am so thrilled to be joining NDS this year and excited to meet you all.