• (919) 682-5903
    • 311 Dowd Street, Durham, NC 27701
    • Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Meet Our Team

Our faculty and staff consist of certified teachers, licensed social workers and family counselors, among other dedicated professionals. GSA is designed to connect vulnerable youth and their families to the necessary set of resources, from psychological services and family support to academic tutors and community mentors. Our goal is to accelerate remediation and academic advancement, enrich the learning experience of NC Common Core Standards and promote personal health, financial literacy and global awareness through our interdisciplinary curriculum.

Meet Our Management Team


Meet Our Faculty & Staff

GSA teachers and staff receive ongoing training on: evidence-based best practices for engaging students, thoughtful use of benchmark assessments, behavioral support, and progress monitoring among others.

Teachers’ sustained engagement in and disciplined execution of strategies that improve student readiness for learning are the hallmarks of GSA’s education philosophy. The entire staff is equipped to act on GSA’s brand promise to parents: students are guaranteed protection, affection, correction, and connections; and these core values are integrated in a school-wide model of collective ambition to succeed academically and in other walks of life.

GSA is the only laboratory school in North Carolina focused on developing teachers that can meet the unique needs of vulnerable youth and encouraging holistic student achievement through personal health, academic, and entrepreneurial education.

Willishia Bettis
Instructional Assistant, 2nd Grade
Lesli Bryant
Counselor, K-4
Christanna Cradle
Instructional Assistant, 1st Grade
Brittany Cruz
2nd Grade
Nikia Glass
Language Arts, Middle Grades
Anna Hinden
5th Grade Teacher
Tonya Jackson
Instructional Assistant, Kindergarten
Shakemia Jones
1st Grade
Katonia Kelly
Administrative Assistant
Bettie Lyons
School Nutrition Director
Amy Noble
Office Manager
Elyse Otten
Instructional Assistant, 3rd Grade
Magdalena Pizarro
Instructor
Jason Prince
IT Administrator
Eugenia Rogers
Media Specialist
Tamika Satchell
Kindergarten
Jasmine Smith
Physical Education
Anitra Williams
4th Grade
Erin Zamborsky
Social Studies, Middle Grades