Educators

Eleanor Walsh

Administrator   Eleanor has worked at The Nest for over four years. She has worked several positions including chef, floater, assistant teacher, and lead classroom teacher. She is now working […]

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Mika Fengler

Green Room Educator Mika started working at The Nest in 2017. She has worked in every classroom and with every age group at the school. She is often inspired by […]

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The Founding Leadership Team

The Nest Nursery School was founded by a leadership team composed of school co-founders Mandy Palmer, Kristi Cameron, and Teresa Cole. In February 2015, Teresa left The Nest Nursery School to open […]

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Kristi Cameron

Co-Founder/Leadership Team
Kristi has over 20 years of experience in many different areas of education, including experience in the classroom with ages ranging from infants to adults. She has studied the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood extensively and has participated in several study tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy. Previously, she was the Pedagogical Coordinator for Inspired Practices, a non-profit organization founded to support ongoing dialogue and thinking among local educators about the experiences of Reggio Emilia.

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Mandy Palmer

Co-Founder/Leadership Team
Mandy has over 15 years of experience as an educator and teacher of children ages 3 months through 5 years. Prior to co-founding The Nest she spent 10 years teaching at the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool where she furthered my study and practice of the Reggio Emilia approach to early children education. She participated in developing curriculum for the school in my role as part of the pedagogical team.

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Trisha Ward

Studio educator
Trisha and her husband, Bert have a grown son, Will, and have lived in Chamblee for over 30 years.  When Will was young, she started working in his preschool and realized she liked working with young children.  After working in several preschools for many years, Trisha attended Dekalb Tech’s early childhood education program in 1996 and this is where she was first introduced to the  Reggio Emilia Approach. She immediately embraced the approach and have been studying and learning about it ever since. 

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Kalei Fowkes

Blue Room lead teacher
In April of 2013 Kalei graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Flagler College, a small liberal arts college in Northeast Florida. Eventually, she hopes to earn a doctoral degree in socio-developmental psychology and work as a researcher in a university setting. She is principally interested in the way young children form ideas about the self, others, and the world at large and how those concepts influence their development and social interactions. Kalei’s academic interests, passion for the arts, and love of children all culminate to bring her to The Nest where she aspires to nurture our students. 

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