Rachel Clark

Green Room lead teacher
Rachel moved to Atlanta in 2009 to study creative writing and art at Georgia State University. Some of her favorite studies included drawing, printmaking, graphic novels, and narrative craft. After graduating, she took on a role as Infant Educator at The Nest in the fall of 2013.

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Cathy Carlock

Cathy is a self-proclaimed ‘late bloomer’; who has dappled in all kinds of life and career paths from yogini to bookkeeper to massage therapist and everything in between until at 46 Y.O., Cathy discovered her career as an educator/guide/partner-in-learning with the littlest learners. After completing 4 years as a classroom teacher, Cathy went on to create a state-licensed service for infants and toddlers in her home.

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Garrett Goss

Multiclassroom Educactor.
Garrett is in his 13th year as an early childhood educator, and he has worked with ages 1-5. He is grateful for the opportunity to do what he loves best, sharing his musical passions with children.

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Jess Reilly

Yellow Room lead teacher
Jess is mostly interested in art and music, and would love to introduce these subjects early on to young children. She believes it is of high importance for early development and mental growth. She had the privilege to volunteer at The Sarasota Art Center where she taught art to children ages 5-7. This is where she discovered her interest in young children’s brilliant and malleable minds.

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Charletra Johnson

Green Room lead teacher
Hi! I’m Charletra Johnson and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I grew up and still live in the historic district of old fourth ward near the Martin Luther King. Jr birth home. My passion for teaching started at the age of 13 while working at a summer youth camp. I loved positively influencing children so much that I worked there the next summer. Working with children sparked my interest in learning how humans think so I pursued a community Psychology degree from Georgia State University in 2005.

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Kiah Ballard

Orange Room lead teacher

Kiah Ballard got her start at The Nest almost 9 years ago as an intern pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Since then she has had internship positions in many childcare settings but The Nest always felt like home.

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Katie Lebel

Studio teacher

Katie has lived in Atlanta for almost 4 years! She moved here from Southern California, where she was born and where the majority of her family still resides. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from the University of Redlands in Southern California where she studied Studio Art and Alternative Processes in Photography. She is currently a freelance artist, specializing in ceramics. When she isn’t teaching or making art, she can be found tending to her 11 chickens, admiring her cactus collection, riding her bike, or baking pies. 

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