2018-19 Preschool at All Saints Staff
Get to know our dedicated teachers and staff members…
Hope Long, Director
I have been an educator for more than 30 years. Graduating from the University of Florida with an education degree, I taught and worked as an Exceptional Education Placement Specialist in the public school system in Florida. Upon moving to Atlanta in 1999, I began teaching in Early Childhood at a Catholic preschool where my children attended. Combining my love of working with little ones with the love of my faith, the Catholic Preschool world became home to me! In 2005, I began my journey as the founding Director at the Preschool at All Saints. This was such an exciting time for All Saints and the Archdiocese of Atlanta as they developed the Office of Early Childhood Parish Preschools. With much guidance from both administrations, our school has grown and served hundreds of families, providing a beautiful learning environment for children.
I am teacher trainer for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Georgia Preschool Association. I enjoy research in child development and best practice in early childhood education. I enjoy gardening and nature and love sharing both with children. I live in Dunwoody with my husband Greg. I have four “big” kids, Max, Mary-Margaret, Jackson and Charlie. They have attended Catholic preschool, elementary and high school. Providing children strong roots in our faith is important to me! It is both a privilege and blessing to work with such a wonderful staff, the families and of course the precious children of PAS!!
“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” -St. Francis of Assisi
Lisa Foy, Business Manager
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Marketing from Auburn University. My background includes over 15 years of application software sales, marketing, and client services experience in a corporate setting. I can honestly say that the high-tech industry has absolutely nothing on the fast-paced, unpredictable, and highly rewarding environment at the Preschool at All Saints. My husband, Craig, and I were a founding family of the preschool in 2005. We have two children, Amanda and Pierson, who both attended PAS in their early years and continue at Catholic schools today. I have been serving as Business Manager, responsible for the day-to-day financials, technology, and general office operations since 2010. I am also a trained catechist for children ages 3-5 in the “Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” religious education program and have volunteered in this capacity at our St. Jude parish on and off for several years. I have particularly enjoyed serving as a resource in creating some of the materials that we use in our preschool Atrium today. I could never have imagined at the start of my career, the twists and turns that would eventually lead me to such a fulfilling vocation, working with the talented staff and loving families at PAS.
Julie Roden, Art Studio
Hi! My name is Julie Roden. I am so excited to be teaching Art this year! I have been teaching at PAS since 2017 and two of my kids attended PAS ten years before that! I have a BFA and have been making art all my life. When my three teenagers were young I realized that teaching and making art with kids is what I love to do. I have taught homeschool classes and summer camps and I am always amazed at the creativity and enthusiasm that children bring to the studio! In my free time, which is pretty limited with the three teenagers to manage, I love to travel whenever possible. My family loves to camp and hike and just be outdoors. Sometimes my husband, Jeff, and I can sneak away for a bike ride. We try to go to concerts as often as we can. I am looking forward to a great year in the Art Studio!
Scott Earley, Music and Movement
I have been the Music and Movement teacher here at PAS since 2007. I am married and have 4 incredible children of my own. I have a great passion for music and movement because, “a life filled with music and movement is a joyful, healthy and inspired life.” This is the main theme of the classes I teach at PAS. In our classes, we play, dance, sing, explore various musical genres and instruments and we laugh and have fun. The children are truly amazing and a miraculous gift from God. I feel very blessed to be a part of PAS and I am looking forward to another wonderful, cherished and blessed year!
My name is Holly Woodward. I have been teaching the MW Toddlers at PAS since 2017. I have 3 children of my own that attended PAS in their preschool years. They all had such wonderful experiences that I decided to join the fun! My formal education is a BBA in Finance from The University of Georgia. I spent nearly 10 years in commercial banking before staying home with my children and then joining PAS. I love rediscovering the world with young preschoolers. Every moment is a chance to learn something new for me and my students. I love to exercise and spend time outdoors. I find that I have this in common with nearly all of my students. My favorite quote applies to my children at home as well as my classroom, “The days are long, but the years fly by.”
Greetings! My name is Ann McLaughlin. I am teaching in the M/W Toddler class this year. Aren’t I lucky? I have a wonderful co-teacher, and I will be surrounded by the love and joy of beautiful babies who are learning and growing every day. I am officially a Kid-Nut! After a long and happy career as a K-5 Reading Specialist in Gwinnett County Schools, I retired and put my name on the sub-list at All Saints. I had such a good time subbing, I accepted a permanent position with the toddlers in 2016. I live within a mile of the preschool, so you might see me walking or biking to work. On my off-days, I enjoy playing tennis, going to the gym and volunteering in various activities. I have a darling daughter named Lily who has moved past having her mom as a playmate, so I soak up all the singing, talking, playing, jumping, dancing, reading and cuddling I can while I’m with the cutie-pies at PAS!
Hi, my name is Carolynn Walker and I have had the privilege of working at PAS since 2016. I was born and raised here in Atlanta. I attended Immaculate Heart of Mary, St Pius X, and Loyola University in New Orleans. I am married and have two daughters who both attended PAS when they were small. We had such a wonderful experience here and I am so happy to help other families with small children have a great first school experience in a beautiful Catholic school setting. I am looking forward to another amazing year working with the Toddlers!
My name is Gretchen Bombara and I joined the amazing staff here at All Saints in August, 2018. I’m honored to teach alongside this dedicated and wonderful staff! I started my child care career when God blessed me with the births of my beautiful children. Since 2008, I’ve spent a lot of my time volunteering and subbing at my children’s schools and absolutely fell in love with helping in the classroom. I am so excited to work with the toddlers this year in a nurturing environment where they can learn and experience new challenges that will help them grow while they play. I have a degree in Art, which is a wonderful tool in teaching. I love being creative and artistic and sharing these qualities with the children. Thank you for sharing your children with us, they are truly a gift!
My name is Sue Foster and I am thrilled to teach and care for the 2 year olds at All Saints. I’ve been a co-teacher with Niemann since 2016 and we are looking forward to having another terrific year! My educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt and medical school at Emory. I have always been fascinated by human behavior, learning, and development, especially in the early years. Prior to joining All Saints, I was a substitute teacher at my own children’s schools, one of which was a Reggio Emilia school, and I fell in love with its child-led, emergent curriculum. In addition, I home schooled my own children in PreK-1st grades, and gained much knowledge about the needs of children in early education and curricula based on the interests and development of each child. I am also very interested in language development and have taken the full Orton Gillingham course for educators. Outside of preschool, I love running, swimming and hiking or biking with my family. I have a daughter in 9th grade, and boy/girl twins in 5th grade, and after preschool my second job in extreme carpooling begins. I believe in life-long learning, and I continue to enjoy reading or attending seminars and training in areas of health and education.
I am looking forward to having a wonderful year being with your little ones— learning independence, getting messy with crafts, making new friends, learning about ourselves, exploring our world, playing, singing, and having fun!
My name is Niemann Margavio, and I’ll be teaching the MWF 2s class! I’ve been teaching at PAS since 2015, but have been a part of the PAS family since 2007, as both my children were students here. Because of my love of the preschool age, teaching your children is such a blessing for me. I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology. I was involved in the corporate world until having my own children, and was then fortunate enough to be able to stay home. Now that they’re older, my love of children has allowed this new dream of teaching and encouraging your children as they grow. My love of books and cooking enable me to share these times with your children to further encourage them in their own interests. I look forward to a rewarding year!
My name is Beth Asip and I will be teaching the Tuesday, Thursday, Friday two year old class. I have been working at the Preschool at All Saints since 2018. I have been married to my husband since 2015 and we welcomed our first child, Gardner, in February 2018. Prior to working at All Saints I was a special education teacher in Fulton County Public Schools for four years, and a resource teacher at Saint Jude the Apostle for two years. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in special education. I have been trained in both the Orton-Gillingham and Wilson reading approach. I have always loved working with children and I firmly believe that all children are capable of learning as long as their individual needs are being met. I am excited for a fun and educational year!
Hi everyone, I am Chrissy Rieger. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be a new teacher at PAS sharing with the two year olds. My husband Karl and I have a five year old daughter, Sydney, who is in the Fishy Fives. She has attended All Saints since she was two. I am a graduate from Georgia State. Growing up I was a parishioner at St. John Neumann. Our family loves being part of the All Saints parish. As a mom watching Sydney learn, grow and get excited about the days ahead, I wanted to share in the enrichment of our faith with others. I pray that I can be an example of what I have learned so that your child can grow spiritually and loving to all. I look forward to seeing everyone in the AWESOME 2’s!
My first year teaching at PAS was 2012. Time flies when you work with great families and a great staff! I have two children and two pets. I love working with young children and seeing how much they love school and learning. Seeing their happy faces each morning is the best part of the day! I have a Bachelor of Arts from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. I was a long-time volunteer at my children’s schools and have completed many hours of training while at PAS. Training highlights include, Educator Exchange days through Project Infinity, Summer Institute and Highland Park School educator event. I love to learn about new ways to engage our preschoolers!
My name is Sharon Troncale and I have been teaching 2 and 3 year-olds at PAS since 2011. I will again be teaching the 2/3 Combo class this year! My husband and I have two wonderful children along with a super-amazing dog named Tally. As a family we enjoy anything that revolves around the kids schools, sports and college football! I thoroughly enjoy teaching the children of PAS. They bring such joy and excitement into my life. I love preparing, encouraging, and nurturing their little hands, minds and spirits. This age is full of lots of “Whys” and Whats.” I love answering these questions as well as encouraging the children to discover the answers on their own. Learning through play is one of my favorite parts of the program here at PAS.
Lee Ann Kearney
I’ve been teaching at the Preschool at All Saints for 10 wonderful years. I graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1984 and I have been married to my husband, Bill, for over 30 years. We have a daughter and son in law who live in Norcross and a son who lives with us. We have been in Dunwoody since 2005 and attend All Saints Catholic Church. I have always taught 3 year olds and I love watching their development during this important year in their young lives. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, gardening and walking.
My name is Danell Phelan and this will be my first year here at the Preschool at All Saints but I’ve been teaching preschool since 2014. I am excited to join the staff here at PAS and I look forward to teaching in the 3 year old MWF class with Lee Ann.
My husband and I both grew up in the Atlanta area, have lived in the Dunwoody area for the past 15 years, and are parishioners here at All Saints. We have three grown children and four granddaughters. We are fortunate to have them all living nearby and we spend most of our free time with our family. Outside of teaching I enjoy cooking, crafts and just being a grandma!!
My name is Karen Leonard and I’ve been a teacher with the Preschool at All Saints since 2012. I absolutely adore teaching my three year old class and find their joy of exploring and learning infectious. Originally from Ireland, I am married to Donal and have two children Ciara, a college freshman and Rory, a high school Junior. Our family gets involved in many Irish cultural activities and we love to travel to Ireland. I have a degree in European Studies and a Professional Human Resource qualification. Every day I feel so blessed to be part of the PAS family and look forward to another great year!
My name is Carol Pajer and I teach in the Monday – Thursday 3’s class. I live in Dunwoody with my family and am a member of All Saints Catholic Church. I grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University. My two kids are alumni of PAS and I jumped at the chance to teach at the school that gave my kids so much. I have been teaching various age-level children here at PAS since 2015. I love all kinds of sports especially football, volleyball, swimming and baseball. I’m looking forward to a fantastic school year with your sweet little ones!
My name is Monica Dougherty, and I am thrilled and blessed to be spending my first year here at All Saints in the T-F Fours classroom alongside my co-teacher, Leila Anderson. I grew up in Pennsylvania and attended Clemson University, where I graduated in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. While at Clemson, I was involved in a variety of activities and organizations, including the Catholic Student Association, the ClemsonLIFE Program for students with intellectual disabilities, the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children, and Religious Education. I decided to move to the Atlanta area after graduation to be closer to my two young nephews. I am thankful for the opportunity to work in a nurturing, loving environment where children’s natural creativity and curiosity are fostered through exploration and child-centered learning experiences. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy staying active, going for a hike, and reading a good book. I look forward to a year full of new discoveries with an amazing team of dedicated teachers here at PAS!
My name is Leila Anderson, and I co-teach the Four Day Fours class. I graduated from Oglethorpe University in 2017, and I am currently working on obtaining my master’s degree in Catechetics and Evangelization from Franciscan University of Steubenville. My husband is an attorney, and we have been married for four years. My teaching career first began in 2014. I spent the year working with non-verbal children with severe and profound learning disabilities. I focused on helping them strengthen their fine motor abilities and learn other various life skills. Most recently, I spent the last two years working in a pre-kindergarten classroom at Our Lady of the Assumption, here in Atlanta. For the next two years I spent my time working in pre-kindergarten Catholic education. I really enjoy the teaching environment unique to our Catholic schools. I take great joy in not only equipping my students with academic knowledge and life skills, but also passing on the tenants of our Catholic faith to the next generation of children.
I’m Jeanie Burns and I teach the M-F 4’s. I joined PAS in 2013. I’m originally from MD, have lived all across our country and in the UK, and have been a GA resident since 2011. I am a proud graduate of Virginia Tech class of 87. Go Hokies! The same year I married my high school sweetheart, Emmet. My experiences as stay at home mother to four beautiful daughters inspired me to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education in 2005. I earned a Montessori Teaching Certificate in 2007 and a MA in Early Years Education from The Institute of Education, University College London in 2011. I have participated in professional development opportunities such as training in the Early Sprouts Nutrition Program and The Pedagogy of Play online conference. I have also been a presenter at the Archdiocese Summer Institute for Preschool Teachers. I believe that preschoolers learn best though their natural play. I encourage my students to take risks and to problem solve. I enjoy challenging them to think, create, and share their ideas. I love reading books, and to me preschoolers are like an exciting story unfolding before me each day. I look forward to sharing this next chapter in your child’s story and eagerly await the new things we will discover together.
Welcome to the M-F 4s class! I am Ms. Lisa and I am looking forward to a great year of learning and growing together. I was born and raised in Decatur, Ga. I attended St. Peter and Paul grade school and am an alumna of St. Pius. GO LIONS!! I attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and completed my teaching certification at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. I am certified in Wilson Foundations and the Orton-Gillingham method. I married my husband Stephen in 1988 and we have 4 boys. I enjoy teaching preschool because every day is so different. The children have an enthusiasm for learning and exploring that is contagious. They keep me on my toes with their questions and always bring a smile to my face. I have been teaching at All Saints since 2015. I enjoy working here because it is a school that brings experiences to the children yet allows them to question, create, and problem solve on their own. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my family, cooking, reading, and working out.
I joined the staff at PAS in 2007 and I teach in the fives class. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. degree in Human Development and an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate. Your child will probably learn the Kansas Jayhawk fight song during basketball season! My husband Brian and I both grew up in the Midwest, but we were transferred to Atlanta in 1993 and we consider it to be our home. We have two grown daughters, Claire and Ali. We have two dogs, Willow and Bluebell, and a cat named Jazzy. I also have a granddog, Baloo and a grandcat, Bagheera. I enjoy baking desserts, going to movies, reading autobiographies and watching Jayhawk basketball. I think antique shops and flea markets are a lot of fun! I’ve taught for over 20 years, but my time at All Saints has been the best. I love using natural materials, open-ended art projects and setting up learning centers where children can explore and discover. I am really into recycling and like to reuse all kinds of things in our classroom. Five-year-olds are my favorites because they are curious, uninhibited, enthusiastic little sponges who are trying to learn everything about their world. Fives say the most amazing things: sweet, funny, intuitive and creative. They are wonderful artists and inventors, teaching me new things every day. I can’t think of any place I’d rather be than playing with my special friends at PAS!
My name is Jennifer Morris and I teach the Fives. I began teaching at the Preschool at All Saints in 2014 and thoroughly enjoy being a part of this wonderful school. I grew up in Atlanta where I attended St. Jude and met my husband, Brandon, while attending Marist. We have two children, Rebecca and Hudson, and our Weimaraner, Macie. Before children, I taught first grade at Christ the King school for 9 years and earned my Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading K-12. I am training in the Orton-Gillingham Method as well as Handwriting Without Tears and the Gesell Developmental Observation. My participation in many workshops throughout my 13 years of teaching has prepared me to use a variety of methods when working with students and providing them with developmentally appropriate provocations to promote learning.
Hi! My name is Bethany Duman and I will be working in the Young Fives class. I’m so excited to join the PAS team. I love teaching young children and know that each child is unique and has the potential for growth. I grew up in Northport, Alabama and attended college at The University of Alabama, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood regular and special education. I also earned a master’s degree in early childhood special education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. I began my teaching career in 1999. I have experience teaching children ages two through five with varying abilities and have taught in several states as well as overseas. I am married with two children and we love spending time outdoors. I look forward to a fantastic year with you and your child, which will be full of fun learning experiences and growth for all of us.