Clara JohnsonDirector, Dominion Children's AcademyClara Johnson, who is a native of Hurtsboro, Alabama and currently a resident of Columbus, Georgia, is the Director of the Dominion Children's Academy and has been since its 13 year inception. She has a passion for working with children and assisting others, which she has done the majority of her adult life. In this position of leadership, Ms. Johnson successfully manages the overall day-to-day operations of the state-of-the art, 1.6 million-dollar childcare facility. She manages a staff of 15 to 18 people and an operating budget required to provide care for 80 to 120 children, from the ages of 6-weeks to 12-years old. To effectively maintain the center's regulatory requirements, Ms. Johnson created standard policies and procedures for the staff. Ms. Johnson completed the enrollment process for subsidized care and assistance to service low-income families. On a daily basis, she ensures that the students are safe and the teachers provide them with a nurturing learning environment. Ms. Johnson also ensures that the teachers receive annual training as required by the governing body and additional training to remain in compliance with the state guidelines.
Ms. Johnson has a plausible rapport with the parents of the students and is able to discuss sensitive matters using diplomacy and confidentiality. Ms. Johnson keeps the center compliant with the standard guidelines of the licensing body, Bright From the Start, and verifies that the meals served at the academy are prepared according to the USDA guidelines and served twice a day with two snacks.Ms. Johnson previously worked in the capacity as the Cottage Supervisor of a Residential Treatment Facility for Twin Cedars Youth Services (Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home; a home for sexually abused girls; ages 7-13 years) for 13 years. In this role, Ms. Johnson successfully managed 20 Direct Care staff employees and a $500M program budget with the sole purpose of providing quality care for consumers through providing a structured environment that enables physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of the consumers while monitoring their progress weekly.
Ms. Johnson is actively involved in several different auxiliaries within Macedonia Christian Ministries, such as serving as the Ministerial Coordinator, the Administrator for the New Members' Ministry Team, and a team member of the Media Ministry. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Columbus State University; Columbus, Georgia with a B.S. General Studies, minor in Communications. Ms. Johnson is an honors graduate from Chavala High School in Seale, Alabama. She is a certified CPR & First Aid Instructor with Red Cross and has completed several courses in counseling, people management, managing children and data entry.
Jeyvin Smith K4 Bilingual Lead Teacher
Jeyvin Smith is one of our bilingual teachers. She is the Lead Teacher in the K4 classroom of the academy and has been working with us for 9 years. Born in Panama, Central America, Jeyvin has more than 16 years of experience in teaching Spanish and 10 years in teaching young children. She has also worked with autistic children for two years. Ms Jeyvin has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and is currently attaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Spanish, along with an ESL certificate at Columbus State University. Growing up as a noticeably gifted child herself, Jeyvin is thoroughly excited about teaching children with every learning style at the academy in any way possible. She believes that the first three years of a child's life are most impressionable, and she is motivated to teach her class a wide variety of curriculum, ranging from ABCs and 123s to life skills and emotional intelligence. Jeyvin believes that children imitate every behavior they see and hear, so it's important that she be a positive role model. Ms Jeyvin has all her required annual certifications including CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety.
Maria T. Rodriquez-- Bilingual Lead Teacher K-1
Mrs Maria is from Zacatecas, Mexico and is bilingual. She has been with us 3 years and works as our lead in the K1 room. She has great organizational skills with keeping our kids structured. Mrs Maria has a Bachelors Degree in General Studies and has been working with kids overall 12 years and brings her experience to our school. She is very good developing our 1 year olds by teaching them, doing activities, and most of all nourishing them. Her patience and hard work has been a value to our school. "I love working with kids" is a phrase that Mrs Maria use but also demonstrates. She is very dependable and a hard worker. Mrs Maria has all required annual certifications including CPR, First Aid and Fire Safety.
Shonteya Lee - Lead After School Program Teacher
Ms Shonnie has been working with kids for over 8 years and has just currently completed her degree in Early Childhood Education. " I hope that our experience with bible lessons and homework assignments, are lessons they can take with them wherever they go." Ms Shonnie has been with us over 5 yrs and truly has been a beacon of light for our after schoolers. She comes up with different activities daily for the after schoolers, assist with homework, and also plan field trips. Ms. Shonnie is also very good in other rooms and other age groups. She has great work ethnic, very reliable and trustworthy. Ms Shonnie has all her annual certifications required by state including First Aid, CPR, and Fire Safety.
EStephanie Santiago- Bilingual Lead Cook
Ms EStephanie is our bilingual cook that has been with us for under a year now. She is originally born in Pounce, Puerto Rico. With years of experience in food service, she's very dedicated and passionate in making sure our kids get the best nutritional meal they need each and everyday. Ms EStephanie is very efficient in our meal prep and the cleanliness of the kitchen. She is dependable and a team player. She's completed multiple nutritional and food classes up to date.
Sabrina Hunter- Lead Teacher K-3
Ms Sabrina is the K3 lead teacher and she also assist with the K4 students. She is currently working on her Associates Degree in Child Development. She has over 30 years of experience in the early childhood field. Ms Sabrina has been with us for close to 4 years. She enjoys working with the students and helping each child to achieve their educational skills. She establishes and maintains a safe and clean learning environment. She loves to see the excitement of the kids when introduced to new topics. She's very creative and outgoing which makes learning fun for the kids. She also has all her annual certifications including CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety.
Everlida Lopez--Bilingual Assistant Teacher Infant Room
Mrs Everlida is one of our infant room assistant teachers and has now been with us for over a year. She has fit right in with what we want in an infant room teacher. She's calm, experienced, and very caring for our infants. She is originally from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and has over 12 years experience. Mrs Everlida is a meek person but her expertise working with kids are very noticeable. We are lucky to have her on board with our academy! She has her certification in CPR, First Aid and Fire Safety.
Mrs Betty Feliz--Infant Room Lead Teacher
Mrs Betty is from Habana,Cuba and has been working with kids all of her life. She is bilingual and has been with our academy over 4 years now and has been an asset to our school. She is a dependable worker and the Lead teacher for Infant room and does an exceptional job with our babies. She is very attentive to their needs and their routines. Her calm spirit goes well with the infants. She is very instrumental in their development as she nourishes them and keep them schedule. "It's absolutely wonderful working with kids" is something Mrs Betty says but she shows us on a daily basis also. Mrs Betty has all her required annual certifications including CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety.
Irasema Russell--Assistant Teacher Infant Room/K1
Mrs Irasema is from Panama City, Panama. She has been with our academy close to 3 yrs now. She is one of our Infant room and K1 teachers and doing a great job with the babies. She can be observed speaking Spanish to our infants and one year olds, as well as singing and reading books to them. She is patient and has a calming spirit while working with the babies. Her attention to detail and fun spirit goes well when working with our kids! She also has all her required annual certifications including CPR, Fire Safety, and First Aid.