Melissa Saha (Lead Teacher) has been working in early childhood education since 2002. She has been the Twos' Class Lead Teacher at ADS since 2004. Melissa is married and has two children. She enjoys running, reading, singing, and hanging out with her African Grey parrots.
Melissa has a love for teaching young children. She believes that all children are individuals, and that differences should be tolerated and embraced. She starts every day striving to engage and motivate her students to give them an exceptional and fun learning environment. Creativity and flexibility are definitely part of each day. Melissa believes in finding teachable moments in every situation. She also believes that patience, love and a good sense of humor are the things that make teaching young children possible. Melissa is so thankful each day to spend time with her students.
Astrid De Leon (Assistant Teacher) has held many different positions since being introduced to Annunciation Day School in 2009. She started out as a parent, but quickly took on volunteer roles such as room parent, and PTO member. While Astrid’s background is in the medical field, her passion for teaching developed after being a long-term substitute and Parent’s Morning Out assistant. She is currently an assistant in the 2’s class and plans to pursue a degree in Middle Level Education with concentrations in Science and Math.
As a member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Astrid and her husband can be seen volunteering with their three daughters for the Church’s various community service projects as well as yearly at the Atlanta Greek Festival.
Astrid loves animals and is currently training the most recent member of her family to become a therapy dog in order to volunteer in local hospitals. She enjoys rock climbing, yoga, and paddle boarding, but most of all, spending time with her family.
Anna Burns (Lead Teacher) is married and a proud mother of two children. She has been blessed to be a part of the Annunciation Day School as a teacher for 11 years. Anna teaches three year olds and absolutely loves it. She believes that nurturing a child’s natural curiosity and fostering a love for learning is the best gift we can give. There is nothing she loves more than the excitement in a child’s eyes when they have discovered something new. Anna is truly thankful to have the opportunity to influence so many young lives in a positive way and to work alongside a team of amazing and loving teachers.
Bethany Tsismanakis (Lead Teacher) earned her Child Development Associate in 2015 as well as her Bright from the Start Director’s diploma and is in the process of earning her Early Childhood Education Degree. She believes that each child is a gift, a unique individual that deserves a high quality education in a loving, secure and stimulating environment. It is her hope as a teacher to help children reach their full potential, emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. Bethany’s mission is to create life long learners by allowing the children to use their natural curiosity through hands on learning, giving them the opportunity to explore the world around them using their senses. As a teacher she feels that her love of learning should be evident and contagious to the children. She is constantly striving to learn more so that she is able to bring new and fresh ideas to the classroom. She loves to read, volunteer and travel with her family: her husband, James, and her 3 sons, Nickolas, Gabriel and Alexander.
Daysi Nicolaides (Assistant Teacher) worked as a preschool assistant from 2012 to 2014. She returns to Annunciation Day School as an assistant in the 3’s class. She has been actively involved at Annunciation Day School since her daughter was in Parent’s Morning Out. ADS has always been an extension of Daysi’s family where she dedicated many hours to the various needs of the school. She has been room parent, served on the PTO, and was permanently placed on the substitute list since her youngest son started in Parent’s Morning Out.
Daysi and her children are also members of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and are heavily involved in the numerous youth ministries of the church and volunteer wherever and whenever the need arises.
Daysi enjoys doing yoga, rock climbing, and paddle boarding, but most of all being with her children, family, friends and two dogs –Chewy and Luna.
Krishna Dutta (Lead Teacher) brings over 20 years of teaching experience to our Pre-K class at ADS. She holds a Masters degree in Education and has a rich experience teaching many age groups and grades levels in several countries. Krishna has been with the Annunciation Day school for eight years. She is naturally inclined to nurturing and care and shares her time between two of her passions: her kids at school and her family at home. In her spare time, she likes to read, cook, listen to music, watch movies and play with the family dogs. She is also very passionate about dance and even has a diploma in Indian classical dance!
Mariam Terzian (Lead Teacher) has always loved teaching. She is a natural caregiver and has enjoyed being with children in the classroom setting for as long as she can remember. Mariam has a background in accounting and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. She finds this helpful in keeping her organized in her role as a teacher. Mariam has taught at the Tucker First United Methodist Preschool for two years before starting to teach at ADS. Presently, she is in her third year of teaching our wonderful Pre-K 4’s class. Mariam strives to provide a nurturing, caring, and loving environment for her students. She believes that young children learn best through fun hands-on activities.
Outside of her classroom, Mariam loves spending time with her family, especially her three young children. She also volunteers as a Sunday School teacher at the Armenian Church of Atlanta.
Hannah Brand (Assistant Teacher) has been with Annunciation Day School for since 2001. She has held the position of a teacher’s assistant in the 3’s class, Preschool, Kindergarten, and First grade. She is currently a teacher’s assistant for preschool. As a young girl Hannah knew she wanted to be a teacher. She loves helping children achieve their best, stating that “one of the most rewarding things about teaching is seeing a child’s face light up when they accomplish what they have been working towards.” Hannah’s commitment and love for teaching is seen by parents in the eyes of their children at the end of the day.
Humbly, she admits that she hopes she has just as much of a positive impact on children’s lives as they do on hers.
Katie Holmes (Assistant Teacher) holds a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in broadcast journalism from Fort Hays State University. She is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta where she has served in many leadership roles. Katie is also very active in the Miss America Scholarship Organization and she is a member of the Miss Atlanta/Miss Greater Atlanta Board. This past year, she received a commendation from Governor Nathan Deal for her efforts in bettering the lives of Georgians through her dedication to heart health. Katie loves working with our Pre-K students and teaching them new skills.