Kindergarten through 8th Grade Teaching Staff
Mina Giannakakos has sixteen years of experience working in Early Childhood Education. Prior to working at the Annunciation Day School, Mina taught Pre-K for fourteen years at Riverview Nursery School in Rockland County, New York. Mina attended Rutgers (the State University of New Jersey) and holds a degree in Sociology and Elementary Education. While in New York, she attended various professional workshops on early childhood development.
Mina believes that teaching play and direct exploration is a basic tool for learning. She is passionate about teaching young children and provides many opportunities for growth in their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Her favorite saying is “we are all happy at school,” and strives to achieve this goal for each child.
Mina enjoys spending her summers in Greece and visiting her mom, family and friends. In her free time, she also enjoys baking, gardening, reading and long walks. She has been married for over 25 years to her husband Panos, and is the proud mom of a daughter (a Cornell graduate) and a son (a college student at Kennesaw State University).
Mina feels very blessed to have lived in different parts of the United States such as New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Maine and to have gained such unique and personal experiences from her time in these places.
Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
Annette Lowe graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Social Work. She worked several years as an Adoption Specialist for DFACS and has been teaching IMPACT classes (to prepare parents who are interested in fostering or adopting children out of the foster care system) for 25+ years. When her children were younger, she had an in home daycare and then moved on to working in Preschool settings for several years. Her son attended middle school here at ADS and is now entering high school this year. This will be Annette’s second year working at ADS as a Pre-K assistant teacher. She enjoys spending time and traveling with her three teens, husband and pets.
Carrie Pribas is from Atlanta and has been a lifelong member of the Annunciation Cathedral. She attended Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education. She received her Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She taught 2nd grade for ten years in Dekalb and Gwinnett County Schools. She was the lead Pre-K 4's teacher for three years at WCUMC. Carrie is married and has 2 wonderful children who keep her busy!
Grace Jacobi comes to ADS after teaching 3rd grade for four years at Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta. She attended Berry College and has her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a K-5 Math and ESOL Endorsement. Outside of school, Grace loves to spend time outdoors with her family, friends, and dogs. She is actively involved in her church through volunteering with the High School and Young Adult Ministries.
Primary Teacher Assistant
Claudia Brady Deloach is an assistant teacher for first and second grade. Prior to working at Annunciation Day School, Claudia spent the previous year substituting at Immaculate Heart of Mary, along with other Atlanta private schools.
Prior to working at IHM, Claudia was the administrative assistant to the Principal and Assistant Principal at Marist School for eighteen years. She was also the school photographer and middle school debate coach for several years. Claudia served on the Marist School Board of Trustees, assisted in new faculty hiring and interviews, and created a staff mentoring program.
Claudia is happily married to her husband and has two wonderful daughters.
Arielle Jacobs attended the University of Phoenix, where she received her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education. Prior to earning her Master’s in Education, Arielle was an assistant teacher at Annunciation Day School in both preschool and elementary school. After completing an internship teaching third grade in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Arielle began her professional career as a fourth grade teacher in Gwinnett County. Arielle currently teaches third grade at Annunciation Day School and strives to meet the different needs of all her students. Arielle fosters critical thinking by using various instructional strategies to encourage active learning and independent thinking. She believes children learn best in a caring and loving environment and thinks it is important to promote values that will help her students succeed both inside and outside the classroom.
Arielle is a lifelong member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Judi Ross grew up in Salem, Ohio and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, she moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in teaching. Judi has taught at St. Joseph Catholic School, Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sophia Academy. Most recently, she was a remedial reading teacher at a DeKalb County school.
Judi is certified in the Wilson Reading System and has been recognized as a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. She has also completed her Associate Level training in the Orton Gillingham method of reading.
When not teaching, Judi enjoys reading mystery novels and doing needlework.
GRADES FIVE THROUGH EIGHT
English Language arts
Emil Schuster grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he attended a Jesuit high school, and received a Business degree from the Cleveland State University. Following graduation Emil spent thirty-two years in Federal Service, twenty of those years as a Special Agent specializing in Medicare and Medicaid fraud. During this period Emil and his family moved from Cleveland to Cincinnati, Ohio, then to Washington D.C., next a return to Cleveland, then to Chicago and finally to Atlanta. During the period in Atlanta, he was the Special Agent in Charge of the Inspector General Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development responsible for the eight Southeastern States and Puerto Rico.
Upon his retirement from Federal Service, Emil attended Kennesaw State University where he earned an Education Degree and Georgia certification to teach middle school language Arts and Social Studies. Emil has taught at IHM Catholic School, OLA Catholic School, and Sophia Academy. Emil's wonderful wife, Anne, has been very understanding and very supportive of his career moves and his love of teaching. His son is starting and engraved historic gulf putter business in Cleveland, while his daughter teachers third grade at Oak Grove Elementary School. Anne and Emil's granddaughter, Anna, attends Lakeside High School where she is an honor student. Emil extremely happy and very excited to be joining the teaching staff at the Annunciation Day School.
Jeanne Miller attended the University of West Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, with a minor in Secondary Education. She is currently certified to teach fourth through eighth grade Science and sixth through twelfth grade History, Political Science, Geography, Economics, and Behavioral Science. Jeanne has taught in Catholic Schools for 11 years as a middle school Science teacher, and for 3 years as fifth grade teacher. Jeanne currently teaches Middle School Science at Annunciation Day School and strongly believes in the importance of hands-on learning in all subjects, especially science. Jeanne fosters respect and acceptance of others in the classroom and encourages life connections to information learned in the classroom.
Amy Whaley received a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Southern Methodist University and a Masters degree from Georgia State University. Amy taught math at Cedar High School in Dallas Texas and then spent over twenty years as a health actuary. She is excited to return to the classroom at Annunciation Day School.
Amy's interests include reading, gluten-free cooking, and taking exercise classes. Amy lives in Atlanta with her husband Greg and her daughters Caneel (in college at the University of Alabama) and Vivienne (in high school at the Atlanta International School).
Margaret Flores brings to our school a love for teaching. She finds joy nurturing each child's social and emotional development while inspiring his/her natural curiosities to explore and discover the world. Margaret holds teacher certification and a M.A. in Child Development with doctoral training in learning and instruction. However, her greatest achievement and source of personal inspiration has been and continues to be raising her own three children.
Judy Parris has been working in education for over 27 years. She has her masters in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University and received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State in Mathematics with a concentration in Information Systems. She spent 12 years in the preschool environment, of which 10 of them she worked as a preschool director. She taught 3rd grade for 9 years, followed by 4th grade for 4 years at Annunciation Day School, and currently will serve as a part time instructional support teacher for grades 3-8. Judy’s goal is to teach with the individual child’s needs in mind so that each student is able to be successful in their learning.
Judy was blessed to be married to her husband Russell for over 35 years. Her two children are grown and married. When Judy is not teaching she relishes spending time with her family, active grandsons and digging in the dirt.