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.
Sarah Stewart (Assistant Teacher) graduated from Hellenic Holy Cross College with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. She has several years of classroom experience assisting in biblical studies and has tutored elementary aged children with math, reading and writing. She is now a part of our Pre-School team as an assistant in our 2 yr. old class on and assists in our after-care program.
Claudia Valdez (Assistant Teacher) Claudia is originally from El Salvador and has been living in Atlanta for the past 38 years. She is a passionate early childhood educator with over 22 years of experience. She started her career at St. Bedes school as a Lead Parents Morning Out teacher and has also taught in the after school and summer camp program at Immaculate Heart of Mary. She is now our Preschool Assistant teacher for the 2 year old class.
She is happily married to her best friend for 35 years, has two daughters and a grandson. She loves the outdoors, gardening and going on hikes. She is thrilled to be working at Annunciation Day School and looks forward to her growth within the Preschool.
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 more than 10 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.
Margaret Stewart (Assistant Teacher) has worked with children for the past 14 years; first as a substitute teacher in Dekalb County and then as a private nanny for newborns as well as toddlers and 3-4 year olds. Fun fact: She also teaches the Kindergarten Sunday school class at our beloved Annunciation Cathedral - and has been doing that for 16+ years. She enjoys inspiring children to be kind, patient, and positive.
In her free time Margaret enjoys spending time with her husband Jerry, two young adult children, Sarah and Charles, friends, watching movies, playing basketball, board games, playing with their Alaskan Malamute, and being involved with church activities.
Brooke Tesfamichale (Assistant Teacher) is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and moved to Atlanta in 2002. She has 3 children, one who is a first graderer at ADS and one who attends preschool at ADS. In Brooke's spare time she enjoys reading, running and cheering on the Atlanta United Soccer team with her family!