GREETINGS FROM YOUR PRINCIPAL
Thomas Garrett, Principal
Greetings Parents, Staff, Students, and Community,
It is a privilege and honor to enter my 3rd year as the Principal for Hapeville Elementary School. We have made some positive gains and this year we will continue to be intentional, collaborative, and urgent in our approach for quality education for our students. I am privileged and honored to work with a dedicated staff, wonderful students, and supportive parents.
This is my twenty-second year in education, and I have enjoyed the past seventeen years spent in Fulton County Schools as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and now principal. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Multi-Disciplinary Education concentrations in English and Political Science from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from University of West Alabama, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University, and an Educational Specialist of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. Additionally, I have earned endorsements in early childhood education, ESOL, and gifted education.
Once again, the endless opportunities have me excited in building minds and shaping destinies this year for all students attending Hapeville Elementary as we seek to build a better community! I truly believe that everyone will soon come to learn that we are one of the best schools in the state of Georgia!
Pam Hartley, Assistant Principal
Pam Hartley holds an Educational Leadership certificate from the University of West Georgia, a Specialist in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Emory University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nuclear Medicine from Millersville University.
Ms. Hartley began her teaching career with Gwinnett County Public Schools in the Fall of 1993 and has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and supported teaching and learning as a local school mathematics coach. She spent several years working in the Curriculum and Instruction Division for the district as the lead mathematics instructional coach.
Most recently, she brings, to Hapeville Elementary, seven years of experience as an assistant principal and a passion to motivate, empower, and educate all students with a commitment to support quality teaching every day.
She currently lives in Grant Park, enjoys flower and vegetable gardening, biking, and time with family.
LaTrece Thomas, Curriculum Coordinator
LaTrece Thomas is the Curriculum Support Teacher (CST) at Hapeville Elementary. Mrs. Thomas supports teachers with understanding and teaching the Georgia Standards of Excellence, recommending curriculum resources and facilitating professional learning. Her role also includes evaluating teachers based on the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System, overseeing the school’s Georgia Pre-K Program, Early Intervention Program (EIP), Extended Learning Program, Diagnostic Placement Testing, and other duties as needed to support student achievement. Mrs. Thomas is a member of Hapeville’s School Governance Council.
She started her career with Fulton County Schools in 1999 as a Paraprofessional at Stonewall Tell Elementary. She moved to Hapeville Elementary School in 2002 and taught both 3rd and 4th grade. LaTrece Thomas holds an Associate of Science degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Thomas is a proud wife and mother who strongly believes consistency is the key to any breakthrough. Outside of school, Mrs. Thomas spends quality time with her family, travels, serves in Marriage Ministry at her church and is a Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Audrey Broomfield, Curriculum Support Teacher (CST)
Audrey Broomfield will be returning to Hapeville Elementary as a Curriculum Support Teacher (CST). Ms. Broomfield will strive to move students and teachers towards excellence in academics through her focus on the Response to Intervention (RTI) process. Other duties include creating the master schedule, assisting with school-wide testing, provide curriculum resources to teachers, and streamlining processes to make the school a better place for all stakeholders.
Ms. Broomfield started her educational career twenty years ago. She began teaching second grade in Florida then began working with Fulton County Schools at Hapeville Elementary School in 2002 teaching both 3rd and 4th grade. Since then, she has had the opportunity to serve in the positions of EIP Teacher, RTI Teacher, Math Coach, and Data Support Specialist for Fulton County. Her goal is to continue working for what is best for students.
Ms. Broomfield earned her a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State, a Reading Endorsement, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Michigan, and is currently working on her Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Outside of school, Ms. Broomfield spends quality time with her family and friends, reads, travels, loves playing tennis, and enjoys serving at her church.
Stephanie Flores-Publicover, Professional School Counselor
Stephanie Flores-Publicover is Hapeville Elementary’s new School Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Film from Georgia State University and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University from Cambridge, MA. Stephanie spent seven years in the greater Boston area working as a child and adolescent therapist and dropout prevention counselor. For the past five years, she was the Graduation Coach at Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs. During that time, Stephanie received the award for Professional of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year, and also received the 212 Award for Student Advocacy in 2015 and 2017. Her expertise lies in child and adolescent mental health issues, community trauma, executive functioning skills, and student advocacy. Stephanie is a Smyrna native and lives with her husband, Nicholas, and son, Mateo.
Catherine Garcia-Vicens, Literacy Coach
Catherine Vicens-Garcia is in her 2nd year as the school’s Literacy Coach for our school. She comes with over 30 years of experience in education. Catherine is a New York City Native. She earned a BA in Bilingual Education from Brooklyn College. Upon graduation, she received a fellowship to continue her studies and earn a MA degree in Bilingual Education at City College also in New York City. As a lifelong learner she went on to get her second Masters at Hunter College with a focus on the integration of Computer Science and Math in Elementary Schools.
After 13 years of experience in the NYC school system she moved to Atlanta with her family. Her first assignment was at College Park Elementary as an ESOL teacher. She went on to be an ESOL Lead Teacher and furthered her education by earning her Specialist degree in Brain-Based Teaching and Instructional Leadership. Catherine also has her Leadership Certificate which she earned at Georgia State, and an ESOL Endorsement as well as a Reading Endorsement.
As a member of the Fulton County School System she has had the opportunity to serve in the position of New Teacher Mentor Coach, Reading Coach, EIP Teacher and Data Support Specialist. Her goal is to continue working for what is best for students and hopes to continue this work as a ESOL Literacy Coach at Hapeville Elementary.
In addition, she wants to continue honoring the legacy her parents left to her family. As migrants of Puerto Rico to the United States they wanted their children to embrace the opportunity of getting a good education. They continuously imbedded a love for, and respect for Education.
Justin Evans, Math Coach
Justin Evans is the proud math instructional coach at Hapeville Elementary. He holds certifications in elementary, middle, and high school math and has worked with teachers at all levels to improve their instructional practice. He is also the Lead Coach of the Fulton County Vanguard Team, a group of over 300 passionate educators dedicated to transforming learning and teaching in their classrooms. Justin lives in Vinings with his wife Jennifer, who teaches middle school math, their seven year old son Finn, and their dog Watson.
Deanna Stupfer, Instructional Support Teacher
Deanna Stupfer is a native of Charleston, South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston. She began her career in Social Work where she assisted families in a multitude of facets for over 13 years. It was during this time that she realized her passion for children with exceptionalities. She moved to Atlanta with her family in 2005 and realized after working for three years in Atlanta that Special Education may be her next and newest career. She then pursued her Master of Arts in Special Education, Cross Categorical from the University of Phoenix. She began her teaching career at Parklane Elementary in 2010 and has taught grades Kindergarten through 5th grade in a variety of settings. Along with various memberships in professional associations, she also holds an endorsement in reading and teacher leadership.
She is excited to begin this next chapter in her career as an Instructional Support Teacher at Hapeville Elementary!