Andy Allison, Principal
I am originally from Buffalo, New York (Go Bills and Sabres!), where I attended Alfred University and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science. Upon graduation, I attended Canisius College to receive a Master of Arts Degree in Education. To escape the harsh and brutally cold winter season, I relocated and began my educational career as a grade five teacher within the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. Four years later, I met the most amazing and supportive person in the world, my wife Shanna. I moved to Atlanta where I accepted a teaching position at Wilson Creek Elementary. During that time, I attended Kennesaw State University for an Educational Leadership Certification. In 2008, I was selected as the Assistant Principal of Alpharetta Elementary School and served in that capacity for five years. Last year, I was promoted to the Assistant Principal of Northwestern Middle School. While at Northwestern, I developed a greater understanding of how we prepare our elementary students for the transition into middle school.
I am the proud father to two of the most amazing and beautiful children, Ansley (4) and Evan (2). Shanna and I are so very blessed to have such an amazing family, and they are my reason for my success within schools.
Karin Alhadeff, Assistant Principal
I began my teaching career while a student at Emory University. With a strong passion for helping students with different needs, I was hired for my first job teaching Pre-K to students with and without Autism. At the Autism Center, I was able to use early intervention methods to assist my students in creating an IEP that would assist them in their least restrictive environment in the kindergarten setting. I continued my education earning a Bachelor in the Arts and Master in the Art of Teaching from Emory University.
I spent six years at Ridgeview Charter School in many different capacities. I began as a sixth grade social studies teacher in the co-taught setting where I earned the title Teacher of the Year. I then became a grade level chair and soon thereafter an administrative assistant. In these roles, I have always placed literacy at the forefront. With literacy guiding instruction, I helped to create a literacy block where students and teachers were able to focus on remediation and enrichment. As the International Baccalaureate Coordinator, I helped teachers devise lessons that were interdisciplinary, included differentiation and included students and teachers analyzing their data. While an Administrative Assistant, I went back to school to earn my Educational Leadership Degree from Mercer University.
I am so excited and honored to be the assistant principal at Sweet Apple! I am eager to listen and learn while we focus on our amazing work.
I am married to Andy Alhadeff who also works in Fulton County Schools. We have one daughter, Hayley, who is nine months old.
Barbara Bell, Curriculum Support Teacher
Hello! I am the CST, Curriculum Support Teacher, at Sweet Apple, which means I am working with teachers, students, and the administration to make sure we are all providing our students the best instruction possible. I began teaching in 1989, after staying home with my own children (now grown) for 15 years. I taught art to K-8th grades, kindergarten, first grade, and third grade. I have been somewhat of a professional student myself, as I have taken college courses throughout my career, and received my masters, reading endorsement, and gifted endorsement all within the past 10 years. This is my 11th year to be part of the Sweet Apple family, and my 5th year as CST. There's no place else I'd rather be, than working at Sweet Apple! I am also fortunate to have a beautiful granddaughter, which continues to keep me mindful of the great impact education has on our children. I am committed to helping S.A.E. continue to be the BEST!
Jodi Bassett, Assistant Administrator
My name is Jodi Bassett and I was born and raised in New Jersey and then moved to Hilton Head Island, SC when I was 12. From there, I attended Georgia Southern University where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. After I graduated, I moved to Atlanta and began teaching at River Eves Elementary, where I spent 11 years teaching 2nd and 3rd grade, EIP, and served as the STEM Chair. In 2011, I obtained a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NOVA Southeastern.
My husband and I have a beautiful 7 year old daughter named Macie. We love to visit the beach and spend time with family and friends.
This will be my first year at Sweet Apple and I cannot be more thankful and excited to be a part of the Sweet Apple family!
Michele Consolo, IST
Hello! I am the Instructional Support Teacher (IST) for Sweet Apple. In this role, I assist school-based personnel in improving the quality of teaching and student learning for students with disabilities. I hold a Master of Arts in Education degree from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Business degree from Case Western Reserve University. I am a lifelong learner with many years of teaching experience at the adult and child levels.
Education has always been a passion of mine. In 2009, I changed my career from business to education to follow my heart. My passion is educating children, giving back, and helping others to have a voice, while reaching their fullest potential. My goal is to provide support and increase student achievement.
My family and I moved here from Boston in July of 2016. We love Georgia! I was born and raised in Ohio and am a huge Ohio State football fan! I also love the Browns and Indians! Go Buckeyes!
I could not be more thrilled to be at Sweet Apple Elementary School. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting school year!