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 and later 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 (9) and Evan (7). 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.