Jamar Robinson – Principal RobinsonJ10@fultonschools.org
Jamar Robinson, a native of Atlanta, GA, began his educational journey here in Fulton County as a student at Cleveland Avenue Elementary School. After graduating from SouthWest DeKalb High School in DeKalb County, he then attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (B.S. Psychology) before completing advanced degrees at Georgia State University (M.A.T.) and Georgia Southern University (Ed.S.) He began his career as a 9th Grade English classroom teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr. High school in DeKalb County where he was quickly recognized for his ability to facilitate advanced student learning, cultivate relevant relationships with students, parents, and teachers, and serve his community as an advocate for children. His innovative, engaging, instructional approach resulted in an average 90% EOCT pass rate during his first three years of teaching and identified him as an impactful leader at his school.
Mr. Robinson's first school-wide leadership position was as a Professional Learning Liaison in DeKalb County where he coordinated professional learning opportunities for teachers and developed a systematic approach to developing talent and maximizing teacher performance through relevant learning opportunities. Mr. Robinson is a champion for robust community involvement and unyielding student advocacy and became the PTSA President as a teacher during his last year at Martin Luther King Jr. High School to support programs and initiatives to increase student achievement. His efforts with the PTSA led to him being officially recognized by Secretary of State Brian Kemp as an "Outstanding Georgia Citizen" in 2014. He then joined Fulton County as an administrator at Westlake High School serving the English department and managing school-wide testing where his work supported a 10% average increase in Literature EOC scores over a three-year period. He immediately impacted the school culture and climate at Westlake High School as the PBIS Lead and Atlanta K12 Design Challenge Facilitator helping the school move from a 3 to 4-star climate rating and an 8% decrease in school suspensions over the same period. This success allowed Mr. Robinson to transition into an Assistant Principal role at Westlake High School supporting the Math and Science departments along with servicing the Magnet and IB Programs. In 2017, his work in Math and Science resulted in a the highest academic gains in those areas since 2014; a 22% gain in Biology, a 6% gain in Algebra I, a 5% gain in Physical Science, and a 9% gain in Geometry. These results included the highest increase in EOC performance in Fulton County for Geometry in the 2016-2017 school year.
Mr. Robinson is a student driven educational leader who is focused on achieving results for all children regardless of their educational history. He believes in the power of teamwork, community involvement, and the development and retention of talent. He is a passionate leader whose focus on relationship building and transparency has led to significant results for the communities and students that he serves. As the incoming principal of Westlake High School, it is Mr. Robinson’s vision to establish "One Westlake" where students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community feel welcomed, challenged, and supported in coming together to fulfill the school’s mission to empower students to become independent, life-long learners. His motto is, "If you don't want to serve, you aren't ready to lead." He stands ready to serve the Westlake students and community as Westlake moves forward towards its goal of becoming an "A" school.
Cecelia Johnson – Assistant Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Cecelia Johnson is a native of College Park, GA and a product of Fulton County School System. She attended Bethune Elementary School, McNair Middle School, and then she graduated as salutatorian from Benjamin Banneker High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Business Education. She continued her education at the University of Cincinnati where she received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Workforce Education at the University of Georgia.
Her teaching career began when she returned to Banneker High School to teach at her beloved alma mater. After five years, she transitioned to Centennial High School, then to Westlake High School. Here, she has served as department chairperson over the Career and Technical Education, Smaller Learning Community Coordinator, and as an Administrative Assistant.
Tosha Oliver – Assistant Principal email@example.com
Ms. Tosha Oliver was born in the great state of Maine and her father is a retired Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force where his career gave her a diverse childhood experience living in Virginia, Texas, Germany, and South Carolina. Ms. Oliver earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 2001 and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Clark Atlanta University in 2004 where she graduated Magnum Cum Laude. Prior to her appointment as an Assistant Principal at Westlake High School, she began her teaching career with the DeKalb County School District at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, serving as an English teacher. During her nine year tenure, she rose through the ranks of the English Department serving as a content team leader, department chair, AP Exam Reader, and curriculum writer and instructional content developer for the district. Under Ms. Oliver’s tutelage, the English department boasted of numerous instructional accolades, surpassing the county average on all state mandated tests and facilitating the schools’ first annual literary symposium where Georgia Author of the Year finalist Dr. Daniel Black lectured on literature, literacy, and life. As a proud mother of two children, Ms. Oliver strives to make literature and literacy a pervasive aspect of her personal and professional life thus ensuring that all of her children, both biological and surrogate, are globally competitive and equipped to serve as leaders on the cutting edge of innovation. She is proud to be a Westlake Lion and to answer the call to serve.
Gregory Minnis - Assistant Principal MinnisG@fultonschools.org
Mr. Gregory Minnis has served 25 years in education at the high school level. He is a native of Miami, FL. and a graduate of Miami Central Senior high school. Mr. Minnis attended the University of Louisville, where he played football and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and his Master of Arts in Teaching. Mr. Minnis also attended Georgia College and State University where he obtained his Ed. S. in Educational Leadership and Nova Southeastern University where he obtained his Ed. S. in Curriculum, Instruction Management and Administration.
Mr. Minnis has served as a teacher and administrator in several high schools from Louisville, Ky., Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Florida and Atlanta, GA. During his previous tenure at Westlake high school, Mr. Minnis has taught Physical Education, Health, and served as an Administrative Assistant. Mr. Minnis also served as an Administrative Assistant at Creekside High School and Langston Hughes High School.
Outside of the classroom, Mr. Minnis was the Head Football Coach during his tenure at Deerfield Beach High School in Florida and an Assistant Football Coach under the direction of Dallas Allen; eventually, he became the Head Football Coach at Westlake High School. Mr. Minnis enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, riding motorcycles and impacting youth in a positive way. He also has a passion for teaching and believes that Westlake High School truly has what it takes to be an A School.
Dr. Triaka A. Larry - Assistant Principal LarryT@fultonschools.org
Dr. Triaka A. Larry, a Florida native, is a proud graduate of Florida State University. She has a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Biological Science, minor in math and chemistry, and Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, respectively. She later received her Education Specialist and Doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her doctoral work focused on student self-efficacy and teacher-student relationships as factors that influenced science achievement in diverse Title I high schools. Additionally, she is an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, which she credits for much of her preparedness and success in college. She began her second career in teaching as a high school science instructor in Griffin-Spalding County Schools and later worked in Atlanta Public Schools for 8 years before entering the Fulton County Schools System as an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Coordinator (IBMYP). Dr. Larry has been a public school educator for over 12 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgia State University.
Throughout her 12 years in education, she has served as a science/interdisciplinary lead teacher and liaison, MYP/DP teacher, department chair, an FDHS Teacher of the Year Finalist(2011), professional development presenter and facilitator, as well as, assisted in district curriculum writing and development. With her eager-willingness to lead, love for education, and student-driven focus, in May 2017, Westlake High School was approved as an IB MYP Candidate School for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, which is the first milestone in the authorization process. She will continue to overlook the MYP process and ensure that Westlake becomes fully authorized by the 2021 school year.
Dr. Triaka Larry is a highly skilled, eager, knowledgeable, and student-focused educational leader possessing a strong commitment to the development of students and staff with a proven track record in collaborating with school communities, increasing student achievement, and maintaining curriculum excellence in education. She is excited to be a part of the Westlake Lions family and ready to increase academic excellence through her service, dedication, and commitment.
Candice Hickman - Magnet Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Candice E. Williams-Hickman is a product of the Fulton County School System in particularly Westlake High School’s Math & Science Magnet Program. She has served as a Mathematics educator for 15 years, 14 of which have been in the service of Westlake High School and its surrounding community. She received her undergraduate degree and extensive work in the master’s program in Mathematics from Clark Atlanta University. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University. Throughout her educational career she has been chosen as the Westlake High School Magnet Teacher of the Year (2002) as well as the Westlake High School Teacher of the Year (2009). The depth of her dedication to the Westlake High School Community has ranged from serving through athletics, academic competition teams, supporting the fine arts department performances, developing advisory curriculum, aiding the JROTC program through chaperoning, working weekend and afterschool tutorial programs, serving as a mentor teacher, representing the Faculty and Staff on the Local School Advisory Committee, and serving as the faculty representative to the Fulton County School Superintendents Teacher Advisory Board. Throughout her tenure as an educator, Mrs. Hickman has assisted or coordinated several testing programs which include Fulton County Benchmarks, End of the Course Testing, and Advanced Placement Testing. For the past three years she has supported the assistant principal’s with scheduling. Under the Small Learning Communities Grant she has served as the Data Coordinator and for five years has served as the Chair of the Mathematics Department here at Westlake High School.
Charmaine Hankerson- 11th grade HankersonC@fultonschools.org
Ms. Charmaine Hankerson, a Florida native, received her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Hankerson worked as a Language Arts teacher for eleven years for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the 4th largest school district in the US. Since relocating to Atlanta eight years ago Ms. Hankerson has worked as an ESOL teacher at Sandy Springs and Woodland Middle Schools. She has also served as Assistant Testing Coordinator, GO TIP Induction Advisor, and a First Step Coordinating Teacher. Her work with the district includes working as a Teacher Leader and Design Team member with Fulton County School's Strategic Compensation initiative. During summer 2016, Ms. Hankerson participated in Fulton County School's Aspiring Leaders Program where she served in the Achievement Zone Learning Community. In her leisure, Ms. Hankerson enjoys reading, research, and family time. She is a dedicated and loyal fan of the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat. Ms. Hankerson is proud to become a Westlake Lion and is honored to serve as Testing and Personalized Learning Coordinator.
Shonnika Henry - School Improvement Coach, Literacy HenryS1@fultonschools.org
Shonnika Henry, a native of Florida, spent her childhood living in Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Washington. She attended The University of Florida and Jacksonville University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and her Master's Degree in Leadership and Learning. Ms. Henry’s career in education began more than 9 years ago in Duval County as an English Language Arts Teacher where her 9th grade students demonstrated consistent reading gains of 85% and greater on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. During this time, she also served as a Duval County Curriculum and Writing Team Leader and mentored Teach for America candidates before transitioning to middle school. She is a former member of Charter Schools USA Quest Team in which she worked in the capacity of an Academic Coach to improve instructional effectiveness and ensure appropriate implementation of mandated instructional strategies.
In 2015, Ms. Henry relocated to Georgia, to accept the opportunity to serve as an elementary Early Intervention Program Specialist for Fulton County Schools and pursue her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University. She has participated in Fulton County Schools Aspiring Leaders program and facilitated professional development at the 2017 Redefining Learning Conference 2.0. Ms. Henry’s service as an educator is guided by her desire to support, develop, and inspire others; she serves the Westlake High School Community as the School Improvement Coach.
Jenelle Wingfield - MYP & IB Diploma Program Coordinator wingfieldJ@fultonschools.org
Jenelle Wingfield proudly became a Westlake Lion in 2013 as the Coordinator of both the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Magnet Program and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Ms. Wingfield grew up in Atlanta and is a graduate of the Frederick Douglass High School Center for Engineering and Applied Technology Magnet Program. She attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Ms. Wingfield began her educational career in the Atlanta Public School System teaching engineering courses in the Magnet Program of her alma mater. After transitioning to Gwinnett County Schools she taught a variety of technology courses that included engineering, architecture, and Cisco Networking. During her 8 years as a technology teacher, Ms. Wingfield's expertise earned her the privilege of serving as a design software trainer for all Gwinnett high school technology teachers. Additionally, Ms. Wingfield served as a curriculum advisor during the feasibility study for the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Ms. Wingfield transitioned into Mathematics Education in 2010 while earning her Masters of Secondary Mathematics Education from Piedmont College. Her commitment to academic excellence resulted in obtaining the highest pass rates in her curriculum after her first year of teaching mathematics. As a result, Ms. Wingfield was given the privilege to serve as the Curriculum Leader for her content group for her reaming years in Gwinnett County.
Ms. Wingfield is dedicated to the Westlake Community and the holistic success of all students with whom she works. Her passion for and belief in the academic excellence of this community extends beyond her duties as Program Coordinator. Ms. Wingfield is proud to also be raising two Westlake Lions, classes of 2019 and 2023!
Carl Green - Athletic Director GreenC3@fultonschools.org
Mr. Carl Green, born in Miami, Florida is entering his 12th year in the educational field. A graduate of Creekside High School, Mr. Green grew up in the South Fulton community. He played sports through the Fulton County Parks and Recreation system. After graduating from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Mr. Green returned to Fulton County Schools and began his educational and coaching career at Creekside High School as paraprofessional and assistant boys basketball coach. After 3 successful years at Creekside, Mr. Green matriculated to Hapeville Charter Career Academy as the Athletic Director and Boys Head Basketball Coach.
While at Hapeville Charter, Mr. Green successfully managed an upcoming athletic program. In his eight years at Hapeville Charter his accomplishments include leading the boys basketball program to consecutive state playoff appearances and overseeing region championship and playoff teams and a state champion in track. Additionally, Mr. Green received his Masters of Business Administration from Argosy University. Mr. Green has a passion for athletics and academics and works well with student-athletes ensuring they are academically ready for the next level. He strives to make sure athletes are prepared for life after sports.
In his spare time, Mr. Green enjoys spending time with his family. Mr. Green is an avid outdoorsman he also enjoys participating in hunting, fishing, and golf. He has three children; Madison, Mason, and Morgan. His wife Tonetta, a graduate of Westlake also works in the educational field.