Founding Team

Gareth Genner CEO & Founder of Great Teachers' Academy

Gareth N. Genner has over thirty years experience of educational governance and administration. In his ten years as the Managing Director of Independent School Counsel, Gareth worked with schools throughout the southeastern United States in areas of planning, funding, governance and program design. During that time, Gareth also served as educational advisor to the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and educational counsel to numerous accreditation and educational organizations. As a school President for 8-years, Gareth guided the school he led to triple accreditation, a US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence and a consistent rating as a one of the Top-50 Catholic High School in the United States. Gareth serves on the Advisory Board of the National Catholic Honor Roll and as Chancellor of Holy Spirit College.


Golda Rigaud Lead Teacher

Golda Rigaud has over 15 years’ experience as a certified early childhood educator in New Jersey and Georgia. Over the years, she has come to specialize in learning differences such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia and has devised her own multi-sensory pedagogy she coins the sound system. She has been instrumental in transforming well over one hundred students into thriving readers and writers, and most importantly, critical thinkers. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Psychology from Rutgers University, as well as an early childhood standard license in New Jersey which she obtained from completing an alternate route certification degree from New Jersey City University. Currently, she is certified in Georgia as an early childhood educator and is also certified in Orton-Gillingham. Golda received a gifted endorsement certification in talented and gifted from Valdosta University. She is excited to become a part of the 21st Century STEM Academy K-3 family.


Jennifer Narramore Boyanton Lead Teacher

Jennifer Narramore Boyanton has experience teaching students of many different ages. She has been a preschool teacher, a Pre-K teacher, as well as Art Teacher and Basic French Teacher to grades K-6. Jennifer has been an assistant for Special Education and has experience in differentiation as well as with individual learning plans. She attended the University of Georgia, where she studied English and French. Jennifer is an avid reader, writer, and artist. She loves to travel. She has been married to JC Boyanton for 21 years and has 3 children, ages 19, 15, and 9.


Valencia Johnson Learning Facilitator

Valencia brings a unique perspective to education. She has over ten years’ experience working as a teacher and guidance counselor in various school settings. Her experience includes working in preschool, elementary, middle and high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from Long Island University.


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Dr. Lisa Alexander Lead Teacher

Dr. Alexander brings a rich educational and experiential background to 21C, with undergraduate studies in Business and Biology, a BSc in Middle School Education, an M.Ed. in Reading, Language & Literacy and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Lisa has taught at almost every grade level as well as serving as the science curriculum program specialist for Fulton County, providing support to over 90,000 students and 3,000 science teachers in 90 schools. At 21C Lisa will focus on Science and Language Arts, as well as leading a program to support students with Dyslexia (which is a personal passion for her).


Gary C. Booker Lead Teacher

Gary C. Booker is a native of Atlanta, Georgia with a lifelong interest in science, engineering and mathematics. He received a Bachelor of Science in Space Studies from American Military University and is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer. He has an interdisciplinary background that includes STEM Instruction, civil and industrial engineering, aeronautics and community development. Gary believes in teaching mathematics to connect with the personal passions and interests of each student.


Sheryl Garrett Lead Teacher

Sheryl has a BSc in Secondary English Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction together with 15-years of experience as a teacher, assistant & high school principal, and as assistant director at the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, a school innovation division at University of Indianapolis. Sheryl also served as principal of Ben Davis University High School, an Early College program partnered with Vincennes University in Indiana, the first school to earn the state’s Model Site for Excellence designation as an Early College model. In addition to teaching across the grades, Sheryl will provide support for individual learning needs and develop our Early College program.


Kyle Jones Learning Facilitator

Kyle Jones received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Grambling State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He brings real world experience to the classroom as he has worked for fortune 50 companies like Google and AT&T. As a former high school teacher at Langston Hughes High School, his passion for kids brought him to 21C with aspirations of helping to reshape the way education is done. His outlook on life, also the focus of his e-book, is to help people stay focused on the positive things. Outside of the classroom, he continues coaching youth in football and track & field on the USATF national championship circuit.


Nina P. Kozlova Learning Facilitator

Nina P. Kozlova graduated from Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University, having majored in Physics and English. She has taught both ESL and Science in Russia and the US. She believes curiosity, sense of humor, integrity and compassion to be the best character traits. "A day without learning something new is a day wasted”, is her motto.


Jessica Phillip Learning Facilitator

Jessica Phillip is a senior at Emory University who will be graduating with a BSc in Chemistry and a minor in Computer Science. She's an avid believer that it is far more important to know how to think and not what to think. Most importantly, according to Jessica, taking a deep breath every once in a while should always be a priority.



T. Dean White Lead Art Facilitator

Dean White is the Lead Art Instructor at Zone of Light Studio. Dean has been teaching Art and Art History to grades 2 through 10 for over ten years. He has worked as a freelance designer for over 20 years and as an Art/Creative Director at several national advertising agencies in Atlanta, after starting as a Graphic Design/Illustrator in Detroit. He also designs and prints t-shirts, is an active leader with the Boy Scouts of America, and paints murals. Dean lives in Decatur with his wife, and has a son and daughter -- who have both flown the coop (at least temporarily)!


Jing Liu Mandarin Teacher

Jing Liu earned her Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 2010 from Shangdong University in Jinan, China and her Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. In addition, she has her EIT certificate and a portable storage case patent registered.

Jing teaches Chinese courses to students of all ages from preschool to adults. She specializes in managing students and maximizing learning opportunities in diverse classroom settings. Jing provides high-quality Chinese language lesson development and delivery using a variety of instructional strategies to provide equity and excellence to students of all ability levels. She works cooperatively with parents in developing and sharing curriculum strategies.


Anna Lou Mandarin Teacher

Anna Lou graduated from Shandong University of Arts, Jinan, China in 1988. She began her career as a staff member of a professional creative team at Shandong Chinese Brush Painting Research Institute.

In 2007, Anna immigrated to the United States. Since then, she has been engaging in Mandarin, calligraphy and fine arts teaching and research work.

Influenced and inspired by her father, the famous calligraphy master Yizhong Lou, Anna has accumulated over the past 10 years a great deal of teaching experience in Mandarin, calligraphy, sketching, color painting and Chinese painting. Many of her local and remote students won awards and prizes in international, domestic, city, district and school competitions.


Ellen Meadows Lead Music Facilitator

Ellen Meadows is the lead music facilitator at 21C. Her education background includes Music Therapy, Piano Performance, and Music Theory. She has honed her craft as a pianist and vocalist, recording and touring as a musician for the past five years and has performed at music festivals and venues around the country. With ten years of private and group teaching experience, she offers a passionate outlook on how sound affects the brain, body, and mind. A few of her favorite instruments are the theremin, marimba, and singing glasses. Outside of the classroom, she volunteers with Trees Atlanta and other environmental groups that work in river restoration programs and pollution awareness and encourage local businesses to incorporate recycling and waste reduction into their business models.