Kate Carter has a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University. She is an award-winning journalist and spent two years as a reporter for the Athens Banner-Herald. She received the 2002 Beacon Award from the Georgia School Boards Association for her coverage of K-12 education, and she also has received several awards from the Georgia Associated Press Association for her reporting. After leaving Athens, Kate served as an editor at the Atlanta Business Chronicle where she focused on business trends and strategies. She also served on the Metro Atlanta Chamber board that selects the Atlanta Small Business Person of the Year.
Kate's first foray into teaching was as a high school English teacher at a bilingual school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. More recently, Kate has taught journalism at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and at Kennesaw State University. She was the editorial adviser for the students who publish The Red & Black, UGA's independent, student newspaper. She now teaches journalism at Grady High School and serves as co-adviser of Grady's award-winning student paper, The Southerner.
Mario Herrera graduated from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, in 2005, with a B.A. Degree in Secondary Education (graduated summa cum laude). He was chosen as a McNair Scholar, winner of the Dudley Wynn Award for Excellence in Academics and Community Service with the Honors Program at UNM.He was three times named Speech Coach of the Year and one time Debate Coach of the Year while in New Mexico. Named UDL Coach of the Year for the Atlanta Urban Debate League in 2005, named Speech Coach of the Year of Georgia in 2011. Mr. Herrera choreographed show choirs while in NM, with choirs earning thirteen State Championships, six National Awards/Gold Medals. He is the current president of the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association, and current District Chair of the Georgia Northern Mountain District of the National Forensic League. Before returning to UNM, Mr. Herrera worked in long-term healthcare, working with CVA and Alzheimer’s patients, and in fact helped research, develop and open an Alzheimer’s unit in El Paso, Texas.He was named Grady’s Teacher of the Year for the 2010-2011 school year and advanced to the semi-finals for APS Teacher of the Year.Mr. Herrera teaches Oral/Written Communication and Speech/Forensics and coaches the Speech and Debate team (along with Lisa Willoughby).His tutorials are 3:45-4:45pm on Mondays.
As an instructor in Digital Media and Graphic Design, Patricia Kendall draws from nearly twenty years' experience as a professional in the field of communications. Following her graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Motion Picture and Television Production, she worked for nearly five years' in post-production with Walt Disney Studios (Burbank) before launching a career as a freelance photographer in San Francisco and Atlanta. A photo shoot with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation led to an eight-year position as their in-house graphic designer where she created and supported the branding and communications emanating from this nationally known scholarship program. The desire to explore other opportunities to work with young people led her to apply as a full-time instructor with Grady High School in 2003, where she channels her talents into instructing students in graphic design, web page design and film production.
Ms. Kendall currently heads a two-year focus on advanced design and is assisting in the development of the Graphic Design pathway within the Communications & Journalism academy. Her professional networking has resulted in active student/business partnerships with design community leaders such as the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech, the Museum of Design Atlanta, the Association of Independent Graphic Artists (AIGA) and the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design in New York. This year Ms. Kendall celebrates the graduation of six senior designers who are recognized as "completers" of the Graphic Design pathway within the Atlanta Public School system.
Tutorial hours are typically Wednesday or Thursdays (A day) from 3:30 - 4:30 or by appointment.
Carrie MacBrien has been serving students in Atlanta Public Schools since 1995. She began her career as a language arts teacher at Crim High School and was the language arts chairperson at Harper-Archer and Carver High Schools. She joined the staff of Grady High School in 2004 and taught literature and journalism before being appointed program coordinator for the Communication Magnet in 2005.In 2010, Ms. MacBrien was named the Academy Leader for Communications and Journalism at Grady.
Ms. MacBrien holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from Emory University and received her leadership certificate from Georgia State University. Her awards include Star Teacher (Carver High School, 2004), Rising Star Teacher (Georgia Perimeter College, 2004), Supervising Teacher of the Year (Georgia Association of Teacher Educators, 2001), Teacher of the Year (Crim High School, 2000), and Debate Coach of the Year (Atlanta Public Schools, 1998).Ms. MacBrien can be reached at 404-802-3015 or at email@example.com.
Susie Mercer is a certified gifted educator with a passion for American literature and film. A graduate of the University of Florida, she has a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in English education, with plans to obtain her doctorate in the near future. She also earned a summer scholarship to study at Exeter College in Oxford, England, prior to joining the Grady family. Mercer wears many hats; in addition to heading up the English department, she also serves as the yearbook adviser and coaches the Grady Gauntlet ultimate team, currently ranked second in the state. She was named Coach of the Year in 2009 for Georgia.
Paul Nicolsongraduated from Grady High School and went on to pursue a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.He is an active member of the Association of Career and Technical Education, the Journalism Educator’s Association, the Printing and Imaging Association, the National Educators’ Association, and the PTSA.He has been the adviser of Grady’s yearbook, the Orator; coached volleyball; and served on the Grady Foundation.Outside of Grady, Mr. Nicolson lends his talents as a creative design and services consultant, which includes design solutions and videography.He is also a husband and father.Mr. Nicolson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thaddeus Roberts is the coordinator for GNN (Grady News Now) and teaches video production.
Hello, my name is Nalin Needham.I teach 9th and 10th grade Honors Literature and Composition in both the Biomedical Science and Engineering and the Communications and Journalism academies.My educational background includes obtaining a B.A. in English from Oberlin College (2005), a J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (2010) and a M.A.T. in Secondary English from Emory University (2012).
My philosophy of education is best described as an example of the Frierian model of education. Specifically, I believe that students and teachers need to occupy simultaneously (and equitably) the (falsely described) “dichotomic” positions of teacher and learner, of educator and pupil in order that true and humane learning occur. This “resolution” of “the teacher-student contradiction,” as Friere in Pedagogy of the Oppressed(2006)notes, is a “quest for mutual humanization” that must be “imbued with a profound trust in people and their creative power” and that, at its core, requires that students and teachers be viewed, and view themselves, as “partners” with each other. All of this is to say that I believe that if schools are to produce responsible, self-regulated and mature (both intellectually and emotionally) students, teachers must provide these students with room to participate, direct and impact their education, classroom and surrounding environment.
I will be available every Thursday from 3:15-4:30 p.m. for tutorial.I will also be available by appointment.
Dave Winter teaches Journalism 2M, 3M and 4M and is the adviser of Nexus and co-adviser of The Southerner. He holds tutorial hours during lunches and by appointment. A 1990 graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, Winter also earned a master’s degree in history at Georgia State in 2001. He holds a level 5 teaching certificate with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to teach gifted students and the following subjects: behavioral science, economics, English, history and political science. The Georgia Scholastic Press Association awarded Winter its Career Service Award in 2006. He also received the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award in 2005. The Georgia Association of Journalism Advisers named Winter its Teacher of the Year in 2002. Before coming to Grady in 2001, he taught for nine years at Wheeler High School in Marietta and for one year at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, Calif. At Wheeler, he was named Teacher of the Year in 2001 and S.T.A.R. Teacher in 1998 and 2001. Winter was inducted in the Wheeler High School Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the Mayfair High School Faculty No. 1 Club in 1992.
Emma Watson has a M.A. (Hons) in English from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (2007), and a Master of Arts in Teaching with certification in Secondary English from Emory University (2012). Originally from Maine, Ms. Watson moved to Scotland after graduating high school and lived there for six years - earning her degree, working, and traveling - before moving to Atlanta in 2010. At Grady she teaches 10th grade World Literature and Oral & Written Communication.