Leadership

DANIELLE WASHINGTON

Founding Principal, Gideons Elementary

Ms. Washington joined Kindezi as a sixth grade teacher in 2014. Prior to joining Kindezi, she taught for two years at KIPP STRIVE Academy, and five years in South Carolina with Aiken County Schools. She was named a founding vice principal for Kindezi Old Fourth Ward in 2015. Ms. Washington earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina, and served as the Director of Corporate Sponsorship for Palmetto Parent Magazine before embarking upon a career in education. She later earned her Master of Education degree in divergent learning from Columbia College, and her Education Specialist degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development from Walden University. 

COLLEEN BOLTON

Assistant Principal for Grades Pre-K, K and 1
Math Coach for Grades Pre-K - 3

Ms. Bolton joined Kindezi West Lake for the 2013-2014 school year as a 5th grade math teacher and sports coordinator.  The following school year, she served as the middle school Loop Lead and West Lake's Cultural Sensitivity Coordinator.  Prior to Kindezi, Ms. Bolton taught for five years in Gary, IN as a first and second grade teacher and served as part of the school leadership team as a teacher representative.  She received her bachelor's degree in education from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in 2004. Her daughter will enroll in kindergarten at Kindezi for the 2019-2020 school year.

NAEEMAH RICKETTS

Assistant Principal for Grades 2 and 3
ELA Coach for Grades Pre-K - 3

Ms. Ricketts joined Kindezi Old Fourth Ward as a founding fourth grade English/Language Arts and Social Studies teacher in the 2015-2016 school year. Prior to teaching at Kindezi, Ms. Ricketts taught as a 7th Grade Special Education Co-teacher for English Language Arts for two years and as the SPED Electives Co-Teacher for grades six through eight for one year at Equality Charter School in Bronx, NY. In addition, Ms. Ricketts served as the Head Volleyball Coach for the co-ed middle school team at Equality Charter School. Before entering the teaching profession, Ms. Ricketts served as a coach for a variety of college level sports teams and behavior analyst tutor for autistic children. She received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education with a minor in Biology and her Master of Education degree in Literacy and Special Education from Iona College.

DONNA DAVIS

Assistant Principal for Grades 4 and 5
Instructional Coach for Grades 4-5 (All Subjects)

Mrs. Davis joined Kindezi Old Fourth Ward for the 2015-2016 school year as a founding 5th grade Math and Science Teacher. During the 2015-2016 school year, Mrs. Davis also served as the 5th Grade Chairperson and assisted in writing curriculum for 5th grade science. Prior to Kindezi, she worked in Atlanta Public Schools for seven years as an 8th grade Physical Science Teacher and served as the Science Department Chairperson. Mrs. Davis received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences & Chemistry and master’s degree in Science Education at Georgia State University. She is currently a doctoral candidate for Instructional Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. Her daughter, Alyssa, will enroll at Kindezi for the 2017-18 school year.