Meet Our Team | Faculty & Staff

At Kuumba Academy, we believe in the importance of recruiting, retaining, developing, and supporting great teachers and leaders who can help our students meet high standards.  Read on to meet them!

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"What makes Kuumba special is that we recognize that, if we want to teach the whole child, in addition to the academic support that we want to provide, we want to make sure we give them the opportunity explore their passions. "

- Sally Maldonado | Head of School

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Sally Maldonado

Head of School

Education: Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education from University of Delaware; Masters degree in School Leadership from Wilmington University

Experience: Started my professional career in education right here at Kuumba Academy in 2002. Has taught 4th-6th and served as the Academic Dean before becoming the Head of School for Kuumba.

Fun Facts: I am a proud Kuumba parent and sports mom and love cheering on my sons from the stands!

E-mail: SMaldonado@kacsde.org

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Ayanna Johnson

Principal

Education: Bachelors degree in Afro-American Studies from Harvard University; Masters degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University

Experience:  Has taught K - 10th grade and served as a Math Specialist and Director of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming a Principal. Named Teacher of the Year and founded a private school in New Jersey in 1995. Has served as a Principal for 9 years in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and now Delaware.

Fun Facts:  I played the violin in school from 1st grade through 7th grade.

E-mail: ajohnson@kacsde.org

Deon Booker

Middle School Dean/Transportation/Athletic

dbooker@kacsde.org

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Deon Booker

Middle School Dean/Transportation/Athletic

Education: University of Phoenix, BSBM
Experience: I have been at Kuumba for 7 years. I started out as the PE teacher for both lower and upper school which led me to become the Behavioral Interventionist. I have now served as the Middle School Dean for the past 3 years.
Fun Fact: I am a minister and studying to become a Family Christian Counselor.
Genelle Freeman-Saul

Lower School Dean

Gsaul@kacsde.org

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Genelle Freeman-Saul

Lower School Dean

Education: Master's Degree from Wilmington University.
Experience: I started at Kuumba in 2008 as a first grade teacher. I served in that role for three years. I then served as the Reading Specialist for seven years. This is my second year serving as the Dean of Students for grades K-4.
Fun Fact: I love the fall, Halloween watching scary movies.
Ken Brown

Family Engagement Director

KBrown@kacsde.org

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Ken Brown

Family Engagement Director

Education: B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and an M.Ed. from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania.
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Anjie Dawkins

Business Operations Manager / Human Resources

Adawkins@kacsde.org

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Anjie Dawkins

Business Operations Manager / Human Resources

Education: Accounting Degree,Stone Academy; Front Office Certificate, Gibbs College
Experience: Dedicated and reliable individual with special knowledge in Finance, Front Office, Recruitment and Human Resources with more than 25 years of Administrative experience.
Fun Fact: I sold Real Estate for 4 years and am a Notary Public in the state of CT. I placed 2nd in the country in front office procedure at the Phi Beta Lambda Conference (a nationwide competition held annually). I studied 4 years of Industrial Electronics and I love dolphins!
Cherri Carr

Lower School Receptionist

CCarr@kacsde.org

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Cherri Carr

Lower School Receptionist

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Samantha Pratta

Director of Instruction

sconnell@kacsde.org

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Samantha Pratta

Director of Instruction

Education: Most recently, Ms. Connell attended the National Principals Fellowship Program with Relay Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, Ms. Connell earned her Master's in Education from Wilmington University. She also earned her BA in History from the University of Pittsburgh.
Experience: Ms. Connell has worked at Kuumba since 2009 when she was hired as a 4th grade teacher. While in the classroom, Ms. Connell worked as a 4th, 5th and 6th grade ELA teacher. She now serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Fun Fact: Ms. Connell is originally from Pittsburgh and loves cheering on her Steelers with her fiance' and dog, Steven! She loves to read and talk about books with the students at Kuumba.
Carol Moore

3rd Floor Nurse Station

CMoore@kacsde.org

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Carol Moore

3rd Floor Nurse Station

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University. Basic School Nurse Certificate from the University of Delaware. Currently working on National School Nurse Certification
Experience: Twenty years of experience as a school nurse in grades K-8 and 5-8. Nineteen years of experience in medical-surgical nursing at Wilmington Hospital.
Fun Fact: Lifelong Learner. Enjoys vacationing and spending time with children, especially her eleven-year-old granddaughter Jordyn and her two dogs Bouncer and Grace as well as her grand dog Jackie.
Sheila Cratic

Upper School Receptionist

Scratic@kacsde.org

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Sheila Cratic

Upper School Receptionist

Education: Bachelors Degree-Criminal Justice Wilmington University, Delaware
Experience: 15 years plus as a Administrator, 10 years as a janitorial coach, 3 years Educational Para, 2 years 21st Century Site Administration, 2 years Director of Aftercare program.
Fun Fact: Love to travel, Love family time, and inspiration of my faith.
Teri Riggs

Lead Counselor

TRiggs@kacsde.org

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Teri Riggs

Lead Counselor

Education: Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a Minor in Dance from Temple University. Masters in Criminology with a concentration in Business Administration and a certification in Behavior Analysis from Saint Joseph’s University. Currently pursuing my Board Certified Behavior Analyst licensure.
Experience: This will be my 3rd year at Kuumba Academy. I started my professional career in 2005 as a Family Therapist for adjudicated youth in Philadelphia and then transitioned into Philadelphia public schools as a Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Coordinator and a Dean of Students. I have been working in the Behavioral/Mental Health field for approximately 15 years.
Fun Fact: I am a Wellness Life Coach and will be launching my 2nd wellness company by the end of 2020, which will be named after my husband and son. Everything I do has to do with the ARTS, I have a black belt in Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate). I ride motorcycles and I am a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated- Spring 2008.
Natalie Guichard

School Counselor

nguichard@kacsde.org

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Natalie Guichard

School Counselor

Education: Bachelors of Professional Studies in Human Services from Metropolitan College of New York, and Master of Arts in School School Counseling from New York University.
Experience: Comes to Kuumba Academy with a 15 year Office Manager career, as well as experience as a School Counselor in Philadelphia School district, as well as Appoquinimink School District.
Fun Fact: Born and spent early childhood in Trinidad, but has lived most of my years in Brooklyn and Queens, New York.
Karen Berrie

Speech Teacher

llaurent@kacsde.org

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Karen Berrie

Speech Teacher

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OPEN

School Psychologist

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OPEN

School Psychologist

Education: Franklin & Marshall (BA), Eastern University (MS)
Experience: 5 years as School Psychologist
Fun Fact: I camped in the Amazon Rainforest for 1 week
Doris Corbett

Behavioral Health Therapist | LPCMH, NCC, M.Ed

dcorbett@kacsde.org

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Doris Corbett

Behavioral Health Therapist | LPCMH, NCC, M.Ed

Education: BS in Behavioral Science. Masters in Education focus in Counseling, Wilmington University
Experience: I have had the pleasure with working with children & Families for over 13 yrs, assessing, diagnosing and providing treatment to individuals and families dealing with emotional distress at various levels. Working within school settings, hospitals, state agencies as well as private practices has been a rewarding career and afforded me with various methodologies that I hope to utilize with students and families within Kuumba Academy.
Fun Fact: I am a fan of MMA & boxing, and like to travel to different bike trails and ride.
Ronald Mickens

Behavior Interventionist

rmickens@kacsde.org

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Ronald Mickens

Behavior Interventionist

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Brandon Gray

Behavior Interventionist

bgray@kacsde.org

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Brandon Gray

Behavior Interventionist

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Norberto Rivera

Building Engineer / Custodian

NRivera@kacsde.org

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Norberto Rivera

Building Engineer / Custodian

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Wayne Kingston

Technology

WKingston@kacsde.org

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Wayne Kingston

Technology

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Sariah Carr

Technician

nlacy@kacsde.org or ITsupport@kacsde.org

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Sariah Carr

Technician

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