Meet Our Administrative Team
The administrative team at Westside leads our faculty and staff in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the school. With over a combined 80 years in education, the administration supports teachers and learners alike. We are excited about the leadership team that has been assembled and the vision they have for the future of Westside Atlanta Charter School.
Delana is a native of Philadelphia, PA. Ever since she was a third grade student, she knew that she wanted to be an educator. The passion that she saw in her teacher, Mrs. Jefferies, gave Delana a thirst to be just like her. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Delana began her teaching career with Montgomery County Schools in Silver Spring, Maryland. There she taught first grade for 4 years and then moved into a leadership role as Title I teacher. After 9/11, Delana and her husband, Jason, decided to move closer to Delana’s hometown. While living in Cherry Hill, NJ, Delana continued to work in underserved schools as an Educational Program Specialist for Camden City Schools. It was during this time that she could gain a first-hand perspective of the “opportunity gap”. Delana and her husband made a commitment to work in environments that were conducive to building children into productive world citizens.
In 2007, Delana and Jason, along with their two children, Jaden (16) and Layla (12), made their final move to Atlanta, GA. The couple chose to move close to Jason’s childhood neighborhood and landed in 30318. After the move, Delana worked for Cobb County Public Schools for 3 years before transitioning to the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy (the Professional Development Department of the Atlanta Speech School). As a Rollins’ facilitator, Delana’s passion for supporting children, teachers, and instructional leaders grew. She’s been able to support teachers throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta Area and Georgia around effective instructional and leadership practices for the past 5 years. Delana’s commitment to partnering with families to develop world learners, while continually closing the opportunity gap, brought her to Westside Atlanta Charter School. At Westside, she is continually excited about supporting and learning from the children and families of WACS, while working to support all the children on the Westside of Atlanta through the school’s collaboration efforts.
Delana received her bachelors from Norfolk State University in Early Childhood Education and Mathematics; Masters from Strayer University in Business Management; Educational Leadership certificate from Johns Hopkins University and her specialist in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
Dean of Elementary
Dana joined Westside Atlanta Charter School in 2017 after 22 years in education. Her career began at Brooks Elementary in Raleigh, North Carolina as a Special Education Teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. She spent 17 years in the classroom, 11 of which were as a special educator. Dana also taught six years in the general education classroom teaching both Kindergarten and 1st grade. Her teaching career has spanned over several states including North Carolina, Texas, Florida and Georgia. In 2012, she stepped out of the classroom as an instructional coach in Atlanta Public Schools focusing on K-2 instruction. From the instructional coaching position, Dana moved to the role of Dean of Lower Elementary at Atlanta Heights Charter School. Looking to expand her leadership experience, she then became a School Improvement Specialist in Marietta City Schools.
Dana is from a small, rural community in upstate New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Special Education from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. She earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas in 2001. As a classroom teacher, Dana achieved National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist in mild to moderate disabilities, ages early childhood through young adulthood. In 2017, she earned her specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.
The wide range of experiences in education has helped shape Dana as a leader and her philosophy of education. She believes a successful school environment depends strongly on positive relationships- between colleagues and staff members, teachers and their students, and teachers and parents. Success is achieved when everyone (school personnel, families and community partners) is involved in shaping both the social-emotional well-being and academic achievement of students.
During her free time, Dana enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with family and friends.