Tequila Lamar, Interim Head of School
"Excellence with Caring" has been my personal and professional motto since graduating from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Elementary Education. As the Interim Head of School, I am committed to embodying this motto as I work to achieve our core value of Excellence in academics, applied STEAM integrated learning, and ethical leadership. My entire career has been dedicated to education spanning from crib to college through my work as a Child Care Director for the YMCA to the Assistant Director of Upward Bound at Clark Atlanta University. I have also worked at nonprofits and government agencies all serving the children and families of Georgia. I am immensely grateful to work with the scholars of Centennial Academy, including my own two sons, Frankie, Hero '25 and Taj, Legend '17.
Erica Curry, Head of Elementary Division & Director of Student Support Services
Every decision I make will follow one simple rule, is it best for kids? If it is not in the best interest for our scholars, it won't happen. I am privileged to serve as Centennial Academy Charter's Head of the Elementary Division and provide oversight to the Program of Student Support Services for grades K-8. After receiving my undergraduate degree in both Public Relations and Education and then pursuing a master's degree in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University. I went on to obtain an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. I began my teaching career in 2003 working for Clayton County Public Schools and then continued to educate students within the Atlanta Public Schools system at Centennial Place Elementary (2007-2010); prior to its conversion to a charter school. Over the span of my 15 year career in the field, my experience is vast and includes having served in leadership roles on the elementary, middle and high school levels. Teacher, assistant principal, interim principal, Director of a Freshman Academy, as well as having the opportunity to serve in the capacity of Director of Special Education, for one of the largest public virtual charter schools in Georgia. My efforts are driven by a desire to advocate for all scholars and families regardless of background by ensuring quality teaching is provided daily, through personalized learning, and data that supports the instruction.
Alison Shelton, Head of Middle School Division
I am the Head of Middle School Division at Centennial Academy. During my tenure at Centennial Academy, I have also been the Associate Head of School for Academic Affairs, Interim Special Education Coordinator, and the former principal of Centennial Place Elementary School. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from DePauw University, I fell in love with teaching while participating in a Winter Term assignment. I decided that my true ‘professional calling’ included teaching children. I enrolled in the Master’s Education Program at Georgia State University. I have been fortunate enough to enjoy my calling for the past 21 years and I am truly excited about the 2018-2019 school year.