Meet the staff at Micah Children's Academy


Theresa LePore

Theresa received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, Alabama) with a degree in Hearing Impaired Education. Certified to teach K-12, she worked in the Jefferson County School system where she served children in all age groups. She worked with children in an Early Intervention program, elementary and middle schools, and even in a high school vocational program. After that experience, Theresa decided to change careers because of all the “red tape” associated with special education and enter another educational arena.
One summer, Theresa served as a Pre-K teacher and she simply loved it. She felt that the possibilities were endless with the younger age group. She felt that she was laying a foundation for the love of learning instead of trying to repair it. After moving to Nashville, she was the director of Woodbine Community Center’s Summer Camp and then worked for the State of TN’s Treasury Department. It was then that she discovered that she missed teaching! That was over 15 years ago and now Theresa is applying her experience and skill by leading the Academy administrative staff. Theresa is also a mother of 3 children. Theresa spends her “free” time volunteering and sitting on various committees and boards at her children’s schools.


Rachel Pachmayr
Assistant Director

 Rachel received her Master of Science in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies from Missouri State University. She taught for over 5 years at Missouri State University’s lab school where she worked as a classroom teacher and lab instructor for undergraduates working on their degrees in education. Here, Rachel developed a deep sense of how children learn and what developmentally appropriate practices look like. Her thesis research took her on a deep look at how early childhood educators can use conflict resolution strategies with even our youngest learners to help support social, emotional, and moral development while helping children develop the skills to be problem solvers. Over the last 3 years, Rachel has worked as a Project Coordinator/Educational Specialist on a grant funded research project at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Special Education where tier-2 math interventions were conducted with third, fourth, and fifth grade students in MNPS schools. Rachel is now combining her passion for early childhood education with her experience in large organization management here at MCA. Rachel is a mother of 2 young children who keep her busy and active. Rachel loves outdoor adventures and trains a martial art called Capoeira when she finds the time.

Kiki Evans
Office Manager

Melissa Sostrin
Enrichment Coordinator

Classroom Teachers

Maria Ajdinovic
Infant 1 teacher

LaShonda Jordan
Erica Schwankhart
Infant 2 teachers

Carol Heady
Nicole McNamara
Toddler teacher

LaShana Halton-Hendry
TJ Massey
Tiny Tots 1 teachers

Yafa Baer
Hila Cowart
Tiny Tots 2 teachers

Amber Woodruff
Minis 1 teacher

Natalie Labovitz
Minis 2 teacher

Jasmine Rose
Pre-K teacher


General / Assisting Teachers & STAFF

Margo Coffey

Andi Reilly

Frank Marazzo

Heather Sechler

Jacquee Parris

Stephanie Gonzalez

Rebecca Millman
Office Admin


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