We are very pleased to have such a wonderful staff. Take a minute to find out who we are!
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Kelly Williams (formerly Kelly Cain) Business owner and founder.
I love Imagine That! and Future Tech! I created this business in 1995 after realizing that I loved teaching children more than I loved Engineering. I have a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech. This is a graduate program of Civil Engineering. I worked for the Environmental Protection Agency until my children were 1 and 3. I decided to take some time off at that point to spend more time with them. During that time I began teaching science and art (my other passion) as a volunteer at my church and at my children’s preschool and elementary school. Before that, I did not have any idea how much I loved teaching children. I decided then that I would make this my new career goal. I incorporated three of my favorite subjects together into one program and I created Imagine That! Originally it was a combined program of Science, Art and Creative Dramatics. I approached the schools where my children attended to see if I could offer the program after school and I was met with enthusiasm. The rest is history. We have grown as a business over these years and last summer (2012) we had 1880 children in our camps and currently have 500 students a week in our classes. My two daughters have both taught for Imagine That!l Cassidy is getting her Outdoor Education degree at Georgia College and State and Brittony has a Psychology degree from UGA. I am married to a wonderful man named Chuck. I love Whitewater Kayaking, painting, gardening, hiking and dancing (Ballroom, Cajun and Contra).
I could not do it without my wonderful employees who make it all happen so I would like to take the opportunity to introduce them. As you will see we have a wonderful diversity in background that creates a wealth of information to be shared with your children. In addition to those listed below, we have about 50 additional employees during the summer to teach our camps. Most of these are teachers during the year that work with us during the summer.
Aricca Brown: Business Manager. I am a native to Los Angeles, CA and have been in the Atlanta area for 9 years. I graduated from Hampton University as a Business Major with a minor in Finance. Working at Imagine That has given me the great opportunity to encourage the love of learning in important subjects like Science, Technology and Art to children. These subjects are important for our youth to embrace and excel at.
Sydnie LeCroy Mayers (Mrs. Sydnie) Accounts Manager and Substitute Teacher (and a lot of other hats too!). I have been working for Imagine That! since April 2008. I have 20+ years Work Experience in Administrative support. Before coming to work at Imagine That! I spent 4 years as Purchasing Director at Chatuge Regional Hospital, Hiawassee, Georgia. I graduated from Union County High School in 1980. I am a Native of Cobb County, Marietta, Georgia. My family moved to the North Georgia Mountains, Blairsville, Georgia in the mid 70’s, where my grandparents lived. I returned to Cobb County in 2007. My husband is an Ironworker. I have one daughter, who currently attends Georgia State University.
Theresa Williams: Supply Manager, Technology Manager. The students address me as Ms. Theresa. I have been working for Imagine That! since May of 2010 as a teacher and I also work full time as the Teacher Coordinator and Supplies Manager. Previously I have worked in the entertainment industry as a singer. For the last 18 yrs or so I have managed retail and restaurant businesses and worked for myself as a residential appraiser. I then partnered up with a friend and started a business called "Fit Kidz", which specialized in bringing sports and games to day care centers in Cherokee and Cobb counties. I attended Columbus State University, Area Schools of Real Estate, and am now attending Kennesaw University for nursing. I realized a love of working with children through "Fit Kidz" and am continuously amazed that you can see a child learn through the expressions on their faces. It's very gratifying! I have a 21 year old daughter.
Brittony Cain: Teacher Manager. I started with Imagine That! as a student when I was 7 years old. I became a teen assistant and then a teacher. I have a B.S. in Psychology from UGA. After living and working in San Francisco, I am back in Atlanta and working as the teacher manager for Imagine That!
Javan Wyche: Teacher, Party Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Curricula Development. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. I plan to pursue a career with the United Nations. I believe that it is important for youth, of all ages, to explore the wonders of science and math because both subjects provide the framework for every career path.
Yolanda Favors: Teacher, Administrative Assistant, and Curricula Development. I am a recent graduate from The University of Georgia where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a minor in English. I taught our Science and Technology curriculums at our summer camp programs for two years. I now teach in our after school program and helping to rewrite our curriculums. I love being apart of the mental growth of a child. It amazes me how many new things they can pick up at any given time I plan to attend graduate school next Fall.
Theresa Firster: Art Coordinator and Teacher. I have a degree in Art as well as an Associate degree in Mental Health. After raising six children and getting a college degree, I worked as an Account Executive with a large advertising firm. I also taught Business Administration for community education at Columbus University and Ogelthorphe University in Atlanta. I have worked with "Imagine That" for over two years and helped develop our modified art programs for afterschool sessions and summer camps. I teach an art class for the afterschool program which also helps me to keep the art programs current and fresh for the children.
Kari Mangnussen: Science Supplies Manager. I'm currently working on my Bachelors Degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. Before this I served in the United States Army for 5 years with one deployment to Iraq. I have a 5 year old son that loves science; we are always doing experiments at home and building with LEGOs
Alex Rye: Marketing Director and Teacher. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in Business Marketing. I have had experience with Imagine That! since it was established over 18 years ago, where I attended one of their first classes as a child. I enjoyed the camps so much that I later became a teacher volunteer and now I work with the company full time. I love Imagine That!’s desire to teach children, but at the same time making sure they are having fun learning the materials given.
Joan Baker: Art Instructor. I graduated from the University of GA and hold degrees in Sociology, a T-4 in Education, BA in German, and I am almost finished with my MFA. I have a 22 year old daughter who is graduating this spring and wants to go on to be a vet
I started teaching art when my daughter was at Little River. I was in charge of the Art Start program and was the art chairperson for the PTA. This was when I realized how much I enjoyed teaching art, and how easily I could show children how to draw and paint. I started working for Imagine That! ten years ago. I also teach art for other schools Please click here to see my art work.
Victor Ho: Teacher. I have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and am currently working on my Masters Degree at Georgia Tech. I have previously tutored students and I have taught for Imagine That! since January of last year. I am someone who is very passionate about science and technology and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with your children! I am looking forward to meeting both you and your child in our program
Anthony Wilson: Science and Art Instructor. I’m excited that your child is prepared to learn and participate in our program at “Imagine That! and Future TechTM.” We have a wonderfully didactic experience planned for him/her. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Anthony Wilson and I’m a second year Masters student at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. I will begin to pursue a Law Degree (Environment Law - JD) in Fall 2013. I have a solid background in Basic Science and Academic Research, obtained 4 years of Naval Officer Training in the Reserves and thoroughly enjoy teaching! I have a surfeit of hobbies including but not limited to Competitive Running, Art & Jazz.
Joel Ngassam: Teacher. I am currently working on my Bachelors Degree in Industrial Engineering at Southern PolyTech. I have a passion for Robotics and am a founding member of the Electric Vehicle team at my school. I was also the robotics team leader at Shiloh High School. I also have experience as a tutor. I look forward to teaching Science and Technology to your student!
Sandra Shirk: Teacher. I recently began working for Imagine That! and am excited about teaching my first students. My interest in science and technology began late in college, so I'd like to give my students an earlier start! It's amazing that they can learn basics of physics, biology, and programming in a fun setting. To share a bit about myself, I finished my B.A. in psychology from Agnes Scott last year. I'm hoping to begin graduate school in neuroscience next fall. My other activities besides teaching are computer programming, wedding photography, volunteering at the GA Aquarium, scuba diving, & sailing.
Marisa Cloud: I am a former middle-school and high-school teacher. I am thrilled to be working with children from all age groups with Imagine That! It's so much fun to guide children as they engage in our science and technology programs through experiments and hands-on and activities. My husband and I live in Roswell and have two children ages 14 and 11, and we all love to learn!
Cassidy Cain Teacher. I am the daughter of the owner of Imagine That! so I have been taking classes since I was 5 years old, assisting in camps since I was 11, and teaching since my second year of college. I am an early childhood education major at Georgia State. I LOVE teaching children and enjoy teaching summer camps for Imagine That!. My Wednesday after school class that I am able to teach after my day of student teaching reinforces my passion for the classroom and the children. I enjoy drawing, playing with my dog Max, and cooking.
Dan Berson: Teacher. The children call me, Mr. Dan. I have been working for Imagine That for a little over a year. I spent the last 23 + years as an Analyst in the Consumer Product Industry in both Domestic and International factions. I have a BS Degree with major in Marketing and minor in Economics . I love working with kids. I spent several years as a volunteer in Elementary Schools in North Fulton as well as an inner-city school in Atlanta specializing as a tutor in reading for students behind their grade. I have two children: One who is 26 and another who is going to be 16 soon who attends Northside High School. I enjoy going to air shows, fishing at Lake Lanier and continuing a 12 year tradition of going on Boys Only Trips with my two sons: No rules, no schedule, just hitting the roads, seeing sites and going to events from 1 to 5 days.
Kelly Littlejohn: Teacher. I started working for Imagine That the summer of 2006. I began assisting with the summer camps and then began teaching. I love working with children and I have always worked in the child care field. Since graduating from high school I have worked for the YMCA, Legacy Academy, Imagine That!, and I was also a nanny. I am currently working towards becoming a certified teacher at both GPC and NGCSU. I recently finished two semesters at the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida where I worked at the Magic Kingdom. I love working with kids and getting to do fun and interesting activities. I’m looking forward to have a class of my own very soon.
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