Student Support Services Team

Phone: 404-371-3601 x 1039


Degrees and Certifications:

Frances Holt

Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services

My Job at a Glance: Making sure students are safe, seen, and successful.

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Phone: Office: 404.371.3601 ext 1032


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Ms. Cynthia Brown

Administrative Assistant

Job at a glance: I make things work around here!

Favorite Quote: "Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." ~ Benjamin Franklin

What it Means to Me: Human beings are all connected in more ways than we can imagine. Yet, some of us have the ability to choose to be in denial about the broken system we live in. We need many more people to be outraged enough or courageous enough to speak out.

Phone: Office: 404-371-3601 x 1062


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Mr. Benjamin Knaebel

Coordinator of Section 504 and School Psychology

Job at a Glance: I help students build resilience, awareness, and confidence to become responsible, life-ready, global citizens.

Favorite Quote: "One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore." - Andre Gide

What it Means to Me: The unfamiliar and unknown may be daunting at first. We may feel confused and uncomfortable but this is precisely the time at which we discover new connections and synthesize new ideas. Consenting to the adventure helps us arrive at a world of growth, knowledge, and wisdom.



Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Political Science, M.A.T.

Dr. Shannon Hervey

Director of Restorative Practices and Behavior Support 

Job at a glance: I champion good trouble in service of all scholars and in coalition with abolitionist, anti-racist, culturally responsive, liberatory, ratchetdemic, and revolutionary educators. 

Favorite Quote: "I am no longer accepting what I cannot change. I am changing what I cannot accept." - Angela Davis 

What it Means to Me: Dismantling the status quo of anti-Blackness and white supremacy requires courage and urgency. To that end, my ancestors inspire me to agitate, disrupt, educate, and resist so that all scholars can realize their freedom-dreams.



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Dr. Terescah Lemon

Student Services Coordinator, Head, Decatur Student Center

Job at a glance: Works collaboratively with school leaders, staff, students, families, and our CSD community to provide ongoing support and wraparound services.

Favorite Quote: Coming Soon 

What it Means to Me: Coming Soon 

Phone: Office: 404-371-3601


Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed, Ed.S, Ed.D.

Dr. Kimberly Jones

District Lead Counselor

Job at a glance: I am a Barrier Breaker & Roadblock Remover so that my team can carve out spaces for holistic wellness and success.

Favorite Quote: "Everything you want in life is a relationship away."  -Idowu Koyenikan

What it Means to Me: The only way that my team and I can effectively break barriers and remove roadblocks is to build relationships with students, families, faculty, and the community. So much in life is about building relationships and rapport with others. I endeavor to model relationship building, teach relationship building, and my heart is made happy when I see my students engaged in successful and healthy relationships.



Degrees and Certifications:

Ed. D Curriculum Studies

Dr. Melvin Ratcliff

District Lead Social Worker

Job at a glance: I work collaboratively with individuals, groups, and systems to remove barriers and facilitate school success for students.

Favorite Quote: 'Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.' - Epictetus. 

What it Means to Me: My approach to situations is impacted by how I view them. Therefore, it is important for me to view situations in a positive light to have a positive outcome.