Meet the Support Staff

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Ms. Jessica Grier- School Counselor

 Jessica Grier is a native of Decatur, GA where she currently resides with her husband. She is a graduate of Spelman College (2014) and Richmont Graduate University (2019). She has worked in many capacities as a Teacher and Mental Health Counselor. She is proud to be faculty member at Woodland Middle School where she serves as a School Counselor. Mrs. Grier is looking forward to addressing the mental, emotional, and social health needs of students so they can lead a purposeful life. In her free time, Mrs. Grier enjoys working with her K-12 girl scout troop and serving in ministry.

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Denise McDonald-Taylor- Graduation Coach

Denise McDonald-Taylor currently serves as the Graduation Coach/SST Chair for the 2020-2021 school year here at Woodland MS. Her main goal is to help scholars remain on track for their targeted graduation date by supporting scholars and their families with social, emotional and academic resources thereby facilitating a successful middle school experience. She has been an educator for twenty-three years, previously serving as a Reading Specialist, Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, and Administrative Assistant. Over the past six years, she has enjoyed taking students on in-state and out-of-state college tours, coordinated the Junior Achievement Experience for the 6th and 7th grade scholars, as well as the annual Summer Bridge program. Additionally, she has been the point of contact for afterschool programs such as Future Foundation, ARROWS, and Land of Promise, which is a weekly food program that supplies students with food backpacks for the weekend. “You didn’t come this far just to come this far” is a saying I firmly believe and together with support, encouragement, and hard work, all students will experience success!

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Shari Simpson- Student Services Clerk

Ms. Simpson is a graduate of Tuskegee University and has over 30 years of customer service experience. She has been employed with Fulton County Schools for 15 years in the position of Student Records Management and Support Services which include activity bus driver. Ms. Simpsons is the parent of two former Woodland Middle Schools students. She takes pride in providing professional customer service that includes identifying and addressing the needs of family members with regard to school enrollment (or transfers) by utilizing resources and collaborating with our administrative staff members, outside agencies, other school systems and Fulton County constituents.

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Alicia Stokes- School Psychologist

Mrs. Alicia Stokes has served as the School Psychologist at Woodland Middle School since 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University in 2014. Mrs. Stokes then worked as a neurodevelopmental teacher at a private school in Roswell, Georgia where she worked with students with special needs. Afterwards, she attended graduate school at Georgia State University where she earned her Master of Education degree and an Education Specialist’s degree in School Psychology. While in graduate school, she completed her practicum and internship years within Fulton County Schools. She completed graduate school in May of 2019 and was then hired to Fulton County for the upcoming school year. As the School Psychologist, Mrs. Stokes evaluates students to assist with eligibility in special education and consults with parents, teachers, staff, and students regularly to assist with academic success. In her free time, Mrs. Stokes enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing with her dogs.

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Nakia Jeter- RTI/ Disproportionality Specialist

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Shonobe Morgan -Communities in Schools Site Coordinator