Thomas Garrett, Principal
Dear Hapeville Parents and Community-
Mr. Garrett is honored to enter his 6th year as the Principal for Hapeville Elementary School. In the time Mr. Garrett has been at Hapeville, the school has made positive gains in Literacy and math in all grades, and this year he will continue to be intentional, collaborative, and urgent in the approach for quality education for all students.
Mr. Garrett is entering his twenty-fifth year in education, with the past nineteen years serving in Fulton County Schools as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and now principal. In addition to Fulton County Schools, Mr. Garrett has taught in Chicago Public Schools, New York, Memphis City Schools, and Gwinnett County Schools. Mr. Garrett received a Bachelor of Science degree in Multi-Disciplinary Education concentrations in English and Political Science with a minor in French from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from University of West Alabama, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University, and an Educational Specialist of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. Additionally, he has earned endorsements in early childhood education, ESOL, middle school education, and gifted education. Mr. Garrett was the 2012 Counselor of the Year for the District and the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year for the, then, Central Learning Community. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Georgia Association of Latino Administrators, and Georgia Association of Elementary Leaders.
Mr. Garrett lives in East Midtown Atlanta and in addition to being an educator, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, neo-soul and Latin music, reading, college basketball, advocating for children and young adults, cooking, and cinema.
Once again, Mr. Garrett is excited about the endless opportunities at Hapeville. He is excited about building minds and shaping destinies for all students as we seek to build a better community!
Kelly Mastronardi, Assistant Principal
Ms. Mastrondardi is honored and humbled to serve the students, teachers, parents, and school community as Hapeville’s Assistant Principal for the 2022-2023 school year.
Ms. Mastronardi is currently completing her 21st year in education, and she brings a variety of knowledge and experiences. She began her career as a teacher in Fulton, where she taught second and fifth grades as well as co-taught and served as an Instructional Leader for her first twelve years as an educator. She transitioned into the Curriculum Support Teacher role and led in that role for five years. Over the past three years, she has served as an Assistant Principal at Woodland Elementary, a Title I school in Sandy Springs.
Ms. Mastronardi’s journey as an educator began in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from King’s College. Early in her career, she received a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University.
Ms. Mastronardi is originally from Cortland, a small town in Central New York. She grew up cheering on the Syracuse Orangemen and she is still a huge fan today. In her free time, when her face isn’t buried in a book, she is an avid sports fan and she loves watching and playing just about any sport. Ms. Mastronardi is a die-hard Atlanta United fan and attends all their home matches. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and her two dogs. She spends her summers traveling to different countries and she loves to immerse herself in the local culture- experiencing the traditions, food, markets, and people.
Ms. Mastronardi is truly excited to join such a close-knit school family, and she is honored to serve you. She is beyond excited to embark on this new journey with her new school family and she is so proud to be a Hapeville Hawk!
Bekah Kirk, Professional School Counselor
Ms. Kirk is honored and excited to serve Hapeville Elementary school as the School Counselor for the 2022-2023 school year. Ms. Kirk graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She went on to receive a Master Degree in School Counseling, graduating from Capella University in 2018. For the past three years, she has worked as an Elementary School Counselor with Fayette County in Title 1 schools. She absolutely loves being a school counselor and getting to build relationships with students. Coming from a household where both of her parents were teachers, her passion for education is in her blood. She enjoys teaching Social-Emotional learning, helping students learn how to self-regulate and manage their emotions, and supporting teachers with behavioral interventions in the classroom. She is an advocate for all students and want to ensure they have access to what they need to succeed in school and in life.
In her free time, she enjoys spending her time with her husband and her dog. She loves reading and spending time outdoors. Ms. Kirk also enjoys traveling and spending her summers by the water.
LaTrece Thomas, Curriculum Coordinator
LaTrece Thomas is the Curriculum Support Teacher (CST) at Hapeville Elementary. Mrs. Thomas supports teachers with understanding and teaching the Georgia Standards of Excellence, recommending curriculum resources and facilitating professional learning. Her role also includes evaluating teachers based on the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System, overseeing the school’s Georgia Pre-K Program, Early Intervention Program (EIP), Extended Learning Program, Diagnostic Placement Testing, and other duties as needed to support student achievement. Mrs. Thomas is a member of Hapeville’s School Governance Council.
She started her career with Fulton County Schools in 1999 as a Paraprofessional at Stonewall Tell Elementary. She moved to Hapeville Elementary School in 2002 and taught both 3rd and 4th grade. LaTrece Thomas holds an Associate of Science degree in nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Thomas is a proud wife and mother who strongly believes consistency is the key to any breakthrough. Outside of school, Mrs. Thomas spends quality time with her family, travels, serves in Marriage Ministry at her church and is a Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Audrey Broomfield, Math Coach
Ms. Broomfield started her educational career twenty years ago. She began teaching second grade in Florida then began working with Fulton County Schools at Hapeville Elementary School in 2002 teaching both 3rd and 4th grade. Since then, she has had the opportunity to serve in the positions of EIP Teacher, RTI Teacher, Math Coach, and Data Support Specialist for Fulton County. Her goal is to continue working for what is best for students.
Ms. Broomfield earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State, a Reading Endorsement, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Michigan, and is currently working on her Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Outside of school, Ms. Broomfield spends quality time with her family and friends, reads, travels, loves playing tennis, and enjoys serving at her church.
Rachel Harris, K-2 Literacy Coach
Ms. Harris graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with an ESOL endorsement in 2011. Since then, she has earned a Master’s in Reading and Literacy from the University of Georgia and she earned an endorsement in leadership through Metro RESA. Over the past nine years, she has taught 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade and EIP. She also has served as an instructional coach and classroom management coach for K-5 teachers.
Catherine Vicens-Garcia, 3-5 Literacy Coach
Catherine Vicens-Garcia is Literacy Coach for our school. She comes with over 30 years of experience in education. Catherine is a New York City Native. She earned a BA in Bilingual Education from Brooklyn College. Upon graduation, she received a fellowship to continue her studies and earn an MA degree in Bilingual Education at City College also in New York City. As a lifelong learner she went on to get her second Masters at Hunter College with a focus on the integration of Computer Science and Math in Elementary Schools.
After 13 years of experience in the NYC school system she moved to Atlanta with her family. Her first assignment was at College Park Elementary as an ESOL teacher. She went on to be an ESOL Lead Teacher and furthered her education by earning her Specialist degree in Brain-Based Teaching and Instructional Leadership. Catherine also has her Leadership Certificate which she earned at Georgia State, and an ESOL Endorsement as well as a Reading Endorsement.
As a member of the Fulton County School System she has had the opportunity to serve in the position of New Teacher Mentor Coach, Reading Coach, EIP Teacher and Data Support Specialist. Her goal is to continue working for what is best for students and hopes to continue this work as Literacy Coach at Hapeville Elementary.
In addition, she wants to continue honoring the legacy her parents left to her family. As migrants of Puerto Rico to the United States they wanted their children to embrace the opportunity of getting a good education. They continuously imbedded a love for, and respect for Education.
Deanna Stupfer, IST
Deanna Stupfer is a native of Charleston, South Carolina where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston. She began her career in Social Work where she assisted families in a multitude of facets for over 13 years. It was during this time that she realized her passion for children with exceptionalities. She moved to Atlanta with her family in 2005 and realized after working for three years in Atlanta that Special Education may be her next and newest career. She then pursued her Master of Arts in Special Education, Cross Categorical from the University of Phoenix. She began her teaching career at Parklane Elementary in 2010 and has taught grades Kindergarten through 5th grade in a variety of settings. Along with various memberships in professional associations, she also holds an endorsement in reading and teacher leadership.
She is excited to begin this next chapter in her career as an Instructional Support Teacher at Hapeville Elementary!