Chantrisse (Chan) is an Atlanta native with training in early childhood education. After landing a job in a traditional daycare, Chan was surprised and disappointed to find a rigid, standards-focused setting with a lack of free play and exploration for young children. The things she was learning in her college courses about how children learn best weren’t being practiced in this mainstream setting. She began reflecting on her experiences in the traditional education system as a whole and thinking about the many ways students are stifled, disrespected, and held back from reaching their full potential. She started researching alternative education and stumbled across a video from a Sudbury Valley student. The model resonated deeply for her, and she was thrilled to find a Sudbury school in Atlanta. She toured SSA and fell in love. She quickly began volunteering her time and soon after became a staff member.
One of Chan’s favorite things about SSA is the community. She loves the fact that we all embrace our differences and still come together as a family. She also gets great joy from watching the children learn how to navigate their feelings, solve their own problems, and become so independent at such young ages.
Chan is passionate and energetic and she puts her whole heart into everything she does. She integrates new skills quickly and always wants to learn more. She is a true self-starter and a wonderful role model for our students of going after whatever sparks your interest.
In her spare time, Chan can be found reading, blogging, meditating, listening to podcasts, drawing, and spending time with her family.
Camille has over a decade of experience working with young people in a variety of settings. She has coordinated summer camps, social justice trainings for teens, nature workshops, and more. She is passionate about alternative educational models and is currently pursuing her Forest Schools Certification.
Camille discovered Sudbury School of Atlanta when researching alternative educational models in the area, looking for employment opportunities that would align with her passions and strengths. She says, “A lot of places seemed cool, but Sudbury made my heart flutter. I didn’t even apply anywhere else.”
Camille is a Decatur native and completed coursework at Agnes Scott, studying social justice, religion, and education. Being a part of a community that practices self-directed education is a natural fit for her, as she’s always been the type of person who finds whatever path best suits her unique needs. Camille brings that self-knowledge to her role as staff, modeling for students what it means to make to make your own way.
As a staff member at Sudbury School of Atlanta, she loves observing how well children solve problems for themselves and how eloquently they can express themselves when provided the right tools and environment. She also loves what a close-knit, kind, and welcoming community we have at SSA. Camille is a deeply compassionate and sensitive individual, who has a gift for being seriously silly (which the children love). At the same time, she knows how to speak up when she has an opinion – she isn’t afraid to use her voice when she sees something needs to change
Some of Camille’s favorite things are animals (she loves her dog Percy with a passion) spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and enjoying the wide variety of food that Atlanta has to offer.
Anna Cuthrell – Staff Member
Anna is a full-time student at Georgia State University, majoring in English. Anna originally wanted to major in childhood education, but after learning more about the teaching methods used in public schools, she realized she wouldn’t be happy teaching such a rigid curriculum where personal connections to students are often discouraged. Then, during one of her classes in the spring of 2017, a professor mentioned the Sudbury model of education, and Anna felt drawn to learn more. Soon after, she visited an open house at SSA and fell in love with the approach. She began volunteering her time and became a staff member in the fall of 2017.
Anna is well-organized and highly dependable, and she brings an easygoing and laid back vibe to the Sudbury space. She is an open-minded individual with a clear sense of self. One of her favorite things about working at SSA is interacting with students in a genuine way. She loves the way their freedom to learn inspires her to try new things and follow her curiosity.
When Anna isn’t busy with her coursework at GSU, she enjoys crafting, painting, reading, and playing the ukulele. She also loves animals of all kinds and volunteers at the local animal shelter in her hometown of Winston-Salem, NC, whenever she is visiting for a school break.