Faculty & Staff

Certified teachers committed to helping students grow to their full potential.

Reach for Excellence faculty members teach in the public schools of DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Rockdale counties, as well as independent schools. The overwhelming majority of the faculty returns each year to the program; 70% of Reach for Excellence teachers have worked with the program for five or more years.

Class sizes are small. For academic courses, the student-teacher ratio is 12:1. For recreational and supplementary courses, the ratio is 20:1. These class sizes allow Reach for Excellence teachers to focus on the needs of individual students and introduce innovative methods in the classroom. Sixty percent of Reach for Excellence teachers have advanced degrees.

Contact Us

Karen DessablesExecutive Director
(770) 936-6481
Marisol ZacariasHispanic initiative Director
(770) 936-3544

Reach for Excellence is governed by a separate board of directors.

2022 Board of Directors

  • Rocco TestaniPartner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Salvador AriasRetired IBM Strategy Consulting Partner
  • Vicki BrewsterRetired SVP Human Resources, ARRIS
  • Norman M. BrothersGeneral Counsel And Corporate Secretary, UPS
  • Natalie Childs Community Volunteer Leader, Alumnae, Marist School
  • Angela DorseyVice President of Institutional Advancement, Marist School
  • Jennifer Gordon Sr. Director, Chick-Fil-A, Inc.
  • Catherine H. MarkwalterMarketing Consultant and Community Volunteer
  • Lisa MauldingVice President, Coxe Curry & Associates
  • Wollinksy Mendez, Cohort 2005 C – Yardi Systems, Inc.
  • Kelly MilesRetired Advertising Account Executive, Morrison Agency
  • Annamarie R. RobbInterim Director of Development, Wholesome Wave Georgia
  • Candace RodriguezAssociate General Counsel, The Home Depot, Inc.
  • Rev. William Rowland, S.M.President, Marist School
  • Jordan Snellings, Cohort 2007 EAssistant Athletic Director, Mt. Pisgah Christian School
  • Asbury D. (Major) SnowBusiness Partner, The Benoit Group
  • Alison ThompsonRetired Southeastern Representative for Christie’s
  • John UtschPartner, Assurance Services, EY

Reach for Excellence Board of Directors, 2022

The Program

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“As I watched my son finish his last day at Reach for Excellence, my eyes filled with tears of joy at witnessing his transformation. He has grown from a quiet little boy into a young man of confidence with aspirations to do more in life. The opportunities and experiences that the students at Reach are exposed to is mind blowing.”

ANGELINA OSEI, Parent of 2018 Graduate


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