Meet our Dedicated Children’s Academy of Northlake Management Team
Children’s Academy of Northlake is proud of our highly experienced, dedicated staff. They are all carefully chosen to develop and expand your child’s world!
As Children’s Academy of Northlake’s Business Director, Antonius brings a diverse background, and a wealth of experience and passion for working with families in order to create a successful partnership between both staff and parents. Able to be seen enjoying breakfast many mornings with a child, he truly embraces what he does for the program.
Raised in Indonesia, Antonius has been in many different roles that led him to support the mission of Children’s Academy of Northlake. Married to Yesica, Infant Room teacher, he is the parent of three daughters. Founder and VP of Public Affairs for the Indonesian Community Association in Atlanta, he is also founder and Board Member of the Indonesian Community Heritage Foundation which promotes good citizenship, raises international awareness of Indonesian culture, and aims to reduce racial discrimination. He did an internship program as a Student Chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital and serves our community as a volunteer in a homeless shelters during winter season and in a hospice center.
An interpreter for the local and Federal Court, Antonius is also an ordained Permanent Deacon assigned to a parish in Brookhaven area. A testimonial to his character, in 2010 he was awarded by Georgia Asian Times as one of the “25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia”. Children’s Academy of Northlake is proud to have such a dedicated and well respected community member representing our program.
Director of Education and Curriculum
Laura brings to Children’s Academy of Northlake twenty six years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. Her varied roles include: Resource Coordinator, Quality Assurance and Education Program Specialist for a franchise overseeing eleven schools across four states, Interim Director, Program Coordinator, Director of Education, and classroom teacher. Laura attended The Ohio State University and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has designed curricula while managing her own education consulting business which provided NAEYC accreditation support, parenting and early education workshops, as well as the design and development of newsletters for individual programs.
Laura marketed and facilitated a support group for mothers of large families while serving as a volunteer patient caregiver at a local hospice agency, helping to meet the end-of-life needs. She sits on the Executive Board of the Georgia Preschool Association as the Fulton County District Representative and is their Website Resource Coordinator. Additionally, Laura is a comprehensive member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC), and The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).
Her broad knowledge of NAEYC criteria includes leading centers through the process of re-accreditation, including Children’s Academy of Northlake and another program through their first successful accreditation experience. Additionally, she walked CAON through the Georgia Accrediting Commission process which led to the award of “Accredited with Quality”, and with two commendations, the highest level able to be earned by GAC. Laura and her husband Lee reside in Roswell and have four children ages 19 – 24. In her free time she enjoys reading, vacationing in the mountains and at the beach, decorating, antiquing and carving out segments of the day to nurture her soul in order to be the best she can be.
As Director of Education and Curriculum, Laura has brought new programs to CAON which include but are not limited to: Professional Staff Development, A Kindergarten Readiness Workshop as a bridge to a new milestone, Family Resource Area, Character Development Curriculum for the After School Program, Seasonal Family Newsletters and weekly newsletters for staff in order to maintain open and ongoing communication. Over time are plans for a private kindergarten classroom. Laura has the passion, interpersonal and communication skills to provide the key to a mutually respectful relationship between all staff members and enrolled families. She is easily approachable and willing to listen to every member of the Children’s Academy team.
Most recently, Laura spoke at the Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Program’s, Project Director’s Conference in Washington, DC. She supported the speech delivered by a recent addition to the CAON team, a graduate of a two year program for young adults with intellectual disabilities who transitioned out of the program and into the workforce.
Vivian brings the Children’s Academy of Northlake team, a long career in Human Resources presenting with an Associate’s Degree with Honors in Business Administration and Human Resources. Previously, as Administrative Assistant of two prominent Montessori Schools, she managed many duties relative to the broad responsibilities which ensured smooth center operations. Additionally, she was a Recruiting Coordinator and Human Resources Coordinator. As well, Vivian was successful in her role as Sr. Human Resources Specialist for a well-known Corporation. In the earliest part of her career, Vivian was the H.R. Assistant to the VP of Human Resources.
Vivian schedules and provides the detailed and personalized tours to all perspective families so that interested parents leave with a comprehensive view of the Children’s Academy of Northlake program. We are pleased to include such a strong team member and are proud to have her front and center as our first line of phone contact and face to face interactions with our families.
Elim Tekie is our After School and Summer Camp Coordinator in charge of “all things camp and school age programming”. Managing the key aspects of smooth operations and overseeing the dynamic teaching team, she will ensure that the delivery of the program goals are met. Having received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Georgia Southern University (2003) and always drawn to working with children, she began her career in Early Childhood Education as a Toddler Teacher for a franchise program in 2005. From that point on, Elim quickly earned respect based on outstanding performance and her outgoing personality by moving through each classroom.
It was these varied assignments that afforded her the opportunity to learn a great deal more about the entire center operations and routine as well as the importance of early childhood development as it applies to learning. She became part of their management team shortly after working as a Pre-K teacher enjoying this transition into management better able to support the staff. Most recently, Elim was the Operational Director at an upscale program in Marietta. As Elim has had a great deal of industry training and knowledge over the past eight years, she brings a wealth of insight and passion to the Children’s Academy of Northlake family.