Our Lead Facilitators/Co-Directors
Facilitators support students in clarifying their intentions, getting connected to resources, reflecting on their decisions, engaging with the community, and sharing their learning. Facilitators work to keep the space safe and respectful for everyone. They collaborate with students to develop a powerfully positive culture. They model clear communication, collaboration, and authenticity. They witness, model and reflect. They embody the Agile Roots, and they are grounded in trust.
Julia Cordero has worked with students of all ages in different settings over the past 20 years. She directed the elementary afterschool program at Paideia for seven years where the focus was on social-emotional learning. She co-directed a youth program for teens in video production at Atlanta’s public access television station. She’s taught video production in elementary, junior high and high school at a local Atlanta private school. She completed her B.A. at Goddard College, a self-directed learning institution where students design their own curriculum. She double-majored in Video Production Education and Race Studies in Children.
Anthony Galloway Jr., a Morehouse Man(psychology), has spent about half of his life working in the field of childcare and education. He’s been a summer camp counselor, a classroom aide, an afterschool tutor, and a college mentor. His most recent experiences include serving as a staff member at a Sudbury school and prior to that, being a Montessori preschool associate. His passion has been to start a school for self-directed learning where he can enjoy facilitating the learning process in a fun and meaningful context. He loves R&B & dabbles in painting and photography in his spare time. Frozen mango chunks are his favorite snack and at any given moment he'd prefer to be swimming.
Our Board of Trustees
RACHEL COLLIS, PRESIDENT & SECRETARY
Ms. Collis is a Georgia native who graduated from Georgia State University with an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History. Prior to joining the Board at Heartwood ALC, she worked as a Research Associate for the State of Georgia’s Judicial Branch. Ms. Collis also volunteers with La Leche League of Georgia in a research capacity. Ms. Collis’ background in research enables her to effectively serve as Board President and Secretary.
LOREN NORMAN, VICE PRESIDENT – EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Mr. Norman is a technology entrepreneur who provides technical support to our school and other schools in the ALC Network. Passionate about improving education and a shy creative himself, Loren shares his passions for drawing, game design, and storytelling -- as well as anything else people collaborate on around a table -- with the students.
KATHRYN BRANNON, TREASURER AND VICE PRESIDENT – INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Ms. Brannon was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She owns two small businesses and has a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of Georgia. She has served as Treasurer on school boards for seven years.
Mrs. Hofer is a Decatur resident and was raised in Atlanta. She and her husband co-own a non profit film/theater organization that serves local content creators. She is also a writer, director and actor and hosts mindful creative adventures for youth age 6-12. She has a B.A. in Communications and Theater.