Patrick S. Muhammad-Principal
Mr. Muhammad, ED. S, is a life long educator who believes that a quality education is the greatest equalizer in this game called 'life". He has served in educational leadership since 2001 and believes the biggest room in the house, is the room for "improvement." Affectionally known as The Principal Farmer, he lives out our tri-focus of the Arts, Agriculture, and Environment daily in his professional and personal life. Father, Farmer, & Friend are his favorite titles and he is excited to serve the CHCS community.
Chaz Patterson—Director of Finance and Operations
Chaz Patterson serves as the Director of Finance and Operations for CHCS. Chaz is responsible for the financial stewardship of Chattahoochee Hills Charter School, where he manages all budgets, financial affairs, payroll, procurement, and more. Chaz also oversees the day-to-day operations across multiple program initiatives, including facilities, school nutrition, and human resources. Having served as an educator for 11 years, Chaz is excited to support Chatt Hills by upholding sound financial practices and implementing innovative operational protocols.
Dr. Machelle Allen- Assistant Principal
Dr. Machelle Allen, is the new Assistant Principal of Chattahoochee Hills Charter Schools. She takes pride in cultivating an environment of inclusivity and coaching to prepare and empower students to become culturally competent, globally productive and career and college ready.
Dr. Allen holds an undergraduate degree in English Language Arts Education from Alabama State University, master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Instruction from Cambridge College, specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University and doctorate degree in Teaching and Learning from Argosy University.
An educator for 21 years, Dr. Allen has served in Fulton and Clayton County Schools where she has held the following positions - Teacher, Department and Grade-level Chair, Talented and Gifted Coordinator, Professional Learning Facilitator, Response to Intervention Specialist, New Teacher Advisor, Graduation Coach, and Curriculum Support Teacher.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Allen is the proud parent of a 15-year-old daughter, and enjoys spending time with family, all things fine arts, traveling, reading and dancing.
Lakissa Jackson—Coordinator of Special Education
Lakissa Jackson joins the Chatt Hills family with more than 12 years of service in education. As a teacher-leader, she has served children and adult learners at the school and district levels. Lakissa began her formal teaching career via the non-traditional teacher preparation route, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Clayton State University and a teaching certificate in special education (P-12) via DeKalb's Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (TAPP). Through evidence of student achievement and success in the classroom, Lakissa was recognized as a Georgia TAPP Ambassador for exemplifying excellence in teaching. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science degree in leadership coaching from Capella University. Lakissa is passionate about learning, continuously searching out information and applying it to the care and education of young scholars. Her goal is to collaborate with Chatt Hills stakeholders to enhance teacher quality and create an environment that will increase student achievement for all students.
TroyneLius Waymon- Dean of Elementary School
Troynelius Waymon earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clayton State University in Voice Performance with a secondary focus in English. Serving in teaching positions informally led Mr. Waymon to realize his passion for educating young learners. He went on to complete his Master of Arts in Single Subject Teaching with a concentration in English at The University of Southern California-Rossier School of Education and later completed his Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Kennesaw State University-Bagwell College of Education. Mr. Waymon is also certified in Middle Grades English Language Arts (4-8), Secondary English (6-12), Gifted in Field Certified, and He also holds an Educational Specialist Certification in Curriculum and Instruction. His professional educator certificate level is 6. Mr. Waymon’s researched based approach to positive and effective educational change makes him a valuable asset to the Chatt Hills family. Mr. Waymon is excited about serving as a Chatt Hills Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Raymond Edwards-Dean of Middle School
Raymond Edwards Jr. is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for 3rd – 8th grade mathematics and science. He began his career as an educator in the summer of 2007 while interning at Achievement First Endeavor Charter School in Brooklyn, NY. Immediately after graduating from Morehouse College in 2008, he began teaching full time in Atlanta, GA. He transitioned to teaching middle school mathematics after receiving his Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California in 2013. He has traditionally focused his pedagogy on urban education, but he is excited to trade in the concrete streets for the trails through the woods, and to lead the mathematics and science department at Chatt Hills to excellence.
Marlaina Henry-Graves- Counselor
Marlaina Henry-Graves, EdS., serves as the School Counselor for Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clark Atlanta University, earning a degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, Mrs. Graves extended her learning and obtained a Master of Education and Educational Specialist in Professional School Counseling from the University of West Georgia. Before transitioning to Chattahoochee Hills, Mrs. Graves worked full time in DeKalb County Schools as a Check and Connect Student Engagement Coach. Mrs. Graves is excited to introduce her school counseling program to the scholars at Chatt Hills and hopes to create positive growth and change in the social emotional development of the scholars. Mrs. Graves works to constantly remind the scholars of the words of Dr. Seuss: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”