chester asher—Ceo/Executive Director
Chester Asher, MT, MPA, JD is the Executive Director of CHCS. He is a dedicated educator and has worked with district and charter schools for the last fifteen years. He has taught every single grade from K to 12 and has also taught seminars to undergraduates at New York University and graduate students at Columbia University. Asher is on fire about helping to build a transformative model of education based on the arts, the environment, and agriculture that helps children achieve their dreams, strengthen communities, and become innovative critical thinkers who make the world a better place.
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—CFO/Director of Operations
Chaz Patterson serves as the CFO/Director of 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.
Lakissa jackson—director of individualization
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- Director of curriculum and instruction- 1st and 2nd
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.
Katy Ulrich- Director of Curriculum and Instruction (ELA and Social Studies)
Katy Ulrich joins the Chatt Hills family this year as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for 3-8 ELA and Social Studies. Throughout her 11 year career in education, she has served both students and teachers at the school and district levels in Atlanta and New York. Katy began her teaching career via the non-traditional teacher preparation route after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Spanish Literature and Cognitive Science from George Washington University. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Through evidence of student achievement and success in the classroom, Katy has been recognized as a Teacher of the Year at Heritage Elementary School in Fulton County, NAATE fellow (National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education), as well as a Distinguished Teacher and Master Teacher at the Achievement First charter network in New York City. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University within the next years. As a lifelong learner herself, Katy is passionate about children and all aspects their learning! She is thrilled to continue to learn and grow here within the Chattahoochee Hills community.
Raymond Edwards-Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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.
Matthew Graves - Director of school Culture