chester asher—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 fourteen 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.
R. Eston Jennings—Director of Individualization
R. Eston Jennings holds a BA in Religion and M.Ed. in Middle Grades from Mercer University. She received an Ed.S. in Special Education in 2009 and an Ed.S. in Leadership and Administration in 2014 from the University of West Georgia. She was honored with the Thomas Upchurch Leadership Award for her work with disadvantaged and homeless youth. She has a broad educational background that includes teaching at all levels P-12 and serving as a general education, gifted, and special education teacher, as well as a school administrator. She has worked in traditional and charter systems and is interested in how to intertwine nature, the arts, and the environment into a cohesive bridge that will not only remediate student growth areas, but push students to accelerate. Her passions include social justice and service learning. She is a practicing artist and has shown her work around the Southeast. She is excited to serve the students, families, and teachers at Chattahoochee Hills as the Director of Individualization.
Tammy Rodney— Director of Curriculum & Instruction - MIddle School
Tammy Rodney earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University and A & M Colleges in Baton Rouge, LA as a USDA Scholar. Upon discovery of how rewarding it is to educate our youth, Tammy earned a teaching certificate from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. Tammy earned Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Administration from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She has taught grades 5-8, has been an instructional coach and Master Teacher for grades K-8, and has served as a high school assistant principal. Throughout her 17 years of experience, Tammy has been awarded two Teacher of the Year awards, one Teacher of Excellence award, and has earned performance-based bonuses and LIFT incentives in D.C. Public Schools for earning highly effective ratings as an instructional coach both years she served the students in our nation’s capital. Tammy has also done curriculum writing and facilitated professional development for school districts and served on Georgia's State Assessment Selection Committee. Tammy’s growth mindset makes her an innovative change agent who accepts nothing less than excellence from herself, as well as those around her. She is excited about serving as the middle school Director of Curriculum and Instruction in a community that embraces her first love of agriculture along with arts and the environment.
Chaz Patterson—Director of Operations
Chaz Patterson, Ed.S. serves as the Director of Operations for CHCS. Chaz earned his Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia. Having served as an educator for 11 years, Chaz understands the importance of making the curriculum relevant for students, and embraces the value of connecting nature, art, and the environment with content standards. Chaz is excited to oversee the day-to-day operations across multiple program initiatives, including facilities, school nutrition, human resources, and finance.
troyneius 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.
Jihan Johnston- Family and Student Support Specialist
Jihan Johnston, M.Ed. received a B.A in Mass Communications from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC and her M.Ed. from Concordia University in Portland, OR. Currently, she’s enrolled at KSU obtaining her Specialist degree in Educational leadership. With over 9yrs experience in Education, Jihan has taught high school and middle school broadcast journalism, and radio, served as assistant principal and was awarded teacher of the year in 2015. She understands the importance of building relationships with families and students. Jihan is also passionate about closing the achievement gap in education and reinforcing positive behavior in the classroom settings. Outside of school, she enjoys mentoring young girls within her community and spending time with her athletic son. Jihan is excited to serve as Chatt Hills family and student support specialist and to build strong relationships with all families