Administration and Staff
Gloria Adi - Principal
Phone: (770) 482-0294
Mrs. Wendy Bonnick Pre-K & Kindergarten
My name is Mrs. Wendy Bonnick and I will have the pleasure of teaching Pre-k/K students for the second year. I have been working at L.A.A. for the past 3 years. I have been teaching for a total of 27 years in Private, Public, and International Schools in Kuwait. I thank God for each year he gives me to be the best teacher I can be to mold students for his Kingdom. My undergraduate studies in Behavioral Science from Mercy College, Master’s degree in Education focusing on Reading & Literacy from Walden University. It is my belief that a child's success is based on a cooperative parent/teacher relationship. My favorite memory text is taken from Philippians 4 v 13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”. In my free time I enjoy travelling the world to meet new people from different origins.
Ms. Janel Fields
1st & 2nd Grade
Everyday, I have the opportunity to teach, motivate, inspire, guide, and impact these precious young lives, all while actively educating my students in an Adventist school!
– Janel Fields, 2010 NAD Teacher award recipient
I am a passionate educator, who enjoys both teaching and learning from my students. I have had the privilege of teaching students in grades Pre-k through the 10th grade. As a licensed social worker, I have worked as an Adoption and Foster Care specialist. In my free time, I love singing, traveling, cooking, and walks in the park with my dog "Mr. Cinnamon.” I look forward to learning and growing both personally and professionally, during this school year.
I am a proud graduate of Oakwood University, where I earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1997. Additionally, I completed a Master's degree in Education: Curriculum & Instruction, from Cleveland State University in 2004. In June of 2016, I was blessed with an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership K-12 from Grand Canyon University.
My professional experiences include lesson-planning, teaching, assisting with Individualized Education Plans, tutoring, mentoring, and collaborating with educators, families, and children in order to enhance each student’s overall functioning.
I am deeply committed to the well-being and education of children and youth. I believe that all children have the right to be educated in a warm, caring, and supportive, learning environment.
3rd & 4th Grade
Prudence Olivene Campbell is a lifelong teacher and learner. She believes in academia and accepts new or renewed information as growth. Through her studies, she has had the opportunity of analyzing the concepts in genetics which has caused her to better understand why students differ from each other and how and why they learn the way they do. As a result, her practice is to tailor her instructions according to students’ various needs. Like Dr. G. R. Knight in his book, Philosophy & Education: An introduction in Christian perspective, Ms. Campbell believes “there is no one source of knowledge,” she is therefore engaged in “combining sensory knowledge with revelation, authority, reason, and intuition with other sources in order to “furnish all knowledge”. (p.21)
Her philosophy therefore is, rooted in the following, and it is her belief, that all students, regardless of creed, sexual orientation, learning style, disability, ability, nationality, culture or diversity, were created equal, yet each is unique in their own special way. She believes each one is entitled to ultimate care, guidance, love, respect, security and educational opportunities. As a teacher, guide, and facilitator, she claims her duty is to seek to recognize each student’s uniqueness, diversity and culture, and use this knowledge to help her students to maximize their fullest potential as they grow intellectually, physically, morally, socially and above all spiritually, as they seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Matthew 6:33
Ms. Prudence Campbell - 3rd and 4th
Mrs. Ericka Smith - 5th and 6th Grade
My 5th and 6th grade students are better than yours!!!!! They Rock!!!!!! My name is Ericka Smith and I have had the privilege of being part of Lithonia Adventist Academy since 2015. I attended Oakwood University where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Since, I have received a Master of Education degree in Reading and Science from Walden University. My total years of teaching to date is 23 years.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, kayaking, spending time by the water and spending time with my family. I am a lover of creepy crawly things and enjoy being outside exploring. I am very hands-on and truly believe that touching is the foundation of all learning. My philosophy of teaching stems from the quote that states, “People(students) don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” My teaching comes with passion and I love all my students with all my heart
Dr. V. Waiters
Welcome to Seventh Grade! I am Dr Waiters and I am happy to meet you! I know this is going to be a great year for all of us to grow and learn. We are going to learn many new and great things this year , and I am looking forward to every minute of it.
I was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. I graduated Oakwood University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree. Later I attended Grand Canyon University and earned my master's degree . I also earned an Ed.D in Education.
I am thrilled to say this is my 16th year teaching in Adventist education. My teaching philosophy is very simple students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care. I show my caring by forming relationships with my students and trying to help them find their dreams and strengths so they can believe in themselves the way I believe in them. Either way they are the future and have unlimited value.
A few of my favorite things:
T.V. Show: Martin & Good Times
Music: Gospel, Classical, Gospel Rap
Food : Watermelon & Grits
Dr. Vershonda Waiters - 7th
Mrs. Denise Marshaleck-Smith - 8th Grade
Mrs. M-Smith has had a life time of opportunities working with youth and young adults. She received both her Bachelors and Master’s degree at Andrews University. She began her career working in children’s mental health. Her experiences there led her to author a book “Parenting Children with Special Needs”.
Prior to moving to Georgia, she spent 16 years as a teacher in Florida and the Carolinas. Six of these years were spent serving as principal in South Carolina. She was part of the very first team of teachers in North America, whose school received the EDGE school of excellence award.
Her experience in the field of mental health combined with her years teaching have contributed to her efforts to help students to succeed, even if they have learning issues. This is an area in which she is particularly interested. She believes that with the support of parents, teachers and the community all working together with God, each child will succeed and realize their potential.
She loves, sports, cooking, baking, experimenting with new dishes, and exploring new things. Mrs. M-Smith is excited about Adventist Education and is looking forward to teaching at Lithonia Adventist Academy.