Brian Carter will be joining the Upper School science department as a physics teacher. He graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and mathematics and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry with distinction from Columbia University. For the past four years, Brian has been a Program Officer at Overdeck Family Foundation in New York City, where he developed and led the Inspired Minds portfolio, which works to increase the quantity and quality of out-of-school STEM learning experiences for all students across the country.Brian is on the advisory board for Bard High School Early College, and enjoys cooking, traveling, and lazy Sundays with his dog Leon. He can’t wait to be back in Georgia, where he was born and raised.
Danielle Whichard will be joining our Upper School math department this fall. Danielle has her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Mary Washington and her master’s degree in secondary math education from Kennesaw State. A former senior risk analyst for JP Morgan Chase, Danielle has taught high school for nearly a decade and has also coached swimming, soccer, and cross country. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys running with her dog Pascal and personal training.
Michele Davis will be joining the Upper School as our Director of College Counseling. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University. Ms. Davis has most recently been a college counselor at Hutchison School in Memphis, Tennessee, following time as a college counselor at Woodward Academy and Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Prior to her work in independent school college counseling, she was Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Assistant Director of Admissions at the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.
Elece Turnipseed is excited to join Walker as a math teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Clayton State University and is currently completing her master’s degree in mathematics education at Georgia State University. Elece has spent the last three years teaching math in her hometown of Jonesboro. In her spare time, she enjoys competitive cheerleading, singing, and baking (she also has a degree from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts).
Sam Brannon will be joining both the Middle School and the Upper School as a computer science teacher. He holds a bachelor’s in music composition from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s in music history from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate in music history from UNC. He has nearly a decade of experience in education, spending his last two years as Upper School Technology Facilitator at The Steward School in Virginia.
Ryan Stadler will be joining the World Languages department as a Spanish teacher. He holds his bachelor’s in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and his teaching certification in Spanish from Georgia State University and is currently working on his master’s in Spanish from New Mexico State University. Ryan has two decades of experience on the stage as a professional actor and musician and has spent the last five years as a Spanish teacher in Atlanta.
Emily Meadows is excited to join the Upper School as our new guidance counselor. She has a bachelor’s in psychology from Christian Brothers University, a master’s in education from Louisiana State University, and a doctorate in counseling from the University of Memphis. She has a multitude of experience in high schools, including Memphis Catholic Middle and High School and most recently, Christ the King in Atlanta.
Karen Witkin joins the Upper School as the new Learning Support Specialist. A New Orleans native, Karen comes to Walker with vast experience in independent schools in New Orleans and Chicago. She is an Orton-Gillingham and IMSLEC certified tutor and has served as a lecturer for the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity and a presenter at the International Dyslexia Conference. In her spare time, Karen enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, reading, and running.