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Woodward Academy

Main Campus: Pre-K to 12

1662 Rugby Avenue, College Park 

North Campus: Pre-K to 6

6565 Boles Road Johns Creek 

Total Enrollment: 2,655

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President: F. Stuart Gulley, Ph.D. 

Mrs. Viji Namburar, the recently named Principal of Woodward North, has deep roots at the school and in the community it serves. Mrs. Namburar came to Woodward North in 2002. She has served as a pre-kindergarten, first, and second grade lead teacher, and for the last four years was the school’s assistant principal. Her love, dedication, and devotion to Woodward North are steadfast. And while she is fiercely committed to continuing the “magical” experience at Woodward North, she brings new ideas to the principalship, including adding a debate team; creating a greenhouse as an alternative learning space and to teach students about sustainability; advancing the “Girls Who Code” initiative; and incorporating SEE (social-emotional-ethical) learning throughout the curriculum. Additionally, Mrs. Namburar will continue to reach beyond the walls of Woodward North to bring experts from various fields into the classrooms, providing students with real-life learning experiences and opportunities.

Mrs. Jean Armstrong is Woodward North’s new assistant principal. She comes to Woodward with more than 27 years of experience as an educator, most recently at Northview High School. At Northview, she served as the English department chair of Northview’s magnet program—3DE Leadership Academy—as well as a lead English teacher and instructional coach for the program. 

Over the course of her career, Mrs. Armstrong has worked as a teacher and curriculum developer in both primary and secondary institutions in South Korea, New York, Arkansas, and Alabama. She shares, “I am especially passionate about helping students become the best versions of themselves that they can be.” She brings extensive experience in curriculum development and adaptive teaching methods, and evinces a deep-rooted passion for education.

Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning (TCML)

at Taiwanese School of Atlanta (TSA)

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Principal: Alex H. Tzou

The school, for adults 18 and up adults, teaches basic Mandarin to allow students to gradually understand the Taiwanese language and culture. A new program, "Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning" (TCML) is now being offered for the 18 and up adult class. The TSA drum team is very popular at the school and the annual Lantern Festival in February is a very unique event.

The Learning Experience

11855 Jones Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 

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Center Director: Jennifer Moultrie

The proprietary L.E.A.P (Learning Experience Academic Program) curriculum encourages children to learn in their favorite way: by exploring and doing. They achieve success independently while developing intellectually, socially and cognitively through varied early educational materials, activities and social interactions.

At TLE, families will find a full cast of characters that become your child’s educators, partners and friends through the preschool education journey. Each character has a unique personality and area of interest. The main character is “Bubbles” the elephant.

 Ivy Kids of Johns Creek

9970 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek 

Brand new early learning center now enrolling children aged 6 weeks to Pre-K and after-school programs.

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Center Director: Susie Tran 

Education Director: Priscila Eugenio Lopez

Ivy Kids is excited to embark on a learning adventure at the new preschool. Using the innovative approach of multiple intelligences, they engage all of the students in active learning. “We look forward to creating memories from hands-on learning activities to fun playtime on our playgrounds. Experience the joy and excitement as children explore, create, and learn. Join us on this thrilling journey of discovery and enroll now to be a part of the Ivy Kids experience,” says Center Director, Susie Tran.

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