Faculty & Staff

ICAGeorgia Office Team

Principal

Ms. Tara Ranzy is a certified educator with an extensive background in teaching, leadership, curriculum design and professional development. She has successfully mentored children and adults as a Founding Administrator, Consultant, Middle and High school teacher at two KIPP Schools and Building 21 High School, members of a world class education movement committed to the academic and social excellence of all students. Ms. Ranzy’s experience is reinforced by a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, a Masters in Elementary Education, and most recently a Masters in Educational Leadership, Supervision and Administration. Ms. Ranzy’s love of travel has landed her in numerous cities in North America, Europe, Canada, Asia, Africa and Cuba. She is honored to serve as the Principal and Superintendent of ICA Georgia. Email Ms. Ranzy.

Chief Financial Officer

Junko Jones is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at International Charter Academy of Georgia, managing financial strategy, budget administration, and funds from federal, state, and donations. In addition, she oversees ICAGeorgia’s administration, enrollment, facilities, and human resources operations. Ms. Jones has 25 years’ experience in finance and accounting with 20 years in Corporate Finance. She has an MBA in Accounting as well as certificates in Charter Schools Financial Management. Email Ms. Jones.

Operations Specialist

Miki Ito is the Operations Specialist at ICAGeorgia assisting in the central office to ensure that the school runs smoothly. Before starting her career in Education, she worked as a corporate events & conference planner, office manager, consecutive interpreter and translator for 20 years. As a native born Japanese speaker who studied English in the US school system, she understands intimately the experience of learning two languages and can relate as well as empathize with our ICAGeorgia’s students. She enjoys witnessing the growth of all of our children as they blossom into English and Japanese speaking citizens. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, doing crafts and being outdoors with her boyfriend and 2-year old Chihuahua. She also loves hula and anything Hawaiian. Email Ms. Ito.

Human Resources and Administrative Specialist

My name is Walter Beeman, and I am the Human Resources and Administrative Specialist at International Charter Academy of Georgia. I have been in Human Resources for a total of 6 years, and I love it. My recent position was with an online correspondence school as the Human Resource Administrator where I gained a lot of perspective on education and the value it brings to us all. I have been married for 7 years now, and I have two boys named Dominick and Nicholas. My wife’s name is Rose, and we currently reside in Lawrenceville, GA. I am proud to have served in the Army National Guard for 20 plus years as well. My hobbies are spending time with my traveling, movies, working out, and attending most sporting activities. Email Mr. Beeman.

Administrative Assistant

My name is Yuriko Evett and I am an Administrative Assistant here at ICAGeorgia.  I am very grateful to have joined the team and be apart of the first Japanese and English public charter school in Georgia.  I certainly feel that I am lucky to work with our wonderful teachers and skillful staff members!  I enjoy building relationships with students, parents, and everyone that comes to visit ICAGeorgia.  I love to visit Georgia State Parks, camp, and hike with my beautiful family. I love taking pictures of nature and generally spending time outdoors. I am a mother of 3 and a loving Irish Terrier! E-mail Ms. Evett

School Nurse

Verleen Lewis is the school nurse at International Charter Academy of Georgia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in business and taught business education for approximately ten years. After becoming a nurse, she specialized in pediatric and geriatric care for more than fifteen years. She also holds a Master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration. She loves to watch and play tennis, however gardening is her favorite pastime. She looks forward to sharing her many years of varied experiences with the ICAGeorgia family. Email Ms. Lewis.

Staff

Teacher

My name is Megumi Bush. I teach Japanese subjects to 2nd grade. I am on the sunshine committee. I work for ICAGeorgia because I believe that Dual Language Immersion programs are the most effective types of learning programs for nurturing bilingual students. In my spare time, I love to catch up with my parents and siblings in Japan via LINE and go to my son’s lacrosse games with my husband. Email Ms. Bush.

Teaching Assistant

Ms. Boyer has over 6 years teaching assistance experience working in Bibb County Public schools. She also served as a youth developer for the Boys and Girls club of America helping young children live a healthy lifestyle. She has a B.A. in English and her passions include music, a love of learning and working with children. In her spare time, Ms. Boyer is a DJ and enjoys spending time with her puppy and family in Macon, GA. E-mail Ms. Boyer

Health educator

Ms. George is a health educator, a 6th-Dan black belt in Taekwondo recipient, and has competed at the 1988 U.S Olympic trials. Through her experience as both a health educator and martial arts instructor, she strives to help her students become socially and physically more confident so they will become well-rounded individuals. Email Ms. George.

Teaching Assistant

My name is Kazuyo Gray. I am a Paraprofessional. I support the lead teacher for Kindergarten. I welcome students in the Cafeteria each morning, and I serve as a member of the committee of Student Exhibitions. I work for ICAGeorgia because I enjoy helping students from different cultures. In my spare time, I love to read books about crafting, cooking, and drawing. I also like to spend time with family. Email Ms. Gray.

Teacher

My name is Tomoko Hannah. I teach all subjects in Japanese to first graders. I serve as a member of the promotion committee. I work for ICAGeorgia because I have the opportunity to share my experiences of learning different languages and cultures with my students. I believe learning different languages allows us to connect with people on the other side of the world. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, MLB and NFL. I also like music (e.g., listening, playing instruments, dancing). Email Ms. Hannah.

Teacher

My name is Noriko Harada. I teach core subjects to the 4th and 5th graders in Japanese. I also serve as a member of the Student Exhibitions committee. I work for ICAGeorgia because I believe in the benefits of learning two languages, two cultures, and developing greater cognitive flexibility. In my spare time, I love watching soccer games and spending time with my family. Email Ms. Harada.

Teacher

My name is Kozue Johnson. I am a JSOL teacher. I love children, and most especially I love to see their smiles each day. The children of ICAGeorgia give me energy and excitement; they are the reason I work here. In my spare time, I enjoy being at home with my family, exploring new styles of cooking and listening to music. Email Ms. Johnson.

Teacher

My name is Ai Lovell. I teach Kindergarten. I also serve as a member of the school culture and spirit committee.I work for ICAGeorgia because I love teaching and also I believe cross cultural exchange is very important to a child’s development. I’m so happy to build a bridge between Japan and U.S. In my spare time, I love visiting coffee shops, walking on the beltline and spending time with my family. Email Ms. Lovell.

Teacher

My name is May Nelson, and I teach JSOL (Japanese to Speakers of Other Languages) to 1st through 5th graders. I’m honored to be a part of students’ lives and enjoy introducing the Japanese language and cultures to broaden their view of the world. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and explore the places where I’ve never been. Email Ms. Nelson.

Teacher

My name is Megan Perkins. I am teaching the 4th and 5th graders Math and Science. I work for ICAGeorgia because I believe in the benefits of students learning and experiencing different languages and cultures. In my spare time, I am often found enjoying outside activities with my sons. When I have the time to relax at home, I am typically found reading. Email Ms. Perkins.

Teacher

My name is Maria Sabino. I will be teaching kindergarteners and first graders in English. I am excited to be part of the International Charter Academy of Georgia team. I think that students can achieve to great heights when they are bilingual. They are able to embrace diversity and learn about a different culture. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with son and daughter. We love outdoor activities! Email Ms. Sabino.

Teacher

My name is Shizue Sommer. I teach kindergarten, and I am also on the school culture and spirit committee. I enjoy working at ICAGeorgia because I love kids and have always been fascinated with bilingual education. Many years ago, I remember my own kindergarten experience and always strive to improve upon it. For hobbies, I like spending time with my children, watching figure skating, cooking, and hiking. Email Ms. Sommer.

Teacher

My name is Felecia Jones. I teach 4th and 5th grade students in all core subjects in English. I am on the Awards Committee and the School Culture and Spirits Committee. I work for ICAGeorgia because I believe in the value of diversity. Language allows for deep connections and cross-cultural relationships. I feel privileged to be a part of our students’ journeys. In my spare time, I love to write and enjoy family. Email Ms. Jones.

Teacher

Ms. Turner has over fifteen years teaching and leadership experience working with a diversity of children within both the private and public school sectors. Ms. Turner’s passions include coaching sports, math, science and most importantly, doing whatever it takes to help her children learn and achieve. Email Ms. Turner.

Teacher

My name is Naosuke Umezaki. I teach Japanese subjects to third grade students. I also teach fourth grade JSOL, fourth and fifth grade music, and kindergarten physical education. Language is an important factor in the culture and identity of any country. I aim to demonstrate the valuable parts of Japanese culture to my students through daily lessons, my thoughts, words and actions, and to empower them to learn. I love kayaking, camping, and Japanese archery, but the most enjoyable time for me is when I play tug of war. Email Mr. Umezaki.

Teacher

My name is Annie Varghese. Currently, I teach the 2nd grade ELA classes. I also serve as ESOL support and the school wide testing coordinator. It is my privilege to serve on the Sunshine and School Culture and Spirit Committee. I love working at ICAGeorgia because we teach students to think “out of the box,” to critical thinking, and accountability. Teaching my students in a bicultural/multilingual environment helps me appreciate the value of our mission every day. In my spare time, I love to cook, learn new recipes, and organize socials. I also enjoy hanging out with my two kids and my husband. Email Ms. Varghese.

Current Openings

We are looking for qualified, dynamic and passionate individuals to join our team. All members of our team work together to fulfill the ICAGeorgia mission. We invite you learn more and apply.

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