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.

Administrative Assistant

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.

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.

Assistant Teacher

My name is Mayuko Nelson. I’m a paraprofessional. I work for ICA Georgia because I’m passionate to support and nurture children to obtain academic knowledge, broaden the global view, and find a joy of learning. In my spare time, I like reading, dancing and going to new places with my children. 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 Masako Richey. I teach JSOL to first to third and fifth grade students. I work for ICA Georgia because I believe teaching Japanese language and culture will help students open their eyes to the world. This school is an amazing opportunity for students to understand and respect different cultures, and it will help them understand their own culture better as well. In my spare time, I like to go hiking, camping and cooking with my family. I am a big sumo and Braves fan. Email Ms. Richey.

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

I teach 3rd grade students all core subjects in English. I also serve as the Special Education Liaison. I work for ICAGeorgia because I have a passion for teaching and learning, and I consider myself to be a life-long learner. As a life-long learner, it is my goal to learn something new and meaningful everyday. I am confident that working at ICAGeorgia, I will be able to fulfill my passion for teaching and learning while continuing to grow as a life-long learner. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, traveling, reading, and crafting.I enjoy spending time outside and listening to music. Email Ms. Sanders.

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

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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