We have a wonderful staff in CDAT, teachers who really appreciate and demonstrate innovation. Here's a little bit about each:
Margaret Rohrbaugh - Academy Lead, Science Instructor (Biology, BioTech)
Margaret came to CDAT in the Fall of 2012, and turned CDAT into the STEM focus we have today. It was her conversation with some students about their 3D modeling work that chose our direction, integrating science, language arts and technology. She came to us from Emory directing high school internships with Atlanta Public Schools students focusing on science research. She has her doctorate in Biochemistry, Molecular and Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University and has been working in science education since 2003. In addition to all her wonderful students she has a great set of guys at home: Eddie and her 3 sons keeping her very busy!
Mike Reilly - Founder, Technology Instructor
When Lanier High was founded in 2010, Mike was given the opportunity to try project-based learning in the new school. His experience with FIRST robotics and game programming (and former experience as a programmer/consultant with Accenture) drove him to try the PBL environment. In addition to teaching in CDAT, Mike is a member of the Autodesk Educators Council, Tech Students Association sponsor for Lanier Middle School, Innovation Coach for the Lanier Schools, Board of the Southeastern Makers Alliance, Board of Techies and Teachers, Board of Directors of children.org, Governor Deal's CS Task Force and Teacher Advisory Committee and an extremely happy family guy with his wife Lesley, two kids and two dogs. Mike has a B.S. in Business from St. Michael's College, and an M.Ed. from the University of Michigan.
Naomi Kirchner - Language Arts Instructor
Naomi started with CDAT in the Fall of 2011, and is an amazing language arts instructor, truly demonstrating how language arts can integrate with science. She was a recent Teacher of the Year for Lanier High, cross-country coach and very accomplished runner/athlete with numerous marathons under her belt. She's got an uber-athlete husband Louie and her dog Scout (yes, after the character in "To Kill a Mockingbird"). Naomi has received her B.A., M.A. and Ed.S. from the University of Georgia.
Jane Langan - Language Arts InstructorJane Langan received her Batchelor’s degrees in Secondary Education and English from Boston College. She has been teaching for 26 years, the last 5 at Lanier HS, and was thrilled to join the CDAT team in 2014. She is a firm believer in the ACE principles and is passionate about assisting her students as they determine their futures.
Daron Martin - Science Instructor
Daron came to CDAT as a student teacher with the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship in the fall of 2015, and was elated to joined us as an official teacher in the fall of 2016. Daron is currently working with our freshmen Chemistry students, and has a passion for science literacy as well as transitioning students smoothly into our PBL culture. Additionally, he has a love for music and helps out with the Longhorn marching band. Daron received his B.S. in Biology from Georgia Southern University, and his M.A. in science education from Piedmont College.
Tyler Henry - Support ServicesTyler Henry joined the Lanier High School family and C-DAT academy in the Fall of 2015. He is currently in his fifth year of teaching. Tyler's role in C-DAT is to provide support to the exceptional learners within the academy. Tyler also works with the academy's seniors to ensure they are on-track for graduation and helps to adequately prepare them for life after high school. Tyler holds a B.S. in Special Education, an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, and an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. Tyler also coaches the swim and dive team and JV boys tennis here at Lanier. During the summer months, Tyler runs his travel agency (that he started as a high school student) and works as a zipline tour guide at Lake Lanier.
Teresa Perez - CounselorTeresa Perez has been a part of the Longhorn family since it's inauguration in 2010. Prior to Lanier, Ms. Perez was a School Counselor at North Gwinnett High School for three years and in Columbus, Georgia for 3 years. A native from Miami, Florida, she has been employed as a School Counselor since 1998, assisting parents with anything from college applications, scholarships, and financial aid to assisting students with personal and social conflicts. Ms. Perez enjoys working with high school students and thrives when a she sees a student succeed. She is currently the counselor over CDAT and her caseload of students for this year are those with last names Ri-Z.