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The Shepherd's Academy for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Penn's Speaking Schedule

Join Dr. Penn, the Association of Christian Schools International's new Director of Early Education and be equipped and empowered to lay a strong foundation for faith development in the next generation. School leaders and educators gain insights into research proven leadership and instructional strategies. Join ACSI for access to exclusive member benefits and opportunities.

ACSI Early Education Leader Network PLC Meeting Monthly 4th Wednesday of the month at 2 pm ET

30th Annual Christian Early Educators Conference April 15

University Christian School Conference Jacksonville, FL October 6

Christian Education Cafe' Podcast 4th Monday of the Month at 7 pm ET

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Welcome to the Christian Education Café podcast. I'm equipping and empowering Christian educators and school leaders to enable students to reach their full potential. Grab your favorite beverage and join us on the 4th Monday of the month at 7 pm. 

Intentionally cultivating potential...

Are you ready to take your school to the next level?

The Effective Planning and Administration Workshop is designed to do just that! 

We cover: Organization leadership and management; Early childhood development and programming, Fiscal and legal considerations; and Community and board relations! Register now! 

40-Hour Director's Training + Textbook

Dr. Penn has a passion for intentionally cultivating potential in educators and school leaders. She is the Association of Christian Schools International Director of Early Education. She also serves as the executive director of The Shepherd’s Academy for Teaching Excellence a private, nonprofit EE-12 school and educational consulting firm. Dr. Penn has served as a professional development specialist and program administrator for over three decades. She has years of experience teaching at both the primary and secondary education levels. She is a sought after educational organization development practitioner and conference speaker. She has a passion for intentionally cultivating potential in others. Dr. Penn has authored several books, including Firmly Rooted: Cultivating Faith Development in the Next Generation and Equipping and Empowering Early Educators. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart. They are the parents of two beautiful daughters and a son-in-love. You can usually find her curled up with a book or gardening with her grandchildren.

Dr. Althea Penn

Educational Consultant

Child Development: Cultivating a love of learning and fostering competence in young children.

Professional Development: Training teachers whose lives and scholarship

become a living textbook for their students.

Organization Development: Enhancing educational program sustainability and success through best practices in early education program administration and planning.

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Professional Development

The Shepherd's Academy for Teaching Excellence is a vocational training program and education consulting firm specializing

in professional development for early childhood education organizations. We provide inspirational, research proven, staff development and business consulting for owners, administrators, and teachers of programs for young children. Our objectives are to ensure optimal development of children by developing programs that engage every learner and to improve processes and

performance in order to provide the best service possible to young children.

The Shepherd’s Academy for Teaching Excellence provides many Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning: Bright from the Start and Georgia Department of Education Office of Professional Learning courses. All policies and procedures are in compliance with the National Health and Safety Standards established by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Board of Health, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association of

Christian Schools International, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

accreditation (Advanced ED Georgia) standards for quality schools; and federal, state, and local regulations. We are a 501(c)3 corporation that is organized for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes.

COVID-19 Precautions

Our first priority is to the health and safety of our students and staff. Students may attend classes virtually or on campus. We are implementing precautions such as: 

Students and staff wear facemasks; 

Wellness checks and temperature screenings are performed in check-in; and frequent handwashing and disinfecting.

The health and safety of our clients, students, staff, and families is our top priority. While we are monitoring executive orders including the greater Gwinnett county area, we make decisions independently based on our  organization’s unique needs and situation, as well as guidance from external agencies.

Organization Development

Dr. Penn is a highly sought after Organization Development Practitioner with over three decades of experience in planning and administering educational institutions. She employs her program management and educational leadership expertise and experience in developing preschools, private schools, faith based organizations, and higher education institutions. She has written business plans that garnered millions in SBA loans and her programs and clients have been awarded millions in grants. She provides technical assistance and expertise in licensing, accreditation, and program quality improvement. The following services are provided:

Business Plan Development

Licensing Application Completion

Accreditation Coaching

Corporate Document Drafting (Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws)

501.c.3 Tax Exemption Application Completion

Mock Inspection

Classroom setup

Training-Staff Development

Staff Observation/Performance Appraisals


Child and Adult Care Food Program Enrollment

Sales Tax Exemption Application

General Consultation

Book your consultation or coaching appointment today!

Additional CVOID-19 precautions

In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community, we will work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Gwinnett County Health District to determine the best course of action.

If a case of COVID-19 is identified in the surrounding community, we will follow local and/or state health authorities’ recommendations or orders to close. We may, out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of the school’s unique needs and situation, close even if health officials don’t deem it necessary.

*All consultation appointments are currently virtual with the exception of onsite mock inspections.  Many of our classrooms are currently closed due to COVID precautions. All classes are offered online. We offer both self-paced and LIVE videoconference classes.

New to GoToMeeting videoconferencing platform? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts. Download the app at www.gotomeeting. Login information and times are provided within 24 hours of payment processing.

We encourage consulting clients and parents  to prepare:

Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.

Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents about sharing childcare duties if your children are well, but school is closed.

Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules in the event of a school closure.

Child Development

CAPS and SOLVE scholarships are accepted We promote holistic child development (heart, mind, and body) by assessing a child's needs, interests, developmental level, personality, and learning style. We assist parents and educators in designing and delivering curriculum that supports the well being of every child, especially exceptional learners. We believe every child is a champion.

We offer:

  • Academic excellence
  • Bible based instruction
  • Christian character development
  • Creative Expression (art, ceramics, dance, drama, music, photography, singing)
  • Standards aligned Field Trips
  • STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) curricula and career preparation
  • Sports/Fitness (basketball, baseball, and flag football)
  • Outdoor Adventure (hiking, nature discovery, earth science, survival skills)
  • *Half Day Program available during the summer
  • *Early Learning 6 weeks-K4 (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • *Private Kindergarten (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Virtual Learning K-12th grade Tuesdays 
  • *Before and Afterschool (7-8 a.m.) and (3-6 p.m.)
  • *Camp Destiny Summer Camp
  • Homeschool P. E. Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
  • ABeka Curriculum
  • *Extracurricular Clubs and Activities
  • Certified Teachers
  • Dual-Enrollment Study Group
  • *Championship Athletic Program
  • *Private Music Lessons
  • Non-Denominational
  • Parenting Seminars (discipline, nutrition, faith development, homeschooling, curriculum choices, portfolio development)


Weekly, Monthly, Annual Payment Plans

Multi-Child Discount

Church Leader Discount

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Featured Services

Professional Development

40-Hour Director's and Child Development Associate Training

Educational Consulting and Director Coaching

Winner of the 2021

Best of Snellville Award in the 

category of Adult education

Awarded the 2021 Ford Unsung Hero 

Award for Educators


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​Years Of Experience


Schools Started


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