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The Shepherd's Academy for Teaching Excellence

About Us

Dr. Althea Penn, M.Ed.Adm., NAC, PDS, ODP

Dr. Althea Penn has a passion for children and those who serve them. She has decades of experience in education serving as a teacher, Children’s Ministry Director, and principal. Dr. Penn has degrees in education administration and organization leadership, certification as an early childhood educator, and earned the National Administrator Credential. She serves as a Child Development Associate Professional Development Specialist for the national CDA teacher's credential and regularly conducts high quality early childhood professional development seminars and leadership workshops throughout the Southeast. Althea is an inspirational communicator and has been a featured conference speaker for The Georgia Preschool Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, Kid’s Advocacy Coalition, Quality Care for Children, The Association of Christian Schools International and other organizations that share her passion for children and her colleagues. As an educational consultant she has trained hundreds of Directors of preschools and provided guidance in the accreditation and licensing process.

As an Organization Development (OD) Practitioner she designs and delivers strategic interventions to organizations interested in creating high performing, inclusive, and culturally effective workplaces. Her insight helps achieve long-term, sustainable change by working at all levels of an organization. As a coach, she supports leaders and individuals in discovering and aligning people, performance and payoffs for results in their personal and professional lives. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart. They are the parents of two beautiful daughters who have also become certified educators. You can usually find her curled up with a book or hiking a nearby nature trail.

Specialties:

Public Speaking

Professional Development Specialist

ECE Organization Development Practitioner

Child Care Licensing, Accreditation and Management

Non-profit Strategic Business Planning

Grantwriting

Christian and Private School Development

Professional Development for Educators

Director's Training for Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Homeschool Support

Standardized Testing

Parenting Seminars

Emmanuel Mike Penn, M. S. 

Certified Family Development Specialist and Life Coach

Mike Penn wears many hats. He serves as an athletic program coordinator, mentor, and counselor. He is a former senior pastor who specializes in compassionate counseling, sensitivity to the needs of those seeking a deeper relationship with Christ and true nurturing of the lambs of God. He provides Bible based pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, and family counseling services. He strives to strengthen believers, because strong individuals make strong families, strong families make strong churches and strong churches make strong communities. His faith in the power of the Word of God to transform believers into spiritual champions is evident by his teaching and leadership style. He has over twenty years of experience serving as a church leader in various roles. Pastor Penn has earned degrees in religious studies at Beulah Heights University and is certified by Temple University in Family Development. He has completed prophetic prayer counseling and Biblical Foundation Counseling training in addition to serving as a church leader (Altar Ministry, Cell Group and Youth Ministry) for the past two decades. Pastor Mike has also served as a mentor, coach, athletic director, and the founder of the Molding Mighty Men organization, which disciples young men through athletics. 


He has over a decade of experience serving as a head junior and senior varsity basketball and baseball coach, teeball coach, and flag football coach. His ministry teaches biblical principles for life through the fundamentals of athletics. He is passionate about teaching concepts such as team sport strategy, fundamentals, and teamwork; the development of Christian character and self-discipline that will carry over into every area of life.

Contact us for further information at

[email protected] or

(678) 557-8684