Dave Nelson | Executive Director
Dave is the Executive Director of The Community School. Dave is involved in every aspect of the entire program, including teaching and support, curriculum design, and administration. He is a licensed counselor (LPC) who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families with a focus on developing the interactive, emotional, and learning capabilities of all individuals. He also specializes in helping parents understand and address the variety of issues in nurturing the growth of a challenging child.
Based on his experience using Stanley Greenspan’s Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based approach (DIR/Floortime) with his own son who was diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder at age three, he changed careers to begin working with children facing developmental and learning challenges. Prior to opening The Community School in 2005, he started a middle/high school program at another specialized school in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Through his work with adolescents in school settings, he is on the forefront of creating and implementing curricula that integrates social-emotional development and intellectual learning.
Dave has an M.S. in Counseling and an M.A. in English Literature from Georgia State University, as well as an M.B.A. from Duke University. He is licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Georgia. He has a DIR expert certificate and is a DIR Training Leader. He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dave is also part of Floortime Atlanta, a professional group of clinicians in the Atlanta area who use the DIR approach. He sees a small number of individuals in private practice, and tutors and supervises a range of professionals.
Dave is the father of two sons emerging into adulthood. His interests include golf, literature, skiing, hiking, and biking. He is originally from Massachusetts, and still visits New England regularly. Before becoming a counselor, he taught Business Communication at GSU in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, and worked in the computer industry, providing development office turnkey systems to non-profit organizations.
Stephanie Solomon | Office Manager
Stephanie has been the Office Manager at The Community School since 2012. She runs many aspects of TCS’s administration, including billing, payroll, bookkeeping, yearly enrollment and new student and participant applications, and generally making sure TCS runs smoothly. She is also involved in development and is an integral part of planning and running the Southern Soiree fundraising event. She enjoys working at TCS and getting to know all of the students and participants, as well as their families. If you are a parent or have ever called TCS, you’ve probably spoken to Stephanie!
Stephanie is originally from California and has lived in Georgia for about two years. From the age of 18 she worked for the local school district; ranging from substituting in the district offices to working in the classroom as a paraprofessional. Stephanie also holds a license to teach preschool, head-start, latchkey, and intervention programs. In her free time, she crochets, cooks delicious meals, and shops at the DeKalb Farmers Market.
Ben Davidow | Marketing Associate
Originally from Roswell, GA, Ben attended Roswell High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing for Poetry at Georgia State University in the summer of 2011. While there, he studied under former Georgia Poet Laureate of 11 years, David Bottoms. Outside of work, Ben is an active member of Atlanta’s local music scene as a music critic, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Jasmine Camp | Development Associate
Jasmine is a recent graduate of Stanford University with a BA in Psychology. She received an athletic scholarship to play basketball for four years. Jasmine is also a lover of chocolate, sports, and fiction novels.