Program Staff

| Sarah Champ | Kim Evans | Sara Morgan |Melissa Burton| Lauren StrineZach BatsonJimmy HoltKaitlyn MorrisJames Sands | Tim Harland | Lawrence Massey

Sarah Champ | Associate Director

sarahcSarah Champ is the Associate Director of Individual Services at The Community School, a private non-profit school serving adolescents and adults with developmental, communication, or social-emotional disorders. Sarah has an M.S. in Special Education from the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.  Sarah is certified in Pivotal Response Treatment (level five) and D.I.R/Floortime (level 2).

Sarah has worked as a special educator for over ten years in both public and private school settings.  Sarah regularly presents the work of The Community School regionally and nationally in foundational mathematics education, developmental lesson planning, and crisis intervention.

Kim Evans | Associate Director

Kim EvansKim Evans is an Associate Director of the Community Team at TCS. Her work focuses on supporting higher education and work experiences for participants, as well as independent living. She also provides individual and group counseling. She has an EdS degree from Georgia State University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She holds an intermediate level certificate in DIR/Floortime. She also attended GSU for her undergraduate degree and double majored In Psychology and Sociology.

Kim was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and moved to Georgia with her Mom, Dad, and sister when she was 6. After college, Kim worked at The Marcus Institute (now the Marcus Autism Center) in the Language and Learning Clinic. During this time at Marcus, she also began to train teachers and families and this experience convinced her to become a counselor, as many of the parents felt isolated, frustrated, and without support.

Kim loves her work and looks forward to coming to work every day. Kim lives in the Poncey Highlands with her college roommate, Lisa, her cat, Katinka, and her dog, Lennon. She enjoys traveling, reading, being outside in the sun, walking her dog, and going to concerts.

Sara Morgan | Associate Director

Sara-1Sara Morgan is an Associate Director of the Family Team at TCS. She is no stranger to TCS, originally joining the team as a counseling intern in 2013 to complete her M.S. from Mercer University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is an LAPC in Georgia. Sara coordinates TCS’s efforts in supporting families with education, support, and counseling. She also provides individual and group counseling.

Sara graduated with an Art History and Psychology bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia in 2009. During this time, Sara became inspired to work with young adults in creative and supportive environment leading her to seek her master’s in counseling. Sara hopes to continue growing in her counseling role as well as possibly obtaining a Ph.D one day to teach.

Sara is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and lives in Decatur. Some of her favorite hobbies include traveling, hiking, crafting, and especially cooking. Sara also loves to spend time with family and friends and loves to be outdoors.

Melissa Burton | Teacher

Melissa BurtonMelissa is a teacher in the school program at TCS. She teaches a variety of core academic subjects, as well as some art classes. She has been at TCS since the fall of 2014. Her previous experience includes The Lionheart School, a program in Alpharetta using DIRFloortime as a strong influence.

Melissa also leads social thinking play groups and is a master at including creativity in play and learning. She has a B.S. in Art Education and holds a Georgia teaching certificate in Art and Special Education.

Lauren Strine | Counselor

Lauren StrineLauren Strine joined the TCS in the fall of 2015, coming from Pasadena, CA, where she completed her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked with a variety of clientele, but once she became familiar with the DIR/Floortime Model through her work with Greenhouse Therapy Center in Pasadena, she knew she had found her niche. She is a firm believer in the model and its approach to social and emotional development.

Lauren received her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, where she double majored in Spanish and Sociology. She has spent time living abroad in both Spain and Mexico, and loves exploring new places and diving into different cultures. In her free time, she enjoys thrifting, hiking, traveling, and cooking elaborate new meals (rarely repeating a recipe). She is really excited about her new dishwasher, since it makes the clean-up process a breeze!

Lauren enjoys meeting with participants as well as supporting their families through the various challenges they face. She finds tremendous value in setting aside time to reflect and process life experiences, and believes therapy provides a safe space to do so while moving towards positive change.

Zach Batson | Assistant Teacher

Zach BatsonZachary Batson is an Assistant Teacher with TCS and has been at TCS since Fall 2014. He works with participants in groups and individually while assisting with classes on the school side as well. He runs affinities classes and assists with internship and independence groups. Prior to joining TCS much of his background has been in early childhood education. As a teacher at KDO Preschool and counselor in the after school program at FBC Decatur, Zach has been able enrich the lives of the children and families in these communities with his generous, outgoing personality. Zach also works as writer for Creative World Awards, a screenwriting competition based out of Los Angeles. He graduated from Georgia State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Zach was born in Gainesville, Georgia, the middle child of three sons. After graduating from high school he moved to Nashville for a short time to study music at Belmont University. Eventually he moved back to Georgia and continued his studies at Georgia State University where he met his future wife. An avid musician, Zach picked up the guitar at a young age and has been playing and recording music ever since. His chief instrument is the guitar but he also plays drums, bass, and piano. Some of his interests include spending time with his wife, creative writing, hiking with his dogs Bear and Petunia, and playing drums for the Buzzards of Fuzz, and all things Godzilla.


Jimmy Holt | Assistant Teacher

Jimmy HoltJimmy Holt is an Assistant Teacher at TCS and has been on the team since Fall 2014. His focus is on fitness and wellness, and he works with a wide range of participants. Before coming to The Community School, Jimmy worked as the Assistant Director of the After School and Summer Camp programs in the lower levels of the building. Jimmy attended Oxford College of Emory University, where he earned an Associates Degree before going on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from Emory University.

Born and raised here in Atlanta, Jimmy spent most of his time here in Decatur when he wasn’t in Tucker, where he lived. Now he lives in Decatur and enjoys spending time with his dog Milla and El Rey his cat. When he is not outside playing, Jimmy can be found discussing coming books and films or engaged in a game of Magic the Gathering. Other hobbies include cooking, reading, building models and woodworking.

Lawrence Massey | Assistant Teacher

IMG_9332Lawrence came to TCS full-time in August 2017 even though he originally came as part-time staff in December 2016. Lawrence is a graduate of Morehead State University (KY.) where he played football for the university and received his bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion. Lawrence has a deep passion for working with youth and that is what brought him to TCS. Lawrence has over 5 years of experience working with youth of all ages and backgrounds in different settings. He also has over 2 years of experience working in health and wellness industry as well. In his spare time, Lawrence enjoys working out, watching/attending sporting events, and spending time with friends/family.


Tim Harland | Assistant Teacher

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Tim Harland joined TCS as an Assistant Teacher in August of 2017, where he teaches a wide variety of subjects. Before coming to The Community School, he worked with adolescents on an individual basis as a tutor, additionally assisting them with transitional and independence support. He graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor’s in Theater Studies. He continues to perform, both in theater and in music, in his spare time. He also has his wife, Kelsey, to thank for having introduced him to TCS in the first during her graduate internship!


Kaitlyn Morris | Assistant Counselor

Kaitlyn received a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in May, 2017. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Kaitlyn has worked for several programs offering transitional support for adolescents leaving their homes and entering college. Many of these adolescents are also international students transitioning into American culture for the first time. In her free time Kaitlyn enjoys reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and attending sporting events.

Kaitlyn completed her graduate internship at TCS in the spring of 2017. She joined the full-time staff as an Assistant Counselor in August, 2017.


James Sands | Assistant Teacher

James completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University in May 2017, after completing a graduate internship at TCS. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelors in Pre-Med Biology. James has also been an instructor and animal handler for Zoo Atlanta where he led education programs for grades 3 to college level students. When he is not in school or working on his podcast, James enjoys reading comics/books, playing video games, and antagonizing his 3 cats.

James joined the TCS staff in August, 2017.


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