Tara Gilbert | School Program Director
Tara is TCS’s School Program Director having begun at TCS in 2012. In addition to her administrative duties, she also teaches Science, Math, and Affinities classes. Prior to TCS, she taught for 6 years at another DIR school in the Atlanta area, The Hirsch Academy. She has teaching experience in both public and private schools over the past 16 years. She holds a BS from Springfield College and a Montessori Elementary teaching certificate. She is also a private tutor for students ages 5-12 years.
Sarah Champ | Senior Teacher
Sarah Champ is a Senior Teacher at TCS. She joined TCS in 2013. In addition to teaching classes in core and elective subjects, she also works with staff in the areas of student assessment and academic goal setting.
Sarah comes to us from The Hirsch Academy, where she worked as their Floortime Specialist. While at Hirsch, Sarah provided DIR/Floortime intervention and social skills training. She also created a parent education series addressing Floortime and other topics. She has worked for DeKalb County as an Interrelated Teacher with students with moderate disabilities. Sarah holds a B.S. in Theater from Reed College and an M.A. in Education from California Polytechnic State University.
Melissa Burton | Teacher
Melissa 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.
Ben Davidow | Assistant Teacher
Ben teaches a range of subjects at TCS, with a special focus on music instruction and affinities classes. He has been at TCS since 2012. Ben has been involved with childhood development for the past five years, working with the First Baptist Church of Decatur’s After School and Summer Camp Program. He also works with Shenanigans (running Improv groups for children and adolescents), Applied Arts, and Theatre for Autism.
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.