Beth Champ | Young Adult Program Director
Beth Champ is the Director of the Young Adults in Transition Program at The Community School. She has been with TCS since 2009, first as a counseling intern and then as a mental health counselor. Before joining The Community School, Beth was the Associate Director for Career Counseling at Emory University for three years, working primarily with graduate students. Counseling is actually Beth’s second career. Prior to transitioning into counseling, Beth worked as a strategy consultant in the health care field for eight years, living in Dallas and Los Angeles.
Beth has an M.S. in Counseling from Georgia State University, as well as an M.S. in Chemistry and an M.B.A. from UCLA. She is licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has an Advanced DIR Certificate from the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders and has presented locally and nationally on such topics as sexuality and autism and higher level thinking in adolescents and young adults. Beth is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor.
Kim Evans | Senior Transition Counselor
Kim Evans is the Transition Counselor for the Young Adult in Transition Program at TCS. She has been at TCS since 2008. She supports TCS program participants in college support, work internships, job training, and independent living skills. 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 | Counselor
Sara Morgan is a counselor at The Community School. 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. As an LAPC in Georgia, Sara works with the young adults and school participants individually and in groups, assisting with work internships and affinities classes.
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.
Lauren Strine | Counselor
Lauren Strine joined the Young Adult Program 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 young adults 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
Zachary Batson is an Assistant Teacher with TCS and has been at TCS since Fall 2014. He works with the young adults 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 Holt is an Assistant Teacher at TCS and has been on the team since Fall 2014, initially working with the school program. His focus is on fitness and wellness, and he works with both groups of Young Adults as well as school students. He also leads smaller group classes, individual affinities, and works with the Friday independence group. 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.
Jasmine Camp | Paraprofessional
After beginning as a Development Office intern in the Fall of 2015, Jasmine now also works as a Paraprofessional on the Young Adult Team. Her responsibilities includes individual affinities and group work.
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.
Kristen Maddox | Paraprofessional
Kristen joined TCS in December of 2016 as a Paraprofessional. She also helps out in the office with administrative projects, including the Southern Soiree.
In 2012, Kristen graduated from The University of Georgia with a B.S in Psychology. She spent a year living in New Zealand, working in childcare and traveling the South Island. The past 3 years, she’s lived in New England working for a children’s summer camp.
Kristen is a lover of yoga, getting outdoors, meeting new people and a good cup of coffee.