Jenni Yeater


Many know Ms. Yeater as the K-4 Lead Teacher at First United Methodist Preschool Academy. She is a 1999 graduate of the UGA, Safe Sanctuary trained and First Aid and CPR certified. Ms. Yeater taught Art/Science, Lego, and Twirling in afterschool enrichment. Her experience includes Space Camp Instructor and Scout Camp Director. She was Teacher of the Month because of her dedication to children. This dedication includes community involvement where she has been active with the Boy Scouts of America. She attends New Testament Baptist Church. The Bible verse she lives by is “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Taylor Swords  

1st Grade

Ms. Swords comes to Monroe Country Day School from the Cobb County School District. Her certification is in Early Childhood Education. She has ten years experience in education. Besides 1st grade her teaching experience includes 3rd grade at Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy. She continues to do private tutoring for community students. Ms. Swords married a Monroe man and moved here to restore his grandmother's home in one of Monroe's historic districts. 


Carol Johnson


Rachel Barrientos

2nd/3rd Grade

Rachael Barrientos is no stranger to Monroe.  Her grandmother, Donnie Sue Robertson, was a pillar in this community and Rachael has followed in her footsteps. Rachael graduated from the UGA with a BSED focused in Speech Language Pathology.  After teaching at a private school in Athens she pursued a graduate degree in early childhood education from Piedmont College.  Rachael has spent over a decade  educating children in many different grade levels including pre-k, k, 3rd, and 4th grade.  After starting a family and being involved in the creation of a family business. She is an active volunteer and a strong supporter of the Monroe community.  

Leigh Wilson

2nd/3rd Grade 

Ms. Wilson is an experienced homeschool teacher, having homeschooled her son and daughter. After they both had graduated from high school she started a new career. Her passion for children has always been evident. She served in the past as a Sunday School teacher. Later she took a job with Walton County Schools as a 21st Century Community Learning Center 2nd grade instructor. She now teaches art and continues projects began in the morning 1st and 2nd grade morning classes.

Judy Sanders

4th/5th Grade

Ms. sanders has a Bachelors in Speech pathology and Audiology and a Masters and Specialist in Early Childhood Education from Breneau College.  Ms. Sanders retired from Newton County Schools as a 4th grade teacher. She served as Walnut Grove Elementary Site Coordinator for the 21st Century Community Learning Center. Her favorite past-time is caring for and showing American Saddlebred horses. She is a member and sings in the choir at St. Albans Episcopal Church in Monroe.

Paige Hood

Middle/High School English/Social Studies

Many in this community know Paige Hood through her many years as a teacher at Loganville High School. She taught Advanced Placement Literature and Composition for 18 years. Ms. Hood served as Advanced Placement and Gifted Coordinator, Gifted Department Chair and Public Relations representative for LHS. For multiple years she has been selected as STAR Teacher and Honor Teacher. She lives in Monroe and dedicates her time to making Walton County a better place. Welcome to our MCDS team!

Pam Nix 


Students get the opportunity to experience digging in the dirt with an enthusiastic and experienced Horticulture/Agriculture teacher. Many adults in Monroe can attest to the strong passion for environmental education and dedication to Walton County children this teacher has shown. Ms. Nix is a graduate of UGA with a BS Horticulture  and MEd/EdS Agricultural Education. Her specialties are environmental horticulture, plant science, biotechnology, and agribusiness. She was a “Future Farmers of America” (FFA) Advisor and  a 4-H Advisor. She spent three years as a member of “Keep Walton Beautiful”. 

Sarah Johnson


Ms. Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a focus in Health and Wellness. She started working as a tutor for elementary students for the Walton County Schools while a junior in high school. Ms. Johnson became an instructor with the Walton County Schools' 21st Century Community Learning Center at Monroe Elementary in 2008. She most recently worked as the Site Coordinator for Monroe Area High School's 21st Century Community Learning Center before leaving to teach. She has two children, Zoey and Caleb. Zoey attends pre-kindergarten at Monroe Country Day School.

Shelia Staebell

Middle School Physical Education & Social Studies

Ms. Sheila Staebell recently retired as a physical education teacher from the Walton County School System. 

Gabrielle Wagner

Music Teacher

Ms. Wagner has a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a focus in voice as well as a minor in piano. She specializes in vocal development, music theory, aural skills, and opera. Ms. Wagner will be teaching music to our MCDS students and will also be offering private voice and beginner piano lessons to all students in the community. She has several years of experience with stage management, recitals, and judging. Ms. Wagner received the Outstanding Achievement in Music award from Brenau University in 2018. She has recently move to Monroe, GA. 

Lisa Smith

Office Assistant

Lisa Smith 's face is familiar to many around Walton County. Her 30 years in education were spread among Monroe Primary, Monroe Elementary, Walnut Grove Elementary and Walnut Grove High School. She has served these schools as Media Aide, Kindergarten Paraprofessional, Receptionist, Executive Secretary, Data Entry Specialist and Coordinator of Supplemental Services. She is a member of Carter Hill Baptist Church and is currently involved with Outreach Ministry. Mrs. Smith has served on usher board, in the choir, on couple ministry and as a Minister wives’ associate. Mrs. Smith is currently 1st Lady at Dally Chapel Baptist Church.

Janalyn Waldroup

Office Manager

Ms. Waldroup brought her son to tour the school and left as our Office Manager! It is rare that a new school could find an Office Manager with her skills and experience. Ms. Waldroup has 20 combined years experience in Marketing and Office Management. She directed a Youth Camp that included 6 campuses. In her service to the church community she has taught middle school youth Sunday School, drama and choir.

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