MEET THE STAFF
DirectorSally joined the staff as Director of Rock Spring Preschool in the summer of 2012. With more than 15 years experience as a preschool teacher, music teacher, assistant director for children’s and youth choirs, preschool camp and programs, Sally brings a wide range of talents to the preschool.
Although Sally began her career in advertising with a B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University, she found her true calling working with preschool-aged children. She believes in leading students to think for themselves through play and discovery. Her preschool philosophy is “Make learning fun so that students will want to keep doing it.”
Sally has lived in Sandy Springs for more than 20 years with her husband Jerry and her daughters Sara Lynn, Annie and Audrey. She enjoys playing with her Bassett Hound, Murphie, the “true princess” of the family.
TeacherPetra Aikens loves teaching three-year-olds and has been doing so at Rock Spring Preschool since 1987.
She holds a Child Development Associate degree (CDA) from DeKalb College. Her rich resume includes a lifetime of experience with early childhood development, experience as a camp administrator, mentor, and curriculum developer. She has a passion for the arts which is evident in her classroom and creative lessons.
She and her husband Calvin have 5 children and 13 grandchildren, most of whom are graduates of Rock Spring Preschool. When away from school, Petra enjoys cooking, crafting, spending quality time with her grandchildren and teaching children’s Bible studies at her home church.
TeacherVicky was born in Manila and received her Bachelor’s degree at St. Scholastica College in the Philippines. She is married to a German National whose occupation took her family to live all over the world for 25 years. She has been in the United States since 2005 and has been teaching preschool children ever since
Vicky joined the staff of Rock Spring Preschool in the fall of 2007, working as a teaching assistant for children in the Toddlers class all the way through PreK. In the fall of 2014, Vicky became a lead teacher for two-year olds and has enjoyed creating a classroom environment and providing activities that are full of fun and play-based learning. Vicky loves interacting with her students and watching them explore and discover while developing new skills.
In her spare time, Vicky enjoys traveling, gardening, caring for and walking her dog and going to the gym. She has a keen interest in international languages and speaks Filipino, Portuguese, German and Spanish. She and her husband are loving parents of two grown daughters and enjoy spending time with them.
TeacherTracy joined Rock Spring Preschool in the fall of 2011 and has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten ever since. She was born and raised in Michigan and received her B.A. in education from Alma College. Graduate work specific to reading was completed at both Michigan State University and St. Leo’s College in Florida. Tracy brings nearly 30 years of teaching experience from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade across the states of Michigan, Florida, Maryland and Georgia.
Tracy was inspired to become a teacher by her aunt who taught Second grade for 35 years. Her passion is teaching young children to have fun and learn through exploration, discovery and creativity. She especially enjoys Pre-K and Kindergarten children because they are so enthusiastic and every day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tracy is a widow, with three of the most amazing children in the world. Chad, Jess, and Scott all live and work in Atlanta, allowing the family to spend time together. Tracy is a dog lover and dotes on her Boston terrier, Piper, as well as her “grandpups” Jimmy and Bosko. She also enjoys sewing, shopping, traveling and spending time with friends.
Barbara was born in Russia and grew up in Estonia. She lived in Germany for many years, moving to Atlanta with her husband and son in 2007. Once her son started school, Barbara began to substitute teach at Rock Spring Preschool and became the school’s “go-to” sub for all age groups for nearly three years.
In January of 2014, Barbara joined the RSP staff as the toddler class teacher, and has enjoyed watching the youngest students grow and mature. Toddlers can be funny, as well as sweet as they learn to navigate their world, and Barbara loves their little giggles and first attempts to talk to her and to each other. Music, dancing and laughter is often heard outside the door of her classroom.
Outside of school, Barbara’s interests include travel, music, meeting new people, being outdoors, and volunteering in her son’s school. She is a continuous learner and enjoys taking classes in both proven methodology and new techniques in early learning. Barbara and her family often travel to Germany to visit relatives during the summer months.