Staff

Lupe Linkthun, M.A.; Elementary Education

Ms. Linkthun completed the graduate degree in Education at Mills College. She comes to The Piedmont School from California, where she has taught for the past five years at a charter school that blended the approach of The Waldorf Schools with a public school curriculum. There was a heavy influence in her previous teaching assignment in embedding music, poetry, and art within the common core standards. She received her undergraduate degree at Simmons College in Boston majoring in Political Science and Spanish. She is a social justice educator believing that all students can learn and succeed. 


Josh Maley, B.A., Social Studies

Mr. Maley graduated from Oglethorpe University (Summa Cum Laude) in 2017. He worked as an intern at The Piedmont School for three years prior to joining the faculty. He believes that students should learn about the world around them including the unfortunate realities of history and current events. It is critical for students to know how the world operates! By teaching economics, politics, and geography they will be better prepared to become active, caring citizens of the future.


Caitlin May, B.S., Science

Ms. May received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Oglethorpe University in 2016, where she was involved in multiple original research projects. As part of her passion for promoting science literacy, Caitlin believes that students learn best when they are empowered to ask and investigate their questions about the world. Committed to project-based collaborative learning she will soon begin graduate studies in Science Education.


Claire Shepherd, M.S., Mathematics

Ms. Shepherd earned an M.Ed., in mathematics education from Georgia State University. The B.A., in mathematics and secondary education was completed at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her certifications include mathematics education, gifted education, and special education. She has more than thirteen years experience in teaching. Claire believes that the purpose of education is to develop students ability to problem-solve, think creatively, and gather and interpret information. She dedicates herself to developing confidence in her students and challenging them to grapple with new and exciting ideas.


Karen Shock, M.S. English Language Arts

Ms. Shock earned the M.S. in applied linguistics/TEFL at Georgia State University, where she also earned a B.A., in Journalism. He teaching background includes teaching English as a second language both in the United States as well as three foreign countries. She loves to incorporate the use of games as she strives to make learning interactive, engaging and fun. Before joining The Piedmont School she was an independent contractor and Professor in ESL at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.


Catherine Trapani, Ph.D., BCBA, Head of School

Initially, Dr. Trapani was a founding board member of The Piedmont School of Atlanta. She received the doctorate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental pediatrics at The Kennedy Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Currently, she is an adjunct Associate Professor at Emory University in the Department of Pediatrics; formerly, she was the Director of Education of the Marcus Autism Center. Dr. Trapani has also held faculty, clinical, and administrative appointments at The University of Chicago in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Hofstra University. She is certified in educational leadership and in teaching social studies, special, and elementary education. A believer in life-long learning, Dr. Trapani completed a certification program in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Pennsylvania State University, (2013) and a graduate program in Educational Leadership and Public Policy at Georgia State University (2002). She believes that education is the only real social change agent.