Staff

 Meaghan Bussey, M.S. Ed, Teacher   

Meaghan Bussey graduated in 2014 from Georgia College and State University with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Psychology. She spent a year in Sheffield, England working with university students. While there, she promoted cultural immersion and integration between international and national students. She completed the Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) at Georgia State University. Upon graduating, she taught Social Studies at South Cobb High School in an integrated classroom and coached swimming. Meaghan teaches English and Social Studies to middle school classes at Piedmont.  She is committed to the the understanding of history.


   Andrew Chismar,  B.A.,Teacher                 

Andrew Chismar earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in 2009.  He has taught kindergarten and elementary school in Illinois and Atlanta for several years and has piloted numeous early literacy programs.  He is currently completing an advanced degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  He teaches early elementary students and is committed to early literacy.


Sherrell Combs, M.S., Teacher   

Ms. Combs received her Master's from Mercer University and a Specialists degree in middle-school mathematics from The University of Georgia, Additionally, she has an endorsement in gifted and talented education.  A native of Georgia, she comes from a long line of educators and has taught in Metro-Atlanta for 25 years.  She is committed to project-based learning.


Asha Patke, M.S., Teacher   

Asha Patke graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Science graduating in the top of her class.  She also earned Master's degrees in English and Education.  She has 35 years experience in the field and was honored as best teacher in both India and the United States.  In addition to teaching, she participated in research about stress indicators at Emory University.  She teaches General Science across grades at Piedmont. She is an advocate for project-based collaborative learning and helping students understand the scientific process.


Karen Smyth,  M.S. Ed, Teacher   

Karen Smyth earned her Master's in Elementary Education from Columbia University Teacher's College.  She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree  from The University of Notre Dame. She has presented projects in reading and writing at national conferences and served as an evaluator for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation committees. Possessing a passion for teaching reading, she has previously taught at The Wooster School in Connecticut. She teaches Pre-K and Kindergarten at Piedmont. She is passionate about teaching reading.


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

Dr. Trapani was a founding board member of The Piedmont School of Atlanta. Dr. Trapani received her doctorate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental pediatrics at The Kennedy Institute and The 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.  A believer in life-long learning, Dr. Trapani has completed a certification program in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Pennsylvania State University. She also completed a graduate program in Educational Leadership and Public Policy at Georgia State University.