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The Shepherd's Academy for Teaching Excellence

Intentionally cultivating potential...

Dr. Althea Penn

Educational Consultant

Child Development: Cultivating a love of learning and fostering competence in young children.

Professional Development: Training teachers whose lives and scholarship

become a living textbook for their students.

Organization Development: Enhancing educational program sustainability and success through best practices in early education program administration and planning.

Professional Development

The Shepherd's Academy for Teaching Excellence is a vocational training program and education consulting firm specializing

in professional development for early childhood education organizations. We provide inspirational, research proven, staff development and

business consulting for owners, administrators, and teachers of programs for young children. Our objectives are to ensure

optimal development of children by developing programs that engage every learner and to improve processes and

performance in order to provide the best service possible to young children.

The Shepherd’s Academy for Teaching Excellence provides many Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning: Bright

from the Start and Georgia Department of Education Office of Professional Learning courses. All policies and procedures

are in compliance with the National Health and Safety Standards established by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the

National Board of Health, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association of

Christian Schools International, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

accreditation (Advanced ED Georgia) standards for quality schools; and federal, state, and local regulations. We are a 501(c)3 corporation that is organized for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes.

COVID-19 Precautions

Our first priority is to the health and safety of our students and staff. Students may attend classes virtually or on campus. We are implementing precautions such as: 

Students and staff wear facemasks; 

Wellness checks and temperature screenings are performed in check-in; and frequent handwashing and disinfecting.

The health and safety of our clients, students, staff, and families is our top priority. While we are monitoring executive orders including the greater Gwinnett county area, we make decisions independently based on our  organization’s unique needs and situation, as well as guidance from external agencies.

Organization Development

Dr. Penn is an experienced Organization Development Practitioner with over three decads of experience in planning and administering educational institutions. She employs decades of program management and educational leadership expertise and experience in developing preschools, private schools, faith based organizations, and higher education institutions. The following services are provided:

Business Plan Development

Licensing Application Completion

Accreditation Coaching

Corporate Document Drafting (Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws)

501.c.3 Tax Exemption Application Completion

Mock Inspection

Classroom setup

Training-Staff Development

Staff Observation/Performance Appraisals


Child and Adult Care Food Program Enrollment

Sales Tax Exemption Application

General Consultation

Book your consultation or coaching appointment today!

Additional CVOID-19 precautions

In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community, we will work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Gwinnett County Health District to determine the best course of action.

If a case of COVID-19 is identified in the surrounding community, we will follow local and/or state health authorities’ recommendations or orders to close. We may, out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of the school’s unique needs and situation, close even if health officials don’t deem it necessary.

*All consultation appointments are durrently virtual with the exception of onsite mock inspections. Many classrooms are currently closed due to COVID precautions. All classes are offered online. We offer both self-paced and LIVE videoconference classes.

We encourage consulting clients and parents s to prepare:

New to GoToMeeting videoconferencing platform? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts. Download the app at www.gotomeeting. Login information and times will be provided within 24 hours of payment processing.  

Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed early and/or closed.

Talk to friends, neighbors, and other parents about sharing childcare duties if your children are well, but school is closed.

Talk to your employer about working from home or shifting schedules in the event of a school closure.

Child Development

CAPS and SOLVE scholarships are accepted We promote holistic child development (heart, mind, and body) by assessing a child's needs, interests, developmental level, personality, and learning style. We assist parents and educators in designing and delivering curriculum that supports the well being of every child, especially exceptional learners. We believe every child is a champion.

We offer:

  • Academic excellence
  • Bible based instruction
  • Christian character development
  • Creative Expression (art, ceramics, dance, drama, music, photography, singing)
  • Standards aligned Field Trips
  • STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) curricula and career preparation
  • Sports/Fitness (basketball, baseball, and flag football)
  • Outdoor Adventure (hiking, nature discovery, earth science, survival skills)
  • *Half Day Program available during the summer
  • *Early Learning 6 weeks-K4 (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • *Private Kindergarten (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Virtual Learning K-12th grade Tuesdays 
  • *Before and Afterschool (7-8 a.m.) and (3-6 p.m.)
  • *Camp Destiny Summer Camp
  • Homeschool P. E. Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.
  • ABeka Curriculum
  • *Extracurricular Clubs and Activities
  • Certified Teachers
  • Dual-Enrollment Study Group
  • *Championship Athletic Program
  • *Private Music Lessons
  • Non-Denominational
  • Parenting Seminars (discipline, nutrition, faith development, homeschooling, curriculum choices, portfolio development)
Enrollment information may be downloaded at


Weekly, Monthly, Annual Payment Plans

Multi-Child Discount

Church Leader Discount

Featured Services

Professional Development

40-Hour Director's and Child Development Associate Training

Educational Consulting and Director Coaching


Satisfied Customers


​Years Of Experiece


Schools Started


​Certifications and Degrees