Susie King Taylor Community School is a Charter School serving grades kindergarten through eighth grades. Its charter is upheld by the administrative team, teaching staff, stakeholders, & governing board members of Susie King Taylor Community School. The school is managed under the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) along with The State Board of Education (SBOE). The day-to-day operations fall under the authority of the School Director and administrative team and are delegated to the teaching staff.

Minutes and Agenda

Governing Board meetings are held every second Wednesday:

Working Sessions from 5-6:00pm.

Meetings from 6-7:30pm
Minutes & Agenda Board Calendar

Charter Documents

Read the founding charter documents for Susie King Taylor Community School


  • Governance Committee

    Responsibilities are to ensure the board is governing effectively and revitalizing itself. It is the responsible for providing leadership for board education, ensuring a strategically composed board is in place to govern the institution, nominating candidates for officer positions and committee membership, nominating and orienting new board members, ensuring an effective governance structure, and ensuring an effective board self assessment process.

  • Finance & Facilities Committee

    Responsible for creating the upcoming fiscal year budget; presenting budget recommendations to the Board; monitoring implementation of the approved budget on a regular basis and recommending proposed budget revisions; recommending to the Board appropriate policies for the management of the charter school’s assets. Assists and advises the Board regarding its responsibility for oversight of SKTCS buildings and facility safety.

  • Student Success Committee

    Provides appropriate board oversight of the academic program by ensuring that the school’s educational program is positively impacting student achievement and by raising strategic academic issues for board discussion.

  • Executive Committee

    Responsibilities are to act on behalf of the board on urgent issues when the full board is not able to meet, and to lead the performance evaluation process for the School Director.

  • Development and Outreach Committee

    Provides leadership, strategic direction, oversight, and accountability for the board’s fundraising, and grant activities. This group also works to create connections between SKTCS and surrounding communities.

Governing Board

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  • Brian Joseph “Joe” Huffman, Jr. (Clerk)

    Joe grew up in the Savannah, Georgia area wherein he attended the Windsor Forest Elementary School, the DeRenne Middle School, the Savannah High School and then graduated from the Savannah Arts Academy in the year 2000. Joe earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory in the year 2005. He then earned a Master of Public Administration from the Georgia State University – Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Georgia State University School of Law, both in the year 2014. Joe is currently a practicing attorney at law with a focus on child advocacy and criminal defense. Joe resides in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and three children.



  • Christen Higgins Clougherty, Ph.D. (Treasurer)

    Fine Art and Humanities faculty, Savannah State University and Founder/Executive Director of Nobis Project, Inc., an educational non-profit organization that collaborates with and support educators in providing young people with an education that prepares them to become informed, active, and caring global citizens, both at home and abroad. With over 18 years of experience in the field of education, Clougherty works to enhance her own capacity and the capacity of educators to recognize, understand, and address the impact of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, and socioeconomic status in their work both in and out of the classroom. Her honors include recognition as a National Emerging Scholar for K-12 Service-Learning Research (2008 and 2009) by the National Service-Learning Partnership. Clougherty completed her doctoral research on the synthesis of experiential education, service-learning, creative-process theory, and global citizenship education through the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; Masters of Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in Fiber Arts; undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with an interdisciplinary major in non-profit business management; founder of Thundersmith Industries, Inc., a non-profit performances art company; former President and board member of the Friends of Oatland (FOO) of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center; founding board member of the Tybee Island Maritime Academy; and co-founder of the Arts Resource Collective of Savannah.



  • David Nash (Secretary)

    David ”Catfish” Nash was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. David earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami in Political Science. Next, he earned an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. After several years of working in the hospitality business, David finally found his true passion, teaching. Over the past twenty five years, he has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grades, while earning two Master’s Degrees, in Elementary Education and School Counseling. Currently, David works at St. Andrew’s as the LS Counselor and MS basketball coach. Previously, David worked for 18 years at Savannah Country Day School as the MS Counselor, 6th grade English Teacher, Cultural Competency Coordinator, and MS Football Head Coach. David also has a passion for camp. For the past 25 years, he has served as a camper, counselor, supervisor and Athletic Director at Camp Kweebec in Schwenksville, Pa. The lessons learned from each day of his camp experience has been translated into his daily life. David currently resides in Savannah, Georgia with his wife Mindy and their two children, L. and Truman.   



  • Michael Roach (Facilities)




  • Danyelle Dyson (Development, Present Representative, Outreach Co-Clerk)




  • Valarie Grimes (Board Member)




Faculty Staff Members

Todd Pipkin

School Director

Yanis Medina

Director of Academics

Quiana Smith-Aikens

Director of Operations

Tanika Johnson

Middle School Assistant Principal

Calandra Ervin

Executive Administrative Assistant and PowerSchool Liaison

Sean Patterson

Dean of Social-Emotional Learning

Anna Loudin

Second Grade Teacher

Chantelle Smith

Third Grade Teacher

Chaquita Bush

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Christy Caughran

Middle School Math Teacher

Megan Ruff

Fourth Grade

Lea Jones

Middle School SpEd Paraprofessional

LaQuandra Bundrage

First Grade Teacher

Keysha Dukes

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Kendra Chapman

Instructional Coach

Kate Yarboro

Kindergarten Teacher

Jean'ne Townsend

Jawan Johnson

Middle School Social Studies

Heather Fireall

Geneva Gadsden

Kindergarten Teacher

Delandrian Aikens

Music Teacher

Whitney Shearman

Third Grade Teacher

Venicia Richardson-Brooks

K-3 Special Education  Teacher

Monica Brown

Family Engagement Facilitator

Tatum Weber


Tarra Ager

Middle School English/Language Arts Teacher

Sherrylynn Burney

Fourth & Fifth Grade Special Education Teacher

Sherrell Bell

First Grade Teacher

Miriam Mikell-Bennett

K-5 Reading and Math Interventionist

Nikole Baker

Lead Gifted Teacher

Kassaan Smith

Physical Education Coach

Loraine M. Bush

K-8 Academic Coach