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CREATE grew out of a partnership that began in 2011 between Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School and Georgia State University's College of Education and Human Development that explored the impacts of a teacher residency in a single school. In 2015, The New Teacher Residency Project at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School was awarded a 3 million dollar Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the US Education Department, thereby launching an expansion of this work into several new schools and into the realm of more comprehensive programming for experienced educators. This expansion was the beginning of the CREATE Teacher Residency Program.


CREATE received crucial additional support from several charitable foundations including but not limited to: The R.H. Dobbs Jr. Foundation, The Ziest Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Belk Foundation, The Fuqua Foundation

In the Fall of 2017 CREATE was awarded an $8 million Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant by the U.S. Education Department to support and expand programming from 2018 to 2022.

The CREATE Staff

CREATE's staff is a diverse group of individuals committed to the mission of building and nurturing a thriving community of educators committed to practices of teaching that prioritize racial justice and interrupt inequities.


Elizabeth Hearn, Ed.S.

Director of CREATE

Principal co-Investigator, CREATE Grant


Ayodele Harrison

Assistant Director of CREATE


Megan McKnight

Assistant Director of CREATE


Folami Prescott-Adams, Ph.D.

Equity Director

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Maya Jenkins

Instructional Mentor


Kofi Kinney

Instructional Mentor

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Cathy Downey


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Rosalynne Duff

Equity Coordinator

Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development Research Team

Stephanie Behm-Cross, Ph.D.

Principal co-Investigator, CREATE Grant

Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator, Ph.D. in Teaching & Learning: Teaching and Teacher Education
Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Nadia Behizadeh, Ph.D.

Research Director, CREATE Teacher Residency

Associate Professor, Adolescent Literacy
Program Coordinator, M.Ed. in Literacy Education
Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Rhina Fernandes Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor, Critical & Multicultural Education
Co-Program Director, Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
Department of Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education

Jacob Hackett, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Camea L. Davis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Sumayah Clark

CREATE Project Coordinator