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Angela is a dynamic educator and passionate about sharing nature with children of all ages. She's been working with children for over 15 years. She was born and raised in the flat fields of Indiana. This is where her love of art and nature began, leading her to become a master naturalist.

As a young adult she attended Saint Francis College where she studied Commercial/Fine Art. In 2000 she moved to Georgia and chose to study education at University of North Georgia. After raising her two daughters as a stay at home mom she began working at Elachee Nature and Science center in 2007. She gained experience in many roles from camp counselor, animal curator, event planner, and naturalist. In 2014 she started as the lead teacher when Elachee opened their Nature Academy Preschool. She continued to grow and develop eight years and is extraordinarily proud of what she accomplished.

Angela has lived in Dahlonega for 4 years now and loves all that north Georgia has to offer. In her free time she enjoys hiking and exploring trails in Georgia, tending to her vegetable and flower garden, and finding ways to express creativity through different mediums of art. She likes to always be creating something. 

Angela Belanger
Environmental Educator
and Preschool Teacher

I’m Amanda Pollack, your K-1 Lead Educator! I earned an M.A. in Art History & Museum Studies in 2013 and started my career in Early Childhood Education soon after. In the nearly ten years since, I have found constant joy with my students and families as we share experiences, create, experiment, observe, and wonder about the world around us.

I believe that learning happens every day - during new adventures and in familiar spaces, with friends and alone, and alongside books, songs, stories, and, best of all, questions. My goal as an educator is to inspire curiosity, build confidence, and create a meaningful community here at Trailblazers School of North Georgia. I am so thrilled to be a part of this program - let’s explore!

Amanda Pollack
Lower Elementary Educator

Jacinda was born and raised in Jamaica and migrated to New York shortly after turning 18. It was here that she spent her time diving deep into her passions that included teaching and learning alongside young children, event planning, and training in the gym.

Prior to joining Trailblazers, Jacinda taught in the 2s and 3s program at the Blue School in Lower Manhattan, New York. It was through her work here that she developed a strong appreciation for Project based Emergent curriculum Learning and developed a DEIJ program for the youngest set of children alongside her fellow teachers. She has also spent the last 4 summers in the Catskills working as a nanny at Timber Lake West sleepaway camp. Spending two months of the year in nature, building relationships with people from all over the world and diving into all that camp has to offer has been the highlight of her early twenties.

Jacinda enjoys long hikes, dancing as a form of creative expression, planning, reading, and exploring food. She is excited to join Miss Amanda in the K-1 classroom as a co-lead and can’t wait to begin exploring!

Jacinda Sunanon
Lower Elementary Educator

Maddy Hay is an experienced educator who uses her knowledge and passion for the environment to fuel creative ideas and projects! 

Maddy has her Master of Arts in Creative and Innovative Education and Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. As a certified elementary educator, she's worked with children and other educators to develop creative and culturally relevant opportunities, including project-based learning and creating a community garden. She deeply values children's thinking and brings compassion in helping children explore a sense of place and connectedness to their surroundings. 

Maddy has also worked as a farmer on an organic women-owned farm in South Atlanta as well as in community development where she utilized her knowledge of nature’s intelligence to lead a time to drive innovative thinking and planning. 

Maddy loves creating music with her partner, trees, traveling, and gardening in a community. 

Maddy Hay
Upper Elementary Educator

Joseph Glessner has been a progressive educator for 20 years in the Atlanta area. He comes from a strong background in project-based learning and art/play-based academics. In his career, he has worked with diverse learning styles and feels comfortable meeting his students where they are, both socially and academically. He is married, has a 14-year-old budding professional soccer player, and 2 cats, Bones and Ahsoka. Joe enjoys reading, video games, hiking and traveling, Atlanta United, and tacos! He dreams of one day retiring to Portugal, living the beach life, and running a taco truck.

Joseph Glessner
Upper Elementary Educator