Courtney Shelton

Ms. Courtney is a New Jersey native. As a child, she begged her parents and grandparents to let her in the garden to help pick vegetables. Instead she found herself prepping ingredients for meals, and she never lost that love. Ms. Courtney’s been a chef since 2007. She’s a US Army veteran, and attended Atlantic …

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Destiny Smith

Destiny Smith was born in Decatur, but grew up in Montezuma, GA. She returned to Decatur to attend Agnes Scott College and graduated with a BA in Psychology. Even though her role at SoulShine is in HR, she has a fondness for teaching and for dance. She combined them starting at 13, when she began …

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Cindy Young

Cindy Young has been working in Childcare for over 12 years and she can’t imagine doing anything else. The responsibility of helping shape young minds is very important and it gives her such a sense of accomplishment knowing she has a part in doing that. Cindy has been married since 2008 and has three boys: Bryce,  …

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Oriana Padron

Oriana Padron graduated from the University of Montevallo with a BFA.  She has a strong passion for children and has been caring for them since her early teens and began working professionally in childcare while still in college.

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith founded SoulShine in December 2006 and it is rooted in her belief that every child deserves the space and encouragement to create themselves through all forms of expression. Shannon has worked with children since 2002. She believes in positive reinforcement instead of traditional behavioral discipline.

Kate Karassik

Kate Karassik and Shannon Smith have been close friends since middle school and grew up working in childcare together. Kate received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and went on to receive her Masters in Education. She was a public school teacher for five years before joining the SoulShine team in 2011.

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