Teaching Staff

Dunwoody Prep’s success is largely attributed to the quality of our staff. We believe that those whom we select to teach and interact with our treasured students should meet the highest standards. Our staff of talented, degreed and credentialed teachers surrounds the children with love and dedication and provides an exciting developmental curriculum that places Dunwoody Prep in a class of its own. We support our staff in their ongoing, annual professional development and are proud of our very low turnover rate.

Administrative Team

Jane Newman

Executive Director and On-Site Owner

Jane is a master educator who opened Dunwoody Prep to fill a need in our community for a quality early learning center with a home-like atmosphere. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching and taught in the gifted and talented program. She has participated in more than 40 years of annual professional development.

Jane is proud of the reputation her school holds in the metro Atlanta area. She has built an amazing team at this small school which grew and grew yet remains the warm, nurturing program she dreamed of offering to Dunwoody families. Nothing thrills her more than having graduates return to visit Dunwoody Prep.

Jane, a native of Savannah, has called Dunwoody home for over 30 years. She and her husband, Bruce, raised their two (now adult) children in Dunwoody. Jane is a Pilates regular and loves to travel!

Edye Summerfield Disner


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Edye joined the Dunwoody Prep team in the summer of 2015. Her early childhood education and experiences include a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, classroom teacher, NAEYC Validator, state of Georgia Pre-K Consultant, and over 15 years as a Director or Assistant Director in an early learning center. She has served on boards for both local and national early childhood organizations.

Jane and Edye met over 20 years ago when Edye was the assigned NAEYC Validator for Dunwoody Prep’s Accreditation visit. Having remained in contact professionally for so many years, Edye was thrilled to join the team when the new position of Assistant Director was created. Being a part of this wonderful early childhood program has given her the opportunity to immerse herself professional in the community in which she lives.

Edye, originally from Memphis, has lived in Atlanta for 25 years. In addition to being a newlywed, she enjoys playing mahjong, reading, cheering on the VOLS, and spending lots of time with her niece and nephew who attend Austin Elementary.

Donna Formato

Administrative Director

Donna has been at Dunwoody Prep since 1997 and has been working in the field of education for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and is GA certified P-8.

Donna says that Dunwoody Prep provides an environment where she is given the opportunity to work and care for an amazing extended family. Each day brings a new adventure and passion for the education and service we provide the children and parents. She feels honored to work with such talented and knowledgeable staff members as we partner with parents and the faculty to provide an amazing educational foundation for our students.

Donna is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Atlanta in 1995.   She and her husband, Dan, have been married for 11 years. They have 3 children, all of whom are Dunwoody Prep graduates. When not volunteering at church, taking care of her 2 dogs, and gardening, she finds time to bake, needlepoint and enjoy audio books on her daily commute.

Keili Smith

Curriculum Coordinator

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Keili joined the Dunwoody Prep team summer of 2016.  Keili holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and holds a current GA teaching certificate in Early Childhood.  Keili taught preschool for the past ten years, most of which were spent abroad.  She also ran a Family Child Care Center.  Prior to coming to Dunwoody Prep she taught 3rd grade math and science for Fulton County.

Keili is originally from Alaska, and lived in Washington state, Guam, and Turkey, prior to moving to the Atlanta area in 2014.   Keili and her husband, Henry, have been married for eight years and enjoy spending their time traveling together!


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Prospective Staff members

Dunwoody Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We take special care in selecting a professional staff. If you think that you possess the education and experience for Dunwoody Prep’s unique environment, please email  your resume and a cover letter to us.