Patricia T. Ward
B.S.Ed., University of Georgia (concentration in elementary and middle school language arts and social studies)
M.Ed., Columbus State University (concentration in middle school language arts and social studies)
Educational Leadership Certification in Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University
Numerous continuing education and professional development courses
Mrs. Ward has a total of 32 years of combined experience as an educator and administrator. She served as Vice Principal at CKS for fifteen years. Previously, Mrs. Ward was a CKS Middle School Social Studies teacher for eight years, serving as Middle School department chair. She had additional teaching experience in the public school systems of several counties in Georgia, as well as in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany.
2009 CKS Archbishop's Education Honoree
B.S. Ed., University of Kansas (concentration in Physical Education and Health)
M.A. Ed., University of North Alabama, Educational Leadership
Mrs. Lennartz taught at St. Joseph Regional Catholic School in Florence, AL for 5 years before serving as the principal for another five years. Most recently she was the Assistant Principal at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, AL for six years, both schools were part of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.
B.S in Education, Youngstown State University
Masters in Theological Studies, Spring Hill College
Mrs. Maksimowski has been involved in education for 28 years. She taught Primary Grades in the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, Grade 6 in Tooele, Utah, and Grade 4, 5, and Middle School Language Arts at Christ the King School in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA until 1999 when she became the Religion Coordinator for the school. Prior to coming to Christ the King School, Mrs. Maksimowski was Director of Child Development for the United States Army in Zweibruecken, West Germany. As a third year teacher, she was a recipient of a government grant to implement a Piaget Program into the classroom.
B.S., Virginia Tech, Family and Child Development
Pursued MBA at George Mason University
Early Childhood Education Certificate, Brenau University
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Georgia Southern University
Professional Development: Orton-Gillingham, Executive Function, Collins Writing
Ms. Higgins has worked with children for 20 years. Before coming to Christ the King School, she worked at St. Jude School for 16 years teaching first and second grade. Prior to that, she taught first grade in DeKalb County. She has served on numerous school and Archdiocesan committees.
M.S., School Counseling, Mercer University
B.A., Psychology, Clemson University
Certified School Counselor, American School Counselor Association
Completed additional coursework and field experience towards licensure as an LAPC
Mrs. Baxter most recently completed two years of counseling internships, practicums, and field experiences in public and private schools and at a family service agency. Prior to that, she worked three years with Bright Futures Atlanta, a Christian nonprofit academy and enrichment program for inner-city students in grades 6-12, where she served in multiple capacities, including teaching, tutoring, fundraising, event-planning, bookkeeping, and designing web-based communication programs. She continues to serve the ministry on its Board of Directors.
2013 Outstanding Graduate Student
Ed.D., Counselor Education, The University of Memphis
M.A., Counseling, Louisiana State University
B.A., Psychology, Christian Brothers University
Licensed Professional School Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor
As a product of Catholic education, Ms. Meadows knows the value of such an opportunity. She was previously employed as a Professional School Counselor in the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. During this time Ms. Meadows developed a comprehensive counseling curriculum that addressed the academic, personal, and college-readiness needs of all students at her school. She was most recently employed as an Assistant Professor of School Counseling at The University of Southern Mississippi. Although she enjoyed her time at USM, Ms. Meadows missed working directly with children and decided to return to practicing as a Professional School Counselor.
Dawn M. Stark
Director of Advancement
B.S. in Sports Science, Ohio University
MBA, Marylhurst University -Nonprofit Management concentration
Ms. Stark has more than eleven years of fundraising experience. This is her fourth year at Christ the King School. Prior to CKS she served as the Director of Development for CURE Childhood Cancer. She served on the Advancement team at St. Martin’s Episcopal School for four and a half years including capital campaign work to build a new Middle School building. She also worked with Mustard Seed Communities. Prior to her fundraising experience, Ms. Stark taught Health and Physical Education.