Lindley Sixth Grade Academy

Dr. Denise Magee, Principal

Shawn Hadley, AP  |  Tida Bruce-Banefield, AP  |  Dr. Michaela Daquanni, SSA

1550 Pebblebrook Circle SE
Mableton, GA 30126
Phone: 770-819-2414
Fax: 770-819-2418

Meet the Administration

Dr. I. Denise Magee - Principal

"During the school year, it is my hope that we will work together to provide the students of LSGA the best possible opportunities in preparing them to be world class citizens ready to master the challenges of the 21st Century with a solid foundation created here at our school. As Principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to come by or call to make an appointment to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet!"

Dr. Magee started her educational career as a Trainee School Psychologist with the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas. She was hired as a special education teacher and school counselor at Campbell HS when she first entered the Cobb County School District. She was also promoted to administration at Campbell HS where she served one semester as an Assistant Administrator before her promotion to an Assistant Principal. She left Campbell HS and continued her career as an Assistant Principal at Pebblebrook HS for four years before obtaining her first Principalship. She served as principal at Tapp MS, Campbell MS, and Campbell HS. She is elated and honored to serve as the Principal of Lindley Sixth Grade Academy.

She was born and raised in the Bahamas where she received all of her earlier education in Episcopal Schools. She graduated from high school at the early age of sixteen and pursued education as her career. Dr. Magee is a strong believer in education. She holds five different degrees and brings twenty-two years of educational and administrative experience to LSGA. She is passionate about what she does and very committed to all of her students, staff and parents.

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Shawn Hadley - Assistant Principal

Mr. Hadley has served as an Elementary and Middle School Assistant principal both in Mableton, GA. He is excited about returning to Lindley Sixth Grade Academy as one of the Assistant Principals. It is with tremendous enthusiasm that he looks forward to leading such an amazing school and staff being an integral part of the success. He has over eighteen years of experience in education specializing in educational administration, strategic development, teaching, training/coaching, and instruction development. He has a special interest and expertise in the daily operations of a school, curriculum design and instructional best practices that support unique learning needs.

Mr. Hadley's goal is to continue incorporating the effort and commitment of the LSGA staff to create more success and higher achievement for all students. He wishes to build a collaborative relationship with students, staff, parents, and the community. He plans to work authentically each day to serve all staff/students in a manner which will allow them to maximize their full potential as lifelong learners.

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Mrs. Banfield

Tida Bruce-Banfield - Assistant Principal

“As a resident of the Mableton area, I am truly vested in the success of our students and their families. I look forward to working with our phenomenal scholars, educators, and stakeholders to promote student performance and the success of ALL Falcons. It is truly an honor to be an LSGA Falcon and to serve this amazing community!"

Mrs. Bruce-Banfield was originally a native of Guyana, South America. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York and is a proud product of the New York City School System. In January of 2003, in search of a warmer climate, she moved to Georgia. Since then, she has been a proud employee of the Cobb County School District. Over the last 15 years, she has acquired diverse experiences within the Cobb County School District both in teaching and teacher leadership. These experiences include K-5 elementary, middle school math, special education, and gifted education. Her areas of strength are Curriculum and Instruction, Innovative Model opportunities, Technology Integration, and STEAM education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from St. Johns University, a Master of Science degree from Mercer University in Teaching, a Specialist degree in Instructional Technology, and a Specialist degree from Berry College in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Banfield is passionate about education and firmly believes that every child deserves an academically challenging and engaging, education experience. “Our kids deserve it!”

She currently resides in the Mableton community with her family. Her husband, who is also a Cobb County teacher/coach-GO PEBBLEBROOK Soccer! They have three amazing children a– 20-year-old son, a 10-year old son, and a 7-year old daughter. Personally, she enjoys spending her time with her family, soccer/dance/gymnastic mom duties, all things education, and generally just enjoying the life she and her husband have worked to build.

Dr. D'Aquanni

Dr. Michaela Daquanni -Student Support Administrator

Michaela D’Aquanni entered the field of education in 1985 as a special education teacher. During her tenure as a teacher, she spearheaded inclusive education programs for children with different learning needs. Over the last 33 years she has taught in diverse general and special education settings, been an administrator at the high school level, a state wide consultant for systems change across New York State and Georgia, a university professor and an educational resource - working with teams (students, parents, and educators) to facilitate the development of effective educational programs for all students. Her areas of interest are in curriculum development and working to meet the needs of every student, particularly around issues of diversity, effective teaching practices and reading and language development. She is also keenly aware of the connection between teacher dispositions and the acceptance of diverse students within our schools, and the partnerships required to form effective learning communities. Her philosophy about educating students with disabilities is woven from what she sees as the critical elements of every program: acceptance, relationships, teamwork, respecting each as an individual, and acknowledging that each of us has gifts. Her career in the field of education continues to broaden, especially after spending a year in India where she assisted in the development and opening of an international school for children who brought with them a host of new challenges. Upon returning from India, Dr. D’Aquanni decided to take a leave from Kennesaw State University and return to the Public School setting in Cobb County as a general education teacher, with her goal being to make the door of inclusion more accessible to students who speak English as a second language and students with disabilities. In 2009, she was honored to be recognized as Cobb County’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Dr. D’Aquanni earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education and her leadership degree from Syracuse University. She is delighted to have joined the Schools of Lindley where she partners with students, families, colleagues and the community to support “One Team, One Goal, Lindley Success”