Dekalb Agriculture Technology & Environment, Inc.

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The goal of DeKalb Agriculture Technology & Environment, Inc. is to educate a student population about the essential need to consider environmental, agriculture and the ramifications of technology and other business decisions, via a hands-on, community-oriented instructional curriculum. The Academy will improve student achievement via a curriculum which:

  • Recognizes the important link between technology, agriculture, and the environment.
  • Promotes higher order thinking skills – critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making
  • Motivates students by offering a real world context for learning
  • Engages learners in investigative, hands-on/minds-on, student-centered, and cooperative activities between industry and environmental groups
  • Advances educational reform goals
  • Correlates to state and national academic standards
  • Considers the environment in its totality, i.e., the co-existence of business and the environment
  • Promotes continuous lifelong learning

Board of Directors

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Dr. Joe Ani is a professional trained teacher with Diploma in Accounting, Economics and Education; as well as Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Accounting and Vocational Business; an Executive Certificate in Transformational Leadership from INT-USA through Beulah Heights University, Atlanta; an MBA in Accounting; and a Doctorate Degree (Ph.D) in Global Leadership and Organizational Management.


He has over 35 years of combined comprehensive experience in leadership, training, nonprofit organization, cultural integration, human capital development, accounting, Tax Services, Payroll, financial management, and business consulting services. Dr. Ani is published and has a passion for “Nonprofit, Cross-cultural Relationship, Process Improvement, Performance and Sustainability”.


Dr. Ani currently serves on different boards as the Secretary, Board of Directors, Institute for National Transformation (INTUSA), is the Founder and CEO of Light of Hope Outreach, a non-profit organization and Janic Business Group, LLC. Dr. Ani has earned the prestigious former Governor Sunny Purdue’s Citation for Community Service. He also serves on the Boards as treasurer, for Chamblee Charter High School.

Dr. Ani

Faye Garrett has been a devoted and compassionate educator for over 30 years. Mrs. Garrett is now retired with experience as an Elementary Teacher, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent for the City Schools of Decatur. She has also served on the DATE Board of Directors for over 6 years.

Ms. Garrett

Stefani Carter received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Georgia and Master of Arts in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the University of Memphis. She has worked almost 20 years as a Speech Language Pathologist in early intervention, private practice, school systems, and Trauma hospitals.


Stefani currently serves for the Dekalb County Board of Health as a Healthcare Manager. Under this title, she manages both state and federal programs including Babies Can’t Wait, Children’s Medical Services, Children First, Immunization Program, and Adolescent Health and Youth Development. Stefani also managed a private practice therapy company Speech 2Me Communication, LLC for speech, occupational, and physical therapy services.

Ms. Carter

Reginald Barrino received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Howard University. He has over 34 years of Environmental Engineering experience at his current employer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Reginald strives to live up to and exemplify his alma mater’s motto “Veritas et Utilitas or In Truth and Service”. He believes strongly that the best communities are made when people give back by becoming involved through community service and by creating awareness and providing solutions to help improve the quality of life in many communities.


Reginald has a broad and varied community service background and has served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and on the deacon board at Wings of Faith Ministries of Conley, Georgia. He has also served as a mentor for EPA’s Greater Leadership Opportunities Fellowship Program, committed to STEM education and to encourage scholars to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmentally related fields. Reginald also privately tutors and mentors’ scholars throughout Metro Atlanta.

Mr. Barrino

Darold Honore, Jr. received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Georgia State University and obtained his master’s from Strayer University. He currently owns a Farmers Insurance Agency in Downtown Lithonia. Darold is a community advocate that has served as Mayor and now as councilman for the city of Lithonia.


He has devoted years of service to the Dekalb community in many ways, in 2004 he was appointed by the Dekalb Board of Commissioners to the Dekalb Board of Health, where he became the first African American Chairman of the Board. Darold continues to service the community with his appointment to the executive board of the Dekalb History Center, he joined the Medical Reserve Corps for Dekalb County and volunteered with the Dekalb Library Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce. Darold volunteers as the Assistant Scout Masters at D.A.T.E. He is a member of Leadership Dekalb class of 2008. Darold is married and has one son.

Mr. Honore’

George Jones is a Technical Architect Manager with 22 years of Enterprise Software Development and Delivery experience in driving the vision for digital platforms in complex IT environments. Championed Software Delivery Life Cycles by expanding his experience as a Software Developer and DevOps Engineer. In the last 15 years, George has implemented multiple Software Applications and DevOps based solutions in France, India and the US.


A heart for the outdoors, George is an active cyclist, skier and hiker. Sports that allow him to maintain his love for the environment and horticulture. A Scoutmaster for Troop 1833 for 8 years with 17 Scouts. Boy Scouts of America Soapstone Ridge District Chair for 3 years leading an organization servicing 1660 Scouts, 340 Scout Leaders and 2050 parents. Responsible for defining and implementing the strategic vision for the district’s Boy Scouts.


George is serving Dekalb Agricultural Technology & Environment Charter School Board of Directors for 14 years. He received his Computer Information Science Degree from Morris Brown College. Married for 22 years with three children.

Mr. Jones

Dr. Danielle Sweat Whylly currently serves as Community Outreach Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. In this capacity, she develops and fosters relationships between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and community by creating partnerships, prevention and ex-offender (returning citizen) reentry initiatives, and opportunities for staff to engage with residents throughout the District. In 2013 and 2017, Danielle received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for her dedication and commitment to the pursuit of justice. In 2020, she was awarded the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Prevention and Reentry Activities.

A native New Yorker, Danielle is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), receiving both a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and a Master of Social Work degree in Administration and Community Development. Dr. Whylly earned her doctorate degree from Clark Atlanta University, in Social Work Policy, Planning and Administration, and is a proud author, wife and mother of two brilliant scholars at DATE Academy.

Dr. Whylly


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Applicants are urged to read the items on the application carefully before answering them as directed.

Fill in the application accurately in your own handwriting or typeset.

The following items must be on file before your application can be processed:
– Completed Application
– Transcript verifying Bachelor’s Degree or higher
– If you are currently certified or in the process of being certified, please show proof of your
certificate or enrollment in an Education Prep Program.
– If a position becomes available that you are interested in, please write a letter of interest.
– If you are interested in multiple positions, write separate letters of each interest for each desired position.

Since we receive numerous applications for positions each year, it is not possible to notify each applicant concerning the status of his/her application. Applicants may call or write concerning the status of their application.

Applications will remain in our active file for one year only. If further consideration is desired the application must be renewed by June 1, of each year.

It is the policy of the DeKalb Agriculture Technology & Environment, Inc. Board of Directors to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability, handicap in any of its educational programs, services, activities or employment practices.
* September 1, 2006, Georgia implemented the GACE series of educator assessments, newly aligned with state and national standards for educator preparation and with state standards for P-12 student curriculum (Georgia Performance Standards).


Our Board of Directors subscribes to the tenet that an outstanding education program in this Academy is dependent upon the employment and retention of the best-qualified professional personnel.

1. Selection of professional personnel shall be based on the following factors:

Certification by the Georgia Professional Standards.
Quality of past training and/or experience.
Demonstration of professional competencies.
Suitability for the position as it relates to present staff, instruction program and building organization for subject or grade level.
Demonstration lesson in selected classes.

2. All applicants must have an interview with a member of the administrative staff and a team of teachers before receiving a final appointment.

3. An applicant selected for employment will be notified by the Personnel Department. All professional personnel are employed subject to approval by the Board of Directors.


1. A Georgia Certificate/License is a prerequisite for employment.

2. Teachers who hold a valid certificate/license from another state and meet Georgia elementary or
secondary requirements.

3. Upon successful completion of appropriate test of GACE, your permanent certificate requirements will be

4. Please visit for details concerning Georgia Certification Standards

5. For an alternative employment submittal option email your resume to