Stepping Stones
Educational Therapy Center


Passion. Experience. Diligence.


Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Stepping Stones has partnered with the Marcus Center for Autism in Atlanta to offer an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) program for children with Autism. We are the first private school to enter this partnership with Marcus. This ABA program is the only research based program to have proven results in improving the outcomes of students who are diagnosed with Autism.

We enter this school year with excitement as we examine ways to improve our programming and respond to the needs of our students and parents. We hold a three-star accreditation by Quality Rated under Bright From the Start, a SACS accreditation, and an AdvancEd accreditation. Every class from 6 weeks to 14 years old is taught by a college degree teacher, which makes us unique and confirms our commitment to providing the best education to our students.



If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact us.



Executive director

Donna Parks

Donna has her Bachelor of Science in Special Education MR, Masters of Special Education (Specific Learning Disabilities, Inter-related and Emotional Behavior Disorders) from Georgia College. She earned her Specialist in Special Education from Georgia State University and Leadership Add-on from West Georgia College. Donna retired from the Griffin-Spalding County School System after 40 years. Donna has 2 children, Chris and his wife Kara and a daughter, Beth.  She also has 1 grandson, Wesley and another one on the way. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Griffin, CERT member and has served in several leadership roles in our community. Donna is committed to continue the vision of our founders some 27 years ago, “to educate children, challenging each child to reach his/her fullest potential academically, physically and emotionally”.



Program Director

Ken Bozeman

Originally from Alabama, Ken attended Auburn University earned his Bachelor of Science degree and later he earned Masters and ED.S. in Administration and Supervision from University of West Georgia. He retired from Griffin-Spalding County School System after 37 years of service.  Ken lives in Griffin with his wife Vicki and they have 3 children and1 grandchild. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends.  Ken is a member of the broadcast team for the Spalding Jaguars on WKEU and he is a member of First Baptist Church Griffin. He is excited to be the new Program Director at Stepping Stones and looks forward to working with the staff and the students.

Public Relations

Debra Knight


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Mary Neal

Mary resides in Williamson, GA with her family.  Mary is a graduate of Pike County High School.  She has been in the child care profession for many years and was the owner operator of Mary’s Child Care for 3 years.  She furthered her education at Southern Crescent earning a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education.  Mary was initially hired by Stepping Stones as a paraprofessional.  While serving in that position she furthered her education by attending Kaplan University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Child Development.  She is also a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  Mary is the lead teacher of the 6 to 8 academy students.




Ginger Parker

Ginger Parker began her association with Stepping Stones in 2002.  Ginger graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech/Public Relations.  She worked in marketing and advertising prior to the birth of her first child, a daughter born with special needs.  Realizing that early intervention is the key to a successful future for children born with developmental delays, Ginger enrolled her daughter in a special needs preschool, which she attended for six years.  In addition to a daughter, Ginger is also a proud mom of two sons.  Ginger’s experiences being a mom and the journey of having a special needs child sparked her interest in education.  Prior to working at Stepping Stones, Ginger taught two and three year olds at Griffin FUMC preschool.  She also worked for the Griffin/Spalding County School System in several capacities.  This included working in a special needs preschool classroom, in a BD classroom for third, fourth and fifth graders, teaching in a regular education pre-k class and serving as a system wide teacher for hearing impaired students.  Ginger has been in the education field for 24 years.  She enjoys working with preschool age children the most and firmly believes that early intervention is the key to a child’s successful future.

She now has two “daughters-in-loves” and a precious granddaughter born in July 2017.  She looks forward to being a “Nana” and spending many hours reading to her grandchildren.


Connie Simpson

Coming into her eighth year at Stepping Stones. She has a daughter that will be in the twelfth grade at Spalding High. She previously worked as a substitute teacher and an after school program worker at Jackson Road Elementary. Connie has worked in the two year old and four year old classrooms at Stepping Stones before working in the infant room. She has been in the infant room for the past four years and is now the lead teacher. She is currently attending Southern Crescent to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Development. Connie enjoys working with babies and helping them to get a head start in life.


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Jenna Rogers

Has been teaching at Stepping Stones for the past 11 years. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She then went on to continue her education and graduated from Walden University with a Master's degree in Early Childhood Reading and Literacy in 2005. Since then she has also received an add on certification in Interrelated Special Education for grades Pre-K-12. Jenna has always had a love for teaching and children. She has a special place in her heart for Stepping Stones and the amazing children that we have here. Jenna likes to say that she has been "working" for Stepping Stones off and on since she volunteered at the first school on Solomon Street when she was in middle school.


Lee Shepard

Has her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University. She is starting her eighth year at Stepping Stones. Prior to Stepping Stones, she spent three years teaching at St. George's Episcopal School. Lee is the lead teacher in our Marcus Model Classroom. She works closely with Marcus Autism Center to provide ABA to our children with ASD. Lee has presented information about the classroom to a variety of different clubs and civic organizations in our area. She also was a co-presenter with Marcus Autism Center at the Bionic Educator Conference at UGA in the fall. Both of Lee's children graduated from our preschool program at Stepping Stones. Lee is a lifelong resident of Griffin, and enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


Savannah Shockley

Coming into her third year at Stepping Stones. This is Savannah's first year full-time as lead teacher in our two year old class. She has worked in preschool rooms of all ages. She is working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education, as her passion lies with younger children. Savannah has an amazing four-year-old daughter who has attended Stepping Stones since she was two. Savannah believes learning and love go hand-in-hand and she is proud to be a part of the meaningful education experience at Stepping Stones.



Lesia Guider

Coming into her eleventh year at Stepping Stones.  While serving our students, she furthered her education by attending Southern Crescent, earning a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She had discovered that her passion and purpose in to teach children. Lesia now is the lead teacher in our Younger Threes’ class. She is currently enrolled at Kaplan University earning her Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education Administration. She strongly believes teaching is a profession that allows her to be creative and work with a variety of children. Each day is a new day in her classroom to work with children along with their families. Lesia is excited about starting a new adventure in her career.



Brittany Hayes

Started her career with children at the age of 15 at Mega-Maze in Griffin, GA. She continued to pursue her love for children by obtaining her teaching degree at Gordon State College in 2015 by earning a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a dual seal in Special Education. She spent her first year at Moreland Road Elementary teaching second grade. She welcomed her first child, a little girl in April 2016. She is now the lead teacher in our Lottery Funded Pre-K Inclusion classroom. She enjoys being a mommy, wife and now a Pre-K teacher.


Bonnie Rathert

Life Skills classroom teacher. She has lived in Georgia with her husband Bryan,  four children, and three grandchildren for eight years. She has been teaching special needs children for 12 years, 4 of those years which have been at Stepping Stones. She is continuing her education in Early Childhood Education. She is very passionate abuot working with special needs children and their families. 



Jaimie Allen

A 2014 graduate of Gordon State College.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education with a dual seal in Special Education.  Jaimie is the lead teacher of our 9 to 11 academy class.  After spending six years taking care of a child with Autism, Jaimie found her passion for teaching children and working specifically with special needs children. She is a lifelong resident of Monroe County and enjoys reading and spending time with her family.  Jaimie is ecstatic to join the Stepping Stones staff and begin her career.