Melissa is President and owner of Legacy Academy, Inc. In her role as president, she has successfully overseen the development and opening of every Legacy Academy for Children early care and education center throughout several states. Melissa is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and has had a successful career in banking, managing a billion dollar wholesaler of mortgage loans. She has successfully overseen SBA loan applications with her franchisees. Melissa received Governor Sonny Purdue’s appointment to the Georgia Early Care and Learning Board in 2005. Melissa and her husband served as the owners of Legacy Academy for Children in Oakwood, Georgia from 1997 to 2002. Under Frank and Melissa Turner’s leadership, they successfully achieved NAEYC Accreditation in 2000. This hands-on operational experience has proven to be a huge asset as they support new owners. Frank and Melissa Turner are the proud parents of two children – two huge reasons for their decision to commit to the early care and education industry.
Meghal Sinkar is the Business Support Specialist at Legacy Academy Corporate office and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. Meghal manages the business aspect of both Legacy Academy Corporate and Blastoff Construction, Inc. Blastoff Construction is the sister company of Legacy Academy, Inc. and builds every franchised location. She supports current franchisees with implementation of Legacy Academy policies and business procedures and new franchisees during the construction phase of their new schools. She maintains compliance with government entity licensing and Legacy Academy standards throughout both companies.
Bridgette David is a Quality Assurance specialist at Legacy Academy Corporate. Her career in education began back in 2008 and continues today. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Charter Oak State University and has spent many years teaching and instilling a love for science into young minds. Her career at Legacy Academy began back in 2017. Her role started in the classroom and then transitioned into management and curriculum implementation. She now supports Legacy Academy schools in training, NAEYC, state licensing, and curriculum. She has a true passion for helping and training educators and instilling the highest quality of curriculum education.
Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of North Georgia. She started her career in childcare in 1997 with the opening of the very first Legacy Academy. She has always been a strong advocate for quality care and education for children as well as education on the importance and urgency of brain development before the age of 5. She is proficient in state licensing as well as NAEYC accreditation and has been hands on with school set up and opening. She held a secondary career in the Hall County school system as an elementary school substitute teacher. Her love for children and early childhood development is a strong force and drive in her decision to once again serve at Legacy Academy where she can help teachers and families with communities of learning and offer the quality education that each child deserves.
Lauryn Davis is the Quality Assurance Assistant at Legacy Academy Corporate. Her career in education began in 2016 and continues today. Her career started working with two-year-old’s and infants, which inspired her to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Birth-Kindergarten at Kennesaw State University. During her time at Kennesaw State, she learned about the importance of quality care. Lauryn then went on to teach Kindergarten, where she got the chance to help children learn to love learning. During her teaching career, she also got the chance to mentor new teachers, provide support with curriculum implementation, and design educational resources to help other teachers. Lauryn’s career at Legacy Academy began in 2023, and she is excited to continue to support staff and ensure all quality standards are met at all Legacy Academy schools.
Administrative Support Specialist, Legacy Academy, Inc
Sophia Stroud is an administrative support specialist for Legacy Academy Corporate as well as our sister company, Blastoff Construction. She oversees construction timelines and ensures adherence to quality guidelines for each individual Legacy Academy franchise that is constructed. Sophia has both legal and accounting background as well as experience supporting key initiatives and driving compliance. She is tasked with oversight of fidelity to the brand on both the operations side and the construction side.
At Legacy Academy, our mission is to serve our children, families, staff, and communities in a manner that positively impacts their lives. We believe in so doing, our programs will set the standard for early childhood care and education. We are committed to providing ongoing professional development for our staff, for they are a key ingredient in the quality program at Legacy Academy.
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