Work Based Learning

  • LaDonna Sutton

    Greetings!  My name is LaDonna Sutton and I was born and raised in Chicago, IL but relocated to Atlanta, GA as a young adult. I began my pursuit in the field of education at Chicago State University.  I continued my education after relocating to Atlanta, at Mercer University where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science.  Passionate about education, I began my career in the Dekalb County School System.  This job encouraged me to continue my college studies, therefore I went on to earn both my Master’s Degree and finally an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S). in the field of education. When I am not working I love spending time with my family.  I am married and have six children and three precious grandchildren. I do however extend my title of “NaNa” to many others who respect and love me as their own.  I presently teach at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf as the Work Based Learning Coordinator.  I enjoy teaching job skills and work ethics to students eager to learn.  I strongly feel that when it comes to the Work-based Learning program, there is no greater joy than to watch students learn job skills in the classroom and apply these skills to job sites in the community.

    Phone: 404-300-5914


    Diedre Wells Hi! My name is Diedre Nicole Wells and I am one of the teachers with the Work Based Learning Program here at AASD. Since 2016, I have been working with this exciting program that teaches students how to work and succeed in “the real world.” I have been part of the AASD family since 2002. I am originally from Tionesta, PA but moved to Georgia to work at AASD. I received my Undergraduate degree in Special Education from Clarion University in Clarion, PA and my Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Canisius College in Buffalo NY. I have had many different roles during my time here at AASD. I have been a classroom teacher in the Elementary and High School Departments, a Bridges Specialist and a PE Teacher. My husband and I live in Snellville GA, we have two children. We love spending time together as a family whether that is going to the Atlanta Zoo or playing games together.

    Phone: 404-300-5916