Shadia Gatica

French Teacher

Shadia Gatica grew up in Egypt and spoke French at home. Shadia went on to graduate from Tufts University. She now lives in Dunwoody and is the proud mother of her son Paolo. When not teaching, she enjoys cooking and design.

  • In 2011, she played a key role on the Feasibility Study Board that founded and started Cristo Rey of Atlanta.
  • As founder of the Early Learning Center at Marist in 2008, she developed and led an infant to preschool program for the faculty and staff.
  • As volunteer founder and director of Camp Awareness in 1996, she created a camp experience program for children with autism.
  • Sue is trained in sustainability, and she brought the Green Cup Challenge to Atlanta in 1998, a high school competition for lowering the use of electricity each year.
  • She is also a trained facilitator on Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson and has led several parenting classes.
  • She is also the Director and Founder of the Mustard Tree Foundation in Atlanta that serves children in addiction with scholarships for rehabilitation programs.

A strong believer in giving back to the local community, she has served on many Boards. She is married to her husband Michael and has two sons, Sean and Zach.