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Welcome to our website and thanks for joining us in celebrating our 12th year!  At The Hirsch Academy, our primary goal is for our students to feel safe, loved and understood. How do we do this?  We believe in our students.  We believe they can communicate, relate and learn through high academic content.  Our job is to make sure that happens.  We are revolutionary in our techniques; listening and being guided by our students, the autistic community and innovative research.  We are listening and always learning.  Please read about us, come visit us, and get ready to fall in love!

Shelley Carnes, MS, OTR/L

Head of School

Our Board of Directors

Lisa Aman, MBA 

Community Volunteer

Julie Carnes, MA, LPC   

Floortime Atlanta

Shelley Carnes, MS, OTR/L  

The Hirsch Academy

Leslie Cotton-Smith, M.Ed  

The Hirsch Academy

Laurie Cotton-Smith, MHP  

The Hirsch Academy

Casimira Pittman, CPA  

Smith & Howard

Kathy Platzman, PhD   

Floortime Atlanta

Erin Wetty, Senior Associate   

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

OUR FOUNDERS

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Leslie Cotton-Smith, M. Ed

Co-Founder, Executive Director

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Shelley Carnes, MS, OTR/L

Co-Founder, Head of School

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Julie Carnes, MA, LPC

Co-Founder, Clinical Director

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Laurie Cotton-Smith, MHP

Co-Founder, Treasurer