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Our Staff


Dr. Marvin A. Ellis
Founder/Administrator/Lead Educator/Curriculum Development

Dr. Ellis has been in the educational arena for over fifteen years. Starting out as a tutor in an Islaamic community, Dr. Ellis (also known as Dr. Karaam) taught Arabic and tutored children in basic educational subjects (math, science and reading).

An honors graduate from high school, Dr. Ellis majored in English, Computer Technology and Architectural Drafting.

Foregoing a four year scholarship to study Architecture, Dr. Ellis instead pursued a spiritual path and received a doctorate in the Comparative Study of Religions from The Holy Tabernacle Ministries under the tutelage of Dr. Malachi Z. York. Traveling to various cities and lecturing at prestigious universities (University of Cincinnati, Chicago State University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse Interdenominational Theological Seminary, Spelman, Georgia State College & University, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama State, etc.)

Dr. Ellis built up an impressive resume in the areas of Human awareness, social behavior and the issues of education for Nubian children. The author of over ten books dealing with Human inspiration, social issues, children and language, Dr. Ellis sought experience within the educational structure that presented so many questions to him. After working in daycare, elementary school, home school programs and high schools, Dr. Ellis realized that in order for a solution to truly be attained to “save” our youth, a new type of educational structure would be needed. After the passing of his mother in October of 2000, Dr. Ellis began to put the pieces together that would one day give birth to The KaLu Akademy, LLC.

Dr. Ellis is also the founder of The Center For Human Spirituality, a fully encompassing program designed to promote spiritual growth amongst humans globally. In 2007, Dr. Ellis and his family recorded a musical cd completely in his native language, Nuwaupic/Napatan/Meroitic, in order to assist in creating an environment where this 25,000 year old language can live and come alive again. His group, known as ZED Stability, has performed in and around the Atlanta, Georgia area and is currently working on a new cd.
www.lulu.com/karaam  www.mineyourmind.com  www.soundcloud.com/zedstability.

Ryshena F. Ellis
Administrator/Academy Nurse/Dietary Manager/Music Theory

With an impressive history of Music Theory and voice training and seventeen years of Nursing experience under her belt,

Ryshena comes to the KaLu family with much to offer.

A strong and dedicated sister with a talent for "whipping an event into shape", Ryshena is the "heart" of The KaLu Akademy, LLC. Being a lifelong student of Dr. Malachi Z. York and a loving mother has given Ryshena the characteristics needed to make The KaLu Akademy function progressively even under heavy financial strain.

Because of Ryshena, The KaLu Akademy has been able to literally "survive on much of nothing" while constantly giving of herself and sacrificing to keep the KaLu family strong and together. 

A graduate of Hahnemann University in 1992, Ryshena specializes in the Labor and Delivery aspect of nursing, so bringing new life into the world is a special joy to her and making sure that these “gifts” from our ancestors have a strong legacy is that much more important to her.
Ryshena has spearheaded the dietary program for the academy and holds her title of “lunch lady” with pride. Ryshena will also be the head of an exciting new program being introduced at the academy in 2011 called the KaLu Kultural Choir. Mrs. Ellis is also the lead singing voice and vocal coordinator for the KaLu based family group ZED Stability. Her ability and energy help to create a lively background for a very unique concept of creating an environment where language lives through music. In a world of uncertainty for our children and for our future, Ryshena is a shining star that will light the path for many.