Our Team

Kimberly L. Poole, Esq.

Owner/College Planner

Kimberly is an effectual attorney and contracts negotiator with extensive training and experience as corporate, nonprofit, and municipal legal counsel. Her demonstrated deal skills have put her in positions to collaborate, lead, manage, advise, and strategize in some of the region’s most influential organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University and her juris doctor and master’s degree in human resources management from the University of South Carolina. She is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia. This carefully curated educational path has put her in position to serve her community in several capacities. As a student of how systems are erected and sustained, Kimberly has garnered a reputation as a thorough and unbiased historian, as well. She has served in this position for the Ivy League of South Gwinnett Interest Group and the Greater North Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and was the South Atlantic representative to the International Chapter History Book Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. She is an impassioned advocate for disenfranchised people and, in that vein, is a charter member of the Gwinnett County, Georgia, chapter of the National Council of Negro Women. As a board member of the Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation, she helped to facilitate service projects that spanned the county and included fundraising efforts that helped award tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school students. Kimberly believes in service and the power of community. She has a heart for young people and wants to encourage and inspire them to reach their fullest potential.  She also believes that Class 101 is one way to help students make their dreams come true.

Brandon Poole

Owner/College Planner

Brandon D. Poole is the co-owner of Class 101 Suwanee-Duluth. Brandon and Kimberly's mission is to work with students and families to make the journey for higher education smooth and affordable so that each student can fulfill their collegiate dreams. He attended Furman University as a student-athlete, playing football and earning his Bachelor's in Political Science. After undergrad, he received his Master's Degree in Human Resource Management at Troy University. Over the past 20 years, Brandon has worked in healthcare, serving in several executive roles, from Chief Human Resource Officer to Executive Vice President of Operations. Brandon is excited to work with students and parents because he has seen firsthand in his professional career the importance of preparing tomorrow's workforce for the future. Outside of Class 101, Brandon enjoys spending time with family, traveling, watching sports, and playing golf.

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3509Duluth Hwy, Duluth, GA 30096

Our Duluth Students Say It Best

Kai Oddo

This is the second time my family has worked with Class 101. With my college planner’s help, I was able to improve my grades and write an amazing essay while abroad in Frankfurt, Germany. This made the distance between the two of us negligible, even before social distancing measures were put in place! Without Class 101, I would have been lost within the endless information required for applying to college. Thank you for making this difficult transition year so much more bearable!

Kai Oddo

Centre College

Because of Class 101… wow, I really don’t think I can put it into words. I’m headed to my dream school. I have a resume that I’m proud of. I got my ACT score up. I’ve experienced the impact that positive affirmation can have on an overscheduled and under slept teenager. I understand the research process to find a school that fits for me. I’m not going to fall into the never-ending pit of despair that is student debt. I’m ready for whatever happens next.

I truly am.

Taylor Galavotti

High Point U

Because of Class 101 I have grown as a student and as a person. Preparing for college can be tricky for high schoolers. Picking a college, deciding a major, and preparing for the ACT are just some of the things that Class 101 has been able to help me with over the last few years. My college planner, Tom, was able to guide me through one of the most important chapters in my life and I am forever grateful. I joined Class 101 as a sophomore with very little idea of what direction I wanted to take my life in. Now, I am just a few months from beginning my first semester of nursing school at the University of Louisville. Without the help of Class 101, I would not have as much confidence in myself and my decisions. Every moment over the last few years has been worth it.

Julian Palmisano

U of Louisville

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