First Grade Teachers 


School Phone: (678) 341-6481

Mrs. Jill D'Amico

I have been teaching for 28 years. Teaching has always been a passion of mine. This is my tenth year at Shiloh where I have taught 3rd grade, Horizons and the Math/Science Lab. I have found that teaching a variety of grades has helped me to better understand and appreciate the full spectrum of learning that takes place in elementary school. My classroom is project based. I also strive to weave technology into my curriculum and work hard to make my lessons applicable to the real world. 

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Mrs. Tracey Leonard
First Grade is such an important time for your children. Working together as a team, we are laying the foundation for academic, social and emotional growth. Let's accomplish wonderful things this year!
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Serra Mrs. Laura Najjar 

It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.

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Sciro Mrs. Ashley Sciro
My belief of education is that each child learns differently; and it is my job to reach each child on his or her level while engaging and challenging all learners.  I believe in inquiry based learning to promote higher level thinking.  I empower my students to work at establishing and reaching their own goals in becoming life-long learners.
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Mrs. Bryanna Durnwald

I am thrilled to be teaching first grade at SPES! I student taught here and I am super excited to be back! am a graduate of the University of North Georgia. I obtained a dual degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a reading endorsement. I live in Forsyth County with my husband Christian  and our two doggies Munson and Jake. I love to read, spend time with my family, and go shopping. I am looking forward to getting to know all about you and spending the year together!

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deturck   Mrs. Bridgett deTurck 
I love to see the sparkle and enthusiasm in student's eyes when they figure out how to complete a task or assignment on their own. In my class, the children learn in many ways and can share their learning in collaborative groups. I share stories about my children and grandchildren as ideas for writing topics and problem solving. We read many different types of books to engage learning on many levels in different subjects, and reading and writing occur across the curriculum in our class. 
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 cutcliffe  Mrs. Katherine Kolls
 This will be my third year teaching and my first year at Shiloh Point. I am so excited to be a part of the Shiloh Point family. First grade is a year of major growth. This is what truly inspired me to be a teacher because I love watching students grow intellectually and individually throughout the year. I am a believer in the fact that all children learn in various ways. I look forward to getting to know my students as learners and watching them grow this year!
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 farr  Ms. Katie Farr
I believe that every child can learn. My job is to find different ways to reach a child in order for them to achieve their goals. Every child deserves the chance to excel and it is my passion to explore every opportunity to help them succeed. I have always had a love for teaching. Children bring so much joy to my heart. I hope to have a positive influence in their lives. I'm looking forward to a great year!
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