5th Grade Teachers

School Phone: (678) 965-4953

Bulau, R.J.
Teaching is a career I have enjoyed for more than 27 years! My experience includes teaching kindergarten, fourth grade, fifth grade, and sixth grade in New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. My AAS is in business, with a focus on accounting. My BS is in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children, My MA is in liberal studies, with a focus on integrating the arts with curriculum. My doctorate is in teacher leadership, with my dissertation study on looping. Looping is something I have done many times and I am very passionate about. My husband Bruce and I have been married for almost 30 years. We have a son and a daughter, and a brand new grandson! I am very excited to be teaching at Kelly Mill.
phone 440394 email  rbulau@forsyth.k12.ga.us 
Compton, Terrie
I have been teaching in elementary education for over 15 years. This will be my third year teaching fifth grade at Kelly Mill Elementary. I currently hold a doctorate degree in Curriculum Studies, and I am also certified to teach gifted and special education students. I have been married for over 25 years, and have two children.
phone 440381 email  tcompton@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Gibbons, Benita
I am looking forward to another great year at Kelly Mill! This is my 15th year teaching. I began my career in sunny, Southwest Florida where I taught 4th and 5th grades. This is my 3rd year at Kelly Mill and I will be teaching Math and Science. After my family and I decided to make a change and after much research, we found ourselves moving to Cumming, GA. We couldn't be happier! This community and school have welcomed us with open arms and we just love it here! My family includes my wonderful husband, Rob, two twin 5th grade boys, Mason and Morgan, and Rylee, my darling 3rd grade daughter. Our fur children include a rescued Border Collie/Lab mix, Rascal, and two recently rescued kittens, Arya and Chloe. You can expect to laugh, have fun, and learn lots in my classroom.
phone 440416 email  bgibbons@forsyth.k12.ga.us
knight    Knight, Shannon
I am so excited to be joining the Kelly Mill family! My husband and I moved to Cumming seventeen years ago and fell in love with this community.  Teaching is a second career for me.  I started out in the corporate world, and after several years, I decided that was not my calling.  This is my twelfth year teaching elementary school and my seventh year in fifth grade.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University.  I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.  Teaching math and science is my passion.  I love being with my students as they learn and discover new things. My husband, Allen, and I both grew up in Mississippi and still have a lot of family there.  We have three children.  Hayden is nineteen, and he is a sophomore at Mississippi State University.  James and Jacob are sixteen, and they are sophomores at North Forsyth High School. Kelly Mill has already been such a welcoming place.  I look forward to an amazing year of learning, discovery, and adventure with my students.  We will work hard and have lots of fun!
phone 440382 email
Molter, Jessica
I grew up in the "Mitten State" or Michigan and spent most of my life in a town similar to Cumming, GA: Howell, MI. The town was quaint but grew at an astonishing rate (just like Cumming as of late). I graduated from the local High School and pursued my bachelor's degree by attending Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. I graduated with Honors with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education majoring in Mathematics. Shortly after graduation I married my husband, and this year we celebrated our eleventh anniversary. Due to the "different" economic conditions that exist in Michigan my husband and myself moved to Georgia in 2006. We now have a daughter who is in first grade at Kelly Mill and a four-year-old son. I spent my first two years at Austin Elementary School in Dunwoody, GA and left to join Cumming Elementary here in Cumming, GA where I taught for four years. This is my fifth year working at Kelly Mill Elementary and I am very excited to work with my new class!
phone  440405
email  jmolter@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Reynolds, Patricia
Hello, my name is Trish Reynolds, and I am very excited to be starting a new school year at Kelly Mill! I have 29 years teaching experience and have felt very blessed to be in a profession that I truly love! I attended Georgia State for my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and received my master's and specialist's degrees from Piedmont College in Early Childhood Ed. and Curriculum and Instruction. Kelly Mill is a wonderful school with a great staff and supportive parents! I feel very lucky to be in such a great community of learning and care! I look forward to meeting and traveling with my students and parents through their 5th grade journey! I know that we are going to have a great year!
phone  440412
email  preynolds@forsyth.k12.ga.us
valerius    Valerius, Michelle
         I am so excited to be returning to Kelly Mill teaching math and science. This will be my 20th year of teaching and my second at Kelly Mill.
     I grew up in Connecticut and got my bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Syracuse University in New York. I moved to California and received my master's degree is reading and language arts from California State University. I then moved to Bahrain and Abu Dhabi teaching at international schools for a total of six years.
     After returning to the United States, I settled here and Georgia and met my husband. I taught in Fulton County at a public school and at a charter school in Alpharetta where I received my gifted education endorsement.
     I am truly excited to be part of this community and look forward to getting to know your 5th grader and working in collaboration with you this year. 
440411 email
Walden, Chris 
     I am excited to be here for my 4th year at Kelly Mill E.S. and looking forward to sharing ideas and learning-adventures with my students and team!
     Growing up in Atlanta, I went to UGA to study Biology and become a veterinarian, but broadened my horizons to include literature and religion. After college, I worked in the oncology unit (cancer unit) at DeKalb Medical Center, as well as part-time as a sailing instructor, and traveled when able.    
     Finally, I went back to school, at West Georgia, to earn my teaching certification in Middle Grades Science and Math. I taught in Avondale and Conyers before coming to Cumming in 1999, earning my master’s degree in Middle-Grades Science Education through North Georgia College. I enjoy exploring the outdoors and watching movies with my two terrific children (and various pets). When teaching, I love to share my enthusiasm for the outdoors and hobbies (wildlife, nature, science-history, kayaking, sailing, fishing, hiking) to help kids connect with math and science.
phone  440401
email  cwalden@forsyth.k12.ga.us