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 elementary education for the last fifteen years. I have taught in Forsyth County for the last eight years. I have my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Specialist Degree in Leadership and Supervision, and a Doctorate in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in the area of teaching and learning. I am also certified in middle grades, special education, and gifted endorsed. I have been married for the last 25 years and have two beautiful daughters. I love working at Kelly Mill Elementary. 
phone 440381 email  tcompton@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Gibbons, Benita
I am excited to begin my 14th year of teaching 5th Grade Math and Science with my family at Kelly Mill. I received my degree from Florida Gulf Coast University and began my teaching career in Florida. After moving to Georgia with my twin fourth grade sons, 2nd grade daughter, husband, dog, and cat, I was lucky to find my way to Kelly Mill. This is going to be a great year. Students can expect to work together, learn lots, and most of all, have fun! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and working with you this year!
phone 440416 email  bgibbons@forsyth.k12.ga.us
knight    Knight, Shannon
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
I am excited to begin my third year at Kelly Mill teaching ELA and Social Studies. I have enjoyed the family atmosphere at KME and the wonderful support from the parents and community.
I received my undergraduate degree at Georgia State in Early Childhood Education and my Master's and Specialist degrees at Piedmont College. I know that I am truly blessed to be in a profession that is very rewarding each and every day!

phone  440405
email  preynolds@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Shadburn, Brittney
As a native and product of Forsyth County Schools, I am excited to begin my 15th year of teaching. I began my teacher career at Mashburn Elementary in 3rd grade. I then transferred to Coal Mountain Elementary to be closer to home when my son was born. I was excited to open Kelly Mill as the school opened 3 years ago. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, my Master's Degree in Technology in Education, and my Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I am blessed with a wonderful husband, Chuck, and two fabulous kids, Charlie and Molly!
phone  440382
email  bshadburn@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