Third Grade Teachers

School Phone: (770) 887-7749

Mrs. Christie Zerkel

I am so fortunate to be starting my 6th year at Cumming Elementary with a great staff and terrific groups of students.  This is my 18th year of teaching overall and my 4th year teaching third grade.  My favorite subject when I was in elementary school was math, but now I love to teach social studies and reading the most.  I am married to a great man, and we have two wonderful children, Jake who is in the 12th grade and Kara who is in the 10th grade at Forsyth Central.  My husband and I both graduated from the University of Virginia, so we are huge Cavalier fans.   My time away from school is spent watching Kara play soccer, listening to Jake play marimba for indoor drumline, camping with my family, reading good books, going to church, and playing board and card games with anyone who I can get to play with me.

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Ms. Amanda Denmon

My name is Amanda Denmon and I am a Forsyth County native. I received my dual bachelor's degree in education from North Georgia College and State University (UNG). I love spending time on Lake Lanier when the weather is nice. My chihuahua and I love going for a run outside. 

phone  740718 email Email Ms. Denmon
Mrs. Erin Pifer

I am very excited to be teaching third grade at Cumming Elementary this year! I graduated from Samford University in 2012. I then began my teaching career in Tennessee. I have taught third and fourth grades over the past three years. I got married to a wonderful man this summer and then moved to Alpharetta. We both enjoy the outdoors. We do all the running, biking, hiking, and camping we can in our spare time. Some other hobbies of mine are swimming, tennis, and playing with my niece and nephew. I am so grateful to be a third grade teacher at such a wonderful school! It’s going to be a great year!! 

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Mrs. Kim Ware

Hi, my name is Kimberly Ware and I have been teaching here at Cumming Elementary for the past seven years.  I grew up near by in Alpharetta with my parents and two younger brothers.  I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University in 2007. I then received my master's degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008. I love to read and watch movies but my favorite hobby is spending time with my husband and two kids.

phone   740715    email Email Mrs. Ware
Mrs. Sue Dudley 

I am very excited to begin teaching Third Grade this year! I taught First Grade at Cumming Elementary for the last six years. Before teaching at Cumming, I taught and directed at a local preschool for fifteen years. I have an Early Childhood Education degree from Towson University in Baltimore, MD and a Masters of Education from North Georgia University. I also have endorsement certifications in Reading, ESOL, and Gifted.  I have enjoyed living in Cumming, GA with my husband and three children for 29 years. My husband, Phil is a Sales Manager. My oldest son, Scott and his wife Lucy live in Asheville, NC. My daughter, Colleen just graduated from UNG. My youngest, Patrick is a Sophomore at UNG studying Chinese.  When I have the time, I enjoy reading, running, knitting, and relaxing with Phil and our family.

phone  740719   
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Mrs. Taffiny Cherico

I am so excited to a part of the amazing family here at Cumming Elementary. I was born and raised in Forsyth County, and graduated from NFHS in 2011. I attended college at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, where I graduated with a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education in May 2015. When I am not at school I like to spend time with my husband, Blake, and our two dogs, Bentley and Dude.  I know this is going to be a fabulous year at Cumming Elementary!

phone  740714
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Mrs. Michelle Merrell

I grew up in Florida and received my Bachelor's in Elementary Education from University of Central Florida. I taught in Orange County/Orlando for 15 years. After moving to North Georgia, I received my Master's in Early Childhood from NGU and also hold certifications in ESOL and Gifted Education. This year begins my 24th year of teaching and I feel very blessed to get to work with our great Cumming Elementary students everyday! My husband and have four wonderful children - three daughters in college and a son in fifth grade!  

phone  740712
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Last Modified on February 25, 2016