• Lakeside Middle School's  Learner Profile seeks to create a clear path to success for all students. We strive to support this vision through our English/Language Arts Curriculum. Through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language instruction, we encourage our students to seek knowledge and understanding and to pursue continuous learning.  Our instruction is designed to help students learn to read independently and think critically as they reflect on and adapt to an ever-changing world.  We also want to prepare our students for the future by teaching them the communication skills necessary to engage and compete in a global environment.   

    English/Language Arts (ELA) teachers maintain an expectation that all students will read novels of their choice outside of school as well as any in-class novels assigned during the school year.

    Language Arts Literacy Classes are designed to help our students become critical readers, effective writers, efficient users of resource materials, and confident speakers.
     
    Academic Language Arts Enrichment ( ROAR):
     
                             Vision: A school - wide community of independent, lifelong readers who share their reading experiences with each other.
                             Mission: To inspire students to become lifelong readers by promoting choice, providing opportunities to engage in independent reading, and creating an environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and experiences. 
                             Goal: Students will independently read 25 books of their choice during the school year. 
     


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Laura Ferrer

Room: 1117

Contact Email: lferrer@forsyth.k12.ga.us 

Mrs. Ferrer graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Middle Grades Education, and she obtained her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education. Her eighteen-year teaching career has been entirely in Forsyth County, with fourteen years of it in fifth grade. This is her fourth year teaching sixth grade and Enrichment. She has taught all subjects but especially loves teaching Enrichment because the benefits and rewards of reading are endless! Mrs. Ferrer is married and has two children. 

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Joy Hall

Room: 1133

Email: jjhall@forsyth.k12.ga.us

This is my 5th year teaching at Lakeside and my 5th year coaching Cross Country at Lakeside

Before coming to Lakeside, I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Chestatee Elementary and 3rd grade at Big Creek Elementary

I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University and a Masters and Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.

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Valerie Holbert

Room: 2203

Email: f43738@forsyth.k12ga.us

Mrs. Holbert graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in special education and obtained her master's in teacher leadership from Walden University. She taught for 14 years at Twin Rivers Middle School in Gwinnett County as a language arts teacher. This will be her 3rd year at Lakeside.  She has a passion for connecting with students and helping them grow and achieve.  Mrs. Holbert is married to Dan, and they have five adult children and three grandchildren between them.  She loves reading, gardening, and her wonderful family.  Mrs. Holbert loves being a Lakeside Lion!

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Valerie Kistler

Room: 3011

Email: f36874@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Mrs. Kistler is so excited to begin her 8th year of teaching and 3rd year at Lakeside. She graduated from Georgia College and State University with her Bachelors in Special Education. She also graduated from Georgia Southern University with her Masters in Special Education with an emphasis on Autism. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and watching her students grow!

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Christy Meyer

Room: 1141

Email: cmeyer@forsyth.k12.ga.us

My name is Christy Meyer and I am delighted to be teaching 6th Grade Enrichment at Lakeside!  This is my 22nd year teaching.  I have a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from Walden University.  I grew up in Ohio, but I have called Georgia home for over 20 years.  My husband, Brad, and I have two daughters who attend school in Forsyth.  In my free time I enjoy reading, cooking, exploring the outdoors and spending time with family.  I am so excited to be a LION!

 

 

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Kelly Morton

Room: 1113

Email: kemorton@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Mrs. Morton transitioned into teaching in 2006 after 11 successful years in Human Resource Management. Her 18 years of experience in education includes teaching Reading and Language Arts to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Utilizing her education (a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology) with her business background, Mrs. Morton is committed to strengthening her students’ proficiency and confidence in verbal and written communication.

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Cindy Slappy

Room: 1116

Email: cslappy@forsyth.k12.ga.us

I am so happy to be starting a new chapter in my teaching career at Lakeside Middle School, teaching 6th grade reading enrichment! I have been in education for over 25 years. I grew up in Ohio, but traveled south to attend Oglethorpe University here in the Atlanta area. I have taught in Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina in many different roles. For the past 12 years I have been in Forsyth County where all 3 of my own children graduated from. I love to read, cook, run, spend time with my family and spoil my granddaughter, Cori, every chance I get! So happy to be a part of the Lakeside team!

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Angela Sizemore

Room: 1137

Email: asizemore@forsyth.k12.ga.us

Hello!  My name is Angela Sizemore.  I have been teaching for over 20 years and I still love it!  My background is elementary school but I am thrilled to be here at Lakeside Middle!  I am a teacher and a learner and I care about others! I have a Bachelor's degree from David Lipscomb University and a Master's from Troy University.   My number one job and joy is being a mama to my three beautiful daughters and one son in law!  I am extremely blessed and am looking forward to this coming school year!

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Julie Stephens

Room: 2203

Email: jbstephens@forsyth.k12.ga.us

This is Mrs. Stephens eighth year at Lakeside as a Special Education teacher. Prior to teaching middle school, Mrs. Stephens taught at the elementary and preschool levels. She believes that it is so important to build strong relationships with her students, and she strives to make a difference in the lives of her students each and every day. 

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Shelby Wilder

Room: 1101

Email: f39847@forsyth.k12.ga.us

As a previous Lakeside lion, Ms. Wilder knows the importance of fostering a welcoming and safe classroom environment. Building relationships and connecting with students is what she enjoys the most. Ms. Wilder has been teaching at Lakeside for 4 years. She graduated from Georgia College and State University with a degree in Middle Grades Education. While focused on Language Arts content, her ultimate goal is to show students that they are loved, valued, and capable of achieving great things in and out of the classroom.


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