Welcome to Special Areas!     

    Forsyth County Schools offer many opportunities for students to reach beyond the basic curriculum and engage in a variety of learning opportunities.
    At Vickery Creek Elementary...
    • Children go to physical education class twice weekly.  During this time they learn games, sportsmanship, and how to be physically fit.
    • Students also go to art and music every week where they participate in hands on activities to broaden their horizons in fine arts.


      Renee Crouse

    My name is Renee Crouse and this is my 11th year at VCE.  I’m thrilled to be teaching 4th grade!  I received my bachelors in education from Auburn University and my masters from Lesley University.  This is my 20th year teaching and I have had the privilege of teaching Kindergarten and 5th grade before 4th.  I live locally with my husband, our two children, and our dog.  I love sports, Fall weather, games and puzzles. I look forward to an amazing year!

    phone 180216 email rcrouse@forsyth.k12.ga.us




    Amanda Lemke - Art

    I was born and raised in Orlando Florida.  I graduated from Florida State University in 2001 with my degree in Architecture and Design.  We moved to the Atlanta area in 2005 and LOVE living in North Georgia.  In 2010, I graduated from Brenau Univesity with my Masters in Education.  Combined, I have over 10 years in the education field with 6 of those years at Vickery Creek Elementary school.  My passion is art and design and I love teaching art at the elementary level.

    phone 180511 email alemke@forsyth.k12.ga.us



    Sarah Gill - Technology Special

    Hi there! My name is Sarah Gill. I like to call myself a Georgia native although I grew up in Washington and Arizona when I was younger before moving to Georgia. My husband, Christian, and I live here in Cumming with our Mini Aussie/ fur baby Finley. When I’m not at school you’ll find me on the lake, hiking, traveling, baking, or doing any fun DIY project!

    This will be my eighth year teaching at Vickery Creek Elementary School. In 2022, I graduated with a Masters in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University. In 2016, I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education along with a reading Endorsement. This will be my first year teaching technology and I am SO excited to bring my passion for technology to the students of VCE!

    phone 180269 email sgill@forsyth.k12.ga.us




    Kayla Heath - Enrichment Special
     I have been teaching in Forsyth County since 2006. I graduated from High Point University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and I also received my Master's Degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University in 2012. I am also gifted endorsed.  I have taught second, fourth and fifth grades, eighth grade language arts, and gifted resource. I love reading, traveling, and spending time with my family. I look forward to an engaging and exciting year!
    phone 180263 email kheath@forsyth.k12.ga.us



    Kassie Smith - Health & Wellness

    My name is Kassie Smith and I am the Health and Wellness Teacher for grades Kindergarten- 5th. This will be my twelfth year teaching at Vickery Creek Elementary. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of North Georgia, and recently received my certification in Mindfulness and Movement. I am excited to teach the students at VCE the importance of being physically, mentally, emotionally and socially healthy!

    phone 180333 email ksmith@forsyth.k12.ga.us







    Carolyn Purcell - Media Center

    Welcome to the Vickery Creek Media Center! I have the privilege of working with students, staff, and parents this year in our Media Center.

    I grew up in Virginia and received my teaching degree from Roanoke College. I have taught 2nd grade, 4th grade, and have worked in Special Education.

    I have lived in Georgia for 30 years with my husband Jimmy. We have 2 children who are VCE alums. Our son is an University of North Georgia graduate and lives near us with his wife and two dogs. Our daughter is a graduate of Kennesaw State University and is pursuing an advanced degree in speech pathology at Valdosta State University.

    I love reading and more importantly, helping students to become lifelong readers, learners, and leaders.

    I also enjoy spending time with my family and enjoying the outdoors.

    I am looking forward to working with our school community this year!

    phone 180140 email cpurcell@forsyth.k12.ga.us





    Jack Maynard - PE

    My name is Jack Maynard and I am a Physical Education teacher at Vickery Creek Elementary. This is my 22nd year teaching elementary PE and my 18th year at Vickery Creek. I received a Bachelors Degree from Valdosta State(Health and PE), a Masters Degree from Kennesaw State(Educational Leadership) and a Specialist Degree from Piedmont College(Curriculum and Instruction). I have previously coached soccer at North Forsyth High School and Basketball at West Forsyth High School.

    I am originally from England, I am married and I have 3 kids. I believe that the most important aspect of my job is to ensure your child develops a love of exercise that can last a lifetime. Vickery Creek PE is not about winning and losing, but focused on enjoyment, skill development and getting kids moving and active.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to me via email or phone.

    phone 180110 email jmaynard@forsyth.k12.ga.us




    Bill Wortman - PE

    Hi I'm Bill Wortman. This is my 8th year at VCE. I was previously a middle school teacher in Fulton County. I love teaching about physical fitness and creating healthy habits in young people. I LOVE college football and can't wait to cheer on the TIDE!! 


    Looking forward to a great year!

    phone 180110 email wwortman@forsyth.k12.ga.us




    Tammy Yonce - Music

    Dr. Tammy Evans Yonce, a Cumming native who graduated from Forsyth Central High School, is a flutist, collaborative musician, writer, and teacher. A Fulbright Scholar, she recently spent time teaching in Egypt. She is a dedicated new music performer who is internationally active and has performed in North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She has released two albums. She attended Kennesaw State University, Indiana University, and the University of Georgia. Dr. Yonce is thrilled to be back home and looks forward to exploring the music of the world with the young leaders at Vickery Creek Elementary. 

    phone 180150 email teyonce@forsyth.k12.ga.us





Last Modified on July 10, 2024