Phone: 121204


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Kristen Barinowski, P.E.

Hi Sharon Families! Since my name is a long one, I go by Coach Mama Bear.  I am so excited to return to Sharon for my 14th year!  I will be teaching Physical Education for grades K-5. I am also the lead teacher for the county for elementary Physical Education.

Prior to my arrival at Sharon I taught Health, Aerobic Dance, and Personal Fitness at Forsyth Central High School. While at Central, I was also the head volleyball coach, football cheer coach, and the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) leader. I joined the Sharon family the year my oldest began school here at Sharon.

 I grew up in a small town in Missouri called Poplar Bluff.  I was honored to serve my state as the 1994 Miss Teen of Missouri...Girls, always remember that you can be BOTH athletic and feminine!  After my high school graduation in 1994, I declined an invitation to do long jump for the Naval Academy and accepted full scholarships at Three Rivers College as a volleyball player and a cheerleader.   In 1996, I moved to Georgia to attend University of West Georgia on a full volleyball scholarship. I also qualified for the Hope Scholarship. In 1998-99, I continued my education at West Ga. on scholarship as the strength and conditioning coach/athletic trainer for the college volleyball team and softball team.  I graduated with a B.S. in Education and certification to teach Health and Physical Education for grades K-12.

 Throughout my college years, I also participated in Olympic Weightlifting competitions. In 1996, as the National Jr. Olympic Champion, I had the awesome opportunity to lift in an exhibition meet in the '96 Olympics.

I have been married for 21 years to my best friend, David. We have been blessed with two wonderful children, Averi (19) and Josh (17).  A fun fact about our family is that Averi and Josh share the same birthday!

Currently, I enjoy playing tennis, running, reading and shopping at my favorite store, TJ MAXX. I especially enjoy time with my family on Lake Lanier boating, swimming, skiing and fishing.

I am truly blessed to get paid to do what I love.... in the best school, with the best teachers and students!

Phone: 121203


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Wendy Kunich, P.E. Instructional Assistant

This is my 17th year at Sharon Elementary, and I will be assisting Coach Bear in P.E.  I look forward to working with your students and welcoming many of you all to the Sharon Family. 

I have been married 29 years to my college sweetheart.  We have 2 boys in college, and both of them attended Sharon Elementary, and also graduated from Lambert High School.   

I have been fortunate to not only be a staff member at Sharon, but also be a parent at the school.  There is no better place to have your children attend their elementary school years!!!

I am a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After graduating from college, I worked in corporate, and then stayed home a few years to raise the boys. I taught preschool for 3 years, and when my youngest started kindergarten at Sharon, I became part of the Sharon  staff. 

I enjoy spending time with my husband and sons.  We enjoy going to college football games, traveling, and hiking. 

Phone: 121015


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Jeremy Beaton, Art

I believe art education provides students with opportunities for self-expression and creative learning. I am excited to be entering into my 10th year as an art teacher at Sharon. As part of my classroom curriculum, I want to provide our students with a solid foundation in art techniques and art history.

My educational background includes Teacher Certification in Art Education (K-12) and degrees in Graphic Design, Ceramics, and Psychology.  I enjoy creating artwork, visiting museums and local galleries, traveling, cycling, and spending time with my family. 

Phone: 122015


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Kimberly Cooper, Science Lab

Welcome to the Science Lab and DIGS (Discover. Inspire. Grow. Succeed). I am looking forward to another exciting year exploring, questioning, and reasoning our way through life, earth, and physical sciences with kindergarten through fifth grades.

We also offer a chance for your students to participate in Science Night, Green Team, Earth Day, Arbor Day, and DIGS Days.

An overview of grade level topics, quarterly rotations, and science links are available on itsLearning.

Alan and I moved to FoCo in 2000 where we have loved raising our two children. Both of our children attended Sharon ES. Alexa is a senior at Lambert High School and Mason is a sophomore at KSU pursuing a degree in biotechnology.

Phone: 122055


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Ginny Daniels, CASTLE

This is my eighth year as Sharon’s Media Specialist and my twentieth year to teach elementary school.  Our school library program teaches students and staff to think critically, ask questions, and to research answers.  I also try to foster a love for reading for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment.  

My educational background is a Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), a Masters of Learning, Design, and Technology with emphasis on School Library Media from The University of Georgia, and an Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology from The University of West Georgia. I enjoy reading, Pinterest, blogging (Blessed to Teach and Read), cooking, baking, the Arts, and adventures with my husband, Michael, and our dog, Brodie. 

Phone: 121063


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Mrs. Kimberly McLeod, Counseling

Hello! My name is Kimberly Mcleod. I am a Georgia native and have lived in Forsyth County since 2002. 

I have been married to my spouse Chris for 22 years and we have three amazing boys ages 8, 10 and 14. We also have a new pup, Leo! We enjoy going to the lake and family movie nights!

I received my master's in counseling from Georgia state and then received my specialist Degree in school counseling from the University of Georgia in 2007. I have worked with Forsyth County Schools in a counseling capacity since 2002. 

I also have my LPC and been working in a group practice in Cumming since 2018. I am excited to join the Sharon Elementary Family and provide counseling in the schools again!



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Kara Merck, Technology

Hello, my name is Kara Merck! I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have my Master's in Post-secondary Education Instructional Technology from Troy University. I am going into my eleventh year in education. I spent 6 years in 4th grade, 2 years in mixed-grades special education, and this is my third year as ITS and Technology Specials Teacher at Sharon.

I love teaching Technology Specials! Getting to know the students and forming those relationships is my number one priority. 

I love being the Instructional Technology Specialist and Technology Specials Teacher here at Sharon. This will be my sixth year here, and it feels like home! 

Phone: 122206


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Elizabeth Simmons, Music

My name is Elizabeth Simmons, and I am excited to teach your child band, chorus, and general music this year. Entering my 21st year of teaching, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bryan College and a Masters in Music Education from North Texas State. Certified to teach grades K-12 with a gifted endorsement, I completed Orff Certification and a Specialist degree with Lesley University. 

Happily married for 37 years, I have three daughters and a grandson.  The eldest daughter served in the United States Air Force while finishing a degree in aeronautical engineering.  Married and working in Ft. Worth, she heads up the F-35 jet test program, but her greatest joy is reading to and singing with my 16-month old grandson. Another daughter is a nurse, heading up the simulation lab at a nearby school of nursing.  The youngest daughter graduated from UGA in Economics and works here in Atlanta.  The most interesting person in our family is our Sheltie dog, Sawyer.  

What does our family do for fun?  On weekends in the fall, we cheer for the Georgia Bulldogs football team!  On sunny days, we ride wave runners on Lake Lanier. Finally, teaching you music, watching you get excited about playing, reading, writing and enjoying music gives me great joy!

Last Modified on March 16, 2022