• Meet the 2nd Grade Teachers

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Mrs. Melissa Benson

I am thrilled to begin my 21st year in education and am so happy to be a part of the second-grade team at Sharon Elementary. I love working with the staff and students at Sharon and am looking forward to another amazing school year! Teaching is such a rewarding profession, and I absolutely love what I do.

I am a native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan (a suburb of Detroit). My husband and I relocated to Forsyth County in the summer of 2015, and we love our home in Georgia.  We live in Cumming with our son, Griffin, daughter, Adelyn, and our rescue dog, Dixie.  

I graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and English, and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. I believe that education is the foundation of our community, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to help students learn every day. I’m very excited to share my passion for learning with the students at Sharon Elementary.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, shopping, and cheering on my favorite Detroit sports teams. I also love to travel the world. I have been lucky enough to visit countries on 5 different continents. I’m always on the hunt for my next adventure!

Phone: 121133

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Mrs. Kristen Craig

I am so excited to be joining the 2nd grade team this year! I have over 20 years of teaching experience and have taught in both public and private schools. I earned an Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree from the University of Alabama. I have enjoyed teaching 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades and working as an academic and reading intervention teacher. I am also trained in Orton-Gillingham and have worked privately as an Orton-Gillingham tutor for families. Teaching children to read is my passion!  It’s very rewarding to see each child’s growth.

My husband, Sean, and I have been married for 18 years and have two children. My son Houston (15) will be a freshman at Lambert HS and my daughter Calista (12) will be in 7th grade at Riverwatch this year. We also have a sweet 2 year old golden retriever named Baxter.  

I am a huge Alabama football fan and love football season! Roll Tide! You will definitely find me wearing Crimson on game day.  In my free time, I enjoy ubering my kids around, watching my son play lacrosse and attending my daughter’s dance competitions and musical performances. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy doing diy crafts, playing tennis, shopping and hanging out with my family.. 

I look forward to meeting each of my students and being part of their educational journey!  

Phone: 121142

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Mrs. Meredith Infante

This will be my 3rd year at Sharon Elementary and I’m so excited to be joining the 2nd grade team! My goal this year is to help your child become a lover of learning and to reach their full potential. 

I grew up in Forsyth County schools and went to UGA (Go Dawgs) where I got my Early Childhood Education degree. I taught for 5 years in West Palm Beach, Florida before moving to Canton, Georgia to be closer to family and friends. 

My husband Miguel and I are expecting our first baby this November and cannot wait! Our fur baby, Benji, is also thrilled to have someone new to play with. When I am not working, I love to read, travel, and hang with family and friends. 

I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us! Go Knights!!

Phone: 121131

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Mrs. Kate Lightstone

Born and raised in New York, I moved to Georgia with my husband fifteen years ago. He is a chiropractor, and we have two beautiful boys and two fur babies! Outside of school, I love doing all things crafty, reading, and creating memories with my family. 

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades - including four years in an all-boys classroom! I have a passion for creating meaningful learning experiences and relationships within my classroom. Each year brings an opportunity to create an in-school family unit, who support and encourage each other throughout our learning adventures. This will be my fourteenth year teaching, and I am so excited to meet my new class family!

Phone: 121132

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Mrs. Jennifer Magee

 

This year is my 23rd year in Elementary education, my 17th teaching 2nd grade, and my 14th here at Sharon!  I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Sharon family, and love being part of the 2nd-grade team!  Sharon is truly a fabulous place to teach and LEARN! Over the years I've been afforded wonderful professional learning opportunities--learning directly from nationally recognized experts.  Most recently, I had the opportunity to train at Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in NYC, and last summer I attended the 7 Mindsets University in Orlando where I also presented on creating empathy through literacy!  I am an avid learner and also love to share! I’ve also presented at The National Science Teachers’ Conventions in Los Angeles and Atlanta. In 2019 I was named to the Forsyth K-12 Math Advisory committee and have attended several Greg Tang workshops. I’ve been lucky enough to redeliver what I’ve learned to my colleagues, and facilitate school and district level professional development. I also earned my Gifted Endorsement and pursued my Leadership Endorsement. It’s been a busy 13 years for me here at Sharon!  It’s simply because I believe in being a lifelong learner, and am passionate about bringing the best practices in education to my classroom.  Quite honestly, I love what I do!  I’m truly grateful to be a teacher.

I’ve known since I was little that I had teaching in my blood.  I believe teaching is truly a calling, and I come from a long line of educators-- both of my grandfathers were professors-1 Math and 1 English--it explains a lot!  I grew up in an atmosphere where a passion for learning was not only expected, but cherished and cultivated.  Learning and exploring new ideas was as much a part of my life as breathing.  My mother was the complete embodiment of this philosophy.  She is, by far, the person who has most influenced the way I teach.  Every day as a child I watched her approach life with humor, passion, and an insatiable thirst for knowledge, eagerly watching for what we, her 5 children loved to learn about as individuals.  All of these qualities are at the heart and soul of my teaching.  I bring a joy for life, a love of learning, and an excitement for new experiences to the classroom EVERY day.  I look forward to sharing these experiences (and MANY stories of my own childhood) with your children throughout our year together!  

I began teaching where I grew up-- on the beautiful Jersey Shore!  After graduating from Rutgers University I taught for 5 years for The Princeton Review. I soon found my passion in elementary ed. teaching Summer Science & Math Enrichment, then 1st and 2nd grade at one of the most prestigious private schools in NJ. I then met and married Stephen and moved to the cliffs overlooking Manhattan in north Jersey.  I taught 2nd grade for 3 years in Millburn-Short Hills, consistently ranked the best district in the state, and a literacy lab for Columbia's Teachers College. In 2003, we made the move to beautiful Portland, Oregon where I taught for 3 years, and we welcomed our first son, Shane in 2004! In late 2006 I was delighted to bring all that I’d learned and experienced here to Georgia. We welcomed our 2nd son, Ryan, in May of 2007 and I began my career at Sharon in August! In 2011 we welcomed our 3rd child Mackenzie, who will be in 3rd grade at Sharon this year! Shane will be a Sophomore at Lambert and Ryan will be in 8th at Riverwatch.  We are thrilled to have planted our roots here in Georgia and thoroughly enjoy the warm southern hospitality-- not to mention the warm weather.  We live right here in Forsyth County with our fab chocolate lab, Wally.

Phone: 121126

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Mrs. Kimberly Thompson

Hello!  My name is Kimberly Thompson.  I  grew up just down the road in Peachtree Corners, and, as a child, I always knew I wanted to teach someday.  Following high school, I moved to Athens and worked to earn my B.S. in Education from the University of Georgia.  GO DAWGS!  After graduation, I began my career teaching second grade here at Sharon Elementary in 2003.  I completed my Master’s Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy through Walden University.  I have taught second grade at Sharon since its inaugural year, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be! 

Presently, I live in Cumming in a home I share with my husband, Jonathan, and our daughters, Emerson and Rylan. We also have two four-legged “children” - a cat named Luna and a dog named Bentley.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, shopping, playing with my girls, cooking with my husband, watching college football, and doing anything that lets me spend time with my family and friends.

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