School Phone: (770) 887-7749











     Maria Darling


    Hello! My name is Maria Darling and I am a Support teacher here at Cumming Elementary! I am blessed and excited to be a part of such a great school and district who share my love of learning and educating. I began my teaching career in 2015 with a Master’s in Early Education, a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and gifted/ESOL endorsements. I look forward to a wonderful family-school connection this year! When I am not teaching, I love to hang out with my husband and daughter and spend time outdoors camping in our RV. I am also a dog mom to two dogs, Lucy and Gizmo!

      ext. 740304

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    Becky Ridings



    My name is Becky Ridings and I am an EIP teacher at CES. I graduated from UGA with a B.S. in Early Childhood and also a M. Ed. in Early Childhood. I also hold endorsements in ESOL and reading. I am married to Sylvester and we have four wonderful children. I love being a part of Cougar Nation and I know you will too!!!!

      ext. 740712


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    Christie Zerkel


    I am so fortunate to be starting my 12th year at Cumming Elementary with a great staff and terrific students. This is my 24th year of teaching overall!. I am married to my best friend, and we have two wonderful grown children who are both students at Georgia State University. My husband and I graduated from the University of Virginia (home of the 2019 NCAA basketball champions!), so we are huge Cavalier fans. My time away from school is spent reading good books, going to church, playing trivia and board games, and camping with my family.

     ext. 740712  Email Mrs. Zerkel