Brandywine Logo   Jennifer Smith
    My name is Jennifer Smith and I am very excited to be teaching DLI Kindergarten at Brandywine Elementary for the 2020-21 school year.  I graduated from the University of Georgia with my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  After graduation, I taught kindergarten at Harmony Elementary School in Gwinnett County. After having 3 children in 4 years, I decided to take some time off to stay home and raise my children who are currently 12, 13, and 15. During my stay at home mom years, I taught Transitional Kindergarten part time at a private school called Sugar Hill Weekday.  I am looking forward to being part of the Brandywine Kindergarten team!
    phone 480302 email jsmith16@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine logo Deb Thomas

    My name is Deb Thomas.  I graduated from Berry College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2005 and 2008 I went back for my Masters and Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I also hold a Reading Endorsement from Columbus State University.   I am a native Georgian and have four grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, four beautiful grandchildren, three dogs, and one crazy cat!  I have taught Special Needs Preschool up to First Grade with 20+ years of teaching experience.  This is my 18th year with Forsyth County Schools. This year I will be teaching online for virtual Kindergarten. 

    phone 480301 email dlthomas@forsyth.k12.ga.us


     Brandywine logo Beth O'Kelley

    I attended Georgia Southern University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have taught for over 20 years.  Previously, I taught 2nd Grade for three years, 3rd Grade for four years, Kindergarten for fourteen years, and before coming to Brandywine I taught for 2 years in the GA Pre-K. 

    My husband and I have a son, Will, who is in 11th Grade this year. In my time off, I like to spend time with my family and friends, travel, and go to the movies. I am thrilled to be part of the Brandywine team and I am very excited to be part of the Kindergarten team as well. This year I will be teaching online for virtual Kindergarten.
    phone 480290 email bokelley@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine logo Jacqueline Roque
    phone 480295 email f39591@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine Logo Leigh Cooper

    Leigh Cooper – I love working with the Kindergarten team at Brandywine!  This will be my eighteenth year in the classroom. I have taught kindergarten for the past 6 years, and I have additional experience with preschool, first, fourth and fifth grades. 

    I have been married to my husband, Powell, for twenty-six years. We have four children – Emmy (23), Carly(21), Maribeth(19) and Will(17).  I am a Georgia native.  I enjoy running, hot yoga and reading in my free time.  I love to spend time with family and friends at the beach as well.

    I love teaching five and six year old children and helping them develop a love for learning!  I provide a fun and safe environment to allow your child to learn and grow! I look forward to working with the Brandywine Kindergarten Team!

    phone 480282 email lcooper@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine Logo Jill McDaniel

    My name is Jill McDaniel and I am originally from South Bend, Indiana.  I received my undergraduate degree from Ball State University and my graduate degree from Mercer University.  I have over 20 years of teaching experience in Alpharetta.  I am really excited to be joining Brandywine Elementary and Forsyth County as a Kindergarten teacher!

    I live in Cumming with my husband and two daughters.  Stuart is a middle school teacher at Vickery Middle.  Mollie is going to be a 8th grader and Madison will be going into 6th grade in the fall.  When we are not in the classroom we enjoy being outdoors playing tennis and swimming.  Planning a Disney vacation is always a favorite too!

    phone 480291 email jmcdaniel01@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Brandywine Logo   Kristi Solem

    Hi, my name is Kristi Solem, and I am excited to be a part of the Brandywine team and be your child’s Kindergarten teacher! I graduated from Kennesaw State University, in 2010, and I received my Master’s in Teacher Leadership, in 2015. Prior to teaching Kindergarten, I was a Special Education teacher and have experience in grades, K-5th . This is my eleventh year teaching and fifth year at BWES.

    My husband and I reside in Cumming, where we have two children, Brooks (5) and Jack (3). In my free time, you can find me curled up with a good book, spending time with my family and friends, or traveling with my husband.

    I believe that the fundamental purpose of education is to promote positive learning, encourage diversity in the classroom, and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. My goal is to combine my level of expertise and talent in order to be an effective, motivating and innovative teacher who can make an immediate contribution to your child’s education. I am excited to make this year the best year yet!

    phone 480285 email ksolem@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Brandywine Logo   Ana Rossi (Virtual DLI)

    I am very happy  to be a part of the Kindergarten DLI  team at Brandywine!  I have taught Kindergarten for 11 years, 9 of those  have been in a dual language program.  I have  taught  all grades except  second. I graduated from Eastern College in Pennsylvania and received my Masters in Education from Reinhardt University here in Georgia. Prior to working with  Forsyth  I worked for Fulton County Schools. 

    My husband James and I have lived in Georgia for 21 years. We have three wonderful children  , Sergio (26)   Francesca (23) , and Giulianna ( 18). When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, going to the gym  or watching movies

    phone 480292 email arossi@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Brandywine Logo   Rosbeth Leath
    phone 480292 email rleath@forsyth.k12.ga.us