• 2nd Grade Teachers 

    Meet our Wonderful 2nd Grade Team!

Phone: 440318

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Amanda Bausman

Hello KME Families! I am so excited to be teaching Second Grade this year! This is my 17th year teaching. I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade. I am originally from Ohio, where I received my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development, Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, and Master’s in Health Studies. I am a huge Buckeye Fan (The Ohio State University). I have been a sub at KME and a PTO Co-President. My husband, Shawn and I have two boys. Baker is in Third Grade at KME and Wesley is in Sixth Grade at Hendricks. We have lived in Forsyth County for 11 years now and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!

Phone: 440310

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Misti Burtz

I'm a passionate and dedicated educator with 26 fruitful years in the field, having spent the past 12 years molding young minds at Kelly Mill. My vast experience has been instrumental in helping students navigate the complexities of academia, and beyond.

My primary area of expertise lies in Mathematics, an endorsement that I hold in addition to a Gifted Endorsement. I believe in honing the unique abilities of every student, and my gifted endorsement allows me to effectively cater to those who exhibit exceptional promise. This dual skill set has been key in devising programs that stimulate, challenge, and ultimately bring the best out of each student.

Outside of my professional life, I am a proud parent to my wonderful girls. Our quality time together is a source of joy, grounding, and inspiration. My experiences with them continually inform and enrich my approach as an educator, underlining the importance of understanding and empathy in every interaction.

In the course of my teaching journey, I have learned that education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. I strive to adapt and mold my teaching style to best suit the needs of each individual learner, helping them discover not just academic excellence, but also their unique potential.

Through my years at Kelly Mill, I have been a part of our collective effort to cultivate an environment that values learning, mutual respect, and individual growth. I eagerly look forward to more years of learning, teaching, and growing together with the Kelly Mill community.

Phone: 440293

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Melissa Goldsberry

My name is Melissa Goldsberry. I grew up in Cumming and have lived in the area most of my life. I have by Bachelors degree in early childhood education. I have taught Georgia Pre-K for 6 years, worked in kindergarten as an instructional assistant for six years and just finished my eleventh year at Kelly Mill where I have taught kindergarten and second grade. I earned my math endorsement and gifted endorsements and love teaching second grade. I am excited to enter my twenty-fourth year of teaching and love being a part of the colt community!

Phone: 440290

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Patti James

My name is Patti James, and I teach in the DLI program in 2nd grade at Kelly Mill. I love the Spanish language and truly cherish connecting with Spanish speakers. I want to spread this love and excitement in my classroom. I was raised in Texas, and my husband and I moved to Georgia about 26 years ago. In Texas I studied at Baylor University and earned a bachelor's degree in Education and minor in Spanish. I also have a certificate in teaching Gifted and Talented students.
I have taught bilingual pre-k and Kinder, an English Kindergarten, and then stayed at home to raise our own children. I started my teaching journey back again when Kelly Mill opened and couldn’t be happier here! Here I have taught kindergarten, the Media Center, 3rd, 1st, and 2nd grades. I really enjoy teaching Spanish now in the DLI program in 2nd grade.
I have been married to my husband, Scott, for 30 years, and we have three amazing children. Hunter is 26. He and his wife, Julianna, both work for Home Depot Corporate; my son Dawson, 24, is an accountant; and our daughter, Skylar, 20, goes to UGA. I love walking, gardening (flowers), and traveling with my hubby and family. I truly feel blessed to be part of the KME family. The people here are so life-giving and encouraging, and I feel blessed to have landed here!
GO COLTS!!

Phone: 440308

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Tracey Lancaster

Hi! My name is Tracy Lancaster. Early in my teaching career I taught 2nd grade for 6 years, but this is my first time teaching it at KME. This will be my 25th year teaching! I have also enjoyed teaching kindergarten and first grade. My husband, Derrick, and I have lived in Forsyth County about 14 years. We have a daughter, Taylor, who is in her 2nd year of graduate school at Brenau University for Occupational Therapy. Outside of school we enjoy playing tennis, traveling and watching football. We are big UGA and Falcons fans! I am excited to begin this year with your child and being apart of the KME family!

Phone: 440303

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Ashley Ortiz

My name is Ashley Ortiz. I grew up in Gwinnett County, but I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Go Steelers! I received my Bachelors degree in Managerial Sciences from Georgia State. Then, I worked at an insurance company but quickly realized my true passion at heart was teaching. Then, I decided to go back to school and obtain my Master's degree with my reading endorsement from Reinhardt University in teaching. I have taught at Kelly Mill for the past 7 years and this is my dream school! I wanted to further my education and received my Specialist degree from Piedmont University. I also have my math endorsement. I am excited for my eighth year of teaching at KME. I look forward to learning and growing with your precious children.

Phone: 440298

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Kristi Solem

Hi, my name is Kristi Solem, and I am thrilled to be your child's second-grade DLI teacher! I began my college career at Georgia Southern, where I was a cheerleader for two years. Once in my major, I decided to attend a college closer to home. Shortly after, I graduated from Kennesaw State University, in 2010, and I received my Master's in Teacher Leadership, in 2015. Prior to teaching second-grade DLI, I taught K and Second and have experience in grades, K-5th along with Special Education. This is my 12th year teaching and first year at KMES. My husband and I reside in Cumming with our two rambunctious boys, Brooks (8) and Jack (6). 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 look forward to an amazing school year! 

Phone: 440299

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Sophie Sutphin

Hey there! I’m Sophie Sutphin, and I’m beyond excited to kick off my teaching career as a 2nd-grade teacher at Kelly Mill for the 2024-2025 school year! It feels like a dream come true to be joining the Kelly Mill family, and I can’t wait for the school year to begin. I am a recent graduate from The University of Georgia, where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. As a Forsyth County native the opportunity to be a part of this community is so special!