• Special Education Teachers

    School Phone: (770) 887-6161

    Mrs Batten    Batten, Kristy Autism
    I am excited to be back at Sawnee Elementary this year. I graduated from WGU with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I attended Forsyth County Schools K-12, and am happy to be teaching where I grew up. I have a wonderful husband and 4 amazing children. When I am not teaching you will find me relaxing with my family, or remodeling something.
    phone  772370 email  kbatten@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     rc  Chatham, Becky Special Education Department Chair
    I am from Rome, Georgia. I graduated from North Georgia College and State University with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. I also completed my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from NGCSU. I completed my Specialist degree in Instructional Technology through Valdosta State University in December of 2010. I am very excited about my 15th year here at Sawnee Elementary. I have taught fourth grade, second grade, and Interrelated Special Education. I am looking forward to another year of teaching Interrelated Special Education, and being the special education department chair.
    phone  771252 email  bchatham@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     ld  Dorsett, Lauren IRR

    This will be my 15th year teaching and my 14th year at Sawnee! I graduated from the University of Alabama...Roll Tide! Looking forward to another great year!

    phone  772501 email  ldorsett@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     jf  Fagan, Jen PreK
    My name is Jen Fagan and I have been teaching students with special needs for 17 years. I am married and have 3 children (young adults now). I am looking forward to another great year at Sawnee!
    phone  772373 email  jfagan@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Florendo    Florendo, Janis  IRR
    This will be my 12th year teaching special education. I received my Master's degree from Georgia State University in Special Education and earned my Education Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont College. I love being part of the Sawnee family and look forward to another wonderful school year!
    phone  771230 email  jflorendo@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Mrs Gower  Gower, Kara  

    I’m looking forward a fantastic year working with 4th grade! I graduated from Forsyth County Schools before earning a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from the University of Georgia in 2012. Go Dawgs! I started my career working for Camp Twin Lakes, a non-profit that serves children with special needs, chronic illnesses, and other life challenges. After 6 years as a Camp Director and Program Coordinator, I married my husband, Steve, and we moved closer to home with our dog, Millie. I graduated from Reinhardt University with a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching in 2018. This will be my 3rd year as a proud member of the Sawnee Family!

    phone  771263 email  kgower@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Mrs Hohenberger  Hohenberger, Leslie Autism
    This is my 5th year at Sawnee and my 3rd year teaching in a Specialized Instruction Classroom. I look forward to working with my students to help them reach their potential. I love working with my Sawnee Family and look forward to a positive and exciting school year!
    phone  771144 email  lhohenberger@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     sh  Hughes, Scarlet IRR
    I have been teaching at Sawnee for 14 years. I attended Forsyth County Schools as a student, and I am honored to be teaching in my community. I received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Special Education and my masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Georgia. I am excited to be working with 5th grade for the 2020-21 school year!
    phone  771262 email  schughes@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Ms Kurtz    Kurtz, Lindsey  IRR
    I am beyond grateful for another year with the Sawnee ES family. I was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Georgia in 2011. This will be my 5th year as a Special Education IRR teacher. I earned my Masters in Special Education and will complete my Math Endorsement this fall. Aside from teaching, I enjoy singing, playing guitar, and writing music. With free time I also enjoy kickboxing, and spending time with friends, family, and my dog, Kai.
    phone  771158 email  lkurtz@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     el  Lofstrand, Emily IRR
    The 2020-2021 school year will be my 16th year teaching. I graduated from North Georgia College & State University with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood & Special Education. I am happily married with 3 children. Teaching children is my passion and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work here at Sawnee Elementary each day!
    phone  772362 email  elofstrand@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Mrs. Oliver    Smith, Chelsea IRR
    I am so excited to begin my second year at Sawnee Elementary. I graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I am recently married to my husband, Jake.
    Together we have two sweet fur babies named Charlie and Toothless. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!
    phone  771201 email  clsmith@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Mrs. Trembley  Trembley, Allyson Autism
    My name is Allyson Trembley and this is my 21st year of teaching special education. While I was born in Toledo, Ohio, I consider Georgia my home. I currently hold an undergraduate degree in Special Education, a master’s degree in social work, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, shopping, running, and spending time with my family. I have two amazing boys, Jake and Nick, who surprise and delight me every day. I have a passion for teaching and learning and am looking forward to a fabulous school year!
    phone  772381 email  atrembley@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     lw  Wallace, Lisa PreK
     I am looking forward to my 4th year in Special Needs preK! We do many hands on activities daily including getting dirty, how to be independent, and how to be a friend. I know we will have a fun and fantastic year!
    My background includes: a Master's degree in Special Education and an undergraduate in Sociology, teaching students with Autism for 9 years, participating in a SCERTS study conducted by FSU, training in different methodologies for students with special needs including ABA: verbal behavior, discrete trials, and behavior modification. I am familiar with the ABLLS-R and GELDS assessments. I am also trained in Mindset techniques.
    phone  772382 email  lwallace@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     mw  Willis, Melissa IRR
     This is my sixth year as a teacher at Sawnee and I'm very excited for the 2019/20 school year! Before becoming a teacher through the certification program at WGU, my husband of 24 years and I decided that I would stay home with my two children and then I became a paraprofessional. Looking forward to another great year as a Sawnee Chief!
    phone  772503 email  mwillis@forsyth.k12.ga.us
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