• 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 (21, 19, 16, and 15). When I am not teaching you will find me relaxing with my family, or traveling to visit my son who serves our Country! Semper Fi!!
    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 14th 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  771262 email  bchatham@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     lc  Cohen, Lorri PreK
    This will be my 32nd year teaching, and I am just as excited now as day 1! My husband and I call Forsyth County our home and love it here. Here's to an awesome year of learning and and growing.
    phone 772381 email  lcohen@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     ld  Dorsett, Lauren IRR
    I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005....Roll Tide! 
    This will be my 14th year teaching. My husband and I live in Alpharetta, GA with our little boy, Thomas. I am looking forward to another year here at Sawnee...I'm sure it will be great! 
    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
    jf    Florendo, Janis  IRR
    This will be my 11th 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 team and look forward to another wonderful school year!
    phone  771235 email  jflorendo@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Mrs Gower  Gower, Kara  
    I am so excited to be working with the 4th grade team again for my second year at Sawnee! I love my job as an interrelated resource teacher and can't wait to meet each of the classes I'll be working with this year. I live in Cumming with my husband, Steve, and my sweet dog, Millie. I moved to Forsyth County as a teenager and graduated from South Forsyth High School before attending the University of Georgia. GO DAWGS! After graduating from UGA, I was a Camp Director at a non-profit for children with special needs and chronic illnesses. I graduated from Reinhardt University with a Masters in Teaching in 2018 and started at Sawnee soon after. I'm looking forward to another fantastic year!
    phone  771222 email  kgower@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Mrs Hohenberger  Hohenberger, Leslie Autism
    My name is Leslie Hohenberger and this will be my second year teaching Specialized Instruction at Sawnee. I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Sawnee family since 2015; first as a sub, then as a paraprofessional and now as a teacher! I am from Mattituck, NY and have lived in Forsyth County with my husband and daughter since 2014. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with our Chiefs!
    phone  771144 email  lhohenberger@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     sh  Hughes, Scarlet IRR
     I have been teaching at Sawnee for 13 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 from the University of North Georgia, and I recently received a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UNG as well. I am excited to be working with 4th grade for the 2019-20 school year!
    phone  771263 email  schughes@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Ms Kurtz    Kurtz, Lindsey  IRR
    My name is Lindsey Kurtz and am grateful to be apart of the Sawnee ES family. I was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Georgia in 2011. This will be my 4th year as a Special Education IRR teacher. I completed my Masters in Special Education at Walden University this year. Aside from teaching, I enjoy singing, playing guitar, and writing music as well as kickboxing, running, and spending time with friends and family! Life is too short so I thoroughly enjoy getting people to laugh and smile. (Also, my picture is not under my bio and wanted to see if you could pull my picture from the yearbook?) Thank you so much.
    phone  771158 email  lkurtz@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Mrs Lisiewski  Lisiewski, Leigh PreK 

    I am starting my 8th year of teaching in the Special Needs Preschool Classroom. I received my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University and received my Master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Autism from St. Joseph's University. I enjoy spending time with my husband and three boys when I am not teaching. I am very excited to start a new chapter of teaching at Sawnee Elementary! 

    phone  772374 email  llisiewski@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     el  Lofstrand, Emily IRR
    The 2019-2020 school year will be my 15th 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
       Oliver, Chelsea IRR
    This will be my first year of teaching. I am so thankful I get to begin my career at Sawnee Elementary! I graduated from the University of North Georgia this May with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I am recently engaged to my fiance, Jake, and together we have a three-year-old golden retriever named Charlie! I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!
    phone  77 email
     trembley  Trembley, Allyson IRR
     My name is Allyson Trembley and this is my 20th 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 Masters 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  771226 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  77 email  mwillis@forsyth.k12.ga.us
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