• 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  771252 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  771226 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. 
    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  771226 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  771262 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  772500 email  mwillis@forsyth.k12.ga.us
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