• Fifth Grade Teachers


    School Phone: (770) 887-1883

     Ms. Atkins  Courtney Atkins Fifth Grade
    I am so excited for my ninth year teaching here at Settles Bridge Elementary. The students and families at this school have truly stolen my heart! I graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) for my undergraduate in Early Childhood Education. While teaching, I continued on at Piedmont College for both my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and my Specialists degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I also hold endorsements in both Gifted and Science. I have a wonderful husband and a fun-loving toddler. I love learning and instilling a love of learning in my kids! I believe that all children have the potential for greatness, and it is my job to equip them with the skills and passion they need to be successful at anything they dream to be! Get ready for a year filled with learning, laughing, and fun! :)
    phone  260290 email  catkins@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Ms. Barrs Lesley Barrs Fifth Grade

    I knew at a young age that I wanted to be a teacher and help change the lives of young children. Teaching is my life and I love coming to work each morning knowing I am going to help students ignite their flame for learning.


    I was born and raised in the great state of Texas and graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Reading from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In the years of teaching, I have taught 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.


    I am married to my high school sweetheart, Travis and we are blessed to have a wonderful daughter named Emma and a German Shepherd named Piper. I look forward to this fantastic year of fun and adventures in learning!

    phone  260281 email  lbarrs@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Brown Tiffany Brown Fifth Grade

    I began my formal education at the University of Georgia and graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education. In May of 2015, I earned my Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College. I hold teaching certificates in both elementary and middle school education and have taught fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Currently, this is my nineteenth year teaching and my fifteenth year at Settles Bridge, where I cannot wait to help my future students along their fifth grade journey.

    phone 260216 email tbrown@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Kidd Lisa Kidd Fifth Grade

    I have been teaching elementary school in Forsyth County since 1996 and began at Settles Bridge in 1999, its inaugural year.  I have enjoyed teaching 4th grade, 5th grade,  and the Gifted and Talented class. I am looking forward to another year of teaching, and I am honored to teach in such an amazing school.

    phone 260218 email  lkidd@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Ms. Lomax  Carter Lomax Fifth Grade
    The beginning of my education career began when I finished up my undergraduate degree at University of North Carolina Wilmington. I taught for one short year in North Carolina on the coast and then relocated here to Forsyth County. In my first/second years here at Settles I completed my Masters in Education along with my Gifted Endorsement at Piedmont College. This is my seventh year teaching and my sixth year teaching 5th grade at Settles Bridge. We welcome you to #teamfifthgrade and hope you have a wonderful year as part of the SBE family.
    phone  260217 email  clomax@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Long Kara Long Fifth Grade

    Greeting Stars! I am lucky enough to have taught at Settles Bridge Elementary since 2007 in grades 3, 4 and 5 (fifth is my favorite). I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!). I also hold a certification in ESOL. I am married (to Ed) and we have three awesome kids - Morgan, 22, Cole 19, and Gwyneth, 18. I have three sweet dogs, and I love to garden, decorate, and travel to new places. I know that fifth grade can be a bit challenging, but it is also a great deal of fun. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

    phone 260215 email klong@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     matthewsnikki Nikki Matthews Fifth Grade

    Following family traditions, I found my natural calling as an elementary school teacher over 11 years ago. My goal is to always create an environment where students learn to set goals, and we work together to reach them! Staying current on teaching strategies that fosters student engagement is essential. Teaching students to learn is my passion, but I also lead by example by being a lifelong learner. I current have a Bachelor's of Science in Education (2010) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; a Masters of Psychology and Counseling (2012) from the University of West Alabama; a Education Specialist in Curriculum Instruction (2017) from Piedmont College. I am currently attending the University of North Georgia working towards an Administration Leadership Certificate. I am elated to begin my 7th year at SBE!

    phone  260214 email  nmatthews@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Mr. Pennington   James Pennington Fifth Grade
    The 2020-2021 school year marks my 14th year teaching fifth grade at SBE, and my 20th year teaching in Georgia! I am originally from Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University in 1992 with a degree in Hospitality Services.  After relocating to Georgia, I obtained my Masters of Education in 2000.  I am looking forward to another FANTASTIC school year.
    phone  260289 email  jpennington@forsyth.k12.ga.us