• Meet the First Grade Teachers

    School Phone: (770) 888-7511


Phone: 121039


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Donna Evans

My name is Donna Evans and I live in Cumming with my husband, Scott.  We have two adult children, our son, Hayden, and daughter, Connor. Hayden is a proud graduate of Georgia Tech and is working as an engineer. Connor graduated from University of Georgia with a Public Relations degree. They both are currently living in NYC, my favorite destination! Yes, we are a house divided!  We are also proud owners of two crazy wiener dogs, Norman and Jack.

I am originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from Bloomsburg University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Early Childhood.  Reading is my passion and I have completed the following programs: reading recovery, reading endorsement, and Orton- Gillingham.  I will be beginning my 32nd year of teaching this fall.

I look forward to a year of learning, relationships, and fun!


Phone: 121037


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Samantha Francisco

Welcome to first grade! I am so happy to be part of the Sharon family! Teaching is something I have wanted to do since I can remember. It brings me so much joy to work with children and to help them find the fun in learning! 

My family and I live in Cumming, GA. I am originally from Georgia, and received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Later, I  went to California Lutheran University to earn my elementary teaching credential. I am married to my husband, Joe, and we have two boys, Noah and Cooper. We also have a goldendoodle named Georgie. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading, shopping, exercising, and spending time outdoors with my family. I look forward to an amazing year in first grade!


Phone: 121032


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Julie McDuffie

My name is Julie McDuffie and I am very excited to join the first grade team this year!  I have been teaching for 27 years in grades kindergarten, first, and second! I have a passion for teaching and building relationships with students and parents! I want my students to love learning as much as I do!

I received my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Emory University in Atlanta. I received my master’s degree in early childhood education from North Georgia College in Dahlonega. I also have endorsements in gifted, ESOL,  and reading. 

My husband and I have been married for 27 years! We have 2 children and a golden doodle. Our daughter is a senior in college on the pre-med pathway with a desire to become a pediatrician. Our son is a junior in high school who enjoys running cross country, playing soccer, and playing in the band. He loves history and would love to travel the world! Our beloved dog, Buddy,  brings us much happiness everyday! We love spending time together at the beach, on the lake, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldawgs! 

I am incredibly happy to be a  part of such an amazing school family! I can’t wait to see you in August!


Phone: 121029


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Kim Stilwell

I received my teaching degree at Florida Atlantic University and started my teaching career in Florida.  Since moving to Georgia 23 years ago, I have taught in Fulton, Gwinnett, and Forsyth county.  I most recently taught Kindergarten at Sharon for 4 years and then took a hiatus for the past two years.  I am so excited to be back at the greatest school in the world teaching 1st grade.  I really enjoy teaching, and I find it a challenge trying to figure out each and every child, cultivate their strengths, and then ignite their passion to learn new things.  I am married and have three amazing children. One at UGA (Kaylee, 21), one in high school (Calvin, 17), and one in 5th grade (Kellen, 11). Some of the things I enjoy are reading, running, gardening, and spending time with my family.  I look forward to a wonderful year and thank you for trusting me with your most precious gifts.

Phone: 121042


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Brandi Weigle

This will be my 11th  year at Sharon Elementary.  I graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in psychology and from The University of South Carolina with a MS in Clinical Psychology. Prior to education, I was a Clinical Psychologist in a psychiatric hospital. I began my educational career as a special education teacher in South Carolina for middle school students with emotional disabilities. I then taught students with non-verbal autism. I have also taught students with learning disabilities. This will be my 24th year as an educator.  

I am married and I have two amazing daughters. Isabella is 21 and attends Dalton State College.  Fallon, who is 9, is in 4th grade right here at Sharon. I enjoy reading, shopping, and spending time at the lake.  I am an advanced scuba diver. I love the water!

Children are a precious gift, and I am thankful that you are sharing yours with me!