• Meet the 5th Grade Teachers



    School Phone: (770) 888-7511

Phone: 122038


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Tricia Ashcraft, Science & Social Studies

Hi!  My name is Tricia Ashcraft, and I’m thrilled to be returning to Sharon!  I’ve taught in Forsyth County for seven years, four at Sharon and three at Brandywine.  The majority of my experience is in Florida where I taught for twenty-five years at seven different schools.  I’ve taught first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.  As you can see, I love variety and change.  

My family is very important to me.  My husband and I met in college at Troy State University in Alabama.  We have been married for 32 years and have a daughter, Taylor.  She graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Caroline and is now working and living on her own in Roswell.  As a family, we love spending time hiking, camping, and kayaking.  The outdoors is my happy place.

I am passionate about teaching and excited to begin a new journey with old friends at Sharon.

Phone: 122032


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Mrs. Kristin Beverly, Reading/Language Arts, Math

Georgia has been my home now for 8 years and I love it here!  I especially love teaching at Sharon Elementary for the last 7 years!  While at Sharon, I’ve had the privilege of teaching both 4th grade and 5th grade, and consider both grades my favorite!  Because my husband was a Marine for many years we moved often. I have also taught 2nd-6th grade in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida.

Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher.  I earned my B.A. in Elementary Education from Wheaton College in Illinois, with a concentration in English literature.  I am middle school certified to teach ELA and Social Studies as well as Gifted Endorsed.

When I am not teaching, I like to spend my time with my husband and four daughters.  One of my girls attends Riverwatch and three attend Lambert. Whenever I am not cheering from the sidelines at a sports event, I love getting outdoors and hiking with my family and my dog!  We also love to cook, travel and explore together whenever we can. I am looking forward to this year as being my best year yet in 5th grade!

Phone: 122029


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Catherine Evans, Math

I am so excited to be part of Sharon Elementary and the 5th grade team. I have been a teacher for 16 years in Gwinnett County. Throughout those 16 years, I had the opportunity to teach across all elementary grade levels.

As a commitment to being a life-long learner, after completing my bachelors from Georgia Southern University in Elementary Education, I continued my education and earned a Masters from Walden and Specialist Degree from Piedmont College.  I am also Gifted endorsed in order to help students of all ability levels reach their highest potential. 

I live in Cumming with my husband John and my three-year-old daughter Kinsley. If we aren’t playing at the lake or in the pool, you will find us somewhere outside playing games and yelling “Go Dawgs”.

I am committed to helping my students grow, and I look forward to a great school year full of learning, new adventures, and discoveries.

Phone: 122030


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Mrs. Lori Gilchrist, Math

Hello to my new students (and their parents)!  I am Lori Gilchrist, one of just a handful of teachers who has taught at Sharon Elementary since its opening back in 2003.  If you are new to Sharon, you arrived just in time. 

Back when I was a baby teacher, I taught my first 8 years in a small school in Brooks, GA (Fayette County Schools). After a period of staying home with my own children, I returned to the profession. I jumped at the opportunity to open Sharon as a third grade teacher. After eleven years of teaching third, this will be my ninth year of teaching fifth grade math.  I am looking forward to another great year with my math scholars!

I am originally from a small town south of Rome, GA. I am the youngest of four, my husband is the oldest of four, and we are the parents of four children.  I am grateful that all of my kids live in the Atlanta area. My oldest son and his sweet wife are the parents of my precious grandbabies, William and Eli.  Being a grandparent is grand!

I am a lifelong learner.  In addition to my education degrees, I have gifted and math endorsements.  I love watching my students take control of their own learning. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my students thrive and push themselves simply because that’s what they want to do.

Thank you for reading a little bit about me.  Please don’t hesitate to reintroduce yourself after Open House.  I want a chance to get to know you!

Phone: 122036


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Mrs. Stephanie Kleinhenz, Reading/Language Arts

My name is Mrs. Kleinhenz, and I’m proud to start my 15th year of teaching at Sharon Elementary. I’m excited to be teaching another year of 5th Grade Language Arts—it’s going to be a phenomenal year for our readers and writers! Literacy is truly my passion, and I make it a point to ensure students thrive in a literacy rich classroom environment! Books literally spill from the shelves in my classroom into the hands of eager readers!

This is my eighth year in Forsyth County. Prior to coming to Forsyth County, I taught in Palm Beach County Florida for seven years. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Science and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have experience working with students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade and have worked with students with varying levels of ability.  I have a strong literacy background, and I thoroughly enjoy teaching language arts. I bring to Sharon Elementary a passion for education and dedication to helping all students succeed!

We moved to Georgia seven years ago. Prior to that, I’ve lived in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Canada. Moving closer to my family is what brought us to Georgia to start a new adventure! My husband Adam and I have two young girls, Emma (age 8) and Nora (age 5). Our other family member is our maltipoo, Maddie. Our girls are the pride and joy in our lives. We love to watch them grow and help cultivate their own love of learning. My parents and my sister live in Georgia too, so we enjoy living close to family. My sister is Miss Sarnacki, 5th Grade ELA Teacher here at Sharon Elementary! So excited to share another year on this educational journey with her! Teaching with my sister is really a dream come true!

I love spending time with my family, working out to stay healthy, reading a good book, and taking pictures to capture the memories of our daughters’ lives. I’m also a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan, so you’ll see evidence in my classroom! Looking forward to another great year at Sharon Elementary-Go Knights!!

Phone: 122037


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Mrs. Jeni Pestorius, Science & Social Studies

Hi!  My name is Jeni Pestorius, and I am thrilled to be a part of Sharon Elementary’s 5th Grade Team!  Many of you know me because of my girls, Emma and Paige. Both attended Sharon from K-5, and we all have had a wonderful 12 years at Sharon.  If I wasn’t busy as a room mom, I was volunteering on the Science Lab/DIGS committee. I enjoyed working with the dedicated science volunteers and being a part of an amazing cohort.  Additionally, some of you may know me as a soccer coach since I have coached recreation soccer for 26 seasons. My girls are now involved in theater and dance, so I have moved on to becoming an enthusiastic observer!  Lastly, you may know me from facilitating learning in my own 3rd grade classroom two years ago, a 5th grade ELA classroom last year, and from substitute teaching here at Sharon.  Thankfully, I had the opportunity to teach and understand our school from an educator’s point of view.  I love Sharon even more from experiencing all aspects of our Blue Ribbon school, and I am honored to be an educator here!

I began my education journey tutoring illiterate adults in the Appalachian Mountains in Southeastern Ohio.  It is an incredible feeling to teach someone how to read, write, and sign their own name!  I continued on my path to learning on the other side of the world in Swaziland.  I had the opportunity to teach 6th grade reading and math in a Swazi school.  After that amazing study abroad program, I dedicated my studies to education and to making a difference in the world.  After graduating from Ohio University, I moved to Atlanta and taught for 9 years in Cobb County.  During my 9 years, I went back to school and earned my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University.  Plus, I got my Gifted-Endorsement and Multi-age training.  In Cobb, I taught 2nd grade, Multi-age 3rd/4th, and Gifted 1st-5th.  In conclusion, I look forward to continuing my  journey learning each and every day with the students,  bringing joy to the classroom, creating positive learning experiences, and facilitating success for each child!

Phone: 122035


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Ms. Lauren Sarnacki, Reading/Language Arts, Science & Social Studies

I graduated from the Ohio State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development & Family Science, and I graduated again from Ohio State in 2008 with my Master's Degree in Middle Childhood Education. I am a HUGE Ohio State Buckeyes fan! Go Bucks! This will be my 14th year of teaching, and my eighth year at Sharon Elementary! Before arriving in Georgia 8 years ago, I taught 5th grade language arts and social studies in Grove City, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus).

My family is so important and special to me! I have two wonderful parents and an older sister, Stephanie. My sister is married to my awesome brother-in-law and they have two little girls that I am so lucky to call my nieces! I love spending time with Emma (8) & Nora (5)! My family moved around a few times when I was growing up. I was born in Michigan, then lived outside of Toronto, Ontario for six years. Next, we moved to a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Lastly, I lived in Columbus, Ohio for ten years until I moved to Georgia in the fall of 2013 to be closer to my parents! My immediate family all lives very close to one another! My sister just so happens to be Mrs. Kleinhenz, another fifth-grade teacher here at Sharon Elementary! I couldn't ask for anything better! We are best friends and love getting to work together!

Another very special part of my life is my sweet dog Belle. She is a 12 year old Maltipoo and my very best friend :). She loves to play fetch with small tennis balls and have her belly rubbed, and she has her mom wrapped around her paw! In my free time I love to read a good book, listen to all kinds of music, watch college football and hockey, do jigsaw puzzles, bake something yummy, spend time with my family (especially Emma & Nora!), learn new technology tricks, volunteer at my church, and play with Belle!

I am looking forward to a school year filled with fun, laughter, and lots of learning!

Last Modified on June 17, 2021