Phone: 121204


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Kristen Barinowski, P.E.

Hi Sharon Families! Since my name is a long one, I go by Coach Mama Bear.  I am so excited to return to Sharon for my 15th year!  I will be teaching Physical Education for grades K-5.

Prior to my arrival at Sharon I taught Health, Aerobic Dance, and Personal Fitness at Forsyth Central High School. While at Central, I was also the head volleyball coach, football cheer coach, and the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) leader. I joined the Sharon family the year my oldest began school here at Sharon.

 I grew up in a small town in Missouri called Poplar Bluff.  I was honored to serve my state as the 1994 Miss Teen of Missouri...Girls, always remember that you can be BOTH athletic and feminine!  After my high school graduation in 1994, I declined an invitation to do long jump for the Naval Academy and accepted full scholarships at Three Rivers College as a volleyball player and a cheerleader.   In 1996, I moved to Georgia to attend University of West Georgia on a full volleyball scholarship. I also qualified for the Hope Scholarship. In 1998-99, I continued my education at West Ga. on scholarship as the strength and conditioning coach/athletic trainer for the college volleyball team and softball team.  I graduated with a B.S. in Education and certification to teach Health and Physical Education for grades K-12.

 Throughout my college years, I also participated in Olympic Weightlifting competitions. In 1996, as the National Jr. Olympic Champion, I had the awesome opportunity to lift in an exhibition meet in the '96 Olympics.

I have been married for 22 years to my best friend, David. We have been blessed with two wonderful children, Averi (20), attends KSU and Josh (18), is a Sr. at East Forsyth HS.  A fun fact about our family is that Averi and Josh share the same birthday!

Currently, I enjoy playing tennis, doing Pilates, running, reading and shopping at my favorite store, TJ MAXX. I especially enjoy time with my family on Lake Lanier boating, swimming, skiing and fishing.

I am truly blessed to get paid to do what I love.... in the best school, with the best teachers and students!

Phone: 121203


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Wendy Kunich, P.E. Instructional Assistant

This is my 18th year at Sharon Elementary, and I will be assisting Coach Bear in PE (7 years as a team).  I look forward to working with your students and welcoming many of you all to the Sharon Family. 

I have been married for 30 years to my college sweetheart.  We have 2 boys, one recent college grad and one finishing up this year. Both attended Sharon Elementary and graduated from Lambert High School.   

I have been fortunate to not only be a staff member at Sharon, but also be a parent at the school.  There is no better place to have your children attend their elementary school years!!!

I am a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English. After graduating from college, I worked in corporate, and then stayed home a few years to raise the boys. I taught preschool for 3 years, and when my youngest started kindergarten at Sharon, I became part of the Sharon staff. 

I enjoy spending time with my husband and sons.  We enjoy going to college football games, traveling, and hiking.

Phone: 121015


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Jeremy Beaton, Art

I believe art education provides students with opportunities for self-expression and creative learning. I am excited to be entering into my 11th year as an art teacher at Sharon. As part of my classroom curriculum, I want to provide our students with a solid foundation in art techniques and art history.

My educational background includes Teacher Certification in Art Education (K-12) and degrees in Graphic Design, Ceramics, and Psychology.  I enjoy creating artwork, visiting museums and local galleries, traveling, cycling, and spending time with my family.  

Phone: 122214


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Mrs. Kim Matthews, Theater

Hi! My name is Kim Matthews. I am originally from NY, but moved here from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I went to Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where I received my degree in Music Education. I taught preschool for 10 years prior to moving to Atlanta and I have been working at Sharon Elementary as an Interrelated Paraprofessional for 15 years now!! I am married to my wonderful husband, Todd, and we have one son, Ryan... who is 28 and married to sweet Kylie!! I love cooking, crafts and mostly singing!

This year I will be taking on a new role at Sharon Elementary.  I will be teaching a new class in the specials rotation, THEATER!! I have been helping with the school musicals for the past six years and I am excited to be able to offer this class to all students K-5.  We will focus on all aspects of performing, whether it be on a stage or behind the scenes. I am hoping this class will give students confidence with public speaking and an opportunity to be comfortable enough to try new things!   I am really looking forward to an awesome 2022-2023 school year!!



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Mrs. Susan McLane, Counseling

Hi! I am Susan McLane and I’m so very excited to be joining the Sharon Elementary staff this year!  

I am a Mississippi native and have lived in Georgia since 2016. My husband, Bob, and I have been married for 6 years, have a 4 year old little boy named Sully and 2 dogs named Daisy and Fritz. We enjoy exploring and learning more about Georgia/Metro Atlanta and traveling to see extended family and friends in MS, FL and AL.  

I come to Sharon with 27 years of experience in education - 21 of those as a School Counselor. I received both my bachelor’s in elementary education and my master’s in school counseling from Mississippi State University!  One of the best parts of being a school counselor is being able to support students, families and staff in having a successful school year!

Phone: 121063


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Mrs. Kimberly McLeod, Counseling

Hello! My name is Kimberly Mcleod. I am a Georgia native and have lived in Forsyth County since 2002. 

I have been married to my spouse Chris for 23 years and we have three amazing boys ages 9, 11 and 15. We also have a golden doodle, Leo! We enjoy going to the lake and family movie nights!

I received my master's in counseling from Georgia State University and then received my specialist degree in school counseling from the University of Georgia in 2007. I have worked with Forsyth County providing private and school counseling since 2002. I am excited to be a part of the Sharon family!

Phone: 122015


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Mrs. Patti Phillips, STEAM

I am excited to begin my first year at Sharon as a STEAM/Computer Science teacher!  I can’t wait to share my love for STEAM with the students in hopes that they find their own spark and passion through their journey.  My goal for my students is to have a place for creative vision, learn to collaborate, embrace mistakes, be exposed to various STEAM careers/technologies, and be prepared for the future!  

I earned my B.A. in Psychology from the University of West Georgia and M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University.  I have taught at Whitlow Elementary and Mashburn Elementary in various roles including 3rd grade, Kindergarten Dual Language Immersion, and STEM Specials. 

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful husband and 2 children hiking, camping, cooking, and singing karaoke.  My son, Liam, is a curious and funny 12 year old who strives to become a computer programmer one day.  My daughter, Layla, is a fun-loving and social 8 year old who wants to be a baker when she grows up.  My kids inspire me daily with their zest for life and dedication to their passions.

Phone: 122206


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Mrs. Lindsey Sherrill, Music

Hello future musicians! I come to you from the small town of Social Circle where I taught elementary music for 9 wonderful years.  I worked as an instructional intervention parapro this past year here at Sharon. While doing so, I gained a great deal of experience and perspective that will help seam together your musical experience with your academic capabilities.  I heard this school was incredible, and yep, the rumors were correct!  It is an honor to work here and I can’t wait to rock out with you! 

I received my Bachelors of music education at University of North Georgia, my Masters from Walden University, and finally my Specialist from Piedmont University. I am a former teacher of the year at my previous school system.  I sing, play several instruments, and can run rather fast.  My husband Myles and I have 4 kids between the two of us, two of which are at Sharon (Wilder and Mack). 

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