Third Grade Teachers

    School Phone: (770) 346-0040




    Anna Brancheau

    Hello! I am thrilled to join Vickery Creek’s third grade team this year! This is my sixth year teaching in Forsyth County. My husband and I live in Cumming with our two boys who also attend Vickery Creek. 

    I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was young. I grew up in Douglas County and earned my Educational Specialist from the University of West Georgia! My passion is in teaching reading and helping students find those special books that unlock the joy of reading for them. 

    When I am not teaching, you can find me camping, spending time with my family, reading, or playing with my dogs! I am looking forward to meeting my group of third graders! We are going to have a great year!

    phone 180222 email abrancheau@forsyth.k12.ga.us





    Andrea Harris

    Hi! My name is Andrea Harris. I have been working in the field of education for over 30 years, and I hold a master’s degree from Oglethorpe University. I believe that it is an amazing privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility of working with children. My students have taught me that being a good teacher is so much more than just covering curriculum. I realize that sometimes the smallest things I say and do have the biggest impact. I strive to help keep students’ natural curiosity alive by showing them that learning is both rewarding and fun.

    I live in Cumming with my husband of 30 years, our daughter, who recently graduated from the University of Georgia, and our two puppy dogs. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and doing anything outdoors.

    I am happy to start a new school year, and I look forward to the excitement ahead!

    phone 180228 email anharris@forsyth.k12.ga.us



    Jessica Howington

    Hi, my name is Jessica Howington and this will be my 9th year teaching.  I am passionate about inspiring and loving children while encouraging them to find their joy for learning! I received my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education at West Georgia. Since I've obtained my Master and Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and am certified in ESOL. I have a very supportive family and a poodle named Dixie. I enjoy traveling, outdoors, and shopping. I can’t wait to meet this year’s fabulous 3rd grade Vikings and parents, together we will make it the most rewarding year for your child!! 

    phone 180224 email jhowington@forsyth.k12.ga.us



    CiCi Keen

    Hi! I am so excited about starting our year together!

    I was born in South Carolina, but I grew up in the Blairsville, Georgia. I married my husband, Scott, four years ago. We reside in Cumming with our cat, Penelope. I enjoy going to the movies, shopping for antiques, creating DIY projects, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

    I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education with an endorsement in Reading from the University of North Georgia in 2016. This will be my sixth year teaching 3rd grade.

    I love being a part of the VCE family, and I am thrilled to work with you and your child this school year! 😊

    phone 180233 email ckeen@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     kpurcell Katie Keith
    Hi! My name is Katie Keith and I am 25 years old. I live in Holly Springs with my husband, Brandon and my puppies, Cooper and Winston. I enjoy traveling, being with my family, and anything Disney! I was born and raised in Forsyth County and attended all Forsyth County Schools. I also coach cheerleading at Forsyth Central. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement from Reinhardt University in 2017. I received my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia Southern in 2020. This will be my fifth-year teaching at VCE and my second-year teaching third grade. I am so proud to be a Viking and can’t wait for all the fun we are going to have this year!
    phone 180227 email kakeith@forsyth.k12.ga.us
      Lisa Landis
     Hi Friends!  I am Ms. Landis and the first thing you need to know about me is that I love reading!!  

     I grew up in Ohio and moved to Georgia in 2007.  I attended Kent State University in Ohio for my undergraduate degree and Georgia State University for my graduate studies, where I earned my master’s degree in early childhood education.  I am also a National Board-Certified teacher.

     I have two sons, Preston 27, and Wesley 25.  They live in North Carolina and Virginia. Wesley is getting married November 9, and I am happy that Lila is joining our family.

     Chelsea, Wiley, and Ziggy, in my opinion, are the three best dogs in the world.  They are wonderful company, and keep me busy.

     This is my 24th year of teaching, and my 5th year as a Viking here at VCES.  I still love coming to school each day to see what I will learn, and to spend time with my favorite people.

    phone 180225 email



      Tiffany Mello
    Hi! I am so excited to be teaching third grade this year! I have taught at VCE since 2013 and love it here!! I earned my Bachelors and Masters in Early Childhood Education with endorsements in Reading and ESOL from Valdosta State University. I also earned my Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College.
    I was born and raised in Georgia and grew up in Alpharetta for most of my life. My husband and I live in Cumming with our daughter, Adalynn, and our sweet dog, Mojo. We enjoy traveling, hiking, going to Georgia football games (GO DAWGS!), and spending time with family and friends. 
    I can’t wait to meet you and start our year together!!
    phone 180232 email




      Mary Shaw
    Hi, I am so excited about starting our year together!  I grew up in New York and moved to Georgia during college.  I attended UGA for my undergraduate degree and Mercer University for my graduate studies, where I earned my Masters in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Endorsement.   This will be my 25th year of teaching, with this being my 18th year at VCE.

    My wonderful husband, David and I just celebrated 25 years of marriage.   We have two terrific kids. Robert, who is a recent graduate from Georgia Tech and Kayla, who is beginning her junior year at The University of North Georgia in Dahlonega this fall. We also have three fur babies.  Layla, our Beagle, is the old sassy lady of the family. Buster, our three year old yellow lab, is the well-known celebrity resident therapy dog you will see around VCE. And the newest member of our family, is our black lab puppy Bailey. She will be following in the footsteps of her big brother Buster and will be training to be a Canine Good Citizen Therapy Dog. I am so excited to be able to share Buster and Bailey with the students and staff at VCE.  Looking forward to growing leaders and to have the opportunity to work with you and your child this school year!

    phone 180221 email mshaw@forsyth.k12.ga.us
Last Modified on September 13, 2022