• Special Education Teachers


    School Phone: 770-888-1285

     jana  Jana Austin
    My name is Jana Austin and I am excited to be teaching PreK at Poole’s Mill! I have a B.S. in Special Education from University of Georgia, with an ESOL endorsement, and am working on my Reading Endorsement, as well as a Masters in Reading Education. I worked at Silver City Elementary School for the last 10 years, with 9 years being in PreK and one year in Kindergarten. I am excited to join Poole’s Mill Elementary for its inaugural year! I am happily married and have five daughters. I am also the proud owner of Freya, the Poole’s Mill Elementary therapy dog! I am looking forward to a very exciting school year!
    phone  390224 email  JMAustin@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     brennan  Crystal Brennan
    I have been teaching for several years and have loved every minute of it! I have taught third grade, fourth grade, interrelated second and third grade, and specialized instruction. I love learning and working with children. I can't wait to start this new journey with you and look forward to our future at Poole's Mill.
    phone  390481 email  CBrennan@forsyth.k12.ga.us


     browne  Kristy Browne
    I love building relationships and teaching. I am a life long learner. I have an amazing firefighter husband and three incredible sons. I am blessed.
    phone  390260 email  kbrowne@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    cohen    Lorri Cohen
    I have been teaching special needs preschool in Forsyth County since 2004. I have a B.S. in Special Education from Georgia Southwestern State University and a Masters in Moderate and Severe Handicaps from Georgia State University. I am just as excited to support my students and their families as I was my first year.
    phone  390220 email  LCohen@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     valerie  Valerie Dalziel
    Hi! My name is Valerie Dalziel. I have a Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern, a Masters from Piedmont College, and a Specialist from West Georgia - all in special education. I have been teaching special education since 2009 and I'm so excited to be a part of the Poole's Mill Family!
    phone  390502 email  vdalziel@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     marie  Marie Haley
    I graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, MA in 1992 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Young Children with Special Needs. I began my teaching career in Fulton County, working in the special needs Pre-K / Kindergarten department for sixteen years. I received my Master's Degree in Interrelated Special Education from the University of North Georgia in 2001. I have spent the last 10 years in the Interrelated Special Education Department at Mashburn Elementary. I look forward to joining the staff and students of Poole’s Mill Elementary in the Fall of 2020!
    phone  390501 email  mhaley@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    robin    Robin Hulsey
    I graduated from North Georgia college with a degree in Physical education, but quickly learned that I have a passion for Special Education. I believe that ,with strong collaborative team, anything is possible! I have an amazing husband and 3 beautiful girls.
    phone  390282 email



    mendez   Katie Mendez

    Hi Pirates! My name is Katie Mendez and I am SO excited to continue my career as an educator this year at Poole's Mill Elementary School! I graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education & Special Education with a Reading Endorsement. 

    My incredible husband Robert and I have been married 11 years and live local to the community! We have a handsome son (Robert) who is in third grade and a beautiful daughter (Anniston) who is in first grade at PMES. We have a lab named Toby, a cat named Binx and a pet snake named Banana! As a family, we enjoy camping and visiting the lake! We are so lucky to have the opportunity to join the Poole's Mill Pirate family and we are excited for an amazing adventure!! 

    phone  390279 email



    schival    Michaela Schival
    I graduated from Georgia College & State University in May 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. I have taught 1st and 2nd grade IRR as well as K-2 Moderate Intellectual Disabilities. I love spending time with my family and all things outdoors! I can't wait for another fun year of learning and growing!
    phone  390218 email  mschival@forsyth.k12.ga.us


    wagner    Abigail Wagner
    I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education Adapted Curriculum. After graduating, I was hired to teach at West Forsyth High school, where I taught Skills Based Autism for three years. My biggest goals for my students are for them to feel loved, safe, and cared for. I enjoy reading, going to the beach, and watching SEC football! GO DAWGS!
    phone  390212 email  awagner@forsyth.k12.ga.us