• Special Education Teachers

     

    School Phone: (678) 965-5060 

IRR

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext. 470298

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Ms. Schimmel

Ms. Schimmel graduated from Oneonta State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She also received her Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from GA State University. Ms. Schimmel has been a certified Special Education teacher for 13 years and has taught a variety of specialized classrooms. Ms. Schimmel is excited to begin her 21st year of teaching as a Bobcat! This will be Ms. Schimmel's 3rd year at Brookwood. 

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470288

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Mrs. Smith

Hi! I am excited for another year of teaching here at Brookwood! Originally from Chicago, I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Roosevelt University and my Master’s degree in Teaching from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to my start in education, I worked in the government sector in administration and law enforcement for five years. I am married and have two toddler boys. I am looking forward to another year of helping my students learn, grow, and be the best version of themselves. 

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470320

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Mrs. Strang

Hello, Brookwood Family! My name is Samantha Strang, and I have been teaching for 13 years. I am originally from Tampa, FL, where I graduated from the University of South Florida. I have lived and taught in Georgia for 10 years. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades as a general education teacher with 5 years of co-teaching. This will be my first year as an IRR teacher. I love spending time outdoors with my family, reading, and cooking. I am PAWsitively excited to spend the year learning and growing!

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470331

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Mrs. Watson

Hi! I am excited about starting my 7th year as a Brookwood Bobcat and my 21st year teaching! I hold a Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University, a Master's degree from Graceland University, a Specialist from Piedmont University, and a Reading Endorsement. I have experience across all grade levels, having taught all but 3rd! Outside the classroom, some of my interests are playing tennis, reading, and enjoying live music. Let's make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous!

Speech

Phone: 678-965-5060 ext. 470390

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Ms. Mandy Buffington

Mandy Buffington has been a Speech Language Pathologist for 19 years. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Disorders in 2002. She graduated in 2005 with her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mandy moved to Georgia in 2005 to start her career in Speech Language Pathology. Mandy has provided therapeutic services in the Fulton and Clayton County School Districts. She also worked in pediatric private practice and in home health settings serving children in the birth-22 years old population. Mandy has her Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC)from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Mandy has experience in childhood dysphagia, articulation disorders, language disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. She has experience with using various Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device in therapeutic settings. Mandy resides in Alpharetta with her husband and two school aged daughters. Mandy enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading, exercising, and playing softball in her free time. Mandy is excited to be a part of the Speech Therapy team at Brookwood ES.

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext. 470270

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Mr. Hall

Mr. Hall graduated with his master's degree from Valdosta State University in Speech Language Pathologist. He has been working for the Forsyth County School System since 1999 and has been at Brookwood for 14 years.

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext. 470249

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Mrs. Jagiela

Mrs. Jagiela has been providing speech and language services for 13 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Central Missouri. She is thrilled to be starting her 9th year part of the Brookwood speech team and is looking forward to an amazing year!!

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext. 470311

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Mrs. Plauche

Mrs. Plauche has been an SLP for 26 years. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from LSU and her masters in Speech Language Pathology from USM. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has worked in both medical and school-based settings. She is celebrating her eighth year with Forsyth County and her 6th year at Brookwood. She strives to increase speech and language skills in engaging ways and is so excited for another amazing year!

Specialized Instruction

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470245

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Mrs. Archer

Hello! My name is Emily Archer, and this is my 4rd year in Forsyth County and my 2nd year at Brookwood Elementary! I have a degree in Music Education from the University of North Georgia and several special education certifications. I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University. I live with my husband, stepdaughter, two cats (GhostPepper and Gizzmo), snake (Slinkey, bearded dragon (Sapphire), and dog (Toffee). As a family, we love to play board games together. I am looking forward to another amazing year. Go Bobcats!

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470223

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Mrs. Andrea Colin

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470219

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Ms. Ansley Dean

Hey everyone! My name is Ansley Dean and I am excited to be joining the Bobcat family! This is my first year as a teacher as I recently graduated from Samford University this April. I grew up in Forsyth County and it is sweet to be back as a teacher.  In my free time, I love to go grab a cup of coffee or turn on a good movie. I am eager to join the SBA team and looking forward to the start of the school year. Go Bobcats! 

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470241

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Mr. Ryan Pesanka

My name is Ryan Pesanka and this will be my first year teaching Skills Based Autism at Brookwood Elementary. Last year I taught Physical Education/Health at Brandywine Elementary and prior to that I taught PE for 16 years at Orchard Park Elementary in Fort Mill, SC. I’m also in my 2nd year of coaching basketball at South Forsyth High School and 15th year coaching basketball overall. My wife Diane and I live in Cumming with our two boys Colt (11) and Cooper (6) and they will attend Matt Elementary. In my free time I enjoy working out, playing golf, hiking, and playing with our 4 month yellow lab Weller.

Occupational Therapist

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext. 470324

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Mrs. Mudulodu

Mrs. Mudulodu graduated from University of Tennessee with Masters of Occupational Therapy. She has been working with kids of all ABILITIES for over 10 years. She started her career working in out-patient clinics. This is her 6th year working in school systems and her 2nd year at Brookwood. She is so excited to be working at this awesome school!

Special Education Paraprofessionals

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470245

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Mrs. Christy Gardner

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470223

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Ms. Jaya Gandotra

My name is Jaya Gandotra, and this will be my 9th year of teaching. I graduated from the University of Delhi in Delhi, India, with a Bachelor in Arts. I have also received a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Lanier Technical College. I taught Georgia Pre-K as an Assistant Teacher for 7 years, and I worked as an SBA Paraprofessional at Daves Creek for one year. This year, I am joining the Bobcat family as an SBA Para. I hope my education and experience will benefit my students’ learning and growth. I look forward to an amazing school year!

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470365

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Mrs. Khan

I have a Bachelor's degree in Art with an emphasis in English and Social Studies and have worked with the Ymca of Metro Atlanta for 14 years. My passion is traveling and spending time with family. I consider it a privilege to be part of Brookwood Elementary, where every day is filled with excitement, joy, and smiles.

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext. 470219

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Mrs. Oquendo

I have been working with kids for 27 years and have a degree in Early Childhood Development. This is my 6th year at Brookwood in the SBA class. I am married with three children, and in my spare time, I enjoy watching my kids on the field playing football, laxcrosse, and softball. 

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext. 470210

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Mrs. McCavitt

Mrs. McCavitt is entering her 24th year of teaching. She graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor's degree in Education and is certified to teach the alternate curriculum in Georgia. She has taught 5th grade general education, K-5 in the Mild Intellectual Disability classroom, and is starting her 7th year at Brookwood. Mrs. McCavitt is thrilled to teach in a classroom where she can begin to teach at the level where each child is. She loves teaching and exploring replacement behaviors and finding ways for all of her students to be the best version of themselves. Her experience at Brookwood has been some of the best years in her teaching career, and she looks forward to having another amazing year with her wonderful, talented, fun, and sweet students! 

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470210

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Ms. Beth Veiga

My name is Beth Veiger. I grew up in Ohio but have lived in Georgia for 23 years. I am married with 5 grown children and 3 grand dogs. I worked as a certified pharmacy technician and training coach for 10 years before working in Forsyth County Schools.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and taking art classes.

Phone: 678-965-5060 Ext 470241

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Mrs. Marilyn White

Last Modified on November 29, 2023