Dr. Lynne Castleberry

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Dr. Lynne Castleberry

Dr. Lynne Castleberry has thirty years experience in teaching and learning. She believes that all students at Whitlow Elementary are being prepared for leaders in jobs that don't even exist, yet. She is proud of our staff and students and Whitlow and our State and International STEM Certification. The AdvancED Certification was obtained in November, 2015, and the State of Georgia STEM Certificatoin was obtained in May, 2017. Whitlow was one of 34 elementary schools receiving the AdvancED award and the first elementary school in Georgia. 

 She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Brenau University, her Master's degree in Education from Breneau University, her Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia, and finally, her doctorate from Clemson University. Prior to becoming principal, Dr. Castleberry taught in an elementary school and has served as as assistant principal. She is also the recepient of the Joe Richardson Award for Exemplary Leadership. 

Dr. Castleberry is a Forsyth County native whose heart lies within the Forsyth County School System. As a Forsyth County student herself and a mother of two daughters who attended Forsyth County schools, she has deep roots in the FCSS community. Dr. Castleberry's mother also spent her entire career working in the Forsyth County School System. She appreciates the hard work and commitment that teachers give in their effots into doing, in her words, "what's best for kids". In her free time, she enjoys time with her family, traveling, and fishing for redfish in the Gulf of Mexico. 

 

Ms. Courtney McKinney

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Ms. Courtney McKinney

Ms. McKinney is thrilled to be a part of the Whitlow team! This is her 26th year in education and she has taught all grades K-5 and served as an assistant principal for 8 years. She has 2 sons in college, Will and Trent, and during her free time she enjoys working out, grilling, attending Braves games, and spending time with friends and family. If she can help you in any way, please don't hesitate to ask!

Mr. Nick Sexton

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Mr. Nick Sexton

Nick Sexton is a native of Forsyth County who has a background as a Social Studies, ELA, and Special Education teacher. This is his second year in administration after teaching and coaching for the last 10 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications-Public Relations from Kennesaw State University prior to Master’s, Specialist, and Leadership degrees from Piedmont College.  He is married to Jessica and is Dad to Jaye Belle and Jett. When he is not at school, he enjoys the visiting the beach, grilling out, watching the Braves and Falcons, playing guitar, and reading lots of books. He looks forward to serving the Whitlow community this year!

 

Mrs. Jill Short

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Mrs. Jill Short

Greetings!

Mrs. Short is entering her twentieth year in education and her fourteenth year as part of the Forsyth County School system. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, she has settled with her family in Cumming after spending thirteen years in Weddington, NC. As an educator, she has spent the majority of her experience as a classroom teacher. She began her teaching career at the very earliest level of education in a transitional Kindergarten classroom. She quickly moved on to teaching first grade and made this grade level her home for several years. After moving from NC to GA in 2006, she began teaching at Silver City Elementary. While at SCES, she taught Kindergarten, First grade and Writing Specials. In her final year at SCES, she was promoted to Literacy Coach and took on more administrative level duties as she completed her Educational Leadership Specialist degree. After earning her Ed.S., she accepted a position as Assistant Principal at Piney Grove Middle School and has been supporting students and staff at PGMS for the past five years.

When she is not learning with students, peers, and parents, she can be found side-by-side with her husband of 29 years (Jim), supporting their three sons, daughter-in-law, and grandson. Their eldest son, Britton, is a graduate of Auburn University and is currently employed in Charlotte where he lives with his wife Kendra and 1 year old son Whitner. Their middle son, Tanner, is pursuing a career as an industrial electrician in an apprenticeship program in Charlotte. Their youngest son, Dellan, is entering his third year as a theatre scholarship student with Gainesville Theatre Alliance at UNG, Gainesville. 

She is excited to be joining the Whitlow Wolf Pack! She looks forward to the relationships that she will build with staff, students, and parents as a member of this amazing school family! 

Mrs. Sally Johnson

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Mrs. Sally Johnson

 Sally is entering her twelfth year as an educator. She has been at Whitlow since we opened in 2009. Over the years she has worked as a grade level teacher, EIP teacher, instructional coach and is now beginning her third year as Quality Work Facilitator. Sally holds a bachelors degree in elementary education from Auburn University, a Masters degree in reading, language, and literacy from Georgia State, and a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Piedmont University. She and her husband Zac have a six year old daughter, Harper and a four year old son, Hugh. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends.