• gifted

  • Gifted Testing:

    Our GET meeting to discuss candidates for the fall testing window will be August 18th. All parent referrals must be submitted NO LATER than August 16th. If you would like to complete a parent referral packet, please stop by the front office to pick one up. Kindergarten students will not be considered until the spring testing window. If you have any additional questions, please contact:


    Helen Kumpel 

    Gifted Coordinator

    Haw Creek Elementary

    (678) 965-5070 Ext. 422315

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Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Helen Kumpel

I am excited to begin my 9th year at Haw Creek Elementary! I graduated from Georgia State University in 2013 with my degree in Early Childhood Education and an ESOL endorsement. I then went on to earn my gifted certification a few years later. I worked at Daves Creek Elementary for one year before coming to Haw Creek Elementary in 2014 to teach 5th grade. I dedicate a lot of my time, energy, and resources to providing the kind of environment and instruction I would want for my own children. My youngest son was identified as gifted in the first grade, and I have enjoyed watching him grow and develop as a critical and creative thinker ever since! A lot of my instruction is developed from knowing that not all students are passionate or even "gifted" in all areas, and that is just fine. I hope to expose them to different types of learning, content, and social/emotional situations to help them grow in areas they may not feel are their strengths...yet. I use various strategies and tools to help develop their gifted talents and interests in the classroom but encourage them to take what they are learning outside of the classroom and into their homes and community.

I am so excited to work beside Cindy Parham who serves K-2 gifted students. We will serve 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade gifted students! We also push into general education classrooms to teach all students critical and creative thinking skills. I look forward to providing a challenging, engaging, and fun learning experience for all of our students.

This will be my 5th year as the HCES Gifted Coordinator, and I look forward to another fantastic year with Cindy Parham! 

Ext. 422315

Email: hkumpel@forsyth.k12.ga.us



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cindy Parham

This is my 13th year teaching and my 9th year at Haw Creek. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and have a gifted endorsement. My three sons, Andrew, Zach, and Jake, all went to school at Haw Creek. Jake is a freshman at Georgia College. Andrew graduated from UGA and Zach is a senior at UGA. My husband Steve and I enjoy scuba diving. I have two step daughters, Becca and Merritt.

I am looking forward to a fantastic year teaching gifted at HCES!

Ext. 422318

Email: csparham@forsyth.k12.ga.us