Meet the Office Staff






    School Phone: (770) 887-7749 







    Mary Lou Ortiz


    I am truly excited to be school receptionist for Cumming ES. This is my first year in the educational field although I have volunteered at several schools in California, where I am orginally from. I have a business administration and finance background. I truly enjoy helping others and look forward to caring for the needs of the students, parents, and faculty in Cougar Nation. I love spending time with my husband and teenage son. 


    ext: 740001



    Hector Valderrama

     Parent Liason

    My name is Hector Valderrama. I was born in Bogota, Columbia. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Ministry and a Master's degree in Business Administration. I have held positions in Marketing, Technical Support, Management, and Ministry. I also was a stay-at-home dad for several years. I have enjoyed working at Cumming Elementary and hope to continue making a difference for our Spanish community. I am also very involved in a Spanish-ministry effort at the church. I am married to Amy and have two children, Lucas and Ethan.


    ext: 740520




    Melanie Jordanopoulos

     Data Clerk

     My name is Meanie Jordanopoulos. I moved to Georgia from Connecticut seven years ago. My husband and I have four children, two in high school, one in Middle School and a 3rd grader at Cumming Elementary. I have served on the PTO for many years and I am the current PTO President. I am very excited to join the staff this year.


    ext: 740518





    Larayne Smith


    Bookkeeper/Administrative Secretary

    Hello! My name is Larayne Smith and I am honored to be a Bookkeeper and Administrative Secretary to the Principal. Prior to being blessed with joining the family at Cumming Elementary, I was the Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director at a school in Missouri for 12 years. I love what I do and strive to make every person I come in contact with smile at least once, during our time together. My husband and I have raised a daughter and two sons, all of whom are married, and we enjoy spoiling our three beautiful granddaughers! I love spending time with my family, antiquing, kayaking, camping, and spending time at the beach or the mountains with our Westie and Golden Retriever. 


    ext: 740521                        lsmith@forsyth.k12.ga.us