• Special Education Teachers

    Meet our Marvelous Special Education Team!

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Ashley Crowder - 3rd Grade IR Teacher

I am Ashley Crowder and am so excited and blessed to be starting my tenth year here at Kelly Mill! This is my seventeenth year teaching in which I have taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and sixth grade. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Georgia. I also have my Special Education Certification and Gifted Endorsement. I am currently getting my Masters in Reading Literacy from The University of Georgia! Goooo Dawgs!
I absolutely love teaching and hearing the ideas and thoughts from students! I thrive on watching students grow, learn, mature, and gain understanding. My goal for my classroom is to become a family where we learn together, celebrate accomplishments, care for one another, and gain understanding on thinking of others over ourselves! I consider my "job" as the most fun and rewarding!
I have three amazing children, an awesome son-in-law, and the perfect Great Dane, Herschel! I enjoy traveling, walking, cooking, and gardening!

Phone: 440224

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Chelsea Daher - 2nd Grade IR Teacher

Hi my name is Chelsea Daher and I am a Special Education Teacher who graduated from Georgia Southern University. This is my 10th year of teaching and every year I am reminded of why I love my job, and it is because of each one of your special children. I have 2 sons that have completed our family. Carson is 3 and Brayden is 1. With all of my free time, I am working on my baking skills and making family memories. I am excited to have the best year yet, and I look forward to meeting each of your precious families.

Phone: 440394

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Nikki Myers - SPED Teacher

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Anne Knieper - 5th Grade IR Teacher

Hello! Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! My name is Anne Knieper, and I am a fifth-grade support teacher. This year marks my 28th year in education, and I have been a Kelly Mill Colt since its doors opened! I have held various roles here at Kelly Mill, which includes being a part of the Special Needs Pre-K Program, the Kindergarten Team, and the MCA Program. I attended the University of Georgia and began my teaching career in the DeKalb County School System where I taught first, second and third grade. I have a wonderful husband, John, 2 fantastic children, Will (23) and Anna (22), and 2 energetic chocolate labs, Remi and Pearl! In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, exercising, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to an amazing school year!

Phone: 440223

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Kathy Wade - Kindergarten & 1st Grade IR Teacher

I am so excited to join the Kelly Mill community! I've been a Special Ed. teacher in Forsyth County for the past 20 years (Vickery Creek Elem., Sharon Elem., Midway Elem.) All 3 of our "grown children" have graduated from West Forsyth HS. I taught Kng, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades (California, Michigan-my home state, and Florida) as a classroom teacher for 15 years before finding my passion in Special Education. I'm feeling blessed for this next journey. Go Colts! 

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Susan Weiner - 4th Grade IR Teacher

I am delighted to be starting my third school year with Kelly Mill. I am originally from Arlington, Va. and went to school at George Mason University where I earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and continued onto graduate school where I earned a Masters Degree in Special Education. After graduate school I decided to move to Southern California, where I was an elementary special education teacher for the past 23 years. My husband’s job relocated us to Ga last July and we were excited for the move. Our son attends NFHS and our very nervous mini-schnauzer, Charlie, is still trying to figure out what to do in the new backyard! Although I do miss our daily beach view, I enjoy being outdoors, even in the heat and humidity. I truly enjoy teaching and having a part in the students learning and growth. I look forward to another great year at Kelly Mill.

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Kristin Duclos - EBI (K-1) Teacher

I am super excited to teach K/1 EBI this year!

This is my 12th year in Special Education. I have a degree in Intellectual Disabilities K-12. I earned a Masters Degree in Behavior Disorders and I am certified in Learning Disabilities. I taught in Fulton and Dekalb counties previously. This will be my 2nd year at Kelly Mill. I am originally from Chicago but moved to Atlanta many years ago.

I have 3 beautiful and talented daughters. Kara(26) Adrienne (24) Stephanie (24). They all graduated from UGA and are now in the work force. Go Dawgs!!! I am looking forward to a great year with my precious students!

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Moses ronika Arockia amal raj - EBI IA (Duclos K-1)

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Nicole Carnes - EBI (2-3) Teacher

My name is Nicole Carnes and I am so excited to begin my 22nd year of teaching in Georgia. I came from teaching in Cherokee County for 20 years and so proud to have made the move to Forsyth County School District last year. I joined Kelly Mill Elementary last year as an EBI teacher for 4th and 5th grades. I have been married for 25 amazing years to my husband Dr. Richie Carnes who is a principal at Creekland Middle School in Canton where we live. I have 2 boys, 19 and 14. I am so proud to teach at Kelly Mill and so excited for an amazing school year. Go Colts! 

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Stacey English - EBI IA Carnes 2-3

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Holly Kendrix - EBI (2-3) Teacher

My name is Holly Kendrix, and I was born and raised here in Forsyth County. This will be my fourth year at Kelly Mill. I am SO excited to be joining as a support teacher for the EBI team. I received my bachelor’s degree in early Elementary and Special Education. This is my first official year teaching at Kelly Mill, and I am thrilled to call this school home. My husband, Carl, and I have three kids. My twin boys are third graders here at Kelly Mill, and my daughter is a senior at West Forsyth. I am so excited to take on this role and look forward to an amazing end to the year here at Kelly Mill!

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Denise Thompson - EBI IA Kendrix 2-3

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Amanda Lopez- EBI (4-5) Teacher

Hello to all!

My name is Amanda Lopez, and I am a first-year teacher here at Kelly Mill Elementary. I graduated from MGA with my B.S. in Psychology, I am newly married and a mother to a beautiful daughter! It is my joy and privilege to be teaching my students. It is my goal to build meaningful relationships and form deep connection with hopes of creating a year not just for growing, but BLOOMING! I am a firm believer in the power of love. I intentionally pour my heart into everything I do, and I look forward to pouring my heart into my students."It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves." - William Shakespeare

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Hunter Stephens - EBI IA Lopez 4-5

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Gabby Hoste - MCA (3-5)

Hello Colts! My name is Gabby Hoste. This will be my third year with Forsyth County Schools, and my second year as a specialized instruction teacher. I am so excited to take over as the teacher for Modified Curriculum Autism (MCA)! Prior to Kelly Mill, I have worked at the iFocus Behavior Intervention Center and at Mashburn Elementary. I was born in Ohio, but I have lived in Georgia for as long as I can remember. I am a graduate of Mississippi State Univeristy, and Georgia College & State University where I received my Masters in Arts of Teaching in Special Education. In my spare time when I am not working, you can find me in the kitchen cooking or baking something delicious, crafting, hunting or just being outdoors. I also enjoy shopping, cruising and just spending time with my friends and family. During football season you can catch me glued to the TV cheering on my Mississippi State Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes and Dallas Cowboys! I am so exciting to be joining the Kelly Mill family and I look forward to an amazing school year with you! 

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Marielle Kulbok - MCA IA Hoste

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Alison Sponaas - MCA IA Hoste

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Ashley Wheeler - (K-2) SBA

I am so excited to be starting another year as a Kelly Mill Colt! Before joining the KME family, I taught private PreK for 10 years in the Cumming and Alpharetta areas. I am currently working on my master’s degree in special education at University of West GA. I am a true Georgia native, born and raised, and a fun fact about me is that my children were all born at the same hospital as my sister and I! I have three children in Forsyth County schools and we absolutely love it here. When I’m not working I enjoy cooking for my family and gardening in my backyard. This is going to be a great year and I am looking forward to being the good and being the light at KME!!

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Brook Christman - (K-2 SBA IA) Wheeler

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Jenna Staiti - (3-5 SBA)

My name is Jenna Staiti. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with my Bachelor's degree in Human Development and in 2022 with my Master's degree in Sport Pedagogy while playing basketball for 5 years. I am in the beginning of my career in teaching. I will be earning my teaching certificate through the Forsyth Teaching Academy.

When I am not at work, I am coaching basketball, working out, playing with my 3 puppies, or at the pool!

I am so excited to be one of the new SBA teachers at Kelly Mill Elementary!

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Tina Stevens - SBA IA (3-5 Staiti)

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Nicole Lorence - IA

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Cori Moon - IA