Brandywine Logo   Jennifer Smith
    My name is Jennifer Smith and I am very excited to be teaching DLI Kindergarten at Brandywine Elementary for the 2019-20 school year.  I graduated from the University of Georgia with my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  After graduation, I taught kindergarten at Harmony Elementary School in Gwinnett County. After having 3 children in 4 years, I decided to take some time off to stay home and raise my children who are currently 10, 11, and 13. During my stay at home mom years, I taught Transitional Kindergarten part time at a private school called Sugar Hill Weekday.  I am looking forward to being part of the Brandywine Kindergarten team!
    phone 480302 email jsmith16@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine logo Deb Thomas

    My name is Deb Thomas.  I graduated from Berry College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2005 and 2008 I went back for my Masters and Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I also hold a Reading Endorsement from Columbus State University.   I am a native Georgian and have four grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, four beautiful grandchildren, three dogs, and one crazy cat!  I have taught Special Needs Preschool up to First Grade with 20+ years of teaching experience.  This is my 16th year with Forsyth County Schools

    phone 480301 email dlthomas@forsyth.k12.ga.us


     Brandywine logo Beth O'Kelley

    I attended Georgia Southern University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have taught for 20 years.  Previously, I taught 2nd Grade for three years, 3rd Grade for four years, Kindergarten for nine years, and before coming to Brandywine I taught for 2 years in the GA Pre-K. 

    My husband and I have a son, Will, who is in 10th Grade this year.  In my off time, I like to help out with my sons Boy Scout troop.  I am thrilled to be part of the Brandywine team and I am very excited to be part of the Kindergarten team as well
    phone 480290 email bokelley@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine logo Angie Herman
    My name is Angie Herman, and I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten at Brandywine this year!  I know we are going to have tons of fun, and learn a lot! I live in Suwanee with my husband Mike, our daughter Lily Claire, and our dog Charlie.  I have been teaching for 18 years, with most of my experience being in kindergarten and first grade. I taught kindergarten for 14 years in Barrow County, and looped up with my class one year to teach 1st grade.  My favorite thing to do, besides teaching, is to cheer on the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium!  I'm looking forward to a great year with you at Brandywine.
    phone 480295 email aherman@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine Logo Leigh Cooper

    Leigh Cooper – I am excited to be a part of the Kindergarten team at Brandywine!  This will be my fifth year teaching kindergarten.   Prior to teaching kindergarten at Midway, I was a para-professional for three years working with as the technology specialist.  I also have eight years of teaching experience in first, fourth and fifth grades.

    I have been married to my husband, Powell, for twenty-three years. We have four children – Emmy (21), Carly(19), Maribeth(17) and Will(14).  I am a Georgia native.  I enjoy running, hot yoga and reading in my free time.  I love to spend time with family and friends at the beach as well.

    I love teaching five and six year olds and helping them develop a love for learning!  I look forward to working with the Brandywine Kindergarten Team!

    phone 480282 email lcooper@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Brandywine Logo Jill McDaniel

    My name is Jill McDaniel and I am originally from South Bend, Indiana.  I received my undergraduate degree from Ball State University and my graduate degree from Mercer University.  I have 19 years of teaching experience in Alpharetta.  I am really excited to be joining Brandywine Elementary and Forsyth County as a Kindergarten teacher!

    I live in Cumming with my husband and two daughters.  Stuart is a middle school teacher at Vickery Middle.  Mollie is going to be a 7th grader and Madison will be going into 5th grade in the fall.  When we are not in the classroom we enjoy being outdoors playing tennis and swimming.  Planning a Disney vacation is always a favorite too!

    phone 480291 email jmcdaniel01@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Brandywine Logo   Kristi Solem

    Hi, my name is Kristi Solem, and I am excited to be a part of the Brandywine team and be your child’s Kindergarten teacher! I graduated from Kennesaw State University, in 2010, and I received my Master’s in Teacher Leadership, in 2015. Prior to teaching Kindergarten, I was a Special Education teacher and have experience in grades, K-5th . This is my tenth year teaching and fourth year at BWES.

    My husband and I reside in Cumming, where we have two children, Brooks (4) and Jack (3). In my free time, you can find me curled up with a good book, spending time with my family and friends, or traveling with my husband.

    I believe that the fundamental purpose of education is to promote positive learning, encourage diversity in the classroom, and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. My goal is to combine my level of expertise and talent in order to be an effective, motivating and innovative teacher who can make an immediate contribution to your child’s education. I am excited to make this year the best year yet!

    phone 480285 email ksolem@forsyth.k12.ga.us


    Brandywine Logo   Dana Corr

    Hello, my name is Dana Corr. This is my 12th year teaching and I am very excited to be back in Kindergarten! I graduated from Valdosta State University with my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. My time at VSU as a student-athlete led me to me to become Head Softball Coach at Darton College for four years. However, my heart was always in early childhood. I have taught grades K-2 and 7-12. Kindergarten is definitely my favorite!!

    At home, I am so blessed to have a wonderful husband Jamie Corr who is the Athletic Director at Denmark High School and three amazing children. The oldest is a junior in high school, the middle one is a sixth grader and we also have a four year old. I look forward to the new school year and loving each one of my students!

    phone 480280 email dcorr@forsyth.k12.ga.us


    Brandywine Logo   Ana Rossi

    I am very happy  to be a part of the Kindergarten DLI  team at Brandywine!  I have taught Kindergarten for 10 years, 8 of those  have been in a dual language program.  I have  taught  all grades except  second. I graduated from Eastern College in Pennsylvania and received my Masters in Education from Reinhardt University here in Georgia. Prior to working with  Forsyth  I worked for Fulton County Schools. 

    My husband James and I have lived in Georgia for 20 years. We have three wonderful children  , Sergio (25)   Francesca ( 22) , and Giulianna ( 17). When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, going to the gym  or watching movies

    phone 480292 email arossi@forsyth.k12.ga.us