• Meet the Fourth Grade Teachers

      Brandywine Elementary

      School Phone Number: 770-667-2585

Phone: 480475

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Dr. Ruth Beichner

Ruth A Beichner has been teaching for over 20 years. She has taught 2nd, fourth and fifth grades. She has her masters in reading, and holds a certificate in ESOL and Gifted. She also has a doctoral degree in educational leadership. She loves teaching and Brandywine.

Phone: 480485

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Ms. Julie Grabowski, DLI

Hi! I am the 4th grade English DLI teacher. This is my 4th year at BWE. I have a BS in Education and Masters in Bilingual/ESOL Education. I have been teaching for 30 years and am ready to continue 30 more!! (well, maybe not 30) I am originally from the Buffalo, NY area: GO BILLS!! GO SABRES!! I have lived in TX, PR, NY, and now GA. I have 2 children; Genevieve is a 9th grader and Henry is a 7th grader. When I am not at school my happy place is at the lake or beach. I enjoy working at BWE for the family atmosphere. I know there will always be someone to support me when in need. I love working with kids and having fun teaching.

Phone: 480486

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Ms. Norma Gutierrez, DLI

I'm a dedicated educator with two years of experience as a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) 4th-grade teacher at BWE. With a major in Business and a concentration in Finance. My passion for the Spanish language and love for working with children drive me to create an engaging, bilingual learning environment where students can thrive academically and personally.

Phone: 480474

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Ms. Jordan Holley

My name is Jordan Hutchinson and I am very excited to be teaching Fourth Grade at Brandywine Elementary for the 2024-25 school year! I graduated from Georgia College & State University with my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I also have my master's degree in Early Childhood from GCSU. This will be my fourth year teaching at Brandywine! I love watching students grow in their independence and form a love for learning. I am looking forward to this school year!

Phone: 480470

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Mr. Dewayne Jones

Hello. My name is DeWayne Jones and I have loved being a teacher for many years (I’ll just say the number begins with a 2). Since graduating from Winthrop University, in Rock Hill, SC, I have had a fulfilling career teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in both Georgia and South Carolina. My wife and I recently moved from Charleston, SC to be closer to our two daughters who are both grown AND have two children of their own (which helps explain why someone would ever leave Charleston, SC). We feel blessed to be back in Georgia and are looking forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead – including new travelling opportunities and, of course, Braves games!

My teaching philosophy reflects my Personal Mission: To make a positive difference in the life of each person I meet. Everything I do in my classroom revolves around this mission of doing whatever it takes to help my students discover and grow toward their potential. I am truly honored that the next chapter of my life will allow me to continue this mission as a Brandywine Badger.

 

Phone: 480469

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Ms. Janna Novotny

My name is Janna Novotny. I teach 4th grade and I could not be more excited to learn and grow with my students this year. I am originally from Glens Falls, NY but moved down to Alpharetta, GA when I was young. I grew up in Forsyth County and I am so happy to be an educator here now. I graduated from the University of North Georgia with my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Special Education as well as my Reading Endorsement. I received my masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia Southern University. My husband and I love going to the park with our dog Mae and enjoy going to Braves and Gladiator games when we can! I can’t wait to have fun with you this year.

Phone: 480471

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Ms. Delaney Windham

Howdy, I'm Delaney Windham! I am originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, where I spent my childhood dreaming of becoming an educator. I earned my bachelor's degree from Tennessee Tech University and taught 4th grade two years before moving here. This is my second year teaching at Brandywine, and I love being a Badger!!! I love to instill goal setting in students academically and personally. My number one goal is to make BWE students feel safe and loved. I strive to facilitate a positive learning environment where students have a sense of curiosity, individuality, and purpose.