• Forsyth County Schools’ special education programs are founded upon the belief that all children are capable of learning and being successful in school experiences which are designed to develop academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and independence skills for active participation in their community.

    One to two classrooms on each grade level contain students who receive Special Education services. They could be served in their homeroom class, another classroom on the grade level, or the Special Education resource setting. 

     
    Amy Carney

    This is year 22 for me, teaching mostly in Special Education.  I taught middle school in Fulton County for the first ten years of my career and have been in a Forsyth County elementary school ever since, a Badger from the beginning.  

    I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Georgia and Master’s degree in Middle Grades Math from Piedmont University.  I look forward to serving the BWE community as PBIS Coach as well as continuing my role in Special Education. 

    My family is my whole, entire world.  My husband, Chad, and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary, and we have three boys: Caden (17), Nolan (15), and Dylan (10) who keep us on our toes.  You can usually catch us at a field or court somewhere watching lacrosse or basketball or taking a Jeep ride in attempt to slow things down a bit. Wind therapy.  I share the role of queen of the household with my four-legged girl, Bailey Carney (2). 

    phone 480252 email acarney@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
     
     
    Ashley Zatorsky

    This will be my19th year teaching! I graduated from North Georgia College and State University with a dual degree in K-12 General Curriculum Special Education and Early Childhood Education. I have spent most of my years supporting grades 2-4. 

    I was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. I live with my husband and our many fish, 3 cats, and dog. In my free time, I enjoy organizing, napping, and spending time with family. I love anything Disney. This summer, I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday at Walt Disney World with Mickey and friends! 

    phone 480432 email azatorsky@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Beth Chiasson

    I am excited to begin my 4th year teaching at Brandwine Elementary!  I have a Specialist Degree in Leadership with Brain-Based Teaching from NOVA Southeastern University and a Masters of Science in Education from Walden University.  I am certified in special education, gifted, STEM/science, and ESOL.  Over the years I have been part of grade levels which include kindergarten-5th.  

    Originally from Louisiana, Georgia has been home for the past thirty-one years.  My husband and I enjoy hiking, visiting local venues, tasting new experiences, and sharing time with our two grown children and their fur babies.

    phone 480528 email f38280@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Amanda Hollis

    Hi! This will be my 8th year teaching. I am looking forward to my 2nd year here at Brandywine!  I have a bachelor's degree from Berry College in Psychology. I also have two Master's degrees (School Counseling and Early Childhood Special Education) from Auburn University (War Eagle).

    My family-Donovan, Marshall (5), Baylee (Elderly Rat Terrier) and Chandler Bing (Australian Shepard puppy) just moved from Gwinnett to Ball Ground. We love our new, sweet town. My son, Marshall, will be starting Kindergarten this year. 

    My family is my everything. In the fall, our family spends most weekends in Auburn watching our Tigers play. I also love reading, shopping, Pilates and spending time with friends. 

    phone 480432 email f39981@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    Kaitlyn Mitchell

    This will be my 8th year teaching, 4th year at BWE! I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in K-12 General Curriculum Special Education. I have spent most of my time in the lower grades, k-2. 

    Originally from upstate New York, I moved to Georgia for college and have been here for 10 years. I now live in Roswell with my family PJ, Kannon (2.5) and Jax- our 9 year old yellow lab. In my free time I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family. We love to watch the Dawgs play in the fall and go golfing as a family.

    phone 480431 email f33574@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    Melissa Gann

    Hi...I am Melissa and this will be my 24th year of teaching....how am I that old? I spent my first 10 years teaching 2nd grade and then gifted for 2 years in Gwinnett County. I moved to Forsyth County and have spent the last 12 years teaching Special Education at Johns Creek and then Brandywine. 

    I have two boys, Ryan (16) and Ethan (14). Both are at West High School. They are a full-time JOB!

    My family is the world to me and we are super close.

    As if teaching is not enough, I also am a realtor. I got my real estate license when I began teaching and have always done it on the side for family and friends. Thankfully I work with lots of great teachers who need houses:)​

    phone 480252 email mgann@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    Kim Roesler
     
    phone 480481 email f40091@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     

     
    Speech-language therapy is provided by Ms. Amy Knapp, Ms. Claire Green, Ms. Shawna Nickerson, and Ms. Kim Moore in both resource and inclusion settings for pre-school through fifth grades.  Students receive services through small group instruction and/or inclusion within the general education environment based on their individual needs.  This instruction focuses on the five major areas of communication: articulation, receptive and expressive language, voice, and fluency. The students are instructed using a variety of different modalities to ensure successful communication.
    Amy Knapp
     Speech
    phone 480410 email aknapp@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     

    Claire Green
     Speech
    phone 480410 email f34132@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    Brooke Richard
     Speech
    phone 480325 email f41770@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
     
    Elizabeth Nixon
     Speech
    phone 480325 email f33912@forsyth.k12.ga.us