Welcome to Special Areas!
Erik Siuta- PE
This will be my 18th year as an educator and third year teaching PE. I have been a 4th grade teacher at Daves Creek Elementary for the previous six years and am looking forward to this new journey as a Physical Education Teacher. Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my wife and two dogs, working out, coaching boys basketball at South Forsyth High School, and helping coach my nieces travel basketball teams. Health and fitness have always been a passion of mine and I can't wait to share that passion with the students at Brandywine
480242 email@example.com Libby Romig- Science
I am so happy to be starting my 31st year of teaching and I am thrilled to be the Science Lab teacher at Brandywine Elementary. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and I am certified to teach Pre-K through 5th Grade. I have taught every grade level and have taught STEM/Science Lab for the last 8 years. My husband, Herb, and I have been married for 38 years and we live across from Lake Lanier in Cumming. We have 2 daughters that were UGA graduates and are married and have one son each! I have the cutest 2 grandsons- Asher and Smith- that are the loves of my life. I will be sharing my love of Science and Math with your students this year and we will have fun discovering new things by staying curious and trying new things!
Brandywine ES’s Science Lab provides all students with inquiry-based enrichment, the opportunity to engage in globally relevant activities, and the development of literacy skills (gathering information, making inferences, organizing and explaining information) found in every other content area. Depending upon grade level, student investigations incorporate a hands-on weather station, a cooperative garden (seasonal herbs, vegetables, shiitake mushroom inoculation), animal life cycles (chicks, butterflies, other insects), and additional STEM investigations into physical and earth science.
480454 firstname.lastname@example.org Katie Smith- Music
I am so excited to be starting my seventh year as Brandywine’s music teacher and my 15th year as a music educator! I grew up playing organ, clarinet, piano, and saxophone. I went to The Ohio State University on a clarinet scholarship, where I received my Music Education degree. I have a Masters of Educational Leadership and an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I love being able to share my love and knowledge of music with others! If you were to walk into a music classroom at Brandywine, you could expect to see anything from singing, playing a variety of instruments, learning about beat and rhythm, to learning about the history of music. What is so cool about teaching a performing arts class is that all other subjects are naturally incorporated into music. Music is essentially learning another language! I want all of my students to be challenged, but to also find a love for music.
480115 email@example.com Bobbi Rice- Advanced Strategies Lab
The Advanced Strategies Lab offers our students a hands on educational approach to explore, discover, invent and create using every day materials (recyclables), Legos, and strategic games. Students learn the fundamentals of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math by engaging in experiments and engineering challenges while developing their ability to problem solve and work collaboratively with each other!
When introduced into the learning environment, Lego bricks naturally engage elementary students and boost their motivation. It’s through these active, engaging encounters that the foundation for lifelong learning takes shape. The hands-on solutions ignite children’s natural desire to explore and discover. Students are more effectively engaged in the language of thinking while developing and improving their problem solving, communication and collaboration skills in all areas of STEM.
Critical thinking and strategic games created by Thinkfun and Mindware (Q-bitz, Scramblitz, Flip 4, and Qwirkle) provide a fun and exciting way to engage in friendly competition while developing visual dexterity and basic math concepts.
The Advanced Strategies Lab is also a tool that provides ample opportunities for collaboration with classroom teachers in order extend, enhance and enrich learning experiences in regular classrooms. The children will also have access to technology and be able to continually develop their keyboarding skills and develop coding and basic programming skills through sites such as Code.org.
480450 firstname.lastname@example.org Ryan Pesanka- Health and PE
For the past 16 years I've taught Physical Education at Orchard Park Elementary in Fort Mill, SC and have also coached Basketball at Fort Mill High School for 13 years. I have a BS in Physical Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and a MS in Sports Administration from Winthrop University. I'll be living in Alpharetta, GA with my fiancé Diane and her two boys Colt (9) and Cooper (5). In my free time I enjoy reading, playing golf, exercising and cheering on my teams (Packers, Badgers, and Brewers).
480402 email@example.com Katina Krass- Art My name is Ms. Krass and I am Brandywine Elementary’s ART Education teacher! I have a Fine Arts background in Painting and I am a certified arts educator, teaching elementary art education for 25 years. I love to inspire students with my Fine Arts background and my love of art history. I absolutely love working with our little artists! Not only am I a teacher, I am a working artist. When I am not at Brandywine in the ART room, you can find me in my garage studio, painting or creating pieces from vintage flatware to sell at local shops, working on Denmark High School band props or spending time with my family and friends. 480103 firstname.lastname@example.org