• Meet the Special Area Teachers

      Brandywine Elementary

      School Phone Number: 770-667-2585

Phone: 480103

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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. 

Phone: 480450

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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.

Phone: 480454

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Libby Romig, Science Lab

Hi my name is Libby H. Romig and I am the 2nd -5th Grade Science Lab teacher at BWE. I retired from teaching in 2023 after teaching all grade levels from K- 5th Grade and the Science Lab for 31 years in Forsyth County. I taught for 4 years in private Pre- K and Pre-K/5 programs here in Forsyth County. I taught a 49% position in the Science Lab for 2023-2024 and taught 1st-4th Grades. I will be teaching another year of the 49% position for 2024-2025 and will teach 2nd- 5th Grades in the Science Lab. I have 2 beautiful daughters who are amazing Moms and I have 3 glorious grandsons that love Science almost as much as their Bibby (my Grandmother name!). I have been married to my husband, Herb, for 42 years and we live in Cumming and enjoy watching UGA football, boating on Lake Lanier, golfing, pickle ball, tennis, and working out together. We enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren and spending as much time vacationing as possible. We are UGA alumni and cheer for our DAWGS on a daily basis.

Phone: 480242

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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.

Phone: 480115

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Katie Smith, Music

This is my 17th 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 Science in 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. My goal for all of our Brandywine Badgers is to be challenged, but to also find a love for music.

Phone: 480242

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Nickey Sprigg, PE Assistant

Hi! My name is Nickey. I started working with BWE as a substitute since the school started 2016. I have also subbed at DeSana Middle School. I have worked in all departments except for Speech and OT. I have worked full time for a year at BWE as a PE / HEALTH para.​ I have my Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Sociology, and Home Science, and my Master's in English. I was captain of my yoga team in college and was awarded All-Round Student and Best Outgoing Sports Student. ​ I have been married to my wonderful husband Jim for 20 years. We have two boys, JT and Jacob, who attended BWE. I am VERY proud of them.​ In my free time, I love spending time with my family, working out, going for long walks, dancing, traveling, gardening, reading a good book, playing sports, and watching movies.​ I love collaborating and I'm a great team player.​