Welcome to Special Areas!
Cate Hernandez- PE
In our Physical Education classes we offer our students a fun-filled program designed to meet Georgia and National standards to inspire them at a young age to be physically active for a lifetime. Students are offered a variety of activities during lessons as we focus on social interaction, improving self-concept, cooperation and sportsmanship. SPARK P.E. which is a research-based curriculum is the cornerstone of our program for all ages. It focuses on fitness and skill development and maximizes physical activity during lessons.
Throughout the year we will offer supplemental programs including: the Presidential Fitness Program, 100 Mile Club, Jump Rope for Heart, and Field Days.
480242 firstname.lastname@example.org Libby Romig- Science
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 email@example.com Katie Smith- Music
I am so happy to be starting my tenth year teaching and to be teaching at Brandywine Elementary. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend The Ohio State University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. I have a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from The University of Dayton and previously taught in Columbus City Schools for seven years before moving to Georgia. This is my third year at Brandywine Elementary School here in Forsyth County Schools. In music class, you can expect to see learning in many different ways. Our music classroom aligns with the National Standards for Music as well as the Georgia Music Standards. We learn these standards through exploration with instruments, singing, movement, and a plethora of different activities. Students in third grade will learn recorder and students in fourth and fifth grade will learn how to play ukuleles. Students in fourth and fifth grade are also given the opportunity to participate in The Brandywine Chorus after school on Tuesdays. This group will focus on more challenging vocal music and be given plenty of opportunities to showcase their talents. There is always something fun and exciting going on in the music classroom and I am excited for the 2018-19 school year!
480115 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Molly Murphy- Health and PE
In Health and PE, Coach McLaughlin will be teaching the importance of health and fitness in all stages of life. Her program is designed to cover Georgia standards in both health and physical education. Students will discuss healthy habits, making good choices on a daily basis, and setting goals for their future health. They will participate in a variety of activities that develop teamwork and good sportsmanship, along with exposing them to a variety of ways to be self motivated and active on their own. Coach McLaughlin is also passionate about Yoga and enjoys exposing that to all our students.
480412 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Lyndsey Kelley- Connecting the Dots My name is Lyndsey Kelley, I recently moved here from Cape Coral, Fl where I taught for 7 years. I graduated from Edison State College with a degree in Elementary Education. I have three kids ages 12, 10 and 3. We keep busy by going to baseball and soccer practice. I am excited to start this new journey here at Brandywine Elementary. 480471 firstname.lastname@example.org