• Third Grade Teachers


    School Phone: 770-888-1285

     Austin  Jana Austin

    My name is Jana Austin, and I am excited about teaching 3rd grade at Poole’s Mill! I graduated from UGA with my B.S. in Special Education and hold a Master’s of Reading Education, also from UGA.  I have an ESOL endorsement and am currently working on my Specialist in Reading Education.  I worked at Silver City Elementary School for 10 years, with 9 years being in Special Education and one year in Kindergarten. I have been at Poole’s Mill since it’s opening and am thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade this year! I am happily married and have five daughters. I am looking forward to another exciting school year! Go Pirates!   

    phone  390471 email  JMAustin@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    eigenauer   Gina Eigenauer
    My name is Gina Eigenauer and I have been teaching since 1995. I taught for 10 years in Florida and will enter my 28th year here in Forsyth County. My experience has been in second, third, and fourth grades. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and my Master’s degree in Teaching/Learning with Leadership at Walden University. Teaching is truly my passion, as it is the only career I ever wanted to do. My students and parents become my family, and I am blessed to call myself an educator.
    phone  390491 email  geigenauer@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    gerharz   Brittany Gerharz
    Hello, all! My name is Brittany Gerharz. I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I am from Illinois, but I moved to Georgia in 2019 for college and to be closer to family. In my spare time, I love to be outside. I love to hike, run, and kayak. I am excited about starting a new school year at Poole's Mill! Go, Pirates!
    phone  390485 email BGerharz@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Odom Shara Odom

    I have been teaching for nine years and this will be a return to third grade for me. I have my Master's in Early Childhood Education which I received from Georgia State University. I also have my ESOL, STEM, and Gifted Endorsements. Before this year, I taught fifth grade for four years and have also taught fourth grade. This year, I will have been married to my wonderful husband for over a decade, and we have two young girls that are my world.

    phone  390475 email sodom@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    sakacsi   Erin Sakacsi

    My name is Erin Sakacsi, and I have been in the field of education for the better part of the last 20 years. I have taught 5th grade, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, GA Pre-K, and spent several years in Pre-School administration. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology from North Georgia College and State University. I am a native of Georgia and have lived in Forsyth County for the last 31 years. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time outside or doing crafts with my husband Paul, and our two children, Piper and Grayson. I am so grateful to be a part of the Poole’s Mill Elementary community, and am even more proud to be a Pirate!

    phone  390474 email  esakacsi@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     seese  Vanessa Seese

    Hi! I’m Vanessa Seese, and I am a first year teacher this year! I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education as well as receiving a reading endorsement. I have participated in many leadership programs throughout my school career and cannot wait to bring all these skills into the classroom! I have been working with kids for as long as I can remember, and I am beyond thrilled to finally begin teaching and creating my own little classroom family. I am so excited to be a part of the Poole’s Mill family this year and can’t wait for all the adventures that this year holds! 

    phone  390486 email vseese@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    s shirley   Scarlette Shirley

    I have been teaching for 10 years, with the majority of my time spent in 5th grade. This will be my second year at Poole's Mill and I love being a pirate! I have a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I love to make learning engaging, build relationships with students and parents, and have FUN with kids! In my free time, I love to spend time with my babies (Eleanor-4 & Witt-2), go to the gym with my husband, and cheer on the Falcons, Braves, and Bulldogs. I am looking forward to an incredible year!

    phone  390492 email  sshirley@forsyth.k12.ga.us



    Megan Thompson

    Hello Pirates! I’m so excited to start my teaching career at this wonderful school! I grew up in Forsyth County and always knew I wanted to teach in my hometown. I graduated from UGA in 2022 with my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I’m currently working to finish my Master’s degree from UGA as well. I spent some time as a substitute at Poole’s Mill last year, and I can’t wait to have my own class this year! Outside of school, I enjoy going on walks, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family. It’s going to be a great year in 3rd grade! 

    phone  390487 email  MRThompson@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     p thornton  Paige Thornton
    I'm thrilled to be teaching at Poole's Mill Elementary as a 3rd grade teacher. I love teaching math and science! Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. My favorite authors are Cynthia Rylant, Patricia Polacco, and Jerry Palotta. I have been teaching for 18 years and have taught 3rd grade for the last five years here in Forsyth County.  I received my Undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and my Masters of Arts in Teaching at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. I have two grown sons and a sweet Golden Retriever named Kiba! I'm excited about 3rd grade this year!
    phone  390488 email  pthornton@forsyth.k12.ga.us