Specialized Instruction Teachers

Phone: 562150

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Degrees and Certifications:

Hailey Arnold

Hi! My name is Hailey Arnold and I am a specialized instruction teacher here at New Hope.

I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor's of Science in Elementary and Special Education. I am now a New Hope Nighthawk, just like I was a UNG Nighthawk. Teaching special education is my passion. I strive to help those with exceptionalities and be an advocate for them!

I am originally from Forsyth County, and even got the opportunity to complete my student teaching experience at the same elementary school that I went to when I was little! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We love to watch the Georgia games during football season and go out hiking when the weather is warm. My family and I love to spend time by the pool and play card games!

Working at New Hope is the best! I can’t wait to meet all my students and their families for many years to come 😊

Phone: 562158

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Taylor Gravitt

Hello, my name is Taylor Gravitt. I'll be teaching a Specialized Instruction class this year.

I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a bachelor's of Science in Elementary and Special Education. Teaching special education is my jam!

I was born and raised in Flowery Branch. I have a wonderful husband and we have a spoiled dachshund named Daisy. I love kayaking, walking, Chickfila, and iced coffee.

I cannot wait to grow, thrive, and build a strong community here at New Hope.

Phone: 562258

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Alexandra Jones

Hi, Nighthawks! I'm Alexandra Jones, and I'll be teaching Specialized Instruction.

I have a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from the University of South Carolina.  I have taught specialized instruction in both Connecticut and Georgia. My goal is to create a safe learning environment where my students can learn, explore, and of course, have fun!

I am originally from Suwanee, GA and graduated from North Gwinnett High school. My husband, Trevor, and I love golfing, going to the lake, the beach, Braves games, Disney World, and spending time with our rescue puppy, Ellie.

I am looking forward to another year of teaching at New Hope and working with the amazing staff and students. I am grateful to be a part of the Nighthawk family and can't wait to get started! It’s going to be a great year!

Phone: 562263

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Katie Page

I am thrilled to be joining the New Hope Elementary Family! I started teaching in 2015 while receiving my Masters from Reinhardt University. I am a Cherokee County Native and started my teaching journey there as a High School Self-Contained Teacher. After taking a break from teaching, I am excited to be returning to the classroom and excited about this adventure in a new county and with a new age group. Teaching is a calling, a place that you are meant to be and you are providing a safe and caring environment for little minds to grow and learn. I look forward to serving at New Hope and cannot wait to meet all of the wonderful children! 

Phone: 562155

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Beth Sanders

My name is Beth Sanders and I have been teaching since 2008. I have taught Kindergarten, Special Education, English for speakers of other languages, and middle school math. I earned my Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University, and Master's and Specialist's degrees from the University of North Georgia.
I live in Cumming with my husband. We enjoy visiting with our three married children and their families.
I love teaching and learning and I am glad to be part of the Nighthawk family.

 


Specialized Instruction Instructional Assistants

Phone: 562158

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Degrees and Certifications:

Tanima Agarwal

Hello, Nighthawks! I'm Tanima Agarwal, and I'll be one of the Instructional Assistants at New Hope!

I have a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. I have more than 8 years of experience working with children of various ages. Most recently, I have been working as an instructional assistant at Sweetwater Middle School in Gwinnett County.

I'm originally from India, but have lived in the U.S. for the last 16 years. My husband works as an IT professional, and I have a 15-year-old son. I love cooking, gardening, listening to music and spending time with my beautiful family.

I am most looking forward to meeting students and parents, as well as faculty members and building relationships with each of you.

Phone: 562158

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Melissa Brasfield

Hello! I’m Melissa Brasfield, and I’m happy to be a part of the SI team at New Hope. 

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Child Development from Florida State University and I moved to the Atlanta area in 2002 where I fell in love with Georgia as my new home. After working in finance since 2000,  I became a stay-at-home mom when blessed with my amazing twins in 2016. In 2020 I began subbing at my twins' preschool and then taught full-time there for two years. I married my husband in 2022 and was further blessed with 3 more incredible kids to make us a family of 7! After moving to Cumming, I began subbing at New Hope and  knew I wanted to be part of the Nighthawk family full-time.  

In my free time, I love spending time with my family, cooking, running, gardening and traveling.

I am looking forward to hopefully inspiring a love for learning and helping our students reach their full potential while reminding them to share their own special light with the world!  

Phone: 562155

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Melissa Depuydt

I started teaching in 1998 in Fullerton, CA at Orangethorpe Elementary where I was a Kindergarten teacher. In 2002, I took a leave of absence just before having my second son. I remained at home throughout my children's school years. 2023 is the year to make my comeback into the world of teaching as an instructional assistant. I'm looking forward to making connections with the students, staff, and parents. 

Phone: 562258

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Kubra Dogan

Phone: 562157

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Lucy Pattanayak

Hello! I'm Swetapadma Pattanayak (Lucy), and I am honored to be a part of the New Hope Elementary School family as a Kindergarten instructional assistant. It's hard to believe that I'm already entering my third year of teaching in this wonderful community, and each day brings new joys and discoveries in the classroom.
Before settling in the Cumming area, my family and I have had the pleasure of living in Augusta, GA, and Philadelphia, PA. These diverse environments have enriched my understanding of the unique needs and backgrounds of students, allowing me to create inclusive and welcoming spaces for learning.
As a mother of two boys, aged 14 and 10, I bring a deep understanding of the joys and challenges of childhood into my role as an instructional assistant. 
My time at New Hope Elementary School has been incredibly rewarding, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside passionate educators, supportive families, and, most importantly, the bright and enthusiastic young learners who inspire me each day. Together, we are building a foundation for success that will last a lifetime.

Phone: 562150

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Kathryn Shope

Hello! My name is Kathryn Shope and I am excited to be an Instruction Assistant at New Hope.
 
I grew up in a military family and have lived in North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. My husband, Daniel, and I live in South Forsyth with our kids, Everett and Fallon. We also have 2 bernedoodles, Fritz and Jack. My family loves to go camping even if it is just a tent in our back yard. I also enjoy spending time in my vegetable garden.
 
I have a degree in Dental Assisting from Lanier Tech. After being a stay-at-home mom for 9 years, I starting substitute teaching when my youngest started school. That experience opened my eyes and heart to teaching!
 
I cant wait to build relationships and be a part of the New Hope community!