Special Education Teachers
School Phone: (678) 455-4500 Mara Barandiaran I began my teaching career in Miami, Florida, and I have been teaching in Gwinnett County for the past 15 years. I've had the honor of working with wonderful children in both elementary and middle school.
I've been married to my wonderful husband for 20 years, and we have two
beautiful daughters, Heather and Sophia. We also have an amazing dog named Bubba whom we just adore!
I'm so excited to be at Matt Elementary, and I can't wait for the year to begin!
280712 email@example.com Susan Bok I am excited to about starting my 8th year of teaching here at Matt. I received my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education / Special Education from the University of North Georgia. I have a wonderful husband, Brian and we have three sons. Our oldest, Ryan will be starting his second year in the pharmacy program at UGA. Our middle son, Justin will be a senior at Kennesaw State University. Our youngest, Brandon will be attending The University of North Georgia. I look forward to another great year at Matt. 281008 firstname.lastname@example.org Shannon Blasick email@example.com Ashley Bryson I am excited to begin my 3rd year at Matt Elementary. This is my 9th year teaching. I previously taught for 6 years in Fulton County. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from University of North Georgia in 2011 and my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University in 2016. My husband, David, and I have two dogs, Finley and Emma, and a cat named Pearl. We moved to Cumming from the Buckhead area of Atlanta to be closer to family. Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family. firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a New Yorker who came to Georgia for the weather and stayed for the people. I'm so excited to be starting my 5th year of teaching in Georgia at Matt Elementary! I have my dual certificate in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities as well as an advanced degree in Literacy. When I'm not teaching you can find me at the gym, cooking/trying a new restaurant, or playing with my fur babies (a dog named Scarlett and a cat named Emma). My motto in the classroom: Always try and give your best effort.
email@example.com Jennifer Gonzalez This is my 7th year teaching Special Education here at Matt Elementary, but I have worked in Special Education for over 14 years first as a Paraprofessional. I graduated from Brenau University in 2013 after going back to finish my degree. I have taught IRR, MOID and Autism here at Matt Elementary. I am also one of the Special Ed. department chairs. I am happily married to my husband David who is a Spanish Teacher at North Forsyth Middle School and we have 2 children Aaron who also works here at Matt as a Special Ed. Paraprofessional and Emily who is an Art major at Kennesaw State. I am looking forward to another great year at Matt! 280445 firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Hawkins This is my 8th year teaching! I taught special education (k-5) in Milledgeville Ga for 5 years and then moved with my husband to Forsyth County Schools and taught ACA K-1 for two years. I received my Bachelors degree in Special Education, my Masters in Early Childhood Education and my Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University. I have two kiddos, Aiden (3) and Adalynn (4 months), two dogs, Tinkerbell and Ragnar, and a cat named Penny. My husband, Jared Hawkins is teaching 6th grade science at North Forsyth Middle. I’ve loved my time teaching in FCS and can’t wait to become a Matt Mariner! email@example.com Haleigh Krauss This is my seventh year teaching Special Education and my fourth year teaching at Matt Elementary. My husband, Nick, and I have been married seven years and enjoy spending time with our church and family. I have taught Mild Intellectual Disabilities classes and Skills Based Autism classes. This year I am teaching 3-5 MID. I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood/Special Education. I am so excited to begin another year at Matt! 280812 HKrauss@forsyth.k12.ga.us
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Amy Norman Welcome to FOURTH grade! This is my first year at Matt Elementary and my fourth year in Forsyth County. I attended Young Harris College, University of Georgia and National University in Los Angeles, California where I taught for 10 years. I recently complete my master’s degree in Elementary Education along with my gifted endorsement. I am certified in Special Education, Reading, ESOL! I am very excited to work at Matt Elementary and become a lifelong Mariner. I have three children; Robert 23, Austin 21, and Sarah 19. We also have three dogs; Honey Pie, George Clooney, and Jim Brown. I love to read, garden, and road trip to anywhere. I am looking forward to getting know and grow along with you this year! email@example.com Kimberly Roberts 280303 firstname.lastname@example.org
I am so excited to begin my 2nd year at Matt Elementary. This will be my 2nd year teaching. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from University of North Georgia in 2018. I love spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to another great year at Matt!
Stacy Samples 280445 email@example.com Caitlin Stauf
My name is Caitlin Stauf and I have been at Matt for more than 12 years. I have been married to my husband, Nick, for 13 years and we have two beautiful children. We love to spend time outdoors and travel. I have taught Special Ed Inclusion, Resource, Self-Contained MI/MO and Special Needs Pre-K. I love the teaching profession because every day is different. I love helping my students work towards their goals and celebrate every milestone, big and small!
firstname.lastname@example.org Michaela Schival I am so excited to begin my fourth year at Matt! I graduated from Georgia College & State University in May 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education. I love spending time with my family and all things outdoors! This will be my third year teaching the K-2 MI/MO class. I can't wait for another fun year of learning with all of my students! 280423 email@example.com Leigh Ann Sheridan I am excited to begin my 7th year teaching at Matt Elementary. I taught 3rd for three years, then moved to 4th, and now back in my third year as 3rd IRR. I have a BS in Accounting from the University of Alabama and returned to school to receive my teacher's certification from the University of West Georgia in 2011. I love watching kids grow and learn. Their is nothing more exciting than helping them to achieve that "aha" moment after struggling with a new concept. My husband, Ted and I have been married 24 years and have two beautiful daughters; Sarah Kate, a senior at WFHS and Rileigh, a sophomore at WFHS. When I am not at school, I love spending time with my family watching Alabama football, Sarah Kate dance, and Rileigh do gymnastics. We adore our furry son,Buddy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Sturtevant I am excited to begin my 13th year at Matt Elementary. I will be working with fifth graders this year and look forward to meeting new students as well as working with some familiar faces from previous years. My husband and I have three children. 280712 email@example.com Danielle Turner Hi, my name is Danielle Turner. I am so excited for our school year together to begin. This will be my sixth year of teaching and my third year teaching the ACA K-2 class! I truly feel I have one of the best jobs in the world. We love and laugh a lot in our classroom. I believe that every child can learn and grow in any circumstance. One of my favorite quotes by Ignacio Estrada says, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” I look forward to meeting you! 280304 firstname.lastname@example.org Karen Weinmann This is my 42nd year of teaching. I have taught all grade levels K through 8 in both in the General Education classroom and Special Education. I have also worked with Gifted and English Language Learners as well as teaching Reading to students. I am working with first grade as a Special Education teacher for the 2019-20 school year. I am passionate about sharing the love of reading!
I have two sons and two grandsons and have lived in Forsyth County for 30 years. I have an Education Specialist degree from the University of West Georgia and have also attended Georgia State University and the University of North Georgia.
281003 email@example.com Dawn Whitlow
Hello, my name is Dawn Whitlow. I can’t wait to meet your child and partner with you to make this a successful year for all of us! My husband and I married and moved to Cumming 29 years ago. We have raised two wonderful sons, who both graduated from Forsyth County schools. I graduated from Freed-Hardeman University many years ago. I began my career in corporate American, but found my passion in 2010 when I joined Forsyth County Special Education.I am so excited to be on the Matt Elementary Special Education team!