School Phone: (770) 887-6161

    Hershey Hershey, Derrick Principal
    My name is Derrick Hershey and I am so proud to serve the students, staff, and parents of Sawnee Elementary. I have been an educator for 19 years with 8 years of experience teaching high school math, 5 years as an elementary assistant principal, and 6 years as a principal. I hold a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Toledo, a Master's Degree of Technology from Lesley University and a Leadership Add-on from Kennesaw State University.  My wife, Adrienne, and I have two girls, Elise and Annie.  I am beyond excited to serve the Sawnee family and continue the great traditions that have been built over the past 52 years.  I look forward to partnering with you to make a great experience for your students during the 2021-2022 school year.
    phone  771105 email  dhershey@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Mr Whitaker

    Whitaker, Keith Assistant Principal 2nd-3rd Grade

    My name is Keith Whitaker and I am excited to start my 4th year as a member of the Sawnee family. I have been an educator for 27 years, the last 17 of those spent in Forsyth County. I spent 6 years as a math teacher at North Forsyth High School and have worked as an administrator at Sawnee Elementary, North High, Matt Elementary before returning to Sawnee three years ago.  I earned my undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Florida State University.  In 2011 I earned a Masters of Education in Leadership from Kennesaw State University.  My wife, Audra, is a Forsyth County native and together we have 3 children - Reese, Payton, and Palmer.  It is a pleasure to work with the Sawnee Community and I am excited welcome our students and families back for the 2021-2022 school year.  

    phone  771240 email   kwhitaker@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Ogline, Karen Assistant Principal Pre-K-1st Grade

    My name is Karen Ogline and I am thrilled to be entering into my 5th year as a member of the Sawnee family and administrative team! My background encompasses 15 years in Forsyth County as an administrator and Literacy and Curriculum Specialist, along with previous experiences teaching K-5, ESOL, and EIP in both Georgia and Florida.  My passion is watching our students grow and be excited about exploring the world around them while building trusting relationships with students, parents and our community!    I am excited to welcome everyone back in 2021-2022 and I'm looking forward to seeing our parents volunteering and visiting our school!

    phone  772104 email  kogline@forsyth.k12.ga.us
    Burns Burns, Gina                Assistant Principal 4th-5th Grade

    I am a University of Alabama alumni with a degree in Elementary Education. Roll Tide!  I also hold a Master’s degree in Special Education from Georgia State University and a Leadership endorsement from the University of Georgia.  My 32 year career in Education spans multiple school systems including Duval County (Jacksonville, Fl), Atlanta Public Schools, Gwinnett County, and Forsyth County teaching general and special education in elementary and middle grades. I have spent the last 12 years as an Assistant Principal at Brookwood Elementary and prior to that, 6 years as an administrator in Gwinnett County. This will be my first year at Sawnee Elementary and I am very excited to join the family!  

    phone 771259   email gburns@forsyth.k12.ga.us