• 1st Grade Teachers

    School Phone: (770) 887-6161
    Mrs. Brink Brink, Deborah


    I am so excited to be teaching first grade again this year at Sawnee. This is my 21st year teaching and 16 of those years have been here at Sawnee. I graduated from South Forsyth High School and then continued my education and graduated from Piedmont College. I am married to my wonderful husband, Sean, and we have three amazing children. I am looking forward to another great year here at Sawnee!



    phone  772208email dbrink@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Mrs Calhoun Calhoun, Donna
    This is my 17th year teaching in GA. I taught 12 years in Fulton County and this will be my fifth year in Forsyth. I enjoy watching the growth that all of my students make in first grade. I think that may be why it is my favorite grade to teach!

    phone  772255email  dcalhoun@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     Cherres Cherres, Kristina


    A student once described me as "funny, dorky, and fabulous -- all rolled into a burrito of knowledge". Who am I to deny that?! I love to play and learn with students; celebrating as they develop skills they didn't know they had, and coaching as they push through the all-important productive struggle. I encourage students to take ownership of their learning, to build a strong sense of community, and to refine those skills that will help them be successful now and throughout their lives. I am grateful to be a part of the Sawnee family!

    phone  772227email   kcherres@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     Mrs. Goodwin Goodwin, Annie

    I am so excited to teach 1st grade this year! This is my 8th year teaching and my 4th year at Sawnee. My husband John and I have one son who will start high school this year at North Forsyth. We love to travel and spend time outside. I can’t wait to meet my students and their families!

    phone  772244email  agoodwin@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Mrs. Gornto Gornto, Lindsey

    My name is Lindsay Gornto. This is my fourth year teaching first grade here at Sawnee, but my twelfth year teaching. My husband Jason and I have four kids...Piper(11), Harper (9), and five-year-old twin boys Colton and Landon. I graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and received my master’s degree from UAB. I am beyond excited to teach first grade again this year, and cannot wait to meet my new students in August!!!

    phone  772235email  lgornto@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Mrs. Isinghood Isinghood, Lisa
    I have 19 years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K to 5 in Texas, Florida, and my forever home of Georgia. I have 4 children ages 16 to 23 and my fur child Gus Gus. I was a virtual teacher last year, so I'm looking forward to a fabulous face to face school year!

    phone 772228email  lisinghood@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Maloney Martore, Maddie

    Welcome to First Grade! This will be my third year at Sawnee. I am Forsyth County native and I graduated from The University of North Georgia with a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I love to read, travel, be outside, and spend time with my family. I also love what I do and I am beyond excited for a new school year!

    phone  772203email  mdmartore@forsyth.k12.ga.us

       Myers, Morgan

    Welcome to First Grade! This will be my fifth year teaching at Sawnee Elementary. I graduated from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega with a dual certification and a reading endorsement. I obtained my Masters and Specialist Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction through Piedmont College. I am married to my husband Brandon Myers and we have a Goldendoodle named Nugget and a Bernedoodle named Otis. I truly believe that teaching is the most incredible and most rewarding profession. I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of the Sawnee Family!

    phone  772204email  momyers@forsyth.k12.ga.us

      O'Grady, Jess


    I am so excited to get this year started! This is my 4th year teaching and 1st year at Sawnee. I love spending time with my family which consists of my husband, my daughter Tegan (3), and son Emmett (1). I cannot wait to meet our class and build our family!

    phone  772211email    jeogrady@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Gresham Phillips, Meredith

    I grew up in Cumming, Georgia and graduated from the University of North Georgia. I love being a part of the Sawnee Family and look forward to my seventh year of teaching. I love to read, paint and snuggle with my seven cats.

    phone  772243email    mephillips@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     Mrs. Whitlock Whitlock, Andrea

    My name is Andrea Whitlock and this is my 7th year teaching. I graduated from North Georgia College with a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education along with a Reading Endorsement and a Gifted Endorsement. And I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College. I am married with two daughters, Addy and Charlee. Teaching, inspiring, and encouraging my students is my passion and I cannot wait to officially join the Sawnee Elementary family!

    phone  772236email   awhitlock@forsyth.k12.ga.us