• 5th Grade Teachers

    School Phone: (770) 887-6161
      Akers, Yvonne


    I have been teaching for over 30 years. This is the first year I will move up with a group of students. I taught 4th grade for the last four years at Sawnee. I previously taught 5th grade in Pensacola, Florida for many years. I love what I do and can’t wait to keep inspiring students through learning. I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. I moved to Florida and spent 30 years there. I have two adult children. My daughter still lives in Pensacola but my son now resides in Cumming.. He has been a member of the Georgia National Guard for the last six years. I love going back and visiting my Gulf of Mexico but I enjoy seeing the beautiful mountains everyday. 


    phone  771292email  yakers@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     Mrs Coram  Coram, Kyla

    I am very excited for another wonderful year at Sawnee teaching 5th grade. I studied business management and marketing at Georgia Tech, but transferred to my lifelong love of teaching as a second career in 2013. My husband (Ryan) our three girls (Alivia: 1 year old, Avri: 6 years old, Addison: 10 years old), and a dog (London) round out our happy little family. Outside of school I enjoy traveling (especially internationally), watching my daughters play softball, cooking, and crafting. I look forward to a fun year with your children!

    phone   771272email   kcoram@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Mrs Davis Davis, Brenda

    This is my 22nd year of teaching. I was born and raised in South Florida where I got my Bachelor's degree at FAU and my Master's degree at FIU. (Go Miami Dolphins)! My husband and I have been married 11 years and have two boys, 1st and 4th, whom also attend Sawnee with me!

    phone  771288email   bdavis@forsyth.k12.ga.us

      Gerhard, Lynn

    This will be my 14th year teaching at Sawnee Elementary. After 13 years in 3rd grade, I am looking forward to a new challenge as a 5th grade teacher! I am excited to see former students as they enter 4th and 5th grade this year. I have a business degree as well as a teaching degree from UNG. I have 24 year old twin daughters who graduated from SCAD and Georgia Tech.

    phone  771296email  lgerhard@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Mrs Rice Rice, Amanda


    I am excited to begin my fifteenth year at Sawnee and my seventeenth year of teaching! My husband, Taylor, and I are graduates of the University of Georgia. We have two boys, Maddox and Hudson, who also attend Sawnee Elementary. We are looking forward to another great school year!!!

    phone  771280email   arice@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Mrs. Shirley Shirley, Scarlette

    I have been teaching for 8 years, with the majority in 5th grade. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I love to learn and can’t wait to share that love with my students!

    phone  771281email  sshirley@forsyth.k12.ga.us

      Smith, Gillette

    I am excited to begin my fourth year at Sawnee Elementary, and my 22nd year teaching! I have a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College. I grew up in South Forsyth County, and love it here. I have two children that attend Forsyth County Schools. My daughter will be in 7th grade at Otwell this year, and my son will be in 3rd grade at Sawnee. I am so excited about 5th grade at Sawnee Elementary this year!

    phone  771297email  gsmith@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     Mrs. Tomlin Tomlin, Debbie


    My husband, Clarke, and I have two children, Abbey and Griffin. Both attended Sawnee Elementary and are now at Georgia State University, studying Occupational and Speech therapy respectively. Teaching is my 3rd career and by far, my favorite! After graduating from Auburn University, I have worked as a paralegal, social worker, and non-profit volunteer coordinator and educator. While staying at home with my kids, I discovered subbing and fell in love with teaching! My goal is for each of my students to value and believe in themselves. I look forward to my 12th year of teaching!

    phone  771293email  dtomlin@forsyth.k12.ga.us 

       Wade, Morgan

    I am so excited to begin a new adventure in fifth grade! I previously taught third grade for five years, and this will be my first year teaching fifth. I recently obtained my Master's Degree through Piedmont University and am currently working towards my Specialist Degree. In my free time, I love to spend time at the beach and on the lake, coach softball, and cheer on the Braves and Bulldogs. I am looking forward to an incredible year!

    phone 771262email  mwade@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     Mrs. Whitlow  Whitlow, Kelly


    This school year starts my 19th year of teaching and my 4th year teaching at Sawnee. My husband, Scott, and I have been married 21 years and we have 3 daughters in the West Community: Claudia (a Senior at West), Mia (a Freshman at West) and Keira (First grade at Sawnee). I am an Indiana State University Alumnus (Go TREES!) and I am a soccer/cheer/ track mom and a hockey wife. I try very hard to be the kind of teacher I would want my own children to have!

    phone 771276email  kwhitlow@forsyth.k12.ga.us