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    Special Education 

    Specialized Instruction: Jacklyn Manton, Sarah Cox, Hayley Hanson, Katie Bekken 

    Special Education: Macy Moonshower, Kristen Deering, Brittany Gaskins 

    Speech: Julie Stewart, Karen Kipley, and Shawna Nickerson


    Special Ed. Assistants: Jill Alie  

    Specialized Instruction Assistants: Rasna Singh, Geneva Thompson, Joyce Robinson, Jill Hite

     
     
    deering Kristen Deering
    Hi, I’m Kristin Deering. I’ve been married to my husband Seth since 2003. We have 3 kids. I started teaching 6th grade in Erie, Pennsylvania in 2002. I’ve taught grades kindergarten through 8th grade. I have been at Big Creek since 2018 and love our Wildcat Community!
    phone  710415 email

     KDeering87@forsyth.k12.ga.us

       
    moonshower   Macy Moonshower

    Hello! I'm Macy Moonshower. I graduated from the University of North Georgia with a dual degree in early childhood/special education and a reading endorsement. I have been at Big Creek since 2017 and I love using my passion for teaching. I love to be outdoors, read, travel, and spend time with my friends, family, and my Siberian Husky, Meeka in my free time. Looking forward to another wonderful year at Big Creek Elementary!

    phone 710187 email  MMoonshower@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    gaskins    Brittany Gaskins

    I graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2018 and shortly after began my career teaching. Through college, I discovered my passion for working with children with special needs. I enjoy film photography, spending time outdoors, and being with my pets, Isaac and Hazel. I look forward to another great year at Big Creek and the opportunity to watch each Wildcat grow!

    phone  710107 email  bgaskins25@forsyth.k12.ga.us 
          
    jstewart    Julie Stewart
    My name is Julie Stewart, and I have been a full time speech-language pathologist at Big Creek Elementary since 2017. I received both my bachelor's and master's degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia. I believe the ability to effectively communicate is crucial, and I strive to help children develop these communication skills in an engaging way. I live with my husband, Ethan, and my dog, Remi, in south Cumming. I look forward to another great year at BCE!
    phone 710447 email JStewart2@forsyth.k12.ga.us
      
    cox Sarah Cox

    My name is Sarah Cox, I am from a small Michigan town called Sparta. I received my bachelors from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1999. I moved to Georgia right after graduation to teach. I have taught in Special Education since 1999. I am married to Carl and we have 2 children together that keep me busy. My passion has always been to work with children with special needs. Working with them in high school was the best decision I made, because it was then that I discovered my love of working with children with special needs. I love my job and kiddos I get to work with every day.

    phone 710240 email SCox@forsyth.k12.ga.us
       
    manton Jacklyn Manton
    My name is Jacklyn Manton. I have been teaching at Big Creek since 2015 (my first year teaching). I graduated with my dual Bachelor's degree from Georgia State University and am currently pursuing my Master's Degree from Purdue University. Boiler Up! I have been married to my high school sweetheart since 2016, and we have been together since 2009! We both graduated from Forsyth Central High School. We are expecting a baby girl in September. I am excited to spend another year here at Big Creek!

    phone 710241 email JDarding@forsyth.k12.ga.us
       
    singh   Rasna Singh

    With a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, I would like to introduce myself Mrs. Rasna Singh, who takes teaching as an opportunity for continual learning and growth, having over 10years of experience working with children in diversified fields such as pediatric department , Special ED, and elementary and middle school environment .I am happily married with two beautiful children . I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, camping with my family and our dog, and love reading and watching movies. I have been blessed to work with wonderful kids at Big Creek since 2017, in a MO, MCA, and ACA Class.

    phone 710241 email  RSingh@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    thompson
    Geneva Thompson

    Hi! My name is Mrs. Gen! I joined Big Creek as a Special Education paraprofessional in the MOID class in 2015. have a bachelors degree in Psychology and masters degree in Special Education. I have more than ten years of experience in Teaching ESL, general education, early childhood and special education. During my free time, I love spending time in my vegetable garden or do some wood working projects! I also enjoy running and traveling.

     
    phone 710248 email GeThompson@forsyth.k12.ga.us
      
    alie Jill Alie

    My name is Jill Alie. I have been teaching at Big Creek Elementary since 2014. I graduated with a BS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. I received my MSEd in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA. I have also earned my Reading and ESOL Endorsements and have a Reading Specialist Certification. I am originally from New England. In 2000, I married my husband and moved to Georgia. We have three children, a daughter at Denmark High School, a son at DeSana Middle School and a son here at Big Creek. I have taught special education for over 15 years. When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy cheering my children on in their sports, listening to live music with my husband and spending time with my family. We have a Corgi/Sheltie rescue and a cat we love dearly. I am so happy to be teaching your children here at Big Creek and look forward to a wonderful school year!

    phone 710107 email JAlie@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Robinson Joyce Robinson

    Hi, my name is Joyce Robinson! I was born and raised in Connecticut. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and have a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Massachusetts. I am married and we have two wonderful daughters. We lived and raised our daughters in southeastern Massachusetts not far from Cape Cod. I was lucky enough to stay at home to raise our daughters. I began my work with special needs persons in 2012 as a job coach for adults with intellectual disabilities. Soon afterward in the fall of 2013, I started my work in special education as a paraprofessional in our high school working with mild to moderate special needs students. I was employed there for four years. After moving to Georgia in 2017, I worked in a K-5 autism classroom in Fulton County. I began working at Big Creek Elementary in 2018 in the K-2 Specialized Instruction classroom. My husband and I enjoy exploring the state parks as well as traveling up north to visit our families and friends. I am so happy to be a part of Big Creek Elementary and working with your students!

    phone 710240 email JRobinson@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Hite Jill Hite

    Hello! I'm Jill Hite. I graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations. I have been married to my husband, Craig, for 23 years and have 4 children.  Two are in college and two attend Denmark H.S.  I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with my family. I am excited for another wonderful year at Big Creek Elementary!

    phone 710249 email JHite@forsyth.k12.ga.us
        
    Hanson Haley Hanson

    I graduated with my Early Childhood Education degree from LaGrange College, then went onto obtain my Master’s in Special Education with a focus in Autism from the University of Missouri. The best thing about teaching is watching the growth of a child academically and socially throughout the year. I love to travel, coach softball, and spend time with my family. Traveling outside the country is one of my favorite summer hobbies. This summer I went to Saudi Arabia and Jordan for a month! I have two nieces who I adore! 

    phone 710249 email hhanson@forsyth.k12.ga.us
     
    Bekken Katie Bekken
     Hello, my name is Katie Bekken. I am originally from from Birmingham, Alabama, but have taught in Auburn, Alabama, and Savannah, Georgia. I taught Special Education in Savannah for two years, teaching middle school, and in Auburn, Alabama for three years, teaching kindergarten through third grade. Prior to that, I graduated from Auburn University (War Eagle!) with my Bachelor’s degree and my Master’s degree in Special Education! I met my husband at Auburn, and we just celebrated our anniversary in June! We live in Cumming with our sweet Golden Retriever, Nova. In our free time, we enjoy going to the lake, spending time with family, and going to Auburn football games!
    phone  710248 email

     KBekken@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     
    Kipley Karen Kipley
    Hello! My name is Karen Kipley. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with my Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1995 and earned my Bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in 1991. I have worked in a variety of settings including: Babies Can’t Wait, hospitals, special needs daycare, private practice and schools. I love empowering my students to communicate! I have two boys, Logan and Keegan who keep me busy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, crafting, woodworking, sewing, and swimming. I look forward to a great year here at Big Creek.
    phone  710461 email

     KKipley@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     
    nickerson   Shawna  Nickerson
    Hello! I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Intercultural Communication in 2008 and pursued my master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston, Texas.  After graduating in 2012, I worked in a variety of settings including public schools, acute care hospitals, inpatient rehab, home health, and my own private practice.  After 6 years in Boca Raton, FL and 9 years in Houston, TX, my husband and I recently decided to move back to our hometown of Roswell, GA to be closer to family.  I’ve been married for 10 years and have 3 children ages 4 yrs, 4 yrs, and 2 yrs.  My oldest child had special needs as an infant and toddler which gave me a whole new understanding of what parents go through when getting therapy and medical help for their child. I coached swimming as a teenager and young adult and developed a passion for working with children.  I love watching a child make progress and achieve their goals.  I am so excited to be joining Big Creek as the part-time speech therapist! 
    phone  710463 email

     c00127@forsyth.k12.ga.us

     

     
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