Teacher Bios

Danielle Burge
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danielle.burge@bufordcityschools.org
 
Hello! I am a proud Buford High School Alumni. I am thrilled to be teaching at Buford Elementary School in the same school district I grew up in! I graduated from the University of North Georgia with my Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with an endorsement in reading. I love spending time with my family and friends. I am married to my husband, Tyler. We have a three-month-old son, Beau. If I’m not at school you will most likely find me at Buford High School basketball games cheering on the Lady Wolves and Wolves. I am so excited about the upcoming school year! Your children will learn in a fun, positive, and academically challenging environment, but most importantly they will be loved and cared for in my classroom.  ​
 
EDUCATION
University of North Georgia - Early Childhood Education
University of North Georgia - Special Education
Endorsements -  Reading

Holly Campbell
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holly.campbell@bufordcityschools.org
 
Hi! My name is Holly Campbell and I can’t wait to be your child’s kindergarten teacher! This will be my first year teaching at Buford Elementary School and my tenth year of teaching. I spent three years teaching Georgia Pre-K and the rest have been wonderful years in kindergarten! I grew up in Vidalia, Georgia and now live in Sugar Hill with my husband, Jared, our one-year-old son, Jackson and our sweet kitty, Luna. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family relaxing and being outdoors.
 
EDUCATION
Georgia Southern University – Early Childhood Education
Georgia Southern University – Masters in Early Childhood Education
 
Kim Cheek
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kimberly.cheek@bufordcityschools.org
 
This will be my fifth year teaching kindergarten at Buford Elementary.  I previously taught fourth grade for seven years in Jackson County. I love spending time with my three children when I am not teaching.  Baseball and softball keep us very busy.  I look forward to teaching your children this school year.  Welcome to Buford!
 
EDUCATION
University of Georgia - Early Childhood Education
University of Georgia - Masters in Education
 
Kacy Claxton
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kacy.claxton@bufordcityschools.org

Hi! I am so excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year! I was a paraprofessional at Buford Elementary my first year out of college. Then, I taught kindergarten for 5 years in Barrow County. This will be my 6th year teaching kindergarten and I am so excited to be back at the BEST school! I have been married for 6 years to my husband, Andrew. We have two little girls, Karsyn who is 4 and Harper who is 2. They are our pride and joy! I enjoy spending my free time with my family, going shopping, making stuff with my Silhouette, or watching sports (Go Braves, Georgia Tech, and Falcons!). I love going to the beach and the mountains! I am so blessed to be part of the Buford family and cannot wait to teach your child this year! It is going to be a great year! Go Wolves!

EDUCATION
Gainesville College - Early Education
Endorsements - Reading & ESOL
 
Kathy Clemons
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kathy.clemons@bufordcityschools.org

As I start my 25th year teaching, I am so excited about the opportunity to join the Buford family!  From the time I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher, and although I have taught several different grades over the years, Kindergarten has always been my favorite. I love the eagerness and excitement with which five-year-olds approach learning and life. I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Chad, for 28 years. We have one daughter, Sierra, who is 24 years old and married to my son-in-law, Joshua. After living our entire lives in Florida, my husband and I (and our dog, Buck) have ventured to begin a new stage of life right here in North Georgia. We have always loved this area and are excited to be here.  In my spare time, I love reading, exercising, hiking, spending time on the beach, lake or river, and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to an amazing school year. In our class students will experience a fun, positive approach to learning where they will be challenged, loved and supported.  I am thrilled to be a part of your child's educational journey.

EDUCATION
University of Florida-  Early Childhood and Elementary Education
ESOL certified
 
Amanda Cochran
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amanda.cochran@bufordcityschools.org

Hi! My name is Amanda Cochran and I am excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year!  I have had the privilege of teaching kindergarten at Buford for the past 20 years.  Teaching at this level is my passion!  I love watching how the students grow, mature and begin to read.  I cannot imagine a job more rewarding.  I was raised in the Buford area and still call it home with my husband Sterling, our amazing son Gavin and our sweet Westie named Eevee.  I love spending time with my family, reading and crafting. I am excited about the opportunity to grow with your child this year. Go wolves!

EDUCATION
Gainesville College and North Georgia College and State University - Early Childhood Education
Piedmont College - Masters in Early Childhood Education
 
Rachael Cooper
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rachael.cooper@bufordcityschools.org
 
Hello! My name is Rachael Cooper. This will be my 3rd year teaching. I grew up in Suwanee and graduated from North Gwinnett High School. I continued my education in Milledgeville, Georgia at Georgia College & State University. I married my husband Clint in 2017. We live in Flowery Branch with our big goofy dog named Bruce. When I'm not teaching, I love spending time with my family, running, reading, and shopping! I am so excited to be teaching your sweet children this year!
 
 

EDUCATION
Georgia College & State University - Early Childhood Education
Georgia College & State University - Masters in Early Childhood Education
 
Amanda Douglas
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amanda.douglas@bufordcityschools.org
 
Hello! My name is Amanda Douglas and I am so excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year. I had the privilege of teaching kindergarten at Buford Elementary as a long-term substitute last year and I am looking forward to this upcoming school year. This is my favorite grade to teach and I have both international and local teaching experience. I live in Buford with my husband and son, Chase. Chase is a rising second-grader at Buford Academy. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, traveling and watching Alabama football. We absolutely love being a part of this school district and are proud to be Buford Wolves! 

EDUCATION
​​Georgia State University - Early Childhood Education​
 
Valerie Farrar
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valerie.farrar@bufordcityschools.org
 
Hi! I enjoyed working at Gwinnett County Public Schools for 10 years before receiving the opportunity to join the Buford Elementary family.  I am really excited to call BES home since 2015. A few of my favorite things include spending time with my husband, Casey and our daughter, Savannah.  I enjoy traveling, reading, being outdoors, sports, Diet Dr. Pepper, Reese's Thin Cups, peanut M&M’s, miniature Kit-Kats, dark chocolate, and Christmas ornaments.  :-)  I am excited about our upcoming school year!  I believe that each child is a special treasure that will bloom with confidence and love in our classroom.  I believe in a loving and positive, yet strict environment where students will know that they are safe, loved, and encouraged inside and outside of the classroom.  I am so excited to meet you and the opportunity to pass along my love of learning to your child!​

EDUCATION
Piedmont College - Business Administration
Mercer University - Masters in Early Childhood Education
​Endorsement - Gifted
 
Hollie Fuller
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hollie.fuller@bufordcityschools.org
 
I am thrilled to be teaching kindergarten at Buford Elementary School!  I taught private kindergarten at The Goddard School in Buford for 3 years and have been teaching at BES for two and a half years. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Austin and family and participating in outdoor activities such as fishing. I cannot wait to share a smiling face each day with your child and look forward to an amazing year!
 
EDUCATION
University of North Georgia - Early Childhood Education
Piedmont College-  Masters in Early Childhood Education  
Endorsements - Reading, ESOL, & Gifted
 
Julie Gawronski
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​julie.gawronski@bufordcityschools.org
 
I am originally from Rockdale County, Georgia.  I moved to Newton County, Georgia when my children were babies and lived and taught there until this year.  I graduated from Rockdale County High School in 1993.  I got my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Perimeter College in 2002, my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University in 2006, and my Masters in Early Childhood Curriculum from Walden University in 2018.  I began my teaching career as a paraprofessional.  I have been a certified teacher for fifteen years.  I spent ten years working with grades 3-5 and the last 5 years working in grades K-2.  I am married to Keith Gawronski.  He is a firefighter/paramedic Captain for Gwinnett County Fire Service.  I have two children of my own Austin and Emelia and three step-children.  Emelia will begin her freshmen year at UNG this year.  I have two grandchildren Easton who was born this June and my granddaughter Makayla who is 5 and attends Kindergarten at Silver City Elementary in Forsyth County.
 
EDUCATION
Georgia Perimeter College - Associates in Early Childhood Education
Mercer University - Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
Walden University - Masters in Early Childhood Curriculum
 
Lindy Holton
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lindy.holton@bufordcityschools.org
 
This is my sixth year teaching at BES! I previously taught third grade for six years with Gwinnett County Public Schools. I am truly honored and blessed to be a part of our community, our school system, and BES- Believing in the Excellence of Students! My husband Bobby and I, along with our family, reside here in Buford, GA.  Bobby is a former firefighter and currently works as a home inspector. We have four beautiful children: Mackenzie, Makayla, Tucker, and Maci. They keep us extremely busy with all of their sports and activities! We also enjoy spending as much time as we can at the lake and at the beach! =) My family and teaching are my passion! I am so excited to teach your children this year! My family and I are SO very proud and blessed to be a part of the Buford family! Go Wolves!
 
EDUCATION
Georgia State University - Psychology
Brenau - Masters Early Childhood Education
Brenau - Education Specialist Early Childhood Education
Endorsements - Gifted
 
Laura Kell
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laura.kell@bufordcityschools.org
 
I am a Buford alum and am proud to work at Buford Elementary. I am in my 28th year of teaching and all have been at Buford Elementary!  This is my first year teaching kindergarten and I am thrilled at the opportunity. My experience as a homeroom teacher includes teaching 1st and 2nd grade. I also spent ten years as a special area math teacher and 3 as an EIP teacher. My husband, Lawrence, and I have been married for 2 years.  We have two sons. Preston is a senior at the University of North Georgia, and Landon is a senior at the University of Georgia. I enjoy reading, watching movies, and playing games on my tablet.  I also love Georgia football!

EDUCATION
University of Georgia - Early Childhood Education
University of Georgia - Masters in Early Childhood Education
Lincoln Memorial University - Specialist in  Educational Leadership
Endorsements - ESOL

Kathy King
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kathy.king@bufordcityschools.org
 
Hi! My name is Kathy King.  I have been teaching kindergarten at Buford Elementary for the past 9 years.  I taught kindergarten in Gwinnett County before having my children.  I always knew that I wanted to teach kindergarten at a very early age when I would set up my stuffed animals and younger brother as my classroom.  My dream certainly came true!! I have been married to my high-school sweetheart, Kevin, for 24 years.  We have two wonderful boys.  Taylor is a senior and Jackson is a sophomore at Buford High School.  I was fortunate to be able to stay home and be a “mommy”  with them for 10 years.  Kevin and I enjoy watching our boys play the sports that they love!  They do keep us busy. I am looking forward to us working together to make this a successful school year.  Please feel free to contact me, should you have any questions/concerns regarding your child’s kindergarten experience.  Welcome to the Buford Family!!!   GO WOLVES!!
 
EDUCATION
West Georgia College - Early Childhood Education
 
Kelly Manders
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kelly.manders@bufordcityschools.org
 
I am thrilled to start my second year at Buford Elementary School teaching kindergarten and I am excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher!  After a career in business, I decided to make a change to education and every day I am so thankful that I took a leap of faith to become a teacher. I previously taught 2nd grade at Dunwoody Elementary and spent two years teaching 4 and 5-year old children at a private pre-school. I grew up in Athens, Georgia and married my high-school sweetheart Brandon Manders.  We love UGA and Athens – Go Dawgs!  Buford has been our home for 20 years and we feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful school and community.  Brandon is Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at BMS.  We have 2 daughters:  Emma a 9th grader who loves to play softball and Lila a 4th grader who enjoys gymnastics and cheer.  As a family, we enjoy attending UGA football games, camping, traveling, and we love the beach!  My goal is to provide a fun and engaging classroom where every student is valued and loved. It is going to be a fabulous year in Mrs. Manders’ classroom!  Go Wolves!
 
EDUCATION
University of Georgia - Bachelors of Business Administration
University of Georgia - Masters of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education
Endorsement - Reading 
Endorsement - Gifted
 
Katie Neal
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katie.neal@bufordcityschools.org
 
My name is Katie Neal and I began my teaching career in 2008. I have taught first grade and also kindergarten. This is my 5th year teaching at Buford Elementary. I have always wanted to be a teacher and I am thrilled to be a part of the Buford Family! Buford Elementary is the BEST!!  I have been married to Chris for 10 years and I have two daughters: Emmie Kate and Addie Gray.  I enjoy spending time with my family, Georgia football, and the beach! I look forward to an amazing year! Welcome to the Buford family! Go Wolves!!
 

EDUCATION
Piedmont College - Early Childhood Education
Troy University - Masters Education
Piedmont College - Specialist in Education
 
Lynn Perkins
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lynn.perkins@bufordcityschools.org
 
My name is Lynn Perkins and I am so excited to be teaching your child this year. I have taught kindergarten at Buford Elementary School for 22 years.  I have been married to Daren Perkins for 22 years and we have three children. Tyler, Dalton, and Abbi. We enjoy watching sports together and going to the beach.  I look forward to spending each day with your child and promise to treat and care for them like they are my own.  I look forward to a great school year. Go Wolves!
 
 

EDUCATION
Georgia Southwestern - Early Childhood Education
​Piedmont College - Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
Piedmont College - Specialists in Curriculum and Instruction
 
Leslie Sheppard
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leslie.sheppard@bufordcityschools.org
 

Hi!  This will be my fifteenth year teaching within Buford City Schools and my first at BES.  Overall, I have been teaching 22 years covering grades Pre-K – fifth with my first year teaching high school.  We moved from Michigan to Gwinnett County 23 years ago. I have experience in both special and general education environments.  Early intervention is key and I strongly believe in building positive relationships with all students. My goal is to create a loving, positive, and structured environment where students can shine in their own unique ways.  When they leave me each day, I want them to know/experience that they are valued and loved.   I am married to Lyle Sheppard going on 24 years this summer.   I have two children that started at the BCSS Daycare and are currently in 9th grade at BHS, Max Sheppard, and 5th grade at BSA, Mara Sheppard.  They have known nothing other than Buford City Schools System and the amazing community that brings.  We enjoy sports as a family and you can always find me following The Michigan State Spartans along with Max and Mara’s soccer.  Mara also plays basketball and they are both excited to be Wolves! I am looking forward to my new adventure teaching Kindergarten at BES.   Welcome to Buford!

 

 

EDUCATION

Michigan State University – Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education – with an endorsement in Emotional Impairments.
University of North Georgia - Masters in Special Education – Cross-Categorical

Lincoln Memorial University – Education Specialist in Leadership and Administration


Leanne Tarleton
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leanne.tarleton@bufordcityschools.org
 
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was six years old. I can't think of doing anything else. I absolutely love spending the day with 5 and 6-year-olds. Every single day brings something different! My favorite day of the school year is when I look around our room and every single child is reading independently. It is an amazing sight!  Reading opens the door for any new adventure.  I love teaching and am so thankful I am at BES.  
 
My family is my greatest blessing. I am married to Bryan and we have two sons, Connor, who just graduated from UGA and Cole, who is a junior at North GA. My favorite thing to do is to spend time with them. We enjoy sports and anything outside. If I am not with them, I enjoy shopping, reading, and cooking. ​

EDUCATION
West Georgia College - Early Education
University of Georgia - Masters in Education
​Endorsements - Reading
 
Melanie Watson
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melanie.watson@bufordcityschools.org
 
I love teaching Kindergarten at Buford Elementary! I taught Kindergarten and First Grade with Gwinnett County Public Schools for 4 years before I had children and this is my sixth year at Buford. My husband Brian and I have been happily married for 23 years and have been blessed with 3 children. Noah is a sophomore at UGA and Abbey is a junior at Buford High. Caleb is in 6th grade at Buford Middle. When I’m not teaching, I love to read, watch college football, go to the lake and go camping. I am looking forward to an amazing year with your child!  It is such an honor to get to do what I love every day at the best school in the world! Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns. It is my goal to partner with you to help your child reach their full potential as well as develop a love of learning and school!
 
EDUCATION
University of Georgia - Early Childhood Education - Go Dawgs!!!