My name is Deana Anderson and I have been an educator for 26 years. The majority of my teaching career has been in First Grade, but I have also taught Second Grade, Pre-K Special Education, Kindergarten and First Grade EIP and ESOL. I am excited to begin a new school year with my Kindergarten EIP and ESOL students. I love teaching little ones. Bringing learning to life and inspiring children to be lifelong learners is my passion.
I have been married to my husband, Kent for 37 years. We have two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters in love, and four precious grandbabies. I enjoy going to the beach, lake, church, shopping and college football. I truly treasure my family with my whole heart and enjoy being a part of this fabulous community and school system.
Troy University - Early Childhood Education
Endorsements - ESOL & Pre-K Special Ed.
For the past 28 years, I have pursued my passion for education with my love for children. I have pursued extensive continuing education in the field of dyslexia, and am currently working on my Dyslexia Endorsement Certification. I have taught grades K-12 in the field of special education, however, it has been the highlight of my career to serve my students and their families at the BESt school in the world, Buford Elementary, for the past 18 years!
Georgia State University – Bachelors of Social Work
Georgia State University - Masters in Special Education
Piedmont University – Specialist’s in Curriculum and Instruction
University of West Georgia – Educational Leadership
My name is Lori Hogle and I live in Flowery Branch with my husband Grant and my 2 golden retrievers, Maizen and Blue. We have three children, Natalie (25), Gabrielle (22), and Zach (18). I also have a new son-in-law Luke and a grand puppy, Nash! I enjoy exercising, crafting, spending time outdoors camping and playing on the lake! This will be my 31st year teaching and my 22nd year here at Buford Elementary School. I am so eager to spend this year learning and growing with your child!
Western Michigan University - Bachelor of Arts in Special Education
University of N. Georgia - Masters in Special Education
Piedmont University - Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
I am Mrs. Rope, the Media Specialist for our school. This is my thirteenth year teaching, with experience in pre-k, kindergarten, and as a media specialist. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology. I have a love for all things reading and technology. I like to incorporate STEM and maker space activities into fun lessons for students. I love seeing smiling faces come to check out books and enjoy activities in our space!
Georgia College and State University - Early Childhood Education
Georgia Southern University - Masters in Instructional Technology
Hi! This will be my eighteenth year teaching within Buford City Schools and my third at BES. Overall, I have been teaching 25 years covering grades Pre-K – fifth with my first year teaching high school. We moved from Michigan to Gwinnett County 25 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 26 years this summer. I have two children that started at the BCSS Daycare. My son Max is a recent graduate of the BHS class of 2023 and my daughter Mara is a current 9th grader at BHS. They have known nothing other than the 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 club soccer. I am looking forward to my new adventure teaching Kindergarten at BES. Welcome to Buford!
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
I am so happy to be celebrating my 20th year working with children with disabilities and my 3rd year with Buford City Schools. My Bachelor’s studies focused on Psychology and Music at the University of West Florida, and my Master’s Degree was in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University. I am a Georgia state-certified Speech-Language Pathologist, as well as certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). My experience began with early intervention and moved into Autism clinical research diagnostics and consulting at FSU. I also previously worked as an SLP in private and hospital settings. I grew up in Port St. Joe, FL. My sweet daughter, Eva, and I moved to Georgia in 2017, and she will be attending the Senior Academy this year. We have a King Charles Spaniel named Bear, and we love swimming, dancing, karate, movies, and anything related to music! My work is my passion, and I’m elated to be able to serve our precious kiddos at BES!
Florida State University - Masters in Communication Science and Disorders
University of West Florida - Bachelors in Psychology