First Grade

 
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MEET THE FIRST GRADE TEACHERS!

 
ALLY ADLER
 
I am so excited to begin my  fifth year teaching first grade because I thoroughly enjoy it.  I have always enjoyed working with children, and I appreciate seeing them learn even more.
I have an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the University of North Georgia. I am reading endorsed as well. I also have a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State.
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TRACI ATTAWAY
I grew up in Stone Mountain, Ga.  I graduated with a degree in early childhood education from Auburn University.  My husband David and I just celebrated our 30th Anniversary.  We have two grown kids.  Our son Mitchell is 25.  He and our sweet daughter in law Lizzie live in Newnan.  Our daughter Tori is 20 and is a junior at Ole Miss University.  I love to travel, spend time with my family, and watch Auburn football!  This is my 20th year teaching but my first year at Buford Academy.  I am very excited to be part of the Buford family!
FRAN BAGLEY
 
Undergrad from West Ga
Masters and Specialist from Piedmont
ESOL and Gifted Endorsement  

Husband- Trent
Daughter- Brittan (5) Kindergarten student at BES 
Son- Bryce (3) Senior Preschooler at BES 

Hobbies - traveling, concerts, CrossFit, Running 
AMY BOTHAM
I am excited to be teaching first grade again this year!  This is my second year teaching First Grade.  Previously, I taught Kindergarten, EIP, and Special Education here at Buford City Schools. This is my 21st year teaching and my 20th year at Buford.  I received my undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Keene State College and my Masters and Specialist Degrees from Piedmont College.  My husband, David, and I have two boys, Matthew (5th grade) and Emerson (4th grade).  They are both looking forward to a great year at the Senior Academy.   My family and I love being part of the Buford Community and all it has to offer.  Go Wolves!
JESSICA COONEY
I am thrilled to begin my 4th year teaching for Buford City Schools! 
Although I was born in Chicago, I lived in 5 different states (IL, TX, GA, PA, UT) before landing at UTexas Austin with a BA in English.  I sampled the private sector before finishing my MA in Elementary Education.  I feel very passionately about teaching and honored at being given the chance to guide.  I believe every child is wonderfully unique and CAN learn, do, and achieve anything! I believe effective teaching begins in the heart and goes beyond the classroom.  I am loved and supported by my handsome husband of 15 years, David and our 3 amazing kids Matthew (11), Josh (9), and Lily (6).  We all LOVE calling Buford home!
​GO Wolves!
BONNIE HARPER
I’m so excited to begin my 22nd year of teaching, but even more excited to begin another year of teaching First Grade. I have taught in many areas but this age is by far my most favorite. I am well versed in the curriculum, as I have been teaching First Grade for the last 13 years. I am looking forward to sharing my love of school and learning with your child. 

My husband, Gerry, and I have 3 wonderful children that have all been loved here at the Buford City Schools. Ansley is working through her Junior year at UGA, Zane is a senior at BHS, and Phoebe is excited to be entering the 4th grade at the new Buford Senior Academy. 
HEATHER HARVELL
I am so excited to be teaching 1st grade this year!  I went to college at LSU and then received my masters degree from Walden University.  I am certified in Gifted and ESOL.  I have been teaching for 16 years.  I can't wait to make it a great year!  
I am married to Matt Harvell and we have 2 daughters, Kathleen (13) and Sydney (12).  They keep us very busy with soccer and cheerleading.  I enjoy running, exercising, going to the lake and spending time with my family. 
SUSAN LANZA
I am so excited to be teaching first grade this year!  This is my 14th year teaching and my 4th year at Buford.  I received my undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Georgia.  I have my gifted, reading, and leadership endorsements.  I have been married to my wonderful husband Nick for 13 years.  We have two children, Molly (4th grade) and Cole (2nd grade).  The kids keep us very busy with ballet, baseball, and karate.  In my spare time, I enjoy photography and reading.  I love living and working in Buford and being part of this amazing community!
CATHERINE LOW
This will be my 15th year teaching with Buford City Schools. I was born and raised in Gwinnett County, where I returned after college when I began my teaching career. I feel extremely blessed to work at Buford! I have two daughters: Hannah, who will be in first grade this year, and Brynn, who will be beginning kindergarten. We also have a wild labradoodle puppy named Charlie. First grade is my favorite and I am so excited for the year ahead!

Education:
BS Early Childhood Education, University of West Georgia
MEd Early Childhood/Reading, University of Georgia
EdS Curriculum and Instruction, Piedmont 
DEBBIE MOODY
I graduated from GA Southern University a long time ago with my degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have since earned my master's degree and gifted endorsement.  I was at BES for 9 years and loved every minute of it and am now looking forward to being at BA.  I have been married to my husband Randy for 25 years and we have two daughters.  Ashlyn is in her second year at Samford University where she is part of the doctorate program for physical therapy.  Morgan is a junior at BHS where she is involved in dance and soccer.  
I love shopping, reading, eating out, going to the beach, and spending time with my family and friends. 
LORI PARKS
Buford alumni.   I love to read, paint, creative writing, hiking, spending time with family, friends, and my Siamese cat Mocha.  

EDUCATION
University of North Georgia -- BA in Early Childhood Education
Piedmont College -- Masters in Education

ENDORSEMENTS
Reading
ESOL
SARAH SMITH
I am going into my 11th year teaching. Previously in Gwinnett, I taught kindergarten, third grade, and was a K-5 math coach. This will be my fourth year teaching first grade in Buford, and I love being part of this great school system. My undergraduate degree in early childhood education is from Georgia College and State University. I have a Masters and a Specialist degree from Piedmont college. I am a boy mom and enjoy playing outside, hiking, and going on adventures. I have an almost seven-year-old and twin four-year-olds. My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. I look forward to teaching first grade this year
 Thomas
TIFFANY THOMAS
This will be my 9th year teaching, but my first year in Buford City Schools.  I graduated from Buford High School in 2003. I am excited about being a Buford Wolf again.  I have a 3-year-old son, Carter, who will be a senior preschooler at BES.  In my free time I enjoy crafting, reading, and spending time with my family. 
EDUCATION:
BA (Political Science and Sociology) from Georgia State University
M.A.T (Special Education) from Brenau University
Ed.S (Reading and Literacy) from Nova Southeastern University
ENDORSEMENTS:
Gifted Instruction, Special Education, Special Education Adaptive Curriculum, 
Teacher Coaching Endorsement, Teacher Support Specialist
PAUL VILLARROEL
I taught Kindergarten in Gwinnett County for 3 years. This will be my second year teaching first grade in Buford. I was born in Bolivia, raised in California. I have been involved in the Buford community for the past 4 years as an assistant coach for the high school boys basketball program.  If not at school or at the high school coaching the boys’ basketball team, I will be playing basketball and volleyball in my spare time. I have a rescue dog named Olive. She is a black lab mix and an absolute doll! I love shoes and collect them. I am extremely humbled for opportunity to part of your child’s education journey. 
EDUCATION
University of California Santa Barbara - History
University of Ohio - Masters in Sports Recreational Sciences
KIMBERLY WELLS
My degrees include:
BS (Early Childhood Education) from Brenau University
MEd  (Early Childhood Education) from Georgia State University
E.d.S  (Early Childhood Education) from Brenau University

My endorsements include:
Reading instruction
ESOL (English as a second language)
Gifted instruction

​I've taught here in Buford since 2007. I am so excited to work with these young children each year, and to work for such a great school system! 
WHITNEY WOLFE
Hi! My name is Whitney Wolfe and I am excited to be your child's 1st grade teacher this year! This will be my 5th year teaching and I am so blessed to be teaching in the same school I grew up in! I've received both my bachelor's and master's degrees from Piedmont College in Early Childhood Education. When I'm not at school, you will find me coaching middle school softball and cheering on the wolves at other events. I love spending time with my family and friends! Some of my favorite things include my dog, donuts, exercising, and the Atlanta Braves! I can't wait to get the year started teaching and loving your child!
RYAN WOODWORTH
I attended the University of North Georgia and received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and completed my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. This will be my fifth year teaching first grade in Buford City Schools. I also coach 7th grade boys basketball and track at Buford Middle School. My beautiful wife Cassie will be a counselor here at Buford Academy this year as well. I love being outdoors, going to sporting events, and love going to the movies.
 Young
SARAH YOUNG
My name is Sarah Young and I am very excited for another year with Buford City Schools. This is my 7th year teaching for this wonderful system. I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. My husband Matt and I have been married for 4 years and have been blessed with our son Grant. I enjoy reading, going to the gym and watching FSU football.
Education
Florida State University - Early Childhood Education
Endorsements - ESOL