• Administrative Team

 Dr. Guerlene Merisme, Principal

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Dr. Guerlene Merisme, Principal

I am the proud principal of Lilburn Elementary School, where we are committed to ensuring our students receive the B.E.S.T. education in an environment that supports academic excellence for all students. After teaching for ten years in New Jersey, my family and I moved to Georgia in 2006. I joined the LES family as a fifth grade teacher. I served as a literacy coach in 2009, was promoted as an assistant principal in 2011, and was named the principal in 2016. During my career, I have also taught preschool, first grade, second grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade.

Since I am a first generation American who was also an English Learner, I understand the challenges many of our students face. I believe educators serve as role models for our students and it is our duty to help them understand that (1) learning never ends and (2) education helps determine your future. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education from Rutgers University. My Master of Arts in Reading Specialization was earned from Kean University. I earned my Leadership Certification from the University of Georgia. From Valdosta State University, I completed my Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and my Doctoral Degree in Leadership, with a concentration in Curriculum Leadership.

Education is my passion and I aim to pass on the love of learning to our students. I am proud of the partnership with LES families, parents, and community members because we all work together to enhance the lives and futures of our students.

Dr. Noreen Freeman, Assistant Principal

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Dr. Noreen Freeman, Assistant Principal

I am honored to be a member of the administrative team at Lilburn Elementary serving Grades: 2nd, 3rd, and ESOL.  As a member of the Lilburn family, we focus on collaboration for continuous improvement, utilizing best practices to guide our teachers, students and parents to reach their highest potential.

My teaching career began in New Jersey, and this year marks my 12th year in Gwinnett County Public Schools. I have taught Middle Grades: Social Studies and Language Arts. In the elementary grades, I have served as a Resource Teacher, Grade Chair, a Gifted Teacher, STEM Instructor, and taught Second and Fifth Grades. Additionally, I have been an Instructional Coach, and a Teacher Leader-Mentor. 

My educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Psychology and History from Kean University in New Jersey, a Master’s Degree in Special Education-Mild Disabilities, from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, a Specialist’s Degree in Teacher Leadership from Mercer University in Atlanta, and a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.

I enjoy working with our Lilburn Elementary School Family. We are committed to partnering with our community of learners to insure that we implement effective research-based practices so that every child succeeds. I am very passionate about the process of teaching and learning, and live by the following quote:

"If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much."

― Marian Wright Edelman

Dr. Heather Mitchell, Assistant Principal

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Dr. Heather Mitchell, Assistant Principal

I am so excited to be a new administrator at Lilburn Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year. My assigned grade levels are kindergarten and first grade, though being the strong, supportive community we are at Lilburn, I help our wherever I'm needed . This is my first year as an administrator and feel so fortunate that Lilburn has become my new home. The students and their families as well as the teachers have welcomed me with open arms.

My teaching career began when I received my bachelors degree in biology with a chemistry minor from North Georgia College. Shortly after graduating I attended Brenau University to receive my teaching certification. After my first year in the classroom I went back to school and received my master's in reading education from UGA. I truly am a lifelong learner and thus returned to grad school a year after receiving my master's and worked for six years to earn my PhD in education from UGA. It was one of my proudest moments. Without the support of my friends, family and colleagues I'm not sure I would've been able to complete it.

Prior to coming to LES I was a teacher at Cedar Hill ES, just down the road from Lilburn. I began my career there as a 1st grade teacher. After several years, I became a mathematics coach and served in that capacity for nine years. While the experience was amazing, I greatly missed being a classroom teacher where I had my "own" group of students to whom I would dedicate my time and hard work to ensure they were successful. It was time for me to go back into the classroom! For the next two years I taught third grade. At the conclusion of that year I had an opportunity to transition into a position teaching science to all grade levels. For the next three school years I taught science specials. During the spring of last year I interviewed for the AP position at Lilburn at quickly accepted. I knew immediately it was my new home!

Now, starting my 19th year in education, I couldn't be more honored to be working at Lilburn ES. I hope to do my best to serve the students, families and teachers of LES.

 Adrienne Pope-Wright, Assistant Principal

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Adrienne Pope-Wright, Assistant Principal

Greetings, I am proud to be a member of the administrative team at Lilburn Elementary School. The faculty, staff and students all contribute to the continued excellence that we experience here and we are truly committed to being the B.E.S.T. 

The 2018-2019 school year marks my 17th year as an educator. My teaching career began in Augusta, Georgia, where I spent 6 years teaching grades Kindergarten, Second, Third, and Fifth grades. I began my career here in Gwinnett County at Minor Elementary School teaching Fifth Grade and serving as an Interrelated Resource Teacher. I went on to teach and serve as department chair and teacher mentor at Ferguson and Shiloh Elementary schools before arriving at Lilburn Elementary to join the administrative team here. 

My educational background includes a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Georgia State University), a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education (University of Phoenix), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (Georgia Southern University). Outside of school, I enjoy visiting museums, reading, movie nights with my family, traveling, and sampling different foods from various restaurants. 

I love working with our students and their families to ensure that all students are provided all opportunities for learning and growth. I welcome all questions and concerns and truly believe that with the help of our community, staff, and parents, our students’ successes will continue to grow and flourish. 

 Tisha Williamson, Assistant Principal

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Tisha Williamson, Assistant Principal

I am proud to be a member of the Lilburn Elementary administrative team serving 4th and 5th grades. At Lilburn Elementary we are a family. We believe our students deserve the best education possible, and we are committed to giving them our B.E.S.T each and every day.

This school year marks my 23rd year as an educator in Gwinnett County Public Schools. I have taught grades kindergarten, first, second, and fourth. I have served as grade level chair, teacher mentor, and an instructional coach.

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Georgia, a gifted certification from Gwinnett County Public Schools, a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University, and I am currently completing my Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Georgia.

Education is my passion. I believe that being an educator is the most important and influential position a person can have. Being an educator is a privilege and I take great pride in partnering with teachers, parents, and our community to guide students to reach their fullest potential.