• Fifth Grade

Mrs. Robin Brainard

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Mrs. Robin Brainard

This year I am excited to be a member of the Advance Content Cohort here at Trip. I will be teaching fifth grade Science and Social Studies as well as serve as Gifted Coordinator. Prior to this opportunity I enjoyed teaching a variety of subjects, as well as grades levels, in the gifted education program. Prior to teaching Focus, I was a fifth grade classroom teacher.

I have my B.A. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kean University in NJ, my Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in TN and my Gifted Certification through Gwinnett County Public Schools. I have been teaching for over twenty-eight years.

I married to my husband Bob in 1988. We have two children, Daniel and Caitlin. Our rescue dog, Buddy adds to the fun to our busy household.

We are originally from New Jersey where I taught second, third and fifth grade for eight years. My family moved to Georgia in August of 1998. Prior to coming to Trip, ten years were spent teaching third, fourth and fifth grade at J. C. Magill Elementary in Loganville. I have looped up with a third /fourth group as well as with a fourth/ fifth loop. What a great experience!

I enjoy reading, going to the beach, cooking, gardening and spending time with my family. We belong to St. Oliver’s Church in Snellville, where I am a Eucharistic minister and lector.

I have had the privilege and honor to be an integral part of opening up Trip Elementary. I have never participated in such an experience before. Working with such an awesome group of professionals has been the pinnacle of my career!

Mrs. Marcy Brown

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Mrs. Marcy Brown

Hey! My name is Marcy Brown and I love teaching! I love kids so much I went back to school to become a teacher. I used to be an accountant but I couldn’t have as much fun as teachers do so I stopped. I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education along with my Gifted Endorsement and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.
My totally awesome husband, Paul, and I have 2 beautiful children: Aspen and Maverick. We love hanging out together as a family.

Mr. Ryan Duckworth

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Mr. Ryan Duckworth

My name is Ryan Duckworth and I am excited to be a member of the Trip family. I am an enthusiastic learner and I look forward to helping your child grow socially and intellectually. I have been teaching with Gwinnett County Schools since 2013. I am originally from Lansing, MI. I attended Michigan State University (Go Spartans!!!) and moved to Georgia in 2013 in order to pursue my teaching career. In my spare time I enjoy watching and playing sports, going to the movies, and hanging out with friends and family. I look forward to meeting you all and rocking this school year. Go Rams!

Ms. Arian Greene

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Ms. Arian Greene

Hi! My name is Arian Greene and I am so excited to be apart of the Trip Elementary family this year. I recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors and Masters in Early Childhood Education. I was raised and attended school in Walton County all my life, so I am very excited to be teaching here in Gwinnett. When I am not at school I love spending time with my family and being with my doggies. I am so excited to be on the fifth-grade team this upcoming year!
Mrs. Sherley Harris

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Mrs. Sherley Harris

Hello! My name is Sherley Harris. I'm excited to be part of the Trip family! My husband, Alfred, and I live in Suwanee with our three-year-old son, Alexander.  I was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States when I was four years old. I spent most of my childhood in Brooklyn, New York but have been in Georgia for the past seventeen years. I graduated high school from Peachtree Ridge. I completed my undergrad at Georgia State University double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I also earned my master’s degree from GSU majoring in Early Childhood Education.  In 2018, I obtained my Specialist in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia. This year I am working towards earning my Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University. I look forward to a wonderful and productive year filled with unlimited learning experiences for students and myself.

Mrs. Linda Maunder

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Mrs. Linda Maunder

My name is Linda Maunder.  I am a very proud mother of two amazing children, Nicholas and Kate.  My husband T.J. and I love to take the family camping.  We spend a tremendous amount of time at Stone Mountain Park either camping or hiking up the mountain.  We also love to visit the beach and spend time in the sun swimming and building sand castles.

Ms. Dana McDowell

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Ms. Dana McDowell

Hi! My name is Dana McDowell, and I am so excited to be joining the 5th-grade team at Trip Elementary! I have recently graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I completed my student teaching experience here at Trip, in Kindergarten, with the fabulous Gina Walker. From Gina, and the rest of the Trip family, I have learned so much about what it means to be a community of hard-working teachers! In the upcoming year, I hope to share my passion for teaching and learning with my students. When I’m not teaching, I love to attend Atlanta United games (Vamos Atlanta!) and to spend time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of my students, and I can't wait for another great school year here at Trip!!

Mrs. Lisa McKenna

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Mrs. Lisa McKenna

Hello!  Welcome to 5th grade!  I'm Mrs. McKenna! I hope you love school as much as I do. I started teaching in 2002, and it gets better and better every year! I grew up in New Jersey and Missouri, and have lived in Georgia for 13 years! I'm a charter member of Trip Elementary and love being a Ram! You can often find me doing silly commercials on the morning announcements.  In my spare time I enjoy going to the movies (the previews are my favorite part), cooking, and visiting new restaurants.  My husband and I love our two spoiled cats, Mr. Jinx and Mac! 

I hope to see you around Trip this year!

Mrs. Amanda Shelton

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Mrs. Amanda Shelton

I grew up in Gwinnett County Public Schools and attended school in the Norcross School District from kindergarten through high school. I graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2008. In 2010, I received my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College, and I finished my Specialist's Degree in Teaching and Learning from Piedmont College in 2012. Some of my hobbies are reading, watching TV, and watching sports (especially Auburn football). I am so excited about this school year and getting to know the students, families, and community. This is going to be a GREAT year.

Mrs. Carrie Tahlor

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Mrs. Carrie Tahlor

Bonjour! While I am originally from Atlanta, I have traveled around the world, and I have lived in both France and Australia. I am a dual citizen of the United States and France, and I enjoy visiting my family in France as often as possible!

I graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, I am certified in Special Education grades P-12, I am ESOL and Gifted certified, and I will complete my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Dual (language) Immersion in December 2019. I have taught in private schools in Atlanta, France, and Australia, and I am thrilled to be a part of the DLI team at Trip Elementary!

Mrs. Gina Walker

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Mrs. Gina Walker

Hello, my name is Gina Blair-Walker. I have been teaching in Gwinnett County for 13 years. I was born in Budapest, Hungary but grew up in Jamaica! I think that’s why I love traveling and trying new foods. I have a Master of Science in Exceptional Student Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I love reading and making reading fun for my students. My husband and I have two very active daughters, who keep us busy with their activities. I am looking forward to a great school year!! Go RAMS!