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Mrs. Colleen Allen

I have taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade and Reading Recovery. I am originally from New York and my husband is from England. We love to go and visit our families as often as we can. Of course, I love the visits to England! I have two little girls who keep me busy. Both girls love to play soccer. Their names are Madelyn and Stella. I enjoy spending time on the weekends with my family and friends. I love teaching and I enjoy watching my little girls "playing teacher" at home. It just reminds me of how wonderful it is to be a teacher!

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Mrs. Kristina Beck

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Mrs. Robin Brainard

I am delighted to begin another year at Trip Elementary as the Gifted Program Coordinator.

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 a variety of subjects as well as grade levels since 1987.

I married my husband Bob in 1988. We have two children, Daniel and Caitlin as well as two dogs we rescued, Murphy our boxer and Zellie our Portuguese Water dog.

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 honor of being Trip Elementary’s Teacher of the Year.

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

 

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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.

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Ms. Hillery Cambre

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Ms. Karen Dean

Hello, I’m Karen Dean. This is my second year at Trip and I love being a part of the Trip family. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia. I earned a Master’s degree in middle school education and a Specialist degree in leadership and curriculum development.

I am a former business owner, Everyday Etiquette, and served in the Disaster Unit of the American Red Cross.

I’m married to Mike, have two wonderful daughters, Ansley and Lindsey, and three amazing grands, Nathan, Charli Grace, and Owen.

I enjoy traveling, attending my grandkids’ sporting events, and late-night movies with my family.

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Mrs. Deena Evans

I have been working as a speech-language therapist for 19 years. I have been working in Gwinnett County for the past 16 years and this is my fourth year at Trip Elementary. I live in the community and my children attend school near the Grayson Cluster. I received my bachelor's and master's degrees from Valdosta State University and my specialist's degree from Nova Southeastern University. I also hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I have been married for 19 years and have a 17 year old son and an 12 year old daughter. I enjoy helping children improve their communication skills so that they may experience greater academic success and self-confidence.

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Ms. Lauren Hixson

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Mrs. Dionne Howard

I have been a teacher since age 8 when I started a neighborhood summer school and "gently" persuaded my friends to attend. I was the self-appointed classroom teacher, music teacher, principal and CFO of the whole operation! 
 
After graduation from the Columbus School for Girls in Ohio, I earned a Bachelor's degree in Educational Studies and Elementary Education (Double Major) from Emory University, a Master's of Education from Cambridge College, and an Educational Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University. 
 
I've enjoyed a 30-year career as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, instructional coach, program co-facilitator, and staff developer. When I'm not teaching or learning, or learning while teaching, I love spending time with family and friends.

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Ms. Erika Livingston

 Greetings!  My name is Erika Livingston.  I am glad to be one of the ESOL teachers here at Trip Elementary!  I am originally from the Louisville, KY area, but have been in Georgia for about 15 years.  This is my 11th year in education and my 9th year in Gwinnett County Public Schools.  I received my bachelor's degree in Education from Mercer University and my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University.  I also have a Journalism degree from the University of Southern Indiana.  Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and cheering on my daughter in softball and track.  This is going to be a great year!

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Mrs. Deb Mercier

My name is Deb Mercier, and I LOVE teaching!! I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and I am now a Reading Recovery/ Literacy Lessons Reading Teacher, which is essentially a reading specialist who instructs grades 1-5. I attended the University of Georgia to obtain my Early Childhood Education degree and received my Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. I am also ESOL certified, Gifted certified, and have my Special Education certification as well. I have three beautiful children, and one granddaughter, all of whom I am so very proud!! I am thrilled to claim Trip ES as my home school since it opened in 2008, and can not imagine teaching anywhere else! 😊

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Mrs. Tina Oberholtzer

I am one of the speech-language therapists here at Trip ES. I am transplanted from Ohio and still enjoy cheering on the Buckeyes. However, we have lived in either Georgia or South Carolina for over 30 years. In our home, the kids come and go since both are in college now. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English/Education from Taylor University and Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of South Carolina. I taught in elementary grades and middle school language arts before going back to school to become a speech therapist…one of the most rewarding jobs in the world!

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Ms. Briana Santos

Hey Ram Family! My name is Briana Santos! I am a K-5 ESOL Teacher here at Trip! I am very excited to be a part of the Trip Elementary team! I am originally from California. I moved to Atlanta in 2005 to attend Clark Atlanta University. After graduating, I decided to make Georgia my home! I later received my Master’s degree in Education Policy Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I have taught children of all ages, from toddlers in a private childcare center to high school students in DeKalb County Schools. I also enjoyed working as an Early Education Librarian here in Gwinnett County. I love teaching kids and seeing their worlds light up when they learn new things! I have four wonderful children of my own; Caden, Jeremy, and the twins, Isabella and Aubrielle. I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and attending my kids’ sports games (especially baseball!). Let’s go Rams! 

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Ms. Tomi Waldrop

Trip is an exciting place to work, learn and grow. I am thrilled to continue to work at Trip. This year, I will enjoy and continue to be excited about my role as a Reading Recovery teacher in addition to providing support to other students.

I am a Georgia native who grew up a short distance from here in Monroe, GA. My undergraduate college years were spent at Georgia College in Milledgeville where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught in Walton County before taking off 14 years to spend raising my two delightful daughters. In 2006, I returned to public school teaching after home schooling my children through elementary school. In 2012, I completed my Master's Degree online through Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL and then immediately began my Specialist Degree at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee which I completed in 2013.

I recently completed work through Georgia State University to receive my Reading Endorsement as well as Reading Recovery training. I love to learn new things!

I enjoy spending my free time at home working in my yard or playing games with my family. Otherwise, you may find me out and about with friends at festivals or just having fun enjoying a nearby park walking or hiking. Church and community service activities help keep me busy too. I am happy to be at Trip Elementary School again this year; the teachers, students, parents and administrators are AWESOME!