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is a former student of Berkeley Lake and is honored to be returning to
the Bear Nation. She is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University
with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Needless to say, this has
made her a huge GSU football fan. GO EAGLES! Ms. Beystehner loves animals,
especially her dog Honey. Honey is probably one of the most spoiled dogs
on the planet. She also enjoys jogging, rock climbing, painting,
reading, and cooking.
Sharon Hickmon is
a Georgia native who has lived in Duluth for 22 years. She began
teaching in 1993 at Berkeley Lake. She has a B.S. in Early Childhood
Education from Brenau College and a Masters in Early Childhood Education
from Georgia State University. She has taught kindergarten, SIA, and 1st
grade and loves to watch children discover the joy of learning.
She enjoys spending time with her family and crocheting afghans
for her grandchildren.
Nicole London is
originally from New York but has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years. She
has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in
Instructional Technology both from the University of Georgia and is a
big DAWG fan. Mrs. London also completed a Specialist degree in
Curriculum and Instruction from Piedmont College as well as her
leadership certification from UGA. She has been teaching since 1997. She
has taught kindergarten, first, second, and preschool. She enjoys
watching sports, spending time with her family, reading a good book, and
the beach. Ms. London enjoys teaching and wants to help her students
enjoy and appreciate the learning process.
originally from Birmingham, AL. She graduated from Auburn University
with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education in 1998. Jennifer
taught 3rd grade in Birmingham for 1 year and moved to Atlanta. In 2000,
she started teaching in Gwinnett County at Kanoheda Elementary as a 3rd
grade teacher. She joined the Berkeley Lake staff in 2002 and
is a native of Atlanta and grew up in Marietta just down the street from
the “Big Chicken”. She attended Young Harris College and Berry College
for her undergraduate degrees. Alison taught kindergarten and first
grade in North Carolina from 1996-2005. During that time, she received
her M.A. Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She has
taught kindergarten and first grade for 3 years in Georgia. Alison
joined the Berkeley Lake staff in 2005. She enjoys sewing and spending
time with her family of 2 nieces and 2 cats.
Lynnette Rigg is originally from Ohio.
Georgia has been her home since 1982.
She is married and has three children of her own.
Two of those children are Berkeley Lake graduates.
She graduated from The Ohio State University. GO BUCKEYES!
She received her teaching certificate from Mercer University.
She received an M.A. in Integrating the Arts in Elementary Education
from Lesley University. She
taught preschool (three and four year olds) for twelve years, was a
Special Ed. Paraprofessional for three years, and has taught
kindergarten for seven years. Being
a lifelong learner herself, teaching is the perfect profession.
is originally from Carbondale, Illinois. She attended college at the
University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University where she
completed both her B.S. and M.S. degrees. Peachtree Corners has been her
family's home since 1988. She is married and has a daughter at GSU, who
attended BLES and a son at GCSU. She was a licensed daycare provider
working with pre-schoolers while her own children were at home for 14
years and worked at Simpson Elementary for 3 years before coming to BLES
in 2006. She loves teaching and helping young children learn!
Paula is currently in graduate school at Mercer University in Education.
Sosa is a native of
Los Angeles, California. She and her family moved to the Atlanta area in
1986. She is a graduate of Brenau University, with a B.S. in Early
Childhood Education. Mrs.Sosa began teaching kindergarten in 1996 in
DeKalb County, and joined the Gwinnett County School System in 2003 here
at BLES. Mrs. Sosa and her husband have two children, one at DMS and
the other at DHS.
a native of Duluth, Georgia and a product of the Gwinnett County
schools. She is married and has 2 sons, Grant and Jackson.
She is a die-hard Wildcat and "Dawgs" fan. She has her
BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and her
MS in Integrating the Arts from Lesley University. She taught in Forsyth
County from 1990 to 2003 and has experience in K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
grade. In fall of 2003, she joined the staff at Berkeley Lake
Elementary. She loves teaching and looks forward to learning and
laughing with her students each day!