Special Areas

Schedule

9:00 - 9:45 AM 2nd Grade
9:50 - 10:35 AM 1st Grade
10:40 - 11:25 AM Kindergarten
12:00 - 12:45 PM 4th Grade
12:55- 1:40 PM 3rd Grade
1:45 - 2:30 PM 5th Grade

Physical Education

I believe that all students can learn, all students are important, and all students can be successful in life. Through our physical education program, the overall goal is that children develop healthy attitudes that lead them to a lifestyle of regular physical activity. I strive to provide an environment that is fun, energetic, and supportive. Please assist me by modeling healthy habits in your household and by encouraging daily physical activity and serving healthy foods.

CLASS RULES:
1. LISTEN AND FOLLOW ALL DIRECTIONS.
2. RESPECT YOURSELF, OTHER STUDENTS, AND ALL EQUIPMENT/SCHOOL PROPERTY.
3. WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES.
4. STAY ON TASK AT ALL TIMES.

MEDICAL CONCERNS:

All students will participate everyday unless they are unable to due to a medical concern. A NOTE MUST BE PROVIDED FROM A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN OR A DOCTOR EXPLAINING THE COCNERN OR CONDITION.
Alternate work will be provided. If a student has a cast, they cannot participate without a doctor’s note stating that they can participate in ALL activities.

Camille Ayers

Hi, my name is Mrs. Ayers. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Health in Physical Education in 2000. I have a Masters degree in Reading and Literacy and I am also certified to teach Special Education and Regular Education K-5. I have taught PE for 14 years in the county and I also taught Special Ed. resource for a year. Some things I enjoy doing are running, walking, spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs every Saturday during football season! I am looking forward to a wonderful year in PE at HES!

Maryann Craig

Maryann Craig

Teachers should teach as much as they can to instill knowledge in their students that will affect their life-long learning.
As a teacher, I want my students to learn and appreciate art, its history, and the direct correlation between art and the academic areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. I want my students to explore and use these in subjects interactively.
I want my students to come away from class with a better understanding of the many forms art can encompass, whether it be drawing, painting, found objects, printmaking, etc., as well as the many new, non-conventional ways of art making.
I want to challenge my students to become independent, objective thinkers. I want them to be able to look at a piece of artwork and form their own opinions and critical analysis’ of the piece.
I want to influence young students in a positive way, to appreciate art. Art is a subject worth knowing.
My hope is that I can teach students something they will keep with them for a lifetime.
Incorporating technology in the art classroom is important in a child’s education. The ability to demonstrate art examples, historical facts, and the use of art programs stimulates the child in a current and relevant manner.
My teaching process consists of demos on how to use the material, the art history relating to the art, and the connection to the other academic disciplines.
In more practical terms, my teaching approach will be one of modeling, coaching, and helping students become independent artists, art historians, and well rounded creative thinkers, so they can use the knowledge learned in my class and apply it to their future studies and life.

In the Art classroom, we behave like Artists:
Be ready to learn.
Be polite & helpful.
Take care of supplies.
Focus on task.

 

Faculty: Maryann Craig

Corinne Klemenc

Sing. Say. Dance. Play.

The Orff Schulwerk is a developmental approach to music education that combines music, movement, drama, and speech to replicate a child’s world of play. Play in this case is problem solving focused around excitement and wonder at a challenge.

In the music room, your students will have an abundance of opportunities to sing diverse songs, play dozens of instruments, listen to professional musicians, analyze how music is created, create their own compositions, learn folk songs and poetry from several countries, and set their own self and class goals.

My personal goal is to foster a safe and creative environment where students can express their thoughts without judgment from others. The most profound musical creations will express themselves when students respect each other and their equipment.

My Educational Background:
I grew up in Gwinnett County Public Schools and attended Brookwood High School where I found my motivation to become a music educator. From there, I completed a double major degree at the University of Georgia (2015) in music education and music composition. I am very excited to join the Harmony Elementary School family, and I will work hard to develop strong relationships with my students, peers, and community in the Mill Creek cluster.

Mary McElroy

Mary McElroy

My name is Mary McElroy. I am married to Mr. Paul McElroy. We live in Suwanee, GA. I graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA. That is where I met Mr. Paul. We have been married for 28 years. I got a MEd in Education at Mercer University in Atlanta. I have been teaching for over 20 years. Other grades that I have taught are kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade.

Mr. Paul and I have two beautiful daughters. Catherine is 23 years old and just graduated from University of Georgia with a degree in genetics. She is a scientist. She works for a company in downtown Atlanta that does research on new medicines to help make people healthy.

Anna is my youngest daughter. Anna is 20 years old. She is going to Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA and majoring in special education. She wants to teach children that have problems learning. She worked with a very special teacher at North Gwinnett High School when she was in school there. She helped in his class and wants to be the kind of teacher that he is.

I also have 4 dogs that live at my house. Their names are Buzzy, Mia, Abbey and Amelia. They are all golden retrievers. We go to dog shows and compete in agility, obedience and conformation. Showing dogs is my hobby. Sometimes, my dogs come to school to visit. They really like kids and are always very well behaved.