• Fifth Grade

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Dr. Maxine Amritt

Hello Trip Family,


I am absolutely elated to be part of the RAMS family! This is my 24th year in education, 19 of which have been in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Prior to that, I was in the United States Army. Over the past years, I have taught kindergarten through fifth and up. I have literally taught all the grades. I am a lifelong learner who is passionate about teaching and learning. My aim is to inspire, motivate, encourage, love, and nurture. My goal is to develop the knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes of each and every child that I teach.


I have a Bachelors degree in Political Science, a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy, a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, a Doctoral degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and Tier 1 Certification in Leadership. I am gifted certified and ESOL endorsed.


I look forward to building relationships with all my students and families. I truly hope to work alongside the awesome Fifth Grade Team of teachers as we inspire, motivate, encourage, love, and nurture young minds. 

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Mr. Brice Baylis

My name is Brice Baylis and I teach 5th grade Science & Social Studies. I am from Delaware and have taught in all areas from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. I am excited to get this school year started!

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Ms. Lashawna Bryant

Greetings RAMily! 

I am Lashawna Bryant and I am so thrilled to start my journey at Trip Elementary. I am so passionate about what I do as a teacher, and the many shining stars I come across.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Public Relations. I also hold a Master’s in Elementary education. 

I am coming over from Cobb county, where I taught 4th grade, 5th grade and computer. I have always known teaching was my path, since the tender age of 10. . After helping launch the counties flagship mentorship program at 18, that just sealed the deal for me. 
In my past time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children SJ and Saylor Breeze. I also enjoy hiking, watching football, volunteering, eating and watching a good tv show. 

I have a feeling that this year is going to be a great one, because what a time to be a RAM! 

Looking forward!

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Courtney Dinan

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Ms. Leah Kechriotis

Hello to my Trip Elementary family! My name is Leah Kechriotis. My last name is crazy because it’s Greek! I’m very excited to continue teaching fifth grade here at Trip Elementary. I have attended school in Gwinnett County from Kindergarten all the way through college. I graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and an ESOL endorsement. I am also Gifted certified and have my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. I’m looking forward to an amazing school year at Trip, where my students not only learn fifth grade content, but they also learn life skills that help them as they grow to be well-rounded members of society.

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Crystal Little

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Ms. Andrea Myers

Hello Ram Family! My name is Andrea Myers, and I am from a small growing town outside of Montgomery, AL called Prattville.  This will be my 14th year as an educator, but my first-year teaching in Gwinnett County (and the state of GA), but I am SUPER excited to do what I love, TEACHING!  I have 2 sons, Kamran (attending college) and Korbin (Trip). I have a Collaborative Education Degree (K-6) from Auburn University at Montgomery.  My goal is to allow all of my students to feel and become confident mathematicians and scientists because learning new things should be fun and exciting!  I look forward to having an awesome school year!

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Ms. Sarah Smith

Hello, I'm Sarah Smith and I graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College with Bachelor of Science in Education. I am super excited to start teaching fifth grade this year at Trip! My favorite subject is math, specifically algebra, I love teaching and learning anything math related. I love to travel to the beach and the mountains. I am also a huge UGA fan. GO DAWGS!!!

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Ms. Kimberly Stith

Hello, My name is Kimberly Stith and I am excited to be here at Trip. I graduated last August with my Masters in Elementary Education and love seeing children grow in their learning.

I've got a large family that consists of an amazing hubby, 1 biological daughter and 5 stepchildren (2 daughters and 3 sons). We love doing things as a family.. We love exploring our 12 acres and raising our chickens and mini pigs. I was born in Georgia but grew up in NY until I graduated and moved to Germany. I moved back to Georgia in 2009 and have been back home ever since. 

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Mrs. Nicole Tendon

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Mrs. Gina Walker

Hello, my name is Gina Walker. I was born in Budapest, Hungary and grew up in Jamaica! I think that’s why I love traveling and trying new foods so much. 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!