• ASD- Special Education

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Ms. Mareen Brown

My name is Mareen Brown and I am pleased to be a part of the SPED department here at Trip Elementary, where I am currently serving as a paraprofessional with ASD level 3 grades 2-3. I received my Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services from Empire State College New York, where I lived before relocated to Lawrenceville, Georgia. I also bring to the table over 18 years of experience working with children and individuals with special needs. I started my career as a pre-K teacher and even though my career path has slightly shifted over the years, I have remained passionate about helping children learn and grow.

I look forward to supporting our students while working alongside lead teachers to help cultivate a culture of confidence and success among our students.

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Ms. Adja Diakite

My name is Adja Mada Diakite. I was born in the Ivory Coast in West Africa, where I grew up and attended school. I also spent some years in France where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Management at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes. I moved to the United States in 2010. I am married and have 4 kids: 3 boys, Issa, Hakeem, and Malik, and 1 girl, Tenin. They all attend the DLI program here at Trip. I am very proud to be part of the ASD team and look forward to engaging with my students and supporting them through their learning journey.

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Ms. Katherine Hargette

Hello! My name is Katherine Hargette. I am excited to teach ASD-3 kindergarten and first grade. I have experience working in ASD-1, ASD-2, and ASD-4 classrooms. My teaching approach is based on enjoyment, relatability, repetition, and kindness. I am a hands-on teacher and I enjoy engaging with my students. My heart is in teaching, and I truly enjoy working with the younger grade levels. I find meaning and purpose in what I do. I plan on pushing my students to make strides to success and to help them have a passion for learning.

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Ms. Dorothy Jones

My name is Dorothy Jones and I love working with children. I have both a son and a daughter and truly enjoy being a grandmother! My daughter is a teacher and my son is a technician. I have worked for the U.S. Post Office and substitute taught for several years. The past few years I have enjoyed working as a paraprofessional and look forward to a great year!!

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Ms. Shabeaka Kindell

Hello! My name is Shabeaka Kindell, I am excited to teach ASD level 3 grades 4 and 5 here at Trip Elementary School. I am very dedicated,responsible, motivated, and passionate educator who promotes students engagement through active learning. This is my first year at Trip Elementary School. I recently relocated to Georgia from Brooklyn, New York with my lovely family. I earned my Bachelors in Liberal Studies from Medgar Evers college  and earned my Masters in Special Education from Long Island University both located in Brooklyn New York. I started my career as a paraprofessional working in the NYC Department of Education in an Elementary School for six years. My experiences as a paraprofessional has encouraged me to become a teacher. I taught in Middle School as a Special Education Math Teacher for three years. With 10 years of experience teaching children in general and special education in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School classrooms. I truly enjoy and love teaching and building meaningful relationships with my students and families! My mission as a teacher is to help children discover the joy of learning and to help each child develop a strong belief in their ability to achieve. I enjoy traveling, shopping, dancing,spending time with my lovely family, and music.

Can’t wait to start Our Journey Together at Trip Elementary !  Looking forward to an Amazing school year!

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Mrs. DeMona Long

Hello, my name is DeMona Long and I am a paraprofessional with the ASD level 3 program. I am married and the proud parent of a daughter who attends the University of Alabama "ROLL TIDE". I enjoy working with the students and watching their progress. I look forward to working with all of our Trip students!

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Dani Mitchell

My name is Dani Mitchell and I love spending my days teaching and having fun in the classroom. I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Dual Bachelors' degree both in General Education along with Special Education. I have an amazing dog named Ollie who I spend most of my time away from school with. I love going out to eat with friends, shopping at Target, and spending time with my family.

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Mrs. Esther Ogunleye

Hi all! My name is Mrs. Esther Ogunleye and excited to be teaching ASD IV this year. I graduated from Liberty University; this is my first year with Trip Elementary School. I live in Gwinnett County with my husband and wonderful children. 

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Ms. Jacqueline Russell

Hello! My name is Jacqueline Russell. I am pleased to be a part of the Trip Elementary family. I have been in the field of education for 17 plus years. I am excited to be apart of the ASD department. I am a proud mom and passionate about creating a classroom atmosphere that encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and collaboration. I believe that by encouraging these skills, students will not only excel academically but also develop the necessary tools to navigate the challenges they may encounter in the future.


Through my dedication to education, I hope to inspire a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom and prepares students for success in all aspects of their lives.

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Ms. Christian Todd

My name is Christian Todd, I am a Georgia native born and raised,  I am also a mom to twin boys that are both in the ASD program here in Gwinnett County. I am excited to start this school year in the level three ASD program here at Trip Elementary.