Points of Pride


MVE Teacher Of The Year

Mrs. Arlene Bryan


MVE Teacher Of The Year

Mrs. Sarah Thorne

Mrs. Sarah Thorne has been teaching for 18 years. Her first 3 years, she taught middle and high school choir in her home state of Ohio.  The past 15 years, she taught music, EIP, and ESOL at MVE.  Mrs. Thorne earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Education at Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio; her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education at Piedmont College; her Specialist's degree in Educational Administration at Lincoln Memorial University.  Mrs. Thorne is a member of the Ellijay First United Methodist Church where she enjoys singing in the choir. When she is not teaching or making music, Mrs. Thorne spends time with her husband of 15 years riding their motorcycle, playing at the lake, working out, and enjoying their dog CJ. Mountain View Elementary is very glad to have such a talented and dedicated teacher!

2015 - 2016

MVE and Gilmer County Charter School System  Teacher Of The Year

Mrs. Jessica Morrow

 I graduated from Gilmer High School in 2001.  I then attended North Georgia College and State University where I earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.  I also completed my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at North Georgia.  I received my Specialist’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Curriculum and Instruction Management and Administration.  I am beginning my eleventh year as a classroom teacher at MVE, and the last ten years have been in first grade.

I am the daughter of Junior and Melba Smith, and was born and raised in Ellijay.  I married my wonderful husband, John Morrow, nine years ago.  We have two precious boys who are our greatest blessings.  Benjamin is 6 and Caleb is 4.

Senator Visits MVE

 Photos Courtesy of Times Courier

Senator Gooch spent about 45 minutes at MVE on Monday, October 5th. He presented MVE with a new Georgia state flag and read to about 40 kindergarten students. 


  MVE Teacher of the Year & Gilmer County Charter School System Teacher of the Year

Leslie Gaitanoglou

Third grade teacher Leslie Gaitanoglou was selected as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year for Mountain View Elementary. The Gilmer County native and Gilmer High School graduate is in her ninth year of teaching. Mrs. Gaitanoglou earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, as well as her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from North Georgia College and State University. She earned a Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College. Mrs. Gaitanoglou is married to Sarandy, and they have two children, Gracie and Noah. Mrs. Gaitanoglou is respected by her peers and loved by her students. Mountain View Elementary is very fortunate to have her as a faculty member. 


MVE Teacher of The Year

Mrs. April Sanford

April Sanford was selected as the Mountain View Elementary Teacher of Year. Mrs. Sanford is a third grade teacher at MVE. She is a graduate of Gilmer High School. She lives with her husband, Shannon, and their two children, Isabella & Brady. April received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia in 2005. She also received a Pre-K - 12th grade ESOL endorsement with her bachelor's degree. Mrs. Sanford went on to receive her Master of Science in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University in 2008. Mountain View is fortunate to have Mrs. Sanford as a faculty member and she is loved by her students. 

MVE Teacher of The Year
Mrs. Laura Sharp


We are proud to announce that Laura Sharp, a first grade teacher, has been named the Mountain View Elementary's Teacher of the Year. Ms. Sharp graduated from Eastern Mennonite College in Virginia in 1991 and this is her 11th year teaching elementary students.  She taught third grade for 4 years in Virginia and Tennessee before moving to Gilmer County in 1997.  This is her seventh year teaching first graders in Gilmer County. Laura loves teaching and strives to make her classroom a happy, safe place where every child feels loved and accepted.  Her favorite part of teaching is seeing "the light come on" when a student understands a new concept.  Laura does a great job of assessing and meeting her students needs and assisting them in reaching their full potential.  She is truly a wonderful teacher and MVE is extremely fortunate to have her as a member of the MVE family.​​

Mountain View Elementary and Gilmer County
Teacher of the Year
Shelly Mayo

Mountain View Elementary is proud to announce that Shelly Mayo has been named Teacher of the Year. Shelly is a Special Education teacher and has been teaching for 9 years.  She began her teaching career in Murray County and has been at MVE for the past 8 years.  When asked what she enjoys most about her job Shelly replied, “It’s so rewarding to be able to touch a child’s life, not just their formal education, but to assist in the development of an individual.”  Ms. Mayo certainly touches the life of the children at MVE!