7th Grade Teacher Biographies


Brittanie Brennan

Social Studies

Mrs. Brennan was born in Athens, Georgia and graduated from Georgia College with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Piedmont University with her Masters in Education. She loves history and taught Social Studies the first five years of her career. She is a proud mother to two amazing daughters!

Jennifer Carroll


Mrs. Carroll came to Mabry in 2014, she currently teaches 8th grade Math.  Prior to becoming a teacher, her past lives centered around sports and business.  She received her B.S. degree in Sport Management and Marketing from Kennesaw State University. Building on her dance and gymnastics background, she coached gymnastics at Roswell Gymnastics for over 15 years.  She also worked as their recreational gymnastics program supervisor for 4 years before moving on to work for Coca-Cola Enterprises as a Business Development Manager.  Her love of teaching and working with children led her to return to KSU and complete a Master’s Degree in Teaching Mathematics.  Mrs. Carroll is certified to teach mathematics for grades 6-12.

Jill Crossman

Specialized Instruction

Mrs. Crossman started teaching at Mabry in 2016 but has taught in Cobb County since 1999 and teaches 7th grade math. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton. Mrs. Crossman graduated from Sprayberry High School in 1994 then went to college in the fall. She married her husband, Michael, in 2006. They have two Doberman dogs, Chloe and Rocco. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising and watching football. Go Dawgs/ Go Falcons. Teaching has always been Mrs. Crossman’s passion. She loves working with children every day and bringing new ideas into the classroom.

Fiona Gillespie

Language Arts and Social Studies

Please check back soon for more information on this valued member of our Mabry team!

Michelle Gottenberg

Language Arts

Mrs. Michelle Gottenberg teaches 7th grade Language Arts at Mabry. She was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Michigan until her first teaching job brought her to Cobb County. Mrs. Gottenberg graduated from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) with two Bachelor of Arts degrees—one with a major in psychology and one with a major in elementary and middle grades education. Mrs. Gottenberg is the proud parent of two Lassiter graduates.

Trellys Graber


Mrs. Trellys Graber has been teaching at Mabry since 1994.  She is proud to say that all of her teaching experience has been at Mabry!  She is proud to say she earned her bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from the University of Georgia.  She also earned her master’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Oglethorpe University, and her specialist’s degree in Middle Grades Math from Mercer University.  She is also gifted-certified in math.  Mrs. Graber is a proud mother of four children who attend Cobb County schools as well.

Evan Howard

Social Studies

Mr. Howard is a proud father of two children and a Cobb County School District teacher since 2010. He is an Auburn Tiger as well as a Jacksonville State Gamecock and holds certificates in the fields of Social Studies, Reading, Math, Gifted, and ESOL.  He started teaching at the high school level, but fell in love with middle school and has taught in all 3 grade levels. Evan’s classroom focuses on communication, relationships and the use of technology. Outside of class, he helps with intramurals and S.W.A.T (students working for the advancement of technology).

Varda Kulkarni


Mrs. Kulkarni started her teaching career in 2004 and was one of 15 Georgia teachers to receive the Best New Teacher Assistance grant from Georgia Power Company. She was nominated by Kennesaw State University for this grant. Mrs. Kulkarni was Teacher of the Year for the school year 2011-2012. She believes that all children can and will learn, when provided with appropriate materials and resources. She has a Specialist in Teaching and learning in addition to her bachelor’s degree in Education and bachelor’s and master’s degree in Science.

Ingle Larkin 


Ms. Larkin began her teaching career at Mabry in 2004. Ms. Larkin came to us from Pensacola, Florida, where she was raised on the Gulf of Mexico. She attended Flagler College in St. Augustine and later earned her teaching degree at the University of West Florida. Ms. Larkin later attended Kennesaw State University, earning a Masters, Specialist, and Doctorate in Instructional Technology. In addition to her interest in technology, Ms. Larkin is a member of the Atlanta Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, the Online Learning Consortium, the International Society for Technology in Education, and the National Science Teachers Association. 

Diane Libman

Social Studies

Mrs. Libman teaches 8th grade here at Mabry.  She was born and raised in upstate New York.  For her undergraduate study, she attended the State University of New York at Oswego and later earned a master’s degree from Georgia State University.  Mrs. Libman began her teaching career in 1994 and has taught in Fulton County Schools, The Wood Acres School and now Cobb County.  Mrs. Libman and her family are part of the Lassiter community where she and her husband have specifically chosen to raise and educate their two daughters.

Scott McCord


Mr. McCord is a native of Sandy Springs and graduate of North Springs High School. He attended Georgia Tech where he earned a BS degree in Industrial Management and later went on to earn his MBA from the University of Memphis.  Mr. McCord started his teaching career at Dickerson Middle school in 2008 before transferring to Mabry in 2016.  He has five children and has published two novels under the name S.H. McCord. 

Katie Mingledorff

Language Arts and Social Studies

Mrs. Mingledorff has taught language arts and social studies at the middle grades level in Georgia’s schools.  She greatly enjoys helping her students to grow and become self-motivated learners. Mrs. Mingledorff holds a bachelor’s degree in middle grades education from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University, Portland. Naturally, Mrs. Mingledorff enjoys reading and she also loves spending time with her husband and two boys.

Kim Morton

Specialized Instruction

Kim Morton is a 7th grade teacher. She was born in Marietta, Georgia and has always lived in the South. Mrs. Morton has a B.S. in Secondary Social Science from Kennesaw State University and is also certified in Middle Grade & Elementary Reading, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and Special Education. She has been teaching since 1997 and has been at Mabry since 2000.  Although she holds certification to teach elementary and high school students, she enjoys the challenge of working with middle school students. She is the faculty liaison for FCA.

Jodie Parades

Specialized Instruction

Jodie Parades began teaching in Cobb County in 2001.  She received a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University, and a specialist degree in administration from Lincoln University.  She was honored to serve as Mabry’s teacher of the year in 2014-2015. 

Rachel Shively 

Science and Social Studies

Mrs. Rachel Shively started teaching at Mabry in November 2009. After taking over from a supply teacher position in 7th grade science, she has taught 8th grade science, 7th grade social studies, 6th grade social studies and science, and 6th grade reading. Mrs. Shively earned her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University of Bloomington(GO HOOSIERS!). While in college, Mrs. Shively taught in England and travelled through Europe. After graduating, she taught in Indiana and the suburbs of Illinois. She received her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from Roosevelt University.

Robin Wann

Specialized Instruction

Mrs. Wann was born in New Jersey and moved south at age eleven. She received her B.A. from University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC) and graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Masters in Teaching, with a concentration in Special Education and ESOL. Mrs. Wann was a competitive gymnast for many years, which grew into 25 years of coaching and judging gymnastics. She volunteers for Cobb County’s Special Olympics Organization, allowing her to work with children of various abilities while traveling the world. Mrs. Wann also has two daughters, both whom are Cobb County graduates.