Meet Our Staff

Management Team

John Heffernan ()

Director
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John has 15 years experience as an elementary teacher at the Sierra School in the San Francisco Bay Area, NYC's Bank Street School for Children, and prior to coming to CPSC, Forest View Elementary School in Durham. John believes in supporting students to take risks and assume greater responsibility for their learning, and he has consistently sought out schools with a constructivist, inquiry-based mission that place a high value on parent involvement and professional development for teachers.

John received a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in philosophy, psychology and studio arts from Georgetown University and a master's degree from Bank Street College of Education. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher and has held leadership roles on the governance team of Forest View Elementary, instructed UNC student teachers, and guided study groups for colleagues.

John's commitment to excellence and his ability to inspire others is reflected in his selection as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teaching Fellow in Japan, a Kenan Fellow (training teachers statewide in science education), and a trainer and planner for the NC Science Leadership Institute. He lives in Durham with his wife, Karen, his three daughters, and numerous pets.

Raenel Duncan-Edmonds ()

Elementary Associate Director
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Raenel received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College, Rutgers University and immediately began her career in administration at the Claridge Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After eight years of employment in the casino industry, Raenel completed education courses at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and earned her K-8 elementary teaching license.

Raenel brings more than 15 years of teaching experiences from inner city public schools, literacy and academic coaching experiences from Durham Public Schools, and management experiences from the casino and hotel industry. Throughout her career in education, she has facilitated trainings and professional development, chaired literacy teams, mentored new teachers and students, hosted student teachers, and participated on various committees and boards. Raenel completed literacy training at Lesley University and earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix. In 2013, she completed all required coursework for a doctorate in educational leadership and is working on her dissertation.

Raenel is passionate about education and is committed to students meeting their academic potentials in a safe and fun learning environment. Much of her work and research has been grounded in the belief that all children deserve a quality education. On a personal note, Raenel married her high school sweetheart, Jesse, and they have a daughter who graduated from Mercer University and a son who graduated from NC State University.

Arlie Harris ()

Middle School Associate Director
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Arlie has 14 years experience working with all grades K-12. Her initial years were spent at a community centered, project-based, charter high school in Wake County teaching Spanish and developing curriculum. In her final year there, she took a group of students on a 3 week language immersion trip to Mexico. She went on to work as an administrator and educational consultant for other charters while completing a Master’s degree.

In Wake County Public Schools, she taught Spanish, Latin, World Languages, and Graffiti Arts at a Magnet Middle School. She led various teams to develop curriculum for Paideia and Museum education.

In 2006, she and a colleague opened an art studio and began selling art in Durham’s Central Park on weekends. Summer travels took her to Guatemala, China, Spain, and Costa Rica and she completed ESL certification while teaching at a magnet elementary school.

She left the classroom to stay home with her newborn son and began exhibiting artwork at local galleries and festivals. At a Durham Craft Market show, she found CPSC, or maybe it found her, and brought her full circle — to a school with a similar mission as the charter where her journey began. Before becoming the Associate Director for our Middle School, she served as CPSC’s ESL teacher, Testing Coordinator, and Liaison for Spanish-speaking families.

Outside school, you will find her hanging with family, gardening, making art, or teaching painting classes in the art-lab space shared with her scientist husband. She is excited to be both a staff member and parent at CPSC.

Amy McMullen ()

Exceptional Education Director
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Amy came to Central Park in 2013 after working in Orange County as an Exceptional Children teacher and facilitator. Her work with children dates back to her summers as a counselor at camp in the Berkshires Mountains. Her most memorable summer was the year she traveled to the Oglala Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and provided day camps for reservation children.

After graduating from Elon College with her bachelor’s in Sociology, Amy moved around, following her husband who was establishing his culinary career. His career brought them to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and it was there that she worked with at-risk youth in school and out in the community. It was her time in schools that led her to get her teaching license in Special Education. Amy has been a self-contained teacher, taught as a resource teacher, and provided inclusion services before becoming an EC facilitator. In 2011 she returned to Elon and earned her Masters in Education degree with a focus on Special Education.

Amy was drawn to Central Park’s belief that education is about the whole child. After touring the school and meeting the amazing teachers and families she knew this is where she wanted to be!

Joy Porter ()

Business Manager
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Joy has over twenty years experience as an accountant with a technology business and eight years as a business manager with another local charter school.

Aubrey Whisler ()

Development Team Member
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Aubrey is an educator and parent and is dedicated to building support for progressive education, especially here at Central Park School for Children. She has worked and taught in many educational settings including overseas in Japan, as the Director of Development at Young Audiences of Houston, an arts-in-education nonprofit, as a science lab and science lead coordinator in inner city Houston, as a fourth grade teacher at Holt Elementary School in Durham, as a literacy consultant throughout the Southeast, and most recently she started the Learning Specialist / Learning support program here at CPSC.

She received her bachelors from Duke University in Public Policy with a focus in Education and her Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Aubrey has been a CPSC parent for 3 years and lives in Durham with her husband and three children (her older two are CPSC students), dog, and two cats. In addition to her work at CPSC, she enjoys teaching, building and fixing things, hiking, camping, bird watching, and writing.

Classroom Teachers

Aileen Clougherty ()

Kindergarten
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"Children are our best teachers of what is truly important in life." —Aileen
Aileen Clougherty comes from a long line of teachers; her mother, uncle, aunt, six sisters, and one brother have all taught. She has more than 31 years of teaching experience and holds a master's in education. Now that her two children are grown, she finds great pleasure in being in the creative presence of young children.

Scott Larson ()

Kindergarten
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"Kindergarten children love to explore the community and see first hand how people do their jobs." —Scott

Scott Larson, a graduate of the Bank Street College of Education, has taught kindergarten and first grade in New York City, the Dominican Republic, Chapel Hill, and Durham since 1990. He taught kindergarten at the City & Country School in Greenwich Village, where Caroline Pratt invented unit blocks nearly a century ago. Scott was chosen to be part of the Power of K: a state-wide teacher leader initiative sponsored by the NC Department of Public Instruction. Scott says, "I am excited to teach in a city school. Kindergarten children love to explore the community and see first hand how people do their jobs. We visit stores in the neighborhood, talk with people or just watch while workers fix a pothole. Kindergarteners take the real world experiences back to the classroom and make math, reading and social studies more meaningful."

Tammy Macomson ()

Kindergarten
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When Tammy Macomson came to CPSC in its first year, she had 20 years of teaching experience at the preschool, kindergarten, and college levels. She holds an undergraduate degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in early childhood curriculum and instruction from UNC-Chapel Hill. "I am guided in my teaching by a strong commitment to creating environments for young children that support creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, curiosity, and mutually-respectful relationships among children and adults."

Anna Morrison ()

1st Grade
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Anna Morrison grew up in King, NC, and she always knew she wanted to work with children. She graduated from from Appalachian State University with a degree in child development. Her experiences in education range from interning at Lucy Brock Child Development Center (a Reggio Emilia approach school), homeschooling her four children for six years, and assisting K-1 teachers at Central Park. Anna believes in educating the whole child through rich literature and hands-on experiences. She works to foster a strong and connected learning community with goals of being a listener, observer, and learner along with the children.

Anna and her husband, Scott, have four children, two of whom currently attend CPSC. Anna and Scott are also licensed foster parents in Durham and have cared for eight foster children in their home thus far.

Evika Sturdivant ()

1st Grade
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Evika Sturdivant came to CPSC with 16 years experience teaching kindergarten and first grade in Durham and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools. A Chapel Hill native, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in early childhood education. She has also trained and served as a Reading Recovery teacher and literacy coordinator. She strives to cultivate a "love of literacy that can integrate all subject areas and last a lifetime." Evika has three children.

Julie Janes ()

1st Grade
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Julie Janes is originally from Columbia, South Carolina, and grew up in Midlothian, Virginia. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in elementary education. Julie has taught K-2 in Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and began teaching at CPSC in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and skiing.

Lauren Vejvoda ()

2nd Grade
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Lauren Vejvoda graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education in 2007 with a bachelors degree in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. After graduating, Lauren taught at George Watts Montessori Elementary School in Durham for seven years as a lower elementary teacher. She taught all subjects to 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students while working to earn her Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society in 2011. She also holds an ESL and AIG certification, which allows her to integrate a variety of instructional methods to benefit all students.

Throughout her early teaching career, Lauren became increasingly interested in learning how to teach early elementary students how to read, so she returned to UNC in 2012 to earn her masters in literacy. Outside the classroom, Lauren enjoys running, cooking and especially traveling. She has been to Guatemala, Peru, England, and China.

Lauren's favorite quote is from Ghandi who stated that you must "be the change you wish to see in the world." She truly believes that educating children to be engaged citizens can change the world.

Rory Santaloci ()

2nd Grade
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Rory Santaloci is originally from Leonardo, NJ and grew up in Charlotte, NC. After graduating from UNC, Chapel Hill with a degree in elementary education, Rory taught 4th grade at Efland-Cheeks Elementary in Orange County, NC. Rory then moved to New York to complete a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from NYU. During this time he also worked as an qualitative researcher in education at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU. Rory enjoys reading, riding his bike, playing the drums, and is a fan of the New York Mets and FC Barcelona.

Suzanne Tyler Stock ()

2nd Grade
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Suzanne Tyler is originally from the mountains of Southwest Virginia. She is a graduate of Radford University where she received a bachelors degree in early childhood education and special education and went on to earn a masters degree in special education, learning disabilities. She spent her first seven years teaching in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and Tennessee, working with students who struggled with emotional disorders and learning disabilities.

In 1990, Suzanne moved to North Carolina, where she focused on raising her own two children, taught at Raleigh Preschool, substituted, and taught part-time in Wake County. When her youngest was in first grade, Suzanne returned to full time teaching and spent more than eight years working with special needs kindergarten students in a Wake County magnet school that focused on encouraging all students to explore and develop their individual gifts and talents.

In search of a school where developmentally appropriate educational practices are encouraged and each student’s individuality is celebrated, Suzanne began substituting in September 2013. After spending time in several very different classrooms at CPSC, she knew this was just such a place. In her free time, she enjoys fiber arts, spinning, crochet and felting, hiking and taking advantage of the wonderful culinary experiences available in Durham.

Chanel Carrell ()

3rd Grade
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Chanel Carrell began teaching at CPSC in 2007, but she has been involved in many ways with the school since it opened in 2003, ranging from volunteering as a class parent to creating the secret elves birthday for teachers. Chanel is an elementary education graduate with certification in K-6 from Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She also holds AIG and ESL certification from Duke University. Chanel enjoys traveling with her family and finding peace with nature. "I believe in the constructivist approach to learning and providing unique learning experiences to enhance each child's personal goals."

Jen Dunlap ()

3rd Grade
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Jen Dunlap has fifteen years teaching experience, most of those with Durham Public Schools. As part of her passion for traveling and learning about other cultures, she spent a year helping to start a school in Yangon, Burma. She enjoys creating authentic learning experiences and using the natural curiosity of students as a starting point for learning.

Jen holds a Masters in Education from UNC Chapel Hill, is National Board Certified and has her AIG certification from Duke University. As an Outward Bound Kurt Hahn Fellow, she is inspired by outdoor education and the power of guiding students towards "accepting challenges and taking initiative".

In her spare time she enjoys hiking and exploring the woods with her two young children and and her husband Mark.

Leah Mahony ()

3rd Grade
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Leah Mahony first became interested in education while studying the ideas of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire as a student of Latin American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Now, she is passionate about creating learning experiences in which students actively investigate the world, creating meaning from their observations, questions, and discoveries.

After working as an environmental educator in New England for several years, Leah earned a masters degree in elementary education at Antioch University New England with an emphasis on constructivist pedagogy, integrated learning, and place-based education.

Prior to moving back to Durham, she taught in public school classrooms in Vermont and Western Massachusetts. She is thrilled to return to her hometown and to join the community at CPSC. When she's is not teaching, Leah enjoys finding swimming holes, learning to play the guitar, and sitting on porches.

Stef Bernal-Martinez ()

3rd Grade
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Stef Bernal-Martinez was born in Southern California, grew up in the West Texas borderlands and is a new member of the Durham community. She is a young and new teacher who received her undergraduate degree in Political Science at The University of Texas at El Paso and her master's degree in Early Childhood Education at Sarah Lawrence College. Outside of the classroom, Stef is a self-described community photographer. She comes from a legacy of women who have worked to teach her that she is worth it and she hopes to inspire the same message to the children she teaches — that they deserve a meaningful education and have a right to a myriad of beautiful learning experiences.

Cheryle Pope ()

4th Grade
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Cheryle Pope began teaching at CPSC in 2005. She taught for many years at the Duke School for Children and held the position of Curriculum and Staff Development Director. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching grades pre-K-8, consulting with schools across North Carolina, tutoring privately, and leading staff development with teachers and undergraduates at UNC. Cheryle has a master's degree in education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She thoroughly enjoys project-based teaching and experiential learning techniques.

Jasmyne Jones ()

4th Grade
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Jasmyne is thrilled to join the CPSFC community. She is a proud native of the Bull City, where she graduated from Hillside High School and North Carolina Central University. At NCCU, she earned a bachelor's in English Literature and licensure in elementary, and middle grades education. Jasmyne is a National Board Certified teacher with 8 years of experience teaching grades 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th. She is a writer and she enjoys serving her community as an intern at Summit Church. Jasmyne teaches with the philosophy that "the joy of learning is life's unending adventure."

Judy Compton ()

4th Grade
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Judy Compton came to CPSC in 2008 from Durham Public Schools. Before teaching, she spent more than 13 years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor in Maine, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. She has a master's degree in elementary education from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree in international studies from Austin College in Texas, where she was born.

Judy also has a certificate in technical communication from Duke's Continuing Studies Program. Judy loves being part of a staff committed to helping create thoughtful, intelligent children.

Meg Millard ()

4th Grade
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Meg Millard grew up in Chapel Hill, but has traveled and studied throughout the U.S. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College (in Olympia, WA), a MEd in K-8 Mathematics from UNC-CH, as well as Environmental Educator certification. Meg has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has taught at Central Park School for Children, Duke School for Children, Frank Porter Graham Elementary School (Chapel Hill), and substituted in both Alamance and Orange counties. Most recently Meg spent a year at The Expedition School in Hillsborough (while on leave from CPSC) helping to get a new school started with a STEM, project-based focus. She initiated a grade level team planning retreat at NCCAT (North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching), helped plan and implement hands-on integrated projects with the 3rd/4th grade team, and led the efforts to have students plan and create a school garden. She has also taught summer programs for teachers, mostly through the UNC Center for Math and Science, the Thomas Day Education Project, and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Meg is eager to return this year to CPSC and work with the 4th grade team!

Her hobbies include reading, gardening, hanging out with her critters, exploring and creating with clay, composting, and almost anything else that might catch her interest. She has 2 grown children who travel the world, a dog, a cat, and numerous chickens and worms who hang out at home.

Meg says, "I love hands-on, project-based learning! My goal is to help students experience the joy of learning through meaningful projects and experiences!"

Amanda Woodroffe ()

5th Grade
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Amanda was born in Dorset, on the south coast of England. After attending the University of Plymouth and teaching in a small village school for four years, she decided to "up sticks" and move to America. She spent two years teaching second grade in Chapel Hill and then returned home briefly to teach middle school. The lure of the NC weather was too much and Amanda soon returned to Chapel Hill, teaching 5th grade at Morris Grove Elementary School for five years. She is excited to join the CPSC family and share her love of Shakespeare, history and all things British!

In her spare time, Amanda is a certified BodyCombat instructor and is currently training to become a BodyPump instructor. She has a miniature dachshund puppy who keeps her very busy but when she has some spare time, Amanda enjoys being with friends, going to the DPAC to catch the latest show, and seeing as much as she can of the United States.

Dawnsa Smith ()

5th Grade
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Dawnsa Smith was raised in Raleigh, NC, and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. However, coming from a long line of engineers, she has a predestined loyalty to NC State University. Go Pack! She has worked with second, third, fourth, and fifth graders, but she has given the majority of her time and heart to fifth grade. Before coming to CPSC, she worked at Eastway Elementary and was very involved with developing positive behavior programs and with the student council.

Dawnsa has a passion for mathematics, visual arts, music, culinary arts, and the outdoors. Before she found her way to teaching, she was a caterer both privately and for Whole Foods. She also worked on a project to refurbish the carousel horses for Martha’s Vineyard. As a teacher, she hopes to help students deepen their love of learning by piquing their curiosity with curriculum that is inspired by students’ interests, their strengths, and their community.

Erin Dawson Linn ()

5th Grade
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Erin Dawson Linn grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and attended Samford University. After graduating with honors, she began teaching at Eastway Elementary in Durham. During her six years at Eastway, Erin has team-taught third grade, led professional development, served on the Superintendent’s Teacher Council, and has been a leader in Positive Behavioral Support. After making the switch to teach fifth grade in 2010, she discovered that fifth graders "are some of the most clever, confident, passionate people I’ll ever have the privilege of knowing."

In her spare time, Erin enjoys acting and singing with our local Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired Durham Savoyards and teaching in Uganda during the summer. After seven years of teaching classes in Uganda, Erin will be the U.S. coordinator and a teacher trainer for a newly developed school in Uganda.

Taylor Schmidt ()

5th Grade
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Taylor Schmidt is thrilled to be joining the CPSC family as a science teacher. A proud Kansan, he is a native of tiny Greensburg, KS and alumnus of Kansas State University, holding a BA degree in Biological and Cultural Anthropology. A wild ride involving rather large tornadoes, Maasai jumping, and a fatefully timed lecture from Justice Sotomayor landed him in North Carolina via the Teach for America program.

With TFA, Taylor taught 7th grade science at Bertie Middle School for two dynamic years. His time at BMS deepened his passion for education and community, and whether it is in Manhattan (KS, of course), Nyeri (Kenya), or now Durham, NC, he is privileged to work with powerful minds and to share the passions given to him. He is profoundly excited to begin the joyful, relentless pursuit of discovery and knowledge with the young minds and hearts in his classroom.

Annie Harrison ()

6th Grade
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Annie is Kentucky born, Indiana bred, Baltimore undergrad, and Durham home - she’s been teaching in Durham and Hillsborough since getting her Masters in education from UNC-Greensboro, and plans to stay here forever. This summer, she will complete work on a gifted educator’s license at Duke University, and has participated in training programs at Harvard and Appalachian State University. Her focus is middle school ELA and social studies, and she’s excited to be teaching social studies at a school where middle schoolers can become strong Durham citizens and leaders. Before Central Park, she taught fifth grade at the Expedition School, a project-based school in Hillsborough.

Annie and her husband Rob have two daughters, Norah (a rising 6th grader) and Kristen (a rising third grader), and two floppy, dirty dogs, all of whom kindly tolerate her singing and dancing in the kitchen. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as a photographer for ten years, and still spends a lot of time with a camera in her hands. She’s looking forward to snapping some photos of a fun, energetic school community!

Charlie Butchart ()

6th Grade
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Charlie Butchart returned to CPSC in 2014 after two years teaching abroad at Darling Point Special School in Brisbane, Australia. He brings 15 years of teaching and administrative experience in public and private schools in the Triangle area. Throughout his many years of teaching, Charlie has been particularly interested in mathematics, outdoor education, and an active social curriculum. Charlie is excited about reconnecting with the CPSC community and helping to grow an amazing middle school.

Libba Moravec ()

6th Grade
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Libba Moravec has loved working with middle school students because these are pivotal years when children are moving beyond mirroring their surroundings, and she wishes to encourage active, global citizenship. She is committed to creating a safe classroom environment where critical thinking skills are needed to tackle real-life scenarios. She believes that all children deserve a quality education and is willing to work with students beyond school hours if they need extra time to develop certain math skills.

Morgan Carney ()

6th Grade
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Morgan Carney grew up in Charlotte, NC, and studied psychology and biology at Duke University. After graduating, she traveled up the coast to Mundo Verde Public Charter School, a unique bilingual, sustainability focused, Expeditionary Learning school in Washington, DC, where she taught kindergarten, helped start a school cooking and gardening program, and fell in love with the style of hands-on, project-based, Expeditionary Learning.

Morgan spent the 2013-14 school year at The Woolman Semester School, a progressive high school semester program in the hills of northern California, which was an experience that a few words can't do justice (so ask her about it!). Morgan loves exploring new places to find hiking trails and tiny coffee shops, eating purple carrots and sriracha, reading books about urban agriculture and social entrepreneurship, and cheering for the Blue Devils. Morgan is thrilled to be back in Durham and to be part of CPSC's new adventure into middle school.

Amy Kelley ()

7th Grade
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Amy Kelley is a Durham native who graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in middle grades education. Her teaching experiences include interning in an 8th grade Language Arts classroom, owning and operating a small multi-age preschool, homeschooling her two children for three years, and teaching various classes to homeschooled students in Durham and Chapel Hill. She started working at CPSC as a substitute teacher before joining the EC staff in January 2015. Amy believes in the project-based, student-centered approach to learning and is excited to be a part of the 7th grade team.

Amy lives in Durham with her husband and two children. Her youngest child is a current student at CPSC. When not in school, she enjoys cooking, reading, being outside, and spending time with her family.

Cliff Peek ()

7th Grade
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Bio coming soon!

Fiona Rae ()

7th Grade
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Fiona Rae grew up in Hudson, NH where she spent much of her time building forts, catching frogs and turtles (releasing safely back into the wild, of course), and taking pond samples to look at under the microscope. From NH she moved to Alabama, finishing high school and college. She attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville, studying English and Biology for her undergraduate degree.

After moving to North Carolina, she received her Masters of Education in Middle Grades Curriculum at the University of NC in Greensboro. She has been teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade science and/or language arts for the past 17 years. She is a dedicated Mom, avid reader, and experimental knitter.

Joshua Rudisill ()

7th Grade
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Joshua was born in western North Carolina and has always had a passion for the natural world. With enthusiasm for service and a yearning for a strong sense of community, he pursued a degree in Education from UNC Chapel Hill. After completing an Outward Bound backpacking and rock climbing initiative, he continued his education at Xavier University earning a degree in Master of Montessori Education and has taught science, social studies and language arts in Durham Public Schools. His excitement for the outdoors and experiential education has led him to participate in trips with students from the coast of North Carolina to the Galapagos Islands. He believes that a thoughtful, holistic approach to education is the key to a more compassionate and interconnected world.

Chrysti Peek ()

8th Grade
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Chrysti is a Maryland native turned Durham transplant. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, where she earned her undergrad in biology with the intention of teaching high school science. After graduating, she quickly fell in love with the unique energy and curiosity of middle school students. She is joining Central Park from Durham Public Schools, where she taught 7th grade science.

Chrysti believes very strongly in a whole student based approach to education and loves hands-on project based learning. She is excited to be a part of Central Park's exciting middle school journey, as both a teacher and as a CPSC middle school parent.

Jenne Mondry ()

8th Grade
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Jenne is moving up from CPSC 4th grade. She is a graduate of NCSU and has a Master’s in Teaching from The New School in New York City. Jenne started her teaching career in Brooklyn, and then spent 14 years at a wonderful charter school in downtown Raleigh. Most recently, Jenne taught for two years in the wonderland of Shasta county, California.

Jenne is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is inspired by the ideas, the questions and the creativity of her students and wants to be a part of their growth and optimism as active learners and community contributors.

Some formative experiences of Jenne’s include going on Outward Bound with students, spending a year as an exchange student in England, and spending time with students and teachers in Hiroshima, Japan, and working in publishing in New York City. Jenne loves dance, music, reading, cooking, and martial arts. Jenne’s main interests and activities outside of school these days, though, are being mom to a little boy and a baby girl.

Katie Moravec ()

8th Grade
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Katie, a Wisconsin native, is an environmental and sports enthusiast. She enjoys working in nonprofit development along with coaching and playing soccer & futsal. At Central Park Middle School, she teaches technology-based classes and leads CREW where she strives to advocate and educate, build kind leaders among youth, encourage critical thinking, active learning, and help empower individuals to be engaged in their communities.

Student Support

Carla Stevens ()

Elementary School Counselor
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Carla grew up on a farm in Whiteville, North Carolina. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She took two years off from school after completing her undergraduate degree to work as a community skills instructor for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Working for the Autism Society solidified her passion for counseling and her desire to be an advocate for children. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in Professional School Counseling at Appalachian State University where she also received a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. While at Appalachian she worked for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance. Carla’s passions include hiking, photography, art, DIY projects, gardening, and spending time with her family, friends and her Chihuahua. Carla is excited about becoming a part of the CPSC community and looks forward to being a leader and advocate for the students of CPSC as the new K-4th grade school counselor.

Her favorite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Katrina Morgan ()

Middle School Counselor
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Katrina was inspired to become a school counselor by her experiences working in a Quaker elementary school in Pennsylvania after she graduated from Haverford College. Katrina earned her masters from Boston University and worked in a K-8 school in Vermont before moving to North Carolina. She joined the CPSC staff in 2014 after working in Alamance Burlington School System for three years.

Katrina grew up playing in the woods of New Hampshire. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Lindsay May ()

Learning Specialist
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Lindsay is originally from Fayetteville, NC. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she received her bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in literacy. She is a certified reading specialist and is also certified in ESL. Before coming to CPSC, Lindsay taught kindergarten in Durham Public Schools and at Duke School. She enjoys music, reading, kayaking, and searching for vintage furniture. She also enjoys running and hiking along the Eno with her husband and their two dogs.

Exceptional Children Staff

Amy McMullen ()

Exceptional Education Director
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Amy came to Central Park in 2013 after working in Orange County as an Exceptional Children teacher and facilitator. Her work with children dates back to her summers as a counselor at camp in the Berkshires Mountains. Her most memorable summer was the year she traveled to the Oglala Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and provided day camps for reservation children.

After graduating from Elon College with her bachelor’s in Sociology, Amy moved around, following her husband who was establishing his culinary career. His career brought them to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and it was there that she worked with at-risk youth in school and out in the community. It was her time in schools that led her to get her teaching license in Special Education. Amy has been a self-contained teacher, taught as a resource teacher, and provided inclusion services before becoming an EC facilitator. In 2011 she returned to Elon and earned her Masters in Education degree with a focus on Special Education.

Amy was drawn to Central Park’s belief that education is about the whole child. After touring the school and meeting the amazing teachers and families she knew this is where she wanted to be!

Lois Leazer ()

Speech-Language Pathologist
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Bio coming soon!

Elizabeth Ricker ()

K-4 Exceptional Education Teacher
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Elizabeth received her bachelor's degree in English and her master's degree in education from North Carolina State University. She taught fifth grade at CPSC for four years before transitioning to the Exceptional Education program. She loves teaching at CPSC because of the close community of students, parents, and teachers. The project-based approach to learning and teaching also gives every child a chance to succeed — and this is extremely important to Elizabeth. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys reading, quilting, camping, and spending time with her husband, Pete, and her daughter.

Lyndsey Wallen ()

K-4 Exceptional Education Teacher
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Lyndsey grew up in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and she entered the education field first as a journalist. With an undergraduate degree in mass communications and a masters in journalism, she began working as an education reporter. However, she quickly realized that being in the classroom would provide what was missing — having a direct impact on students and schools. For the past two years, Lyndsey has worked as an EC teacher in Bertie County Schools. She is excited to join the CPSC team and work to help all children find joy and success in learning!

Marsha Edwards ()

EC Teaching Assistant
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Marsha is a Durham native who recently returned home after living in Charlotte for nearly 20 years. Before coming to Central Park, she worked a few years with exceptional children for Durham Public Schools. Marsha enjoys working with EC staff and the teachers to provide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support for K-4 and middle school students. She enjoys discovering new music, visual arts and being on a beach.

Susan McCraw ()

K4 EC Teaching Assistant
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Bio coming soon!

Andrea Rohrbach ()

Middle School Exceptional Education Teacher
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Andrea received her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania in 1996. However, after working with preschoolers with Autism during her junior and senior years in college, she decided to change her life’s path. She received her Master of Education degree in Special Education two years later.

Since then, Andrea has taught in Pennsylvania and California before settling in North Carolina. She has taught locally at Glenwood Elementary School, Oak Grove Elementary School, and The Hill Center. Andrea’s favorite moments are when a child’s eyes open wide as the light of understanding shines through them.

Kerry Howard ()

Middle School Exceptional Education Teacher
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Kerry enjoyed her school years, and her aim is to give all of the students that pass through her class the opportunity to say the same! She came to CPSC by a very convoluted route, beginning with her elementary and high school education in the tiny Caribbean island of Barbados.

After graduating from high school, Kerry went to Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, and completed a bachelor's degree in primary/junior elementary education. She taught in Barbados for six years before moving to North Carolina in 2007. She has taught every grade from K-5 and served as an interventionist in the primary department and a science specialist in the junior department. Kerry received her master's degree in special education from Elon University in 2010.

When not in teacher mode, Kerry becomes a performer; she loves the stage ... especially dance.

Liz Raymer ()

Middle School Exceptional Education Teacher
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Liz grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an undergraduate degree in communication. After graduation, she lived in Detroit and Salt Lake City before moving to Durham in 1999.

Liz taught kindergarten, third, fourth, and sixth grades at a private school in Utah before transitioning to the exciting life of a wife and mother. Both of her daughters have attended CPSC, and one of them is still a student here. Before joining the CPSC staff, Liz was a substitute teacher at CPSC for five years.

Liz believes in the project-based learning approach, as it gives every student a chance to thrive and enjoy learning.

Teaching Assistants

Kay Mueed ()

K4 Teaching Assistant
Bio coming soon!

Liz Clark ()

K4 Teaching Assistant

Liz was born and raised in New York state. After attending UNC-Chapel Hill, she became a professional chef and has cooked in kitchens for more than 20 years. Liz started volunteering in the classroom when her children were in preschool. She has taught cooking and various craft classes to children at CPSC and a Durham public school. She volunteered in the media center and art room and tutored children in reading and math. Before becoming a kindergarten assistant, Liz was a substitute at CPSC and was a head class parent and "Strawberry Parent." Liz loves camping, cooking, traveling, and reading to children.

Marsha Edwards ()

EC Teaching Assistant
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Marsha is a Durham native who recently returned home after living in Charlotte for nearly 20 years. Before coming to Central Park, she worked a few years with exceptional children for Durham Public Schools. Marsha enjoys working with EC staff and the teachers to provide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support for K-4 and middle school students. She enjoys discovering new music, visual arts and being on a beach.

Susan McCraw ()

K4 EC Teaching Assistant
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Bio coming soon!

Media & Technology

Aaron Sebens ()

Elementary Media/Tech Director
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Aaron was excited to put down roots in Durham after teaching in Japan, Boston, and Honduras. Aaron graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and education from the College of William and Mary and holds a master's degree in special education from Simmons College. Aaron grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and plays a variety of music from old-time, to jazz, to ska. He also makes and eats a lot of food, and loves to be in the woods or in his wooden kayak on the water. Aaron believes strongly that all learners are entitled to creative and engaging education and enjoys exploring the world with students in a supportive, challenging, and caring community.

MJ Rosensweet ()

Middle School Tech Director
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MJ is very excited to be a part of the Central Park family. A relocated Yankee, MJ has been teaching 5th grade and has served as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for the past 19 years in the Orange County Schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tampa, as well as a Masters in Special Education and a Professional Diploma in School District Administration from Long Island University, CW Post.

MJ lives in Hillsborough with his wife (a trained pastry chef and chocolatier) and his two children, and two large dogs. An avid runner, he has run 6 marathons, many half marathons, and countless smaller races. He is co-founder of the Hillsborough Running Club, and helped coach over a hundred 3rd-5th graders to run their first 5K. You will now see him on the roads of Durham. Feel free to run with him.

Lauri Brandenburg ()

Technology Specialist
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Lauri is a geek-of-all-trades with experience as a product development engineer, landscaper, web developer, programmer, technical writer, musician, Girl Scout leader and trainer, usability wonk and process improvement evangelist. She joined the CPSC community with her two children in 2007 and has been a committed volunteer ever since. She and her family also enjoy the company of an over-empowered guinea pig.

Arts & Movement

Cara Valenti ()

Elementary Music Teacher
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Cara received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at NCCU, where she studied Vocal Performance. She went on to complete her K-12 Music Teaching Certification at UNC Chapel Hill, receiving a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2009. She has been teaching music in schools ever since, and has experience with students of all ages. Cara also holds an Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 certification, which has shaped and defined her teaching for years.

As a performing musician, Cara keeps busy as a member of several groups in the area. In particular she enjoys performing with the Common Woman Chorus, where she is not just a singer but has served as an arranger, guest director, and board member.

Cara’s teaching philosophy stems from the belief that music can come naturally to all of us -- as a teacher it is her job to find it in each student. Her teaching experience has helped her to hone countless ways to access musicality in students, and give them unique and engaging ways to listen to, read, and create music. Cara especially has an excitement for music’s capacity to bring people together in community.

Leah Waller ()

Elementary Art Teacher
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Leah is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but has called North Carolina home for 27 years. She received her BFA in Sculpture and Art Education from East Carolina University, and has been teaching art for the past twelve years. From 2003-2011, Leah and her husband spent many hours working in the Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio in Liberty Warehouse sculpting Durham's iconic bronze bull 'Major', the box turtle in Durham Central Park, and several other private and public art projects throughout North Carolina. She is thrilled to return to the neighborhood and share her passion for art and creative expression with the CPSC community.

Leah and her husband, Mike, live in a restored 19th Century farmhouse in Hillsborough with their two children. When not teaching, Leah enjoys spending time with her family, sculpting in the studio, playing guitar, singing, gardening, and listening to live music.

Gaspard Louis ()

Elementary Dance Instructor

Gaspard was a member of Pilobolus Dance Theater. He has performed worldwide and has collaborated on the choreography for nine major dance works with the company. He continues to engage in special projects with Pilobolus, including a commercial for Hyundai. He has also danced for Shirley Mordine and Company in Chicago and AllNations Dance Company in New York.

Gaspard has choreographed for the Kentucky University Dance Ensemble and collaborated on four works for Freespace Dance Company in New Jersey. He has been a guest artist for the New York Renaissance Dance Festival and has choreographed for and performed in a Caribbean music video. He received a BFA from Montclair State University and continued his studies on scholarship with Gus Giordano in Chicago and Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab in New York. Gaspard is currently directing the American Dance Festival’s creative movement outreach program. He founded his own dance company, Gaspard & Dancers, in 2009.

Jason Widener ()

Aikido & Cooperative PE Games

Jason teaches physical education classes at CPSC's elementary campus, ranging from Aikido to all kinds of cooperative games and learning-centered movement. In addition to his role at CPSC, Jason is a part-time faculty member in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences at UNC-Wilmington where he teaches physical activity and wellness through the arts of Aikido and Tai Chi. Jason also owns and operates W Tai Chi, a school of Tai Chi Chuan based in Chapel Hill/Carrboro. Jason has a bachelor's degree from Duke University and is a former collegiate All-American, professional golfer and college coach; he continues to give private lessons in golf. Jason and wife Hannah are proud parents of two wonderful girls.

Middle School Elective Teachers

Barb Smalley ()

Math
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Bio coming soon!

Chelo Rodriguez ()

Exploratory Spanish, Spanish I
Chelo (say "SHAY-low") was born Washington, DC and raised in Spain. She holds a Master's degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad Nebrija, Madrid (Spain) and a bachelor's degree in Geography and History from Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain). She is also a Certified Social Studies teacher. Chelo has been teaching for twenty years. She taught Spanish at McDaniel College (Maryland), Emerson College (Boston, Massachusetts), Acton Boxborough Regional High School and in Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland. In Spain, she has taught English and Spanish. Chelo likes spending time with her family, cooking, traveling and reading.

Erica Leavell ()

Strings: Cello
Erica received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in cello performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and her Master’s of Music degree from New York University. Following NYU, Erica attended the School for Strings in New York, where she completed a two year teacher training program and became registered in the Suzuki Method. Erica Leavell has performed at a wide variety of venues including the Kimmel Center, Fashion Week in NYC, and Carnegie Hall. Erica Leavell is also an avid teacher and has enjoyed sharing her love of music with students of all ages. She has served as an adjunct cello professor at New York University, and currently teaches at Kidznotes, and the Duke University String School.

Jason Lord ()

Art
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Kendra Madding ()

Health
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Kendra is originally from Lake Tahoe, CA and received her bachelor's degree in International Development Studies at UCLA. After teaching bilingual elementary school in San Antonio, TX for two years with Teach for America, she moved to Springfield, MA where she taught 5th grade ESL. She then decided to pursue a master's degree in Public Health, which brought her to UNC, Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from the program, she served as a Bilingual Parent Advocate with the East Durham Children's Initiative. She is excited to combine her love for education and public health at Central Park as the middle school health teacher. In her free time, she loves reading, running, traveling, and teaching and playing piano.

Maddi Sullivan ()

Nature Explorers
Bio coming soon!

Megan Guiliano ()

Strings: Violin & Viola

Megan has been teaching music in the area since 2013, including instruction on violin and viola. She enjoys giving students the tools they need to make a beautiful sound. Megan also has a great fondness for words and hopes to someday write a musical with her husband and have it performed.

Melika Montalvo ()

Spanish
Bio coming soon!

Nik Mula ()

Crossfit
Bio coming soon!

Porter Whitsell ()

Movement
Bio coming soon!

Russell Dudley ()

Physical Education

Russell is a certified personal trainer through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He trains youth, middle school, high school, college and professional athletes. He grew up playing all sports but fell in love with football. He currently has a real appetite for helping others overcome adversity.

Yasmine Garreau ()

French
Bio coming soon!

Amy Elmore ()

Theatre

Amy and her family moved to Durham in 2008 from Chicago. She was a theatre major at Hofstra University and spent several years in sales and marketing at Showtime Networks before deciding to change career tracks and move into education. She has directed several productions here at CPSC, including a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book in spring 2015. Prior to coming to CPSC, she taught sixth grade language arts in Roxboro for a year. Amy's daughter is a student at CPSC.

Diane Henneton ()

French

Diane has a PhD in French Literature and cinema from the Sorbonne, as well as a masters degree in teaching French as a foreign language. She has taught in France, the UK, Mainland China, Taiwan and Korea. In all, she spent 12 years living in Asia. She enjoys art, and exploring human cultures throughout the world.

Diane is thrilled to find such enthusiastic French students and parents at the CPSC Middle School, and is especially delighted to work alongside colleagues who do their utmost to help children achieve their best. She loves seeing that students at Central Park Middle school are so enthusiastic to come to school.

MJ Rosensweet ()

Technology, Coding, Maker
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Along with his role as CPSC's Middle School Tech Director, MJ teaches classes that introduce students to technology tools, from video creation to coding to 3D printing at local "maker spaces".

Kerry Howard ()

Brainology
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Libba Moravec ()

P.E. (Zumba)
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Libba teaches Zumba, a Latin-American-inspired dance/exercise class, in addition to her 6th grade math classes. Zumba Kids classes feature kid-friendly dance fitness routines based on original Zumba choreography. The class incorporates key childhood development elements like leadership, respect, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, and cultural awareness. This gives students the opportunity to learn about rhythms and music from around the world.

Cliff Peek ()

Battle of the Books, P.E., Math I
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Bio coming soon!

Katie Moravec ()

Technology
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Katie, a Wisconsin native, is an environmental and sports enthusiast. She enjoys working in nonprofit development along with coaching and playing soccer & futsal. At Central Park Middle School, she teaches technology-based classes and leads CREW where she strives to advocate and educate, build kind leaders among youth, encourage critical thinking, active learning, and help empower individuals to be engaged in their communities.

Other Administrative Staff

Eli Carleyolsen ()

After-School Program (ASP) Director
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Bio coming soon!

Kendra Madding ()

Middle School ASP Director
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Kendra is originally from Lake Tahoe, CA and received her bachelor's degree in International Development Studies at UCLA. After teaching bilingual elementary school in San Antonio, TX for two years with Teach for America, she moved to Springfield, MA where she taught 5th grade ESL. She then decided to pursue a master's degree in Public Health, which brought her to UNC, Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from the program, she served as a Bilingual Parent Advocate with the East Durham Children's Initiative. She is excited to combine her love for education and public health at Central Park as the middle school health teacher. In her free time, she loves reading, running, traveling, and teaching and playing piano.

Nadine Blake ()

Nutrition Coordinator
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Nadine is a nutrition director with over 30 years of school food service experience. She will maintain our commitment to a triple bottom line: people (our students, staff, farmers, producers), planet (from Durham to the world), and budget (paying our chefs, catering staff, farmers, and producers equitably within the confines of USDA school meal reimbursement — yes, it can be done).

Rosalind Roser ()

Development Team Member
Rosalind has nearly a decade of experience working in development specializing in Annual Fund campaigns and individual giving programs. Her work has been focused in education and non-profit organizations. Before joining CPSC she managed the Annual Fund and Membership programs at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. She received her bachelors from the University of Louisville in Anthropology. While outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, gardening and cooking.

Atisha Burnett ()

Office Manager for Elementary
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Atisha Burnett, Office Manager for Elementary Atisha is a native of Durham with strong ties to the community. She attended both NC Central University and UNC-Greensboro, studying early childhood development. She's been a part of our school community as a substitute, teaching assistant, and interim librarian. Prior to CPSC, she owned and operated a daycare and a half-day preschool. Atisha was also a teacher assistant for Durham Public Schools while managing one of their before- and after-school programs. She believes she is most effective by being able to support CPSC as a staff member and a parent. Atisha loves coffee, jazz, and football. Go Broncos!

Christina Teach Fountain ()

Office Manager for Middle School, and Student Records
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Christina graduated from the University of Mount Olive in Mt. Olive, NC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She has more than six years of school office experience with Durham Public Schools. Additionally, Christina is an active member and volunteer with several local community service and non-profit organizations.

This page (Meet Our Staff) last updated February 27, 2016