Karen Adams

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Karen Adams

I began my career with WCPSS in 1988 as a teacher assistant in special education at Cary High School.  Then I transferred to
Combs in 1989 where I decided that working with younger kids is what I love best.  Over the years I have worked with many grade
levels including Pre-K and AU1.  I love being part of the Combs family and helping children grow and reach their goals.  My husband and I have two daughters and two grandsons.   In my spare time I love spending time with my family and just playing with our grandsons and two dogs.

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 Dana Cheshire

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Dana Cheshire

My name is Dana Cheshire and I have been part of the AB Combs family as a parent since 2009, while both of my daughters attended Combs K-5. I am beyond excited to transition into a new role at AB Combs as a Teacher Assistant. In this new capacity I am looking forward to giving back a portion of what my children and family have received from this amazing school. I am a native of Scotland County and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Communication Studies. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and supporting the Tar Heels.

 Mim Dyer

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Mim Dyer

Born and bred in Chapel Hill, I attended Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. Leaving GlaxoSmithKline after 12 years, I became heavily involved in the Combs PTA. In 2005, I was offered a Teacher Assistant position. My family has been involved in this wonderful school’s legacy since 1996 with 3 of my 4 children attending Combs. My passion is making a difference in a child’s life. I enjoy kayaking, cycling, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  


 Asti Febriani

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Asti Febriani

My name is Asti Febriani and I am originally from Indonesia.  I have been living in North Carolina since 2004.  I am a graduate of Bogor Agricultural University with a degree in Agroindustrial Technology.  I am married to my husband, Waldo, and I am a mom to two wonderful children, Raleighva and Rexton.  In my spare time, I love to spend my time with my family and friends, and I also love to cook.  I am so blessed and proud to be part of A.B. Combs family.

 Sarah Ferrell

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Sarah Ferrell

My name is Sarah Ferrell and I am so excited to be joining the Combs family this year! I graduated from Meredith College in 2016, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development.  In my free time, I enjoy visiting the mountains, cheering for N.C. State (Go Pack!), and spending time with friends and family.  I am excited for this year ahead and to meet your children! 

 Gloria Holder

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Gloria Holder

My name is Gloria Holder.  I graduated from Rowan Cabarrus Community College and I majored in Early Childhood Education.  For 18 years, I've been working for WCPSS and part of those years here been at A.B. Combs.  When children feel like "they can't" my mission is to help them know "they truly can."  In my spare time I love reading, gardening, camping, and fishing.

 Lava Jaegar

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Lava Jaegar

My name is Lava Jaeger and I have three children and one that still attends Combs. I am a Combs alumni myself. I graduated from Peace College with a Bachelor’s in Business. I have been working at Combs since 2013, and I love working with kids and being part of the Combs Family. 

 Erin Markusen

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Erin Markusen

My name is Erin Markusen and I graduated from Meredith College with a B.A. in English in 2002. I started my teaching career in 2003 and enjoy inspiring a love of learning in children.  I live in Wake Forest, NC with my husband Bryan and our children Emma and Aidan. My family has been a part of Combs since 2008 when my daughter started kindergarten, and I joined as a Teacher Assistant in 2016.  I enjoy spending time with my family, knitting, crocheting, and reading. 

 

 Tammy Massey

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Tammy Massey

My name is Tammy Massey and I am a native of Wilkes County, North Carolina. I'm married to Jimmy Massey who teaches at Smithfield Selma High School in Johnston County.  I began my love for working with children back in 1992 when I first started working in Chatham County Schools. I joined the Combs’ family in 2014. I have worked in Kindergarten, First grade, Second grade, Third grade, BEH, and Autism. Working with such amazing young children is my passion.  When I have free time, I enjoy crafting, going to the beach, spending time with friends, and hanging out with my grandchildren and family. I love that I get to work along side of such amazing people here at A B Combs Elementary.

 Carolyn Morton

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Carolyn Morton

Hi! I have the wonderful privilege of experience on both the Comb’s PTA and the Comb’s staff. My son attended Combs and I spent so much time volunteering, tutoring and working on the PTA, my husband suggested I just get a job here. My son is now in college! I love reading, movies, gardening, and family. I am very honored and excited to be a part of the Kindergarten team again!

 Dee Nicol

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Dee Nicol

I am very excited to be a part of the AB Combs family. I look  forward to getting to know your child and watching them grow this year. I have a degree from SWU. For the past three years I have been working with special programs preschoolers and before that I taught in a private CDC for about 8 years.  I have two teenagers and two rescue dogs that keep me very busy. In my spare time I like to volunteer at my boys' school, work with the teens at my church, do special events with the SPCA, and take walks on the beach.

 Melanie Panepinto

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Melanie Panepinto

I am Melanie Panepinto and I have been part of the AB Combs family as an Instructional Coach since 2005. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have over 30 years experience working with children of various ages and stages. I am happily married and have two boys that are Combs graduates. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, watching my boys play sports, hiking, photography and the beach.

 Kathy Parsons

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Kathy Parsons

Mrs. Parsons is originally from Syracuse, N.Y. (Go Orangemen!). She has lived in the south for the past 20 years. She attended Wake Technical Community College for a Medical Billing career. She became an avid school parent volunteer, and decided that her passion was helping children to learn. She earned her NCLB Paraprofessional certification from Coastal Carolina University. She has worked as an Instructional Coach and a Substitute Teacher for 8 years. She has 2 children. Her son Chris, is enjoying his Technology career where he lives in sunny Florida. Her daughter Kayla, is a competitive junior golfer (future LPGA protege) and a junior in high school.  Mrs. Parsons enjoys gathering with family and friends, cooking, arts and crafts and going to the beach.

 Delana Perry

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Delana Perry

I began working in the Nash Rocky Mount School System in 1998. I worked at Middlesex Elementary until December of 2016. I started here at Combs in the AU 2 class in January of 2017. I love working with children and  seeing how much they grow throughout the year is such a blessing to me. I have three wonderful children of my own - two sons and a daughter. I am also the proud grandma to a beautiful little girl named Kinsley. I am married to a wonderful man named Carlton and we enjoy spending time with our family and doing things together. We like going to the movies, going out to eat, and theme parks. I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful family and friends. Since starting here at Combs I have felt very welcomed not only by the staff but also by the students.

 Terry Proctor

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Terry Proctor

My name is Terry Proctor and I began working at AB Combs as a Teacher Assistant in 2005. I am originally from Nashville, NC and graduated from Peace College and East Carolina University with a degree in Health Information Management. I became a stay at home mom and transitioned into education as my children started school. I am married and have two children that both attended Combs and graduated in 2006 and 2009! I enjoy cooking, attending sporting events, playing golf, and beach trips!

 Suzanne Puccio

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Suzanne Puccio

I have a B.A. in Communications from Seton Hall University. I started off my career working in television in the areas of producing and post production.  When my husband and I moved to North Carolina in 1999 I found it was time for a career change. I have always had a love for children and had an interest in working with them.  While working in a development daycare for two year olds, I earned my North Carolina credentials. Once my daughter began kindergarten, I started working here at Combs as a teacher assistant and have worked in grades K, 1, and 2. I truly love working with children and helping them grow!

 Lisa Ray

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Lisa Ray

Hi, my name is Lisa Ray and I’ve worked in the Media Center at Combs since 1998. I also work in the main office every afternoon. I grew up in Livonia, Michigan and attended Schoolcraft College. I live with my husband and two children. My son, Eric, attends Wake Tech Community College and my daughter, Lindsay, is a nursing student at East Carolina University. Both of my children are Combs graduates! My passion is reading and my goal is to inspire all children to become life long readers! In my spare time I love to read, cook and spend time with my family.

 Hanne Schrickx

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 Anne Steckmann

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Anne Steckmann

After growing up in the D.C. area I found my way to North Carolina. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Special Education and a B.S. in Psychology and a little bit of a southern accent. North Carolina became my permanent home. I have taught K-12 grades. American Sign Language is my main hobby. I am an interpreter, mentor to new interpreters, and the leader of the Deaf Ministry at my church. I enjoy the moments I have to spend with my family, including my husband and 2 sons. We all love to spend time reading!

 Lauren Swigunski

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Lauren Swigunski

Hi! My name is Lauren Swigunski and I'm so excited for my first year of working at AB Combs! I am a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I was born in Pittsburgh, but have lived the majority of my life in North Carolina so I consider NC home. I look forward to working with your children and to the wonderful year ahead!