Ms. Nichelle Allen

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Ms. Nichelle Allen

I am very excited to begin my 1st year here at Joyner Elementary School. The staff has welcomed me with open arms and have been so kind and generous. The overall environment here is amazing and I am so happy to be apart of such an amazing school.

At a young age, my family and I moved from Baltimore Maryland to a very small town called Halifax N.C. Being an only child in a neighborhood without any other children or family around I was forced to use my imagination quite frequently. I would often pile up any stuff animal, or any object for that matter, on my floor and teach to them. So when people ask how long have I wanted to be a teacher and I reply, “Since I was a little girl” I’m not kidding!

I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development and Family Studies in 2010 from the wonderful North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University! (AGGIE PRIDE) I then continued my education at Capella University, receiving a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching Pre-K for the last 7 years and I feel that I have one of the best jobs there is. Seeing children develop and grow at this age is so wonderful! I LOVE what I do and I’m looking forward to an exciting year! 

Ms. Laura Owens

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Ms. Laura Owens

Hello Joyner Parents, my name is Laura Owens, I'm the PreK Assistant here at JoynerElementary. I'm originally from Catawba County, the foothills of NC. I graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Having 16 yearsteaching experience, I really enjoy working with PreK, preparing them socially and academically for Kindergarten. Four and Five year olds are both challenging and fun to work with, in addition to it being very rewarding, seeing them mature and progress toward the next stages of their lives. Apart from being an Educator, I'm a wife and parent to 3 children, two college graduates and one middle schooler. I also have 2 cats that are part of our family. We enjoy, hiking and camping in the mountains, outdoor cycling along the Greenways here in Raleigh and I practice yoga to keep me strong mentally and physically. This is my 3rd year at Joyner, I'm very pleased to be at a school with great staff and a PreK program that is so important for the success of our students, by giving them a great start into their school education experience.