Second Grade

Meet the Second Grade Team

  • Second Grade



    Ms. Janiak                                          Ms. Gizzi

    Courtney Janiak, Department Chair                   Jessica Gizzi, Teacher                                     


    Mrs. Mwaniki    

    Felicia Pondexter-Mwaniki, Teacher 



  • Ms Janiak

    I was born and raised in the great state of Maine! I attended Plymouth State University in the White Mountains of Plymouth, New Hampshire where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education. After graduating from PSU I took the plunge and moved abroad to Norway where I spent 4 years teaching Second Grade at the International School of Stavanger. After 4 years of the cold and rain, I was ready for a change and moved to Mexico where I taught Third Grade for 2 years at The American School of Tampico. After living and traveling abroad, I was ready to be closer to family. I moved to Raleigh in 2013, started teaching at Fuller in November of 2013 and this is my fourth year teaching here at Fuller.
    My Favorites: 
    • Color: Purple
    • Restaurant: Panera Bread, Moe’s, Mellow Mushroom
    • Giftcards: Target, Starbucks, Amazon
    • Beverages: Coffee, Chai Tea Lattes, Diet Dr. Pepper
    • Snacks/treats: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Cheez-Its, Smartfood Popcorn, Gummy Bears
  • Ms Gizzi

    Hi! My name is Jessica Gizzi and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to guide your child through this foundational year in 2nd grade.  I was born in New York and currently live in Raleigh, NC. I am a 2nd Grade teacher at Fuller GT/AIG Magnet Elementary School. This is my second year teaching at Fuller, but I taught 2nd grade for 2 years in Jacksonville, NC. 
    I'm passionate about making sure my students have the best educational experience possible and developing relationships with my students and parents. I try to create an environment where my students love to come and learn
    My Favorites: 
    • Color: Purple
    • Restaurant: Carolina Ale House, Subway, Bojangles
    • Giftcards: Target, Amazon
    • Beverages: Diet Pepsi,
    • Snacks/treats: chocolate, sour cream and onion Pringles
  • Ms Mwaniki

  • Ms Walters

    I was born and raised not too far away in Durham, NC. I attended Duke University and received my Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a minor in Education. I also was able to obtain my teaching license. This will be my third year at Fuller, but my first year in second grade.
    In my free time I like singing and playing the flute. I also enjoy watching Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
    My Favorites: 
    • Color: Green
    • Restaurant: Panera Bread
    • Giftcards: Starbucks, Target
    • Beverages: Diet Coke
    • Snacks/treats: Wheat Thins, Chocolate
  • Ms Faulkner

    I was born in Eastern North Carolina into a Marine Corps family. I spent my childhood moving every couple of years as my Dad was stationed at different Marine Corps Bases. I attended East Carolina University where I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Child Development. Upon graduation, I accepted a position for Pitt County schools where I spent my first four years of teaching.  I moved to Raleigh in 2015 and started teaching at Fuller soon after.  This is my second year at Fuller.
     My Favorites: 
    • Color: Purple
    • Restaurant: Chick-Fil-A
    • Giftcards: Starbucks, Target, and Amazon
    • Beverages: La Croix
    • Snacks/treats: SkinnyPop Popcorn and Gummy Bears

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