Pictured left to right: Andy Conlon, Erin Holt, Alex Wall, Barbara Hayes, Heather Smith (student teacher), Becki McMahon
I grew up in Waldorf, Maryland until my dad retired from the Air Force after serving 20 years. My family then moved to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where I went to high school and college. I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and continued straight through to complete my Master's Degree in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership with a focus of Special Education. I moved to Edmond, Oklahoma and taught Special Education for 5 years. I taught Kindergarten through Third Grade students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities in a self contained classroom. After 5 wonderful years teaching in Oklahoma, I decided I wanted a change. I found WashinGTon Elementary and knew it was the place for me. I'm so happy to be a Washington Wizard! A few things I enjoy are: traveling, walking my dog Khione, spending time with my family, and reading.
After graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in early childhood education, I taught in the Wilkes County school system. After moving to Raleigh I taught preschool and kindergarten before accepting a position at Washington GT Magnet, where I have taught first grade for 15 years.
Washington is a special place for the Hayes Family! My three children attended Washington and have such fond memories of their experiences here. Washington was a wonderful experience for my children and the tradition continues. I am so fortunate to be part of such an outstanding school.
I was born and raised on the east coast of Canada. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop's University (1997) and a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine (1998). To quench my thirst for adventure, I moved to NC in 2000 with a plan to stay for 2 years before heading overseas. It seems fate had other plans and one husband, 3 kids and 15 years later, I proudly call Raleigh my home. Over the last 15 years I have taught kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade in both Rocky Mount and Raleigh and earned my National Board Certification in 2006. I am proud to be a Washington Wizard!
I have been teaching first grade for 11 years. This is my first year at Washington after 10 years in Fuquay at Lincoln Heights Elementary. I graduated from UNCG with my undergraduate degree and Campbell University with my graduate degree and I earned National Board Certification in 2010. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, going for a run, or spending time with my husband Michael and our two dogs, Bella and Gracie.
I've been at Washington since 2012. I love teaching First Grade. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from Meredith College. I've worked with students in a number of different ways over the years. I started at the Boys and Girls Club. I taught a prevention education after school program and in-school suspension for 5-8th graders. I taught pre-kindergarten and school-age programs for 5 years before becoming an elementary school teacher.
Outside of school I'm passionate about martial arts. I teach Kung Fu and I'm learning Judo. I'm also interested in volunteering with homeless shelters and working with people living with addiction.