• Welcome to Third Grade at Davis Drive Elementary!

 Andria Cook

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Andria Cook

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Hello!  I grew up in Greenville, Michigan and then I moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to attend Central Michigan University.  I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and after I graduated, I worked in a preschool where I found teaching to be my passion.  I went back to school at the University of Michigan in Flint to get my Masters while I received certification for elementary teaching and in 2010 I achieved my National Board Certification.  I am now enjoying my 11th year teaching in North Carolina.  This will be my sixth year at Davis Drive Elementary and I love being a part of this wonderful school.  When I am not teaching, I spend my time with my husband and two boys.  We have a spunky two year old, named Carter, and this past April we welcomed our second son, Hayden, to our family.  We love to read together, play outside, and have family travel adventures.

 Lisa Drager

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Lisa Drager

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This is my fifth year teaching third grade at DDE.  I have been teaching for over 15 years and absolutely love it.   I was born and raised in California where I graduated  from Chico State University and also earned my Masters Degree from San Diego State University.  My family consists of James, my husband, and my two children - Sophia and Grayson.  Sophia is a sophomore at Panther Creek High School, and Grayson is in sixth grade at Mills Park Middle.  I also have an adorable puppy named Cali. I believe that learning takes place best in a positive environment filled with laughter and fun.

 April Fussell

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April Fussell

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This is my 21st year of teaching and I still love it!  My husband, Doug, and I are originally from North Carolina and live in Cary with our eleven year old son, Griffin, and our two Cocker Spaniels, Maggie and Pepper.  I enjoy traveling, reading, and photography. I am also a huge fan of coffee! I grew up watching my mother as a teacher and always admired the excitement she had for her profession. I feel very lucky that she passed that on to me and I can share it with my students.

 Mrs. Kimble

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Mrs. Kimble

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Welcome to 3rd grade!  I have been teaching at DDE for the past 10 years.  I taught 3rd grade for a few years when I first started here in 2007 and was up until last year, a 4th grade teacher.  I hold certifications in regular and special education and have a Master's in Executive Leadership.  I have 2 children, one high school aged and the other in middle school.  During my spare time I enjoy spending it with my family.

 Mandy Paine

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Mandy Paine

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I have called Davis Drive "home" now for 12 years.  It was my first teaching experience and hopefully my last!  I am married to a fourth grade teacher here at DDE and we have two wonderful fur babies, Kevin and Lucy.  Working with children is unbelievably rewarding and I could not imagine another career.  Until high school language arts, I struggled in school and had no love of learning.  That year, Mrs. Gallagher inspired me every day with her love of teaching and learning.  I became a teacher in hopes that I can spark a love of learning early in life!  When I am not at school, I enjoy working in my garden, running, reading, travelling, decorating, and crafting. I am looking forward to an amazing year!

 Mrs. Purdy

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Mrs. Purdy

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moved around quite a bit as a child and went to four different elementary schools! My favorite subjects in school were reading and Math. I am a graduate of Auburn University and earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree of Education in Early Childhood Education.  I have lived in North Carolina for the past 12 years with my husband and two children. I am very excited to be here at Davis Drive Elementary teaching Third Grade.  For fun, I enjoy playing the piano, jumping rope, and spending time with my family. 

 Andrea Squiers

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Andrea Squiers

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My name is Andrea Squiers and I have been teaching K-3 students for nearly 25 years. I am originally from Portland, Maine (it’s cold there) and so about 10 years ago, our family moved to North Carolina (much warmer!). I have a wonderful husband, Kurt, who directs TV commercials, and two beautiful children, Normandy (20), who currently attends Wake Tech and is hoping to follow her mother’s footsteps to become a teacher, and Gage (15), is at Green Hope High School, who very well may follow into his father’s footsteps! An oh yeah, we have a Boxer-Beagle named Precious, who is one crazy mutt, but we love her anyway.
 
I love spending time with my family, traveling, gardening, walking & hiking, reading, movies, eating (healthy), playing sports, and watching our beloved Boston Red Sox.
 Michele Tempke

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Michele Tempke

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This is my second year at DDE teaching third grade.  I have been teaching elementary aged students from K-3 a total 
of 12 years. I am a graduate of Slippery Rock University in PA and am currently attending ECU to obtain a MSA.  My family consists of Roy, my husband, our 2 children, Ryan, age 16, Nicholas, age 12, and Sneakers, our dog.  We spend our free time at the ice rink watching our children play ice hockey or watching the Carolina Hurricanes.  In the off season you can find us at a field watching our children play lacrosse or soccer.  My goal for my students is that they love school. If they love school all else falls into place.

Curriculum Parent Resources

  • We want our parents to have access to resources that will help them support their children's success. Below are links to various types of resources, sorted by grade and subject. Take a look, and contact your child's teacher to see how you might be able to support your child's progress at home.