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Kathy Preston

I have been an instructional assistant for 12 years and have been lucky enough to be at Jeffreys Grove since 2010.  Kindergarten is my specialty!  I am also a mother of 23-year-old twins, Tim and Jenn.  I enjoy exercise, movies, reading and spending time with friends.

I graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, New York with a B.A. in Psychology.

 

Food- pizza
drink- water or caffeine free diet Coke
movie- The Proposal
Book- Wonder
Color- blue
season- Fall
sport- professional football
fast food- McDonald's
Band/music- country
store- Target
subject- true crime/non-fiction/history
dessert- anything chocolate
candy- Trident gum
flower- peach colored roses

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Ms. Ellen Donnenwirth

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Patricia Rayas

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Kay Peedin

Hi! I’m Kathryn Peedin, an instructional assistant at JG. I have been at JG since 2005. I have worked in kindergarten and preschool. I was a substitute teacher in Franklin County Schools for six years before coming to JG. My husband and I have two daughters who are both married-one lives in eastern NC and the other in western NC.

My Education


Education: BA French UNCW
 

My Favorites

Food: Mexican, Italian
Drink: Spearmint tea
Movie: The Help
Book: anything by Anne Rule or Max Lucado
Color: lavender, light blue
Season: spring and fall
Sport:  football (Carolina Panthers and ECU Pirates)
Fast Food: Chick Fil-A
Band/Music: rock
Store: Target, Belk, Kohl’s
Subject: foreign languages
Dessert:  chocolate cupcakes, cheesecake
Candy:dark chocolate
Flower: lavender, gardenias, carnations

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Lisa Sullivan

Hello! My name is Lisa Sullivan and I am from Florida. I am the Before/After Care Coordinator at Jeffreys Grove Elem and I am also an IA in Special ED Pre-K Class. I have been at Jeffreys Grove since 2014. I enjoy spending time with my family and grandchildren. I also enjoy crafts and outdoor activities.

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Child Care and Medical Background

My Favorites

Food: Italian

Drink:  Unsweet Tea

Book: Joel Osteen Books

Color: Purple

Season: Fall

Sport: NFL Football/Cowboys

Fast Food:  Chick-fil-A

Band/Music: Country

Store:  Home Goods

Subject: Art

Dessert:  Carrot Cake

Candy: Reeses

Flower: Lily/Roses

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Vanisha Etheridge

Hello! My name is Vanisha Etheridge. I have over 10 years of public school experience. I have been employed with Jeffreys Grove since 2013 as an IA in EBS II Special Programs. In the past, I was Autism IA for Durham School of The Arts. I also was a Program Manager for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. I’m from North Carolina and have one daughter. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

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BA in Sociology/Social Work

Master’s of Health Services Administration

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Kylah Moore

Hi all! I'm Kylah (pronounced Ky-luh). I was a military brat for most of my life but after a couple of years living here, North Carolina has finally started to feel like home. I just graduated from North Carolina State University in 2021 and this is my first year at Jeffreys Grove as an instructional assistant! When I'm not at school, you can find me reading books, walking the local trails, or listening to music.
 
Some of my favorites include...​
Food: Spaghetti, seafood, dumplings
Drink: Cheerwine, cranberry juice, boba
Book: Too many to choose
Movie: Again, too many but I love dystopian, horror, and thriller movies!
Color: Purple or Blue
Season: Fall
Sport: Volleyball, ice hockey, tennis
Fast Food: Chick-fil-a
Band/Music: Pretty much everything except screamo or generic country songs haha
Store: Barnes & Noble, Home Goods, etc.
Subject: Sociology or Psychology
Dessert: Cheesecake, Crème Brulee
Candy: Sour Patch Kids, Dark Chocolate
Flower: If it smells good or is a pretty color - I like i

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Erica Ghanim

Hello! My name is Erica Ghanim. I am from Huntsville Alabama, but my son and I have lived in Raleigh for many years. I am excited to join Jeffrey’s Grove Magnet School as a K/1 Instructional Assistant. I’m a newly retired classroom teacher that has taught for over 20 years teaching young children. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also love being outdoors fishing, boating, and traveling.

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Angelica Betancourt

Hola!  My name is Angelica Betancourt and I am an Instructional Assistant for one of the kindergarten Spanish Immersion classes. I have been working for the North Carolina Public School system since 2016. I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. I enjoy traveling, baking, and spending time with my husband and my sweet dog Lulo.

My Education

French degree from Universite Paul Valery III, (Montpellier, France).

Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from Instituto Superior Mariano Moreno. (Bogota, Colombia).

Associate in Arts from Brunswick Community College.

I’m almost done with my teaching degree; Bachelor of Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) from Western Governors University.

My Favorites

Food: Italian, Sushi.

Drink:  Coffee.

Movie: Breakfast at tiffany’s

Book: The Little Prince and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Color: Black.

Season: Fall.

Sport:  Tennis.

Fast Food:  Chipotle, Guasaca.

Band/Music: Blink-182.

Store:  Nordstrom, Target.

Subject: Social studies.

Dessert: Anything with chocolate.

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Mrs. Lauren Bell