Meet the Third Grade Team

3rd grade team
  • Akisha Bailey-Martin

    I am originally from Cleveland, OH but decided to make North Carolina my home after meeting my husband and completing my undergraduate studies at Shaw University. Though I am new to Washington, I've been in the field of Education for 8 years and can't imagine doing anything else!  I love watching my students grow and blossom throughout the year. It's also great watching their personalities develop and getting to know each of my students for exactly who they are. Being a teacher is one of my greatest blessings!


    Janet Pride

    I love teaching and learning! I am a second career teacher after a successful career as a product manager for several technology companies. I even got to work for Kevin O'Leary from Shark Tank!! I have an MBA and a M. Ed. as well as my National Board Certification. I was fortunate to be a Kenan Fellow 15-16 where I get to follow my passion for science and technology. My family moved to Holly Springs in 2007 to leave the snow behind in Massachusetts. We enjoy exploring North Carolina with our family, especially the coast!!


    Kelley Contrera

    I am so excited to be a part of WashinGTon Elementary!  I graduated from Meredith College in 2004 with a B.S. in Exercise Sport Sciences.   After Meredith I moved to Charlotte, NC and attended UNC-Charlotte to obtain my K-6 teaching license.   I taught in Union County, NC for 11 years before deciding to return to Wake County.   When not at school I can be found at the gym, or spending time with my family. I have two kids, Sam, who will be in second grade here at WashinGTon and Gia who is 3.  We both are looking forward to having an amazing year here!


    Myia Davis

    My certification is a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching for the past three years and I love it. I really enjoy working with students to help them learn and grow. I have a son of my own and come from a family of twelve. I am originally from Portland, Oregon, but I am proud to call the great state of North Carolina home. My hobbies include reading, working out (especially zumba) and spending time with my family.


    Hayley Parker

    Bio coming soon!