Mrs. Tanceusz currently serves as a Kindergarten teacher at Hunter. She has wanted to teach Kindergarten since she was in Kindergarten! Mrs. Tanceusz enjoys taking long walks with her dogs, shopping, and going to the movies. Her favorite subject to teach is Literacy. Mrs. Tanceusz loves teaching children to read!
Mrs.Duke grew up on Long Island, New York and is an avid fan of the New York Giants! She moved to Raleigh a few years ago and she truly loves it! She attended East Carolina University, go Pirates! She loves anything written by Nicholas Sparks, watching football and of course teaching Kindergarten!
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Mrs. Newkirk has worked in Kindergarten for several years and she's loved every minute! She is married to her best friend, Mr. Newkirk. Mrs. Newkirk enjoys cooking/baking, going to the beach and spending time with her family. Mrs. Newkirk has a daughter named Olivia. Mrs. Newkirk decided she wanted to be an educator while working at the YMCA. Her favorite elective to teach is Human Machine because science is cool!
Dr. Martinez serves as a Kindergarten teacher at Hunter. She began her time at Hunter as a parent and recalls feeling like her family had “won the lottery” when they received this assignment. The entire Martinez family is very grateful for their opportunities at Hunter, including the opportunity to learn from such a talented and dedicated staff. In fact, Dr. Martinez was so impressed by the staff that she decided to get back into the classroom herself. She has always enjoyed teaching Kindergarten, as it allows her to instill a love for learning and a growth mindset at an early age. Dr. Martinez also enjoys integrating technology with learning and teaching electives, such as Coding and Animals Studies. In her free time (what little there is with four active boys), she enjoys baseball, photography, interior design, and traveling.
Mrs. Mendenhall serves as a Kindergarten teacher at Hunter Elementary. She is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with these children and give back to the greater Wake County community. Mrs. Mendenhall grew up in Wake Forest, NC where she attended Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. After graduation, she left North Carolina to attend the University of Connecticut where she played volleyball and studied Sociology. She very much enjoyed her stay in New England but after graduation, she returned to North Carolina teaching 7th-grade science at Union Academy in Monroe, NC. While teaching she began working on her Master's Degree and married her husband who serves as an active-duty officer in the US Army. Their first duty station was located outside of Savannah, GA where Mrs. Mendenhall taught at Joseph Martin Elementary School. After graduating from Georgia Southern University with a Masters of Arts in Special Education Mrs. Mendenhall and her husband returned to NC. Mrs. Mendenhall loves spending time with her family and friends at the beach, and her chocolate lab named Tank! She continues to pursue her lifetime passion for educating children.