Melissa Taylor - Orchestra
Melissa Taylor is a native of North Carolina, and alumna of Wake County Public Schools. She was a member of the Triangle Youth Symphony and Triangle Youth Philharmonic. She received her Undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has also earned her National Board Certificate in Early and Middle Childhood/Music. Mrs. Taylor knew she wanted to be a teacher at a very young age, and couldn't imagine doing anything else! She started playing a stringed instrument at 7 years old, and loves having the opportunity to be her students' first orchestra teacher. She wants her students to be independent, lifelong musicians. When she is not at school, she enjoys gardening, sushi, being outdoors, and hanging out with her husband and two kids. Mrs. Taylor is grateful to be at an amazing school that nurtures all students' gifts and talents! "Make a joyful noise!"
Emily Casey - Band
Emily Casey was born in Central New York but relocated to North Carolina in 2013. Ms. Casey received her BM from State University of New York Fredonia and her Master’s in music education from the University of Nebraska Kearney. She is an avid clarinetist and enjoys passing along her passion to all of her students. Ms. Casey hopes to cultivate a life-long appreciation/love for music in all of her students. When she is not at school, you can often find her with her friends and family at the lake or ocean. She also enjoys taking in local live music and theater. Ms. Casey is excited to be teaching band at Hunter!
Chad Oliver - Phys. EdCoach Chad began teaching Phys. Ed. in Henderson, NC in 2003. He started teaching at Hunter in 2006. He received his undergrad degree from Robert Morris University and his Master's in Education from Marietta College. He also received his National Board Certification in 2009. Coach Chad is married to his wife Jennifer and has two children, Kylie and Lucas. He enjoys playing all kinds of sports, especially biking and running.
Emma Crumpler - Drama
Josh Masino - Phys. Ed.
Coach Josh was born in Florida. He taught physical education in southwest Florida for five years. He moved to Raleigh in 2013 with his wife, two kids, and four dogs. He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He then changed his focus to teaching. He worked at the YMCA of the triangle for a year as a youth director and then started working at Hunter in 2014-2015 school year. He loves the format of Hunter and all the electives it has to offer. Coach Josh loves working with his Hunter staff. He loves introducing students to all of the unique activities in the gym. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, video games, watching TV shows/movies, and playing anything with his two children and 4 dogs.
Megan Yohman - Chorus
Ms. Yohman currently serves as the choral director at Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary.. She is a Raleigh native and a former Hunter student.
Ms. Yohman graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at UNCG, she was awarded the Presser Foundation Music Scholarship and was the recipient of the Barbara Bair Award for outstanding academic achievement in Music Education. Ms. Yohman began her teaching career as the music teacher at West View Elementary School in Johnston County. Her love for choral music and this community brought her to Hunter.
While at Hunter, Ms. Yohman has prepared students for participation in the Elementary All-County Honors Chorus, the North Carolina Elementary Honors Chorus, and the North Carolina Symphony's Children's Christmas Chorus. The Hunter Chorus has also had the opportunity to perform at PNC Arena, North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
In addition to teaching elementary music, Ms. Yohman serves as Associate Conductor and Principal Accompanist for The Raleigh Boychoir.
Shannell Barren - Dance
Tara Kernan - Art
Erin Wasko - Media
Ms. Wasko became a Teacher Librarian because she believes that every child is a reader and loves to match students with their perfect books. After moving to North Carolina to teach, she earned her Masters in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University and her Masters in Library Science from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Ms. Wasko loves to cook and has a collection of cooking magazines and cookbooks. She takes painting and drawing classes in her free time and enjoys traveling with her husband.