Kate Garrison

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Kate Garrison

I joined the AB Combs staff back in 2005. Through the years I have taught 2nd and 3rd grades and enjoy both of them!  Before coming to Combs, I attended UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and graduated with an Elementary Education degree. I also have earned a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb.  I am originally from Dayton, Ohio, but lived most of my life in Durham, North Carolina. Outside of school, I enjoy baking, running, reading, cheering on the Tar Heels and spending time with my family and friends!

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 Cayla Green

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Cayla Green

Hello! My name is Cayla Green. I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. I graduated from NC State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education -- GO PACK! I had the opportunity to complete my student teaching here at Combs in 2nd grade. I am so happy and thankful to have the opportunity to be here teaching 3rd grade. In my spare time I love to spend time with my family and friends. I love to sharpen my saw by cheering on the Wolfpack during college basketball season! I am so excited to have the opportunity to help my young leaders learn and grow over the school year.

 Crystal Hadley

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Crystal Hadley

My name is Crystal Mallia Hadley.  I moved to North Carolina from Michigan in August of 2008 to start my teaching career.  I taught for eight years in Harnett County and served as the Leader in Me Chairperson at my previous school.  I am a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with minors in Math and English.  I student taught second grade and I also worked as a Title I Teacher for K-5 elementary school in Michigan.  I was also a manager of a scrapbooking store for seven years before I became a teacher. Teaching is my first passion in life.  My second passion in life is scrapbooking.  I love to scrapbook my family, my friends, and places I’ve been.  I can’t wait to start our classroom scrapbook.  I also love to read, go to the beach, go on walks, and sing karaoke.   My all time favorite thing to do is spend time with family and friends, especially my husband and my son. I am very grateful to be here at Combs Elementary School.  I’m looking forward to teaching and living the habits with the wonderful staff and students here at this fine school.

 Erin Metkowski

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Erin Metkowski

My name is Erin Metkowski, and I am thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade at AB Combs! I grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a STEM concentration. I completed my student teaching in second grade at AB Combs, and started teaching here in 2014. In my spare time, I enjoy making crafts, trying out new recipes, attending NC State sporting events, and spending time with my friends and family. Teaching is my passion, and I look forward to sharing it with my students so that they may also recognize their worth and potential. 

 Allison Overman

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Allison Overman

Hello! My name is Allison Overman and I am so excited to be a part of the Combs family! I grew up in a small town in Asheboro, NC and later attended East Carolina University--ARGHHHH! I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and also acquired an additional licensure in Reading. I began my teaching career in Greenville, NC in fourth grade. I also have experience teaching third grade and was previously a reading specialist. In my spare time, I love to spend time with friends and venture out to find the best local eateries. I am thrilled to begin a new school year and I look forward to meeting my new students and their families!

 
 Kayla Pleasants

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Kayla Pleasants

Hi! My name is Kayla Pleasants and I am from Winston Salem, North Carolina. I moved to Raleigh as a freshman in college when I became a proud member of the Wolfpack Family! Once I came to Raleigh, I stayed in Raleigh, falling in love with the city and its people. I love spending time with my family. We enjoy spending time cooking, reading, and doing anything outdoors. I have taught both 2nd and 3rd grade at Combs, and I love being here!

 

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 Nicholas Ronczka

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Nicholas Ronczka

My name is Nicholas Ronczka and I’m excited to be at Combs! I graduated from N.C. State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a STEM concentration. I completed my student teaching at Combs, so it’s great to be back here! I attended elementary school through high school in Johnston County, NC. I’ve spent a couple summers in Durham teaching 6th grade science to DPS students in a college bound program, Student U, which has truly shaped my mindset as an educator. My mom is a Kindergarten teacher assistant and has had a major influence on my decision to work in education. My dad works in construction and has taught me what hard work means-especially outside during North Carolina summers! I have an older brother and younger sister who bring humor to my life everyday no matter how far apart we are. My family and friends mean the world to me so I try to see them as often as possible. I reside in Raleigh, but whenever I have the opportunity I try to go to the beach or travel outside of the Triangle. I feel truly blessed to be at Combs and I cannot wait to get to know my amazing third graders!

 Kortney Shearin

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Kortney Shearin

I am originally from Cary, NC and graduated from Apex High School. I attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC where I discovered how many amazing things there are to learn about in our world. I graduated with a BA, majoring in both German and Sociology. Shortly thereafter, I got an international TEFL certificate to teach English abroad. I have had the opportunity to live in Europe and South America, allowing me to follow my passion for learning about different cultures and learn to speak German, French, and Spanish.  When I returned to the States, I got my NC Licensure through NCSU in English as a Second Language and Elementary Education. I lived in New York City for about 6 years, but returned to Raleigh in 2011. Though I have traveled to many places, Raleigh is my true home. I have taught ESL and upper elementary grades. I have been part of the AB Combs family since 2015 and love participating in all our school has to offer! My daughter and my son keep me busy, but in my free time, you will find me knitting, reading, cooking, solving puzzles, enjoying local festivals & events, or walking with my dog. 
 
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