Drew Charland

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Drew Charland

My name is Drew Charland, and I’m originally from Michigan where I spent the first five years of my teaching career in upper elementary grade levels. Now that my experience has grown to over a decade, I truly have learned to appreciate the atmosphere and enthusiasm found at Combs. I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 2001 from Western Michigan University and then obtained my master’s degree in 2004. As a big sports fan, I enjoy spending my free time watching or attending local sporting events. Until the Wolverines play in North Carolina, I’ll have to pull for the Tar Heels locally. I also enjoy reading, cooking, technology, and walking my dogs Barney and Elmer.

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 Deming McDowell

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Deming McDowell

Hi! My name is Deming McDowell. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. GO PACK! During my time at NCSU, I completed my student teaching at AB Combs and am so excited to get the opportunity to continue on teaching here this school year. I am from Charlotte and often enjoy going home to visit my family and dog Hubert, traveling to new places and spending time with friends. During my free time, I also like to knit, read, bake, and attend NCSU or Panthers football games. I cannot wait to see what this new school year has in store!

 Katie Miles

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Katie Miles

My name is Katie Miles. I was born and grew up in Surrey, England. I went to the University of the West of England, Bristol, and graduated with a BA in Primary Education. I then taught Year 5 (4th Grade) for 2 years in a Surrey school, which is just outside London. I had been to the USA many times and also worked as a Camp Counselor in Pennsylvania during Summer 2012. I have always loved the American culture and found everyone to be so friendly and welcoming. I, therefore, took the opportunity to move and teach in North Carolina, moving in August 2015. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching here and look forward to continuing to share experiences of the UK and Europe as well as learning more about the U.S. culture during my time at Combs. 
 Casey O'Brien

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Casey O'Brien

My name is Casey O'Brien and I am so excited to be teaching at A.B. Combs! I grew up in a military family and have lived all over the U.S. and Europe. I studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (Class of 2012) and received my Masters in Teaching from NC State University in 2015. Go Wolfpack!! I am so happy to be in North Carolina and am proud to call Raleigh my official home base. I have a very serious passion for reading and writing, most especially those books that remind me of my Philosophy roots. I absolutely love the great outdoors, especially when hiking and camping with my dog, Mac. I cannot wait for the great things to come this year!

 Elise Saenger-Heyl

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Elise Saenger-Heyl

Hi! My name is Elise Saenger-Heyl and I am so excited to be joining the A. B. Combs family! I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from N.C. State University. Go Pack! I was born and raised in Raleigh, and I’m looking forward to staying in my hometown. I love music, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Wolfpack! I am looking forward to a great school year!

 Andrea Sears

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Andrea Sears

Hello! My name is Andrea Sears and I am absolutely honored to be teaching 5th grade this year! I graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Elementary Education and just recently again with my Masters in School Administration with a Curriculum Design and Instruction Specialist certification. I have been teaching since 2003 with experience in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. I hail from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then spent most of my childhood in New York. As a member of the community, I have been lucky to share my passion for yoga by becoming a certified instructor and volunteering with service projects around the area. I love being active, spending time outdoors and watching college football (Geaux LSU Tigers!) My family, friends, and students always remain my top priority. I am excited to be apart of the AB Combs family, but even more thrilled to be teaching such an exceptional group of students!