Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Courtney Clark

Blended Learning Coach

I am a Raleigh native and a graduate of UNC (Elementary Education) and NCSU (Instructional Technology).  My husband and I are parents to 4 daughters, two dogs, two cats and a constant rotation of foster animals.  I've taught on an off in Wake County for almost 20 years and am happy to have spent a few of them, including the last few, at Combs.  All of my daughters have attended Combs and I know personally what a difference Leadership and the Habits can make in a child's life.  My goal as a Blended Learning coach is to facilitate online learning in a way that supports the classroom experience while providing a personalized path to academic success.  

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Jennifer Cline

Intervention Specialist

My name is Jennifer Cline and I have been a part of the Combs family since 2004.  I graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I hold a K-6 teaching license from Meredith College and a Master’s Degree in Reading Education from NC State.   As you can tell, reading is my passion and instilling a love for literacy in children is my mission here at Combs.  In my spare time I enjoy running, yoga, spending time with my husband and 2 daughters, and curling up with a good book.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Kate Garrison

Intervention Specialist

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!

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Lauren Renzi

Speech Therapist

My name is Lauren Renzi, and I am thrilled to be the speech language pathologist at A.B. Combs! I have 20+ years of experience and completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree, Graduating with Honors, in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in psychology at Indiana University and a Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the Ohio State University. I began my career at the Kennedy Krieger School-affiliated with John's Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.  I have extensive experience working in both public education and the private school sector as well as providing clinical services. I have worked in Maryland, Rhode Island, Virginia and currently in the North Carolina public schools with experience in evaluating and treating a wide variety of preschool, elementary and middle school children with different etiologies and communication disorders. I am licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners and have my Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and watching my 3 boys play team sports. I enjoy exercising, traveling, and going to the beach.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Linda Smith

Intervention Specialist

Greetings, my name is Linda Smith and I am looking forward, with great anticipation, to being “adopted” into the highly esteemed AB Combs community of leaders. Although teaching is my second career, I have been enthusiastic about becoming a teacher ever since I was young. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and my master’s in educational leadership from National Louis University in Chicago, IL. Born and raised in Milwaukee, GO Bucks! – GO Packers, I relocated to North Carolina in 2008 to accept a 3rd grade teaching position at a school in Durham County, then on to 4th grade in Wake County, and back to Durham, teaching 5th grade. In 2014, I returned home to Milwaukee where I was an Induction Specialist, mentoring and supporting beginning teachers. In 2020, my journey continued as I found myself back in North Carolina, where I was a Summer Learning teacher in Wake Forest, and the Interventionist for 4th and 5th grade in Durham.  For relaxation, I enjoy being outdoors when the weather is warm, taking long walks, light gardening, reading, traveling to places I have never been, and getting together with family and close friends. I have two grown sons and two granddaughters.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Claudine Parisi

Guidance Counselor

Claudine received a B.A. in Psychology from Iona College and an M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Fordham University, as well as 30 graduate credits above her masters degree in Special Education. She currently holds both North Carolina and New York Special Education Teaching licenses as well as a North Carolina School Counselor license.  Claudine has over 20 years of experience in educating general and special needs children, birth through high school, including experience with implementing Applied Behavior Analysis trials, evaluating and placing students, creating and implementing Behavior Intervention Plans, developing school-wide testing modification schedules and writing and updating IEPs.  Claudine is skilled at differentiating and modifying lessons and believes all children have the capacity to learn, it’s just a matter of tapping into their potential. Claudine feels it is her job as an educator to facilitate her student’s abilities by providing multi-dimensional opportunities to do so. Claudine has been a teacher here at Combs since 2016 and resides in Cary with her 3 beautiful children.

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Sam Woodrum

Guidance Counselor

Hi! I’m Sam Woodrum, and I love being a school counselor at A. B. Combs, where my biggest job is to “seek first to understand, then to be understood” (Habit 5).  I grew up in Angier, NC but Raleigh has been my home since 2010.  I received a BA degree from Gardner-Webb University and a Masters of Education in School Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill.  As a counselor, some of my biggest influences are... strengths focused and solution focused approaches; storytelling (narrative therapy); summer camp (I believe school can be a place for adventure/challenges/connection too); and the brave, caring, and creative kids in our school.  I became a National Board Certified School Counselor by the NBPTS in 2022.
 
I have a wife and daughter (born in 2021) that make my home a wonderful place to be along with our cat and an oversized supply of hot chocolate and board games.  However, we also like to go outside plenty to play, see or eat new things, and visit the rest of our family.   My other favorite ways to sharpen the saw (Habit 7) are: mountain biking, training for trail triathlons, listening to audiobooks, surfing, and playing the drums.  My favorite foods are taqueria tacos, sweet potatoes, collard greens, and pesto.  My favorite dinosaur is a triceratops, obviously.