Karen Attwood

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Karen Attwood

School Psychologist

Karen Attwood grew up in upstate New York. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from North Carolina State University. Dr. Attwood completed her internship in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System and she has been employed within the Wake County Public School System since 2004. A former parent at A.B. Combs Elementary, she is joining the Combs staff this year. Dr. Attwood serves on the School Psychology Autism Team and the School Mental Health Team. She lives in Cary with her husband, two children, and their dog. She Sharpens her Saw by spending time outdoors, sewing, reading, shopping, and making memories with her family.

 

 Charity Bare

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Charity Bare

CCR Teacher

My name is Charity Bare. I am so excited to be a part of the A.B. Combs family!  I was born and raised in Hershey, PA  but I have lived in numerous places -  Pittsburgh, PA, Fairfax and Arlington, VA and now Holly Springs, NC! I attended Marywood University where I received my Bachelor's Degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. I have taught children in a variety of settings; CCR classroom, regular education classroom, and a Technology Lab. When I am not at A.B. Combs, you can find me at the baseball or football fields with my sons or the tennis courts exercising!

 Maria Cremidis

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Maria Cremidis

CCR Teacher

I started my teaching career in 2004 in Miami, Florida. Through the years I have had the opportunity to teach 2nd through 5th grades in various settings. I obtained my Master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education with a general education track from Florida International University. During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

 Leslie Fitzpatrick

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Leslie Fitzpatrick

Speech Pathologist

My name is Leslie Fitzpatrick and I am thrilled to be the speech language pathologist here at Combs Elementary.  I began practicing speech therapy in the Wake County Public School System in 2014.  I received my undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and my Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from North Carolina Central University.  Working with children is my passion, and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child grow and succeed.  My husband and I are the proud parents of Maggie Grace (born January 2020) and Lily Bug, our golden retriever.  Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.  I am looking forward to an exciting year at Combs!

 Katie Furr

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Katie Furr

ESL

My name is Katie Furr. I grew up in Wendell in Eastern Wake County and am a product of the Wake County Public School system. I began my teaching career in 2002 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in English as a Second Language. I have taught in Georgia, England, and Virginia and have experience teaching ESL, Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grades. I recently moved home to the Triangle to be closer to family. My husband and I have two sons and live in Cary. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, gardening, camping, cheering on the Tar Heels, and spending time with my sons and husband.

 Shawn Maggiolo

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Shawn Maggiolo

AIG Teacher

Mrs. Shawn Maggiolo grew up in Rocky Mount, NC. She has her B.S. degree in Child Development and K-6 certification from Meredith College. She obtained her M.S. degree in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. She also earned her Academically Gifted certification. Mrs. Maggiolo has been teaching at Combs since 1996 with a brief sabbatical to stay at home with her daughters Avery and Emerson. Prior to that, she taught 4 years in the Nash-Rocky Mount School System. She is currently the Academically or Intellectually Gifted, AIG, resource teacher.

 Claudine Melin

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Claudine Melin

Lead Teacher - ECS

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.

 Jocelyn Ruffin

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Jocelyn Ruffin

PreK Lead Teacher

Hi! I'm Jocelyn Ruffin and I am over the moon excited to join AB Combs Elementary as the Pre-K Teacher! I was raised in Eastern North Carolina with some Caribbean Heritage, but have lived in many North-Eastern states. I obtained my Bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, Master's Degree from Capella University, and I am currently working on my Doctorate degree from North Central University - all specializing in Child Development and Education. I've been teaching young children, specifically with special and/or medical needs in various settings for over 13 years. I enjoy traveling and making memories with my husband. I also stay pretty busy with our five kids (4 boys and 1 girl), and our fur baby Leda with all of their fun activities and chaos! I am honored to be a part of the Combs Family and to serve as your child's teacher!

 Kelly Scott

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Kelly Scott

Lead Teacher - ECS

My name is Kelly Scott and I love being part of the A.B. Combs family! I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and moved to Greenville, NC to attend East Carolina University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I have taught children with Autism my entire teaching career, and have found that this is truly my passion. I love sharing my knowledge with others about Autism, as well as advocating for these children. I am so privileged to work with such a great and supportive group of people here at A.B. Combs!

 Lindsay Spinner

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Lindsay Spinner

CCR

My name is Lindsay Spinner, and I am so thrilled to be a part of the A.B. Combs family! I am originally from Chatham, New Jersey. I attended The University of Scranton where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as Montclair State University where I received my Master's Degree in Inclusive Education with a concentration in Autism. I absolutely love to teach and love my students, and I consider it to be such a blessing to be here at A.B. Combs!