Lianna Barlow

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Lianna Barlow

ESL Teacher

Lianna Barlow received her B.A. from East Carolina University in Hispanic Studies.She enjoys traveling the world to places like Chile, Germany, Japan, Spain and Uganda but she always comes back to her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2012 Lianna completed her Master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) at North Carolina State University. She has been working with the Combs community since 2013.  This year she is excited to meet new students and welcome former students from many backgrounds to her ESL classes. Her personal hobbies are reading, spending time with her family and friends, and being in the great outdoors.

 Kelly Brown

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Kelly Brown

AU Teacher

My name is Kelly Brown 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!

 Wendy Dugal

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Wendy Dugal

Speech

I am a native of South Louisiana. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and my Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University (Go Tigers!). I have worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1989.   I just adore my students and consider it an honor and blessing to work with them to empower them to be the best they can be!

 Maria Flores

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Maria Flores

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. I also take pleasure in training for triathlons with my husband. 

 Katie Young-Furr

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Katie Young-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.

 Carol Karshenas

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Carol Karshenas

Occupational Therapist

I have been a school occupational therapist for 27 years, have worked at Wake County Public Schools for 25 of those years and have served Combs ES students with fine motor and sensory needs for the past 9 years. My youngest of my 2 sons attended Combs for 2 years which was very convenient for me! As he is not completing his early college HS and taking classes at NC State, I feel he benefitted greatly from the leadership philosophy which is integral to Combs success. I really enjoy working with students with special needs here at Combs and with the special education department. It is truly a privilege to serve Combs!

 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.

 Ramona Marley

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Ramona Marley

PreK Title I

Hello everyone!  My name is Ramona Marley!  I am thrilled to be teaching Pre-K at Combs Elementary School and to be part of such a warm and dynamic community.  Combs Elementary is a wonderful place to teach and learn, and I feel lucky to be in this profession doing what I love.  I strive to create a caring, safe, and engaging learning environment which encourages students to believe in themselves and to do their personal best.  I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Guilford College and Birth-Kindergarten from Greensboro College.  I began teaching Pre-K at Eastern Elementary in 2013.  Outside of teaching, I enjoy traveling, bowling, and spending time with family and friends.

 Claudine Melin

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Claudine Melin

AU

I recently relocated to North Carolina from New York. I have my B.A. degree in Psychology from Iona College. I obtained my M.S Ed. in School Counseling from Fordham University and I have my Special Education teaching licenses in both New York and North Carolina.  I have been working in the field of education for over 20 years, taking a brief sabbatical to stay at home to raise my three wonderful children.  I currently have the privilege of being an AU teacher here at Combs.

 Charity Bare-Schmiedl

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Charity Bare-Schmiedl

CCR Teacher

My name is Charity Bare- Schmiedl. 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!

 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!