Karen Adams

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Karen Adams

AU Instructional Assistant

I began my career with WCPSS in 1988 as a teacher assistant in special education at Cary High School.  Then I transferred to
Combs in 1989 where I decided that working with younger kids is what I love best.  Over the years I have worked with many grade levels including Pre-K and AU1.  I love being part of the Combs family and helping children grow and reach their goals.  My husband and I have two daughters and two grandsons.   In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and just playing with our grandsons and two dogs.

 Melissa Bamonte

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Melissa Bamonte

Instructional Assistant

Melissa is excited to be an instructional assistant at A.B. Combs! Both of her children attended Combs, and she is grateful to be a part of such an amazing staff. Melissa lived in Germany for nine years during her childhood, and then attended high school in Wake County. She graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Communications and a minor in German. Melissa is returning back to work full time after years of caring for other children in her home, and then working part-time. She likes to cook, read, sing, and spend time with family and friends. Melissa looks forward to the Kindergarten adventure ahead!

 Ray Broniak

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Ray Broniak

Technology Support

I was born and raised in southwest Detroit along with my 9 siblings. In 1982 I graduated from the University of Detroit with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I moved to Cary and got married in 1999. My wife Janice and I have two children who have both attened AB Combs for elementary school. In 2008 I started working at Combs as a technology resource. I had a breif hiatus in 2014, but now I am back again helping in any way I can. My hobbies include music and signing in the church choir.

 Dana Cheshire

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Dana Cheshire

Instructional Assistant

My name is Dana Cheshire.  I am a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.  I started my position at AB Combs as a Teacher Assistant in 2017.  I live in Cary with my husband and two daughters who both attended Combs K-5.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and supporting the Tar Heels.  

 Mim Dyer

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Mim Dyer

Instructional Assistant

Born and bred in Chapel Hill, I attended Carolina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. Leaving GlaxoSmithKline after 12 years, I became heavily involved in the Combs PTA. In 2005, I was offered a Teacher Assistant position. My family has been involved in this wonderful school’s legacy since 1996 with 3 of my 4 children attending Combs. My passion is making a difference in a child’s life. I enjoy kayaking, cycling, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.  


 Asti Febriani

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Asti Febriani

PreKindergarten Instructional Assistant

My name is Asti Febriani and I am originally from Indonesia.  I have been living in North Carolina since 2004.  I am a graduate of Bogor Agricultural University with a degree in Agroindustrial Technology.  I am married to my husband, Waldo, and I am a mom to two wonderful children, Raleighva and Rexton.  In my spare time, I love to spend my time with my family and friends, and I also love to cook.  I am so blessed and proud to be part of the A.B. Combs family.

 Penny Ferrell

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Penny Ferrell

PreKindergarten Instructional Assistant

From UNC-Chapel Hill, I received a BFA in painting with certification for teaching art K-12. I’ve had the opportunity to create art with preschool, elementary, high school students, and senior citizens. Art has been my joy since I can remember! I use art to enhance everything…home, school, college, parenting, life period. So here at Combs, I am thrilled to be a part of this family of students, parents, teachers, coaches, administrators! This year I will be working as an instructional assistant with the PreK class in the mornings, and working with small student groups creating collaborative art projects in the afternoons. I'm looking forward to another wonderful year at Combs!

 Sarah Ferrell

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Sarah Ferrell

Instructional Assistant

My name is Sarah Ferrell and I am so excited to be joining the Combs family this year! I graduated from Meredith College in 2016, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development.  In my free time, I enjoy visiting the mountains, cheering for N.C. State (Go Pack!), and spending time with friends and family.  I am excited about this year ahead and to meet your children! 

 Erin Markusen

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Erin Markusen

Instructional Assistant
 
I graduated from Meredith College with a B.A. in English in 2002. I started my teaching career in 2003 and enjoy inspiring a love of learning in children! I am currently in school at William Peace University to receive my K-6 teaching licensure.  I live in Apex, NC with my husband Bryan and our children Emma and Aidan. My family has been a part of the Combs family since 2008 and both of my children are Combs alumni. I joined Combs as part of the staff in 2016.  I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and crocheting.  

 

 Dee Miller-Nicol

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Dee Miller-Nicol

Instructional Assistant

I am very excited to be a part of the AB Combs family. I look forward to getting to know your child and watching them grow this year. I have a degree from SWU. For the past three years, I have been working with special programs preschoolers and before that, I taught in a private CDC for about 8 years.  I have two teenagers and two rescue dogs that keep me very busy. In my spare time, I like to volunteer at my boys' school, work with the teens at my church, do special events with the SPCA, and take walks on the beach.

 Hunter Norris

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Hunter Norris

AU Instructional Assistant

Hunter was born and raised in Buies Creek, North Carolina where he attended Harnett Central High School and graduated in 2009. He recently received his Associates in Arts from Guilford Technical Community College and plans to further his education in the field of the arts. For two years he worked as a Para, CCS through Beyond Academics at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro where he helped students of various ages and disabilities learn independent living skills in order to transition into adulthood. He loves to draw, play music, tell jokes and is looking forward to his time as an Assistant Teacher at A.B. Combs.

 Dawn Nowlin

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Dawn Nowlin

Instructional Assistant

My name is Dawn Nowlin and I’m so excited to be joining the  A.B. Combs family and working as a First Grade Instructional Assistant! I have worked as a Preschool Teacher for sixteen years as well as working two years with Wake County as an Instructional Assistant with Kindergarten and First Grade. I’m originally from Pennsylvania, but I’ve lived in North Carolina for 45 years.  I’m happily married with three children (two of whom are graduates of East Carolina University, and one has just started his sophomore year at ECU).  Go, Pirates!!  We have a Golden Retriever named Jax who keeps us busy! I enjoy going to estate sales, yard sales, painting furniture, and running.

 Melanie Panepinto

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Melanie Panepinto

Instructional Assistant

I am Melanie Panepinto and I have been part of the AB Combs family as an Instructional Coach since 2005. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and have over 30 years of experience working with children of various ages and stages. I am happily married and have two boys that are Combs graduates. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, watching my boys play sports, hiking, photography and the beach.

 Delana Perry

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Delana Perry

AU Instructional Assistant

I began working in the Nash-Rocky Mount School System in 1998. I worked at Middlesex Elementary until December of 2016. I started here at Combs in the AU 2 class in January of 2017. I love working with children and seeing how much they grow throughout the year is such a blessing to me. I have three wonderful children of my own - two sons and a daughter. I am also the proud grandma to a beautiful little girl named Kinsley. I am married to a wonderful man named Carlton and we enjoy spending time with our family and doing things together. We like going to the movies, going out to eat, and theme parks. I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful family and friends. Since starting here at Combs I have felt very welcomed not only by the staff but also by the students.

 Terry Proctor

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Terry Proctor

Instructional Assistant

My name is Terry Proctor and I began working at AB Combs as a Teacher Assistant in 2005. I am originally from Nashville, NC and graduated from Peace College and East Carolina University with a degree in Health Information Management. I became a stay at home mom and transitioned into education as my children started school. I am married and have two children that both attended Combs and graduated in 2006 and 2009! I enjoy cooking, attending sporting events, playing golf, and beach trips!

 Lisa Ray

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Lisa Ray

 Media Assistant

Hi, my name is Lisa Ray and I’ve worked in the Media Center at Combs since 1998. I grew up in Livonia, Michigan and attended Schoolcraft College. I am married and have two children who graduated from Combs; Eric in 2002 and Lindsay in 2004. My passion is reading and my goal is to inspire all children to become lifelong readers! In my spare time, I love to read, go for long runs, cook and spend time with my family.

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 Anne Steckmann

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Anne Steckmann

Instructional Assistant

After growing up in the D.C. area I found my way to North Carolina. I graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Special Education and a B.S. in Psychology and a little bit of a southern accent. North Carolina became my permanent home. I have taught K-12 grades. American Sign Language is my main hobby. I am an interpreter, mentor to new interpreters, and the leader of the Deaf Ministry at my church. I enjoy the moments I have to spend with my family, including my husband and 2 sons. We all love to spend time reading!