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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.