Monique Cleveland, Art
Born and raised in Harrisburg, Pa I moved with my family to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2005. I am a graduate of North Carolina State University, and received my bachelor's degree from the College of Design. After my undergraduate studies, I began to teach at the Raleigh Girls Club and fell in love with teaching the arts. Later, I decided to pursue my passion to teach young people and decided to attend East Carolina University to pursue my license in K-12 visual arts. Along with teaching art, I also enjoy painting in my studio, running a small business, traveling with my friends, spending time with my family , and rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers!
Aaron Berwanger, Phyical Education
I have been employed in the Wake County Public School System for 12 years. During my tenure in the school system, I have taught First Grade, Fifth Grade, and Physical Education. I completed my Undergraduate Degree at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York where I majored in Math/Science/Technology Education. My Master’s Degree was completed at Campbell University in Exercise Science. I am from a small town in New York close to Buffalo. I met my wife here at Aversboro who is also a teacher, and we just had our first child, Avery, in June. We also have two large dogs named Sam and Izzy. When I am not working, I enjoy carpentry and sports as well as camping and hiking with my family.
Jennifer Lynch, Media Specialist
“In the end, we’ll all become stories.” - Margaret Atwood
My goal for the Aversboro Media program is to help our school community share stories with one another. Whether it is by encouraging our students to stretch their reading muscles with the diverse collection of books in our Media Center, co-teaching with classroom teachers and helping integrate technology and the 4 C's throughout the curriculum, or promoting special events that encourage literacy, I believe all of our students need opportunities for “mirrors and windows” through which they can both see themselves and learn about others.
This is my 7th year as the Media Coordinator here at Aversboro. I also serve as the Chair of the School Improvement Team, a Tech Contact, the iOS Coordinator, and a member of the Leadership Team. Prior to my time here, I was the Media Coordinator at Campbell Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska, which is where I was born and raised. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi College and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. A lifelong Alabama football fan, I spend a lot of time yelling both “Roll Tide!” and “Go Heels!”
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Victoria Mata, Music
Hello! My name is Victoria Mata. I am so proud to be joining the outstanding team of Specialists at Aversboro Elementary!
Although I have taught music for 23 years, this has been my first year in Wake County. My family relocated from Colorado in September of 2016, and I have been so blessed and honored to continue doing what I love, teaching music at Aversboro! My husband is also an educator, teaching Spanish at Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy. We have three children. Ally is 18, Jared is 15 and Sofia is 11 years old. We also have two dogs and a bunny rabbit!
Originally from New York, I am a graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Performance. In 2010, I also earned my Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University.
As a music educator it is my passion to create a classroom environment where students fall in love with music! I believe that when children are actively engaged in the process of responding to and making music; singing, playing instruments, dancing, working in small groups to collaborate and create, they will become stronger musicians and more readily master the concepts being taught.
I am excited to be a part of the Aversboro community and I look forward to the many musical adventures that lie ahead!
As the Science Specialist at Aversboro, I have the pleasure of working with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The students build upon the science concepts they are learning in their classrooms and extend those skills through project-based learning. In my classroom, all students have the opportunity to learn through interactive science experiments, literacy activities, and on-going STEM projects.
I have been a teacher at Aversboro since 2011. While I am originally from South Carolina, I am now a Garner resident. I graduated from the University of South Carolina, and later received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from East Carolina University. In my spare time, I love traveling, eating great food, and hanging at the beach with my husband and daughter.
Jessica Tufillaro, Instructional Technology Facilitator