• Meet Our Instructional Assistants


     

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Ms. Ruiz

Track 1 Instructional Assistant

 eMail: sruiz@wcpss.net

My name is Sonia Ruiz this is my 23rd year at OCE. I have three children - Kevin is 29 and he is an executive chef, Gabriela is 28 and she is a CNA. Adrianna is 13 and goes to Lufkin MS. They all attended Olive Chapel. I have 2 grandbabies. Sophia is 6 and Natalia is 4. I’ve been in kindergarten, first and second grades. Currently, I am in track 1 kindergarten with Ms. Burleson. This is my first year working with her. I Cannot wait to begin the year 2023-2024 with our upcoming class of babies.

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Ms. Nelson

Track 1 Instructional Assistant

eMail: tnelson3@wcpss.net

My Name is Teri Nelson and this will be my 16th year with WCPSS and my 1st at OCE.  I am married for 37 years (wow, right!) and have two grown sons, 32 and 28, who graduated from Panther Creek HS and from UNCW and App State.  My experience is in Elementary Middle and Special Programs.  I love working one on one with students to reach their potential.  I love animals, playing frisbee, skiing, reading, and  kayaking in my free time.  

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Ms. Cooke

Track 1 Instructional Assistant

eMail: ncooke@wcpss.net

Hi My name is Nancy Cooke.  I have worked in Wake County Schools for 17 years.  This will be my first year at Olive Chapel Elementary!  I look forward to being a Clipper!  I will be the 1st grade, track one IA. I have two sons, Jeff and Jason, both Engineers  and on their own!  I have two cats, Pudge and Axel.  I am originally from the Philadelphia, PA area but have lived in Cary for 37 years.

I have a 2 year degree in Electronics Technology.  I have worked as an Electronics Technician and in customer service in Banking.  But, I have found working in education to be more rewarding!

I love to travel, do puzzles, shop, and go to the beach and pool with family and friends!

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Ms. Jensen Sox

Track 2 Instructional Assistant

eMail: djensensox@wcpss.net

Hello! I'm Deb Jensen Sox. I'm thankful to be starting my third year at Olive Chapel Elementary. I took an early retirement from my career as an instructor in the airline industry. I discovered very quickly that I was not ready to really retire. I'm excited to be be working with young learners in my own community. I graduated from Texas A&M University. Gig 'Em, Aggies! I spent my early career in various roles at a daily newspaper. Reading and writing are very important to me. I haven't met many books that I didn't like! My other interests are music, traveling and anything that involves my family and friends. Our family has lived in the Cary/Apex area for 28 years. My husband and I met in high school and just celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary. We have three children in their 20s and one old dog.

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Ms. Franzone

Track 2 Instructional Assistant

eMail: kfranzone@wcpss.net

My name is Kathy Franzone and I'm thrilled to be part of the OCE family. I have a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and have worked for several hospitals, universities and public-school systems throughout my career.  My husband and I moved here from NJ a few years ago with our two wonderful children. We are still discovering all the fun things that NC has to offer. In my free time I enjoy crafts, jigsaw puzzles, reading and exploring new places. I'm looking forward to getting to know all the students at Olive Chapel and being part of their academic lives!

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Ms. Thomas

Track 2 Instructional Assistant

eMail: sethomas@wcpss.net

Hello! My name is Sarah Thomas and I am so happy to be working with your Kindergarten student. I am very blessed to have four children of my own and have been married to my husband for over 20 years now.  I grew up in Illinois and received my bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in Therapeutic Recreation. We live on a small farm with dogs, cats, chickens, geese, pigs, and a sweet pet cow named Azalea. I love to garden, bake, watch my kids play sports, and just be outside enjoying nature. I have worked with kids since I was a teenager, and I can't imagine doing anything else!

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Ms. Duke

Track 3 Instructional Assistant

eMail: pduke@wcpss.net

I have been at OCE for many years. I like elementary school because I love molding and shaping this age group through positive interactions. I am originally from Bladen County, NC. I love spending time with my family and playing with my grandson who also attends OCE. I love baking, dancing, photography and scrapbooking.

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Ms. Thornton

Track 3 Instructional Assistant

eMail: mathornton@wcpss.net

My name is Mary Ann Thornton and I am happy to be a part of the track 3 kindergarten team. I hold undergraduate and graduate social work degrees from Campbell University and East Carolina University. My work experience has centered on early childhood development. Before joining the Olive Chapel family, I had the joy of teaching and assisting in four year old and kindergarten readiness classrooms. I consider it an honor to love and encourage young children as they learn and grow. When I am away from school, I enjoy hiking, volunteering, listening to music, and spending time with friends & family.

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Ms. Paxton

Track 3 Instructional Assistant

 eMail: kpaxton@wcpss.net

I am so excited to be starting another year as part of the Olive Chapel staff! I am originally from Savannah, GA, but I've been living here in the Apex area since 2004. My husband, Jason, and I just celebrated our 22nd anniversary and we have 3 children together. Ethan graduated from OCE in 2017 and is currently in 11th grade at Apex Friendship High School. Evelyn and Emery are my twin girls and they are in 5th grade here at OCE! In my spare time, I enjoy crafting and decorating our new home... I am also a big fan of baseball (Go Braves!) and all things Disney! I am really looking forward to the coming year and watching your children grow!

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Ms. Duguid

Track 4 Instructional Assistant

 eMail: sduguid@wcpss.net

I am married to David Duguid and we have been blessed with three sons, all of whom are adults - Dawson, Dylan and Devin. We also have two very sweet Manx Kats - Keeper and Emmie.

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Ms. Nasrallah

Track 4 Instructional Assistant

eMail: snasrallah@wcpss.net

My name is Soha Nasrallah. I'm originally from Lebanon. I graduated from the Lebanese University with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. I've been living in the USA since May 1991. My husband and I have 3 amazing sons who attended OCE. We moved to Apex in 2001 and I started subbing in some schools in Cary and Apex. In 2004, I was offered a job at OCE and have been a part of the school staff since then. Outside the school, I love to spend time with my family, shop and bake.

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Ms. Hornbeck

Track 4 Instructional Assistant

eMail: ehornbeck@wcpss.net

I grew up in Sparta, NJ and went to school in Scranton, PA (shout out to The Office fans 😊) Early in our relationship, I followed my now-husband to Scottsdale, AZ and we loved it out there, but our goal was to come back East. We settled in NC in 2011 just before we got married! We had 4 dogs at one point, but we are now blessed with our puppies Max and Maisie. We have 2 adorable children that both attend OCE, Emmet and Emmerson. Previously, I was with Grow Preschool in Apex since 2014 (with a small break to be a dog walker in between) and adore watching these children blossom each year. I love to play, craft with friends, watching movies, sudoku, and being the comic relief in serious situations!

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Ms. Messaour

Track 4 Instructional Assistant

 eMail: nmessaour@wcpss.net 

My name is Naima Messaour, I am a wife and a mom of 3 kids; 21, 20 and my baby is 9 years old. I was born in Algeria where I had my education. I speak Arabic, French and English. I have been working with kids since 2001 with different age groups, from 6 weeks to 5 years. I enjoy being part of their growth and development, and building profound relationships with young people.

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Ms. Manning

Track 4 Instructional Assistant

eMail: eamanning@wcpss.net

I am originally from south Florida and moved here 6 years ago. I have a bachelor's degree in education with a minor in business and a project management certificate. In my spare time I like to craft and read. My weekends are usually spent at the soccer field or ice rink (hockey practice) with my husband and kids. My son attends Olive Chapel and my daughter is in middle school. I am excited to be an Olive Chapel Clipper! 

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Ms. Austin

Track 4 Instructional Assistant

eMail: eaustin@wcpss.net

My name is Elaine Austin. I grew up in Cary and attended Wake county schools myself. After graduating from Apex High school, I set off to college at UNCW in Wilmington. It was there that I met my husband Lyman. We have been married for 33 years and have two amazing sons. Our oldest son, Trent lives in Charleston S.C. with his wife Katie. Ben, the youngest, also lives in Charleston, S.C. They are both wildlife biologists for the state of South Carolina.

I have been a Teacher Assistant in Wake County for over 20 years. Dillard Drive Elementary was the first school I worked at. While at Dillard, I worked with all grade levels, two years as the library assistant, helped with creating displays/props for school productions and was Teacher Assistant of the year. Then I took a job at Olive Chapel to be on a year-round schedule. This is my third year at Olive Chapel in first grade, which is my favorite. The teachers I work with are amazing! I love helping children to achieve their best, share experiences with them, and inspire them not only academically but personally!

Personally, I enjoy art, cooking, dancing, the outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends!

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Ms. Bunn

Special Education Instructional Assistant

 eMail: pbunn2@wcpss.net

I am excited to be at Olive Chapel as an ECS 1 IA. Olive Chapel is a positive and supportive environment for students and staff members. I have worked for WCPSS as a school bus driver previously since 2009. I have 5 children and 1 grandchild! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends ( and my cute dog) and enjoy reading and listening to books. 

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Ms. Delhoum

Special Education Instructional Assistant

eMail: kdelhoum@wcpss.net

Hello My name is Khadidja Delhoum.I am originally from Algeria. I've lived in Boston, Florida, and finally moved to North Carolina in 2019. This is my 3rd year at Olive Chapel and I love it here! I've been married for 17 years and have 3 children, who all attend WCPSS. I look forward to working with OCE students and families this year!

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Mr. Gann

Special Education Instructional Assistant

eMail: agann@wcpss.net

My name is Aaron Gann, I was raised in Greeneville, Tennessee and have lived in Raleigh since March of 2019. I began working at OCE as a substitute in 2020 and just couldn’t seem to leave!

I quickly fell in love with the ECS classes and working with the children there. When I was offered the IA position for ECS II in December of 2021, I readily accepted. 

I have been married to my wonderful bride, Rebecca, since March of 2019. We enjoy camping, watching movies or reading together, playing board games, spending time with family and friends, and serving at our local church.

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Ms. Laious

Special Education Instructional Assistant

eMail: rlaious@wcpss.net

My name is Raouaa Laious, but my nickname is Rosie. I came to the United States from Qatar State in 2019. I used to work as an Elementary Social Studies teacher for 9 Years overseas.  I'm passionate about teaching and adore working with kids. As a naturally outgoing individual, I consistently wear a cheerful smile, radiating positivity! I am genuinely thrilled about the opportunity to meet and work with your child. 

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Ms. Truitt

Special Education Instructional Assistant

eMail: vtruitt@wcpss.net

After 60 years of living in South Florida I relocated to Apex with my daughter and her family in 2018. I am a fully certified educator with over 22 of experience. I hold a license in Florida with a BS in Early Childhood Education from Brenau University as well as, an MS in ESL from Nova Southeastern University. I am thrilled to be part of the OCE Strong family. I am looking forward to continuing my career in ECS 2 for the coming year.