Ms. Ruiz

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Ms. Ruiz

Track 1 Assistant

 eMail: sruiz@wcpss.net

My name is Sonia Ruiz I’ve been at OCE for 17 years. This is my 18th year at OCE. I have three children Kevin 24 Gabriela. 23 and Adrianna 8 who is currently attending OCE, my older kids came to OCE and they loved it. I been in kindergarten , first and second grade and have enjoyed it. Currently I’m in track 1 kindergarten with Ms. Miller. I’ve been with her for 3 years. Can’t wait to begin the 2018-2019 year with our upcoming class of babies

Ms. Moore

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Ms. Moore

Track 1 Assistant

 eMail: tamoore@wcpss.net

I’m originally from Upstate New York. I graduated Oneonta State with a degree in Child and Family Studies and a minor in Educational Psychology. I completed my Masters of Social Work at the University of Albany. I have worked in a variety of settings, working with children being my passion. I taught preschool for 14 years and joined Wake County in 2018.  I have lived in NC for over 20 years with my husband. I have two children Ryan and Amanda Moore. Ryan graduated last year from University of Charlotte and Amanda will graduate this year from the University of Charlotte of NC. My hobbies are cooking, crafting, and spending time with my family, friends, and dogs.  I look forward to being part of the Olive Chapel family.

 

Ms. McCotter

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Ms. McCotter

Track 1 Assistant

eMail: tmccotter@wcpss.net

Hello! I am Mrs. Teresa McCotter. This my 3rd year at Olive Chapel Elementary and I have enjoyed the staff and children. My passion is to nurture and teach our children and this has afforded me 29 years in the education system. I was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and have lived in the Wake County area with my husband of 33 years. We currently live in Fuquay-Varina. We are blessed to be educators: my husband a Special Education/Math teacher, my son a Middle School Principal and my daughter a 4th Grade Elementary Teacher. I have 3 wonderful grandsons and last but not least my cute little dog Bingo.

I enjoy spending time with my grandsons, playing games on my tablet and just relaxing at home with a good TV show. I am thrilled to be back at OCE and looking forward to a great year,

Ms. Caslin

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Ms. Caslin

Track 2 Assistant

 eMail:  ccaslin@wcpss.net

I am originally from Vestal N.Y. We moved to Apex October 2017. I joined Olive Chapel in March and just love it here! The staff and administration are amazing! I worked for 18 years at the Jewish Community Center Preschool as a teacher for 14 years and the last 4 years I was the Assistant Director. Children have always been my passion! I absolutely love to watch them  learn and grow.

My husband, Frank and I have 3 children. Zachary and Emily are here in Apex, and Kyle and his wife Megan are in New York. I love music, reading, Disney and scrapbooking!

Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children! I look forward to a great year!

Ms. Malhotra

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Ms. Malhotra

Track 2 Assistant

eMail: smalhortra@wcpss.net

My family and I have been in Apex for over 6 years. I am the proud mom of two children. My son is in the second grade and my daughter will be a rising kindergartner starting in July-both at OCE. I was a substitute teacher before I become a part of the OCE team. I have a background in cognition and neuroscience. I enjoy interacting with students and seeing them develop both intellectually and emotionally. I am very excited about my new role and looking forward to all the great adventures to come!

Ms. Williams

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Ms. Williams

Track 2 Assistant

eMail: sfwilliams@wcpss.net

I am very excited to be a staff member at Olive Chapel Elementary School.  I grew up in the Eastern region of North Carolina.  I also graduated from a university in Northeast NC and realized my dream of teaching soon after earning my Bachelor of Science Degree.  I have two adult children and one grandson.

My teaching experiences include working with special needs, Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students, offering them opportunities to engage in multiple positive learning environments.  These experiences have also allowed me to play an active role in setting up assignments/exams and grading them.  In addition, I make sure my students feel motivated to engage in purposeful learning.

I'm excited about the Year-Round concept and this teaching opportunity.  I look forward to a great year!

Ms. Duke

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Ms. Duke

Track 3 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.

Ms. Paxton

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Ms. Paxton

Track 3 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 have 3 children. Ethan graduated from OCE in 2017 and is currently a freshman at Apex Friendship High School. Evelyn and Emery are my twin girls and they are in 3rd grade here at OCE! 

I enjoy crafting and decorating in my spare time... and I am a HUGE fan of all things Disney!

I am really looking forward to the coming year and watching your children grow!

Ms. Thornton

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Ms. Thornton

Track 3 Assistant

eMail: mathornton@wcpss.net

Hello, kindergarten families!  My name is Mary Ann Thornton and I am excited to join the Olive Chapel Elementary team this year.  I hold undergraduate and graduate social work degrees from Campbell University and East Carolina University.  My work experience has centered on early childhood development.  Most recently, I have 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, traveling, listening to music, and talking with friends.  My favorite moments are spent with my family and my kitty.    

I am grateful to join the OCE family, and I look forward to sharing a year full of happy times. 

Ms. Hayes

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Ms. Hayes

Track 3 Assistant

eMail: ehayes3@wcpss.net

I am excited to be apart of the OCE Clipper ship family.  We moved to Apex in 2013 and we just love it here while it has only been a few years it seems like home for a lot longer.  I am originally from Gibraltar where I lived on a boat for 11 years.  Previous jobs have had me underwater diving with sharks, fish and sea turtles as I worked as a Dive Safety Officer as various aquariums. So it is only fitting that I find myself aboard a new ship helping to steer our young sailors through their educational journey here at OCE. I have a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology with an Associate degree in Business and Finance. Both my children attend Olive Chapel and have had a phenomenal education thus far. When not at work you can find me with my family at the beach, on the lake boating or camping or off having some other kind of adventure.  We like to have fun and experience new things, taking off and seeing where the road takes us.  I love going to music concerts, spending time with friends and making the most of every opportunity. I am very excited to be here at Olive Chapel and watch the joy on the faces of your children as they learn and grow everyday.  Thank you for entrusting them in our hands. 

Ms. Duguid

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Ms. Duguid

Track 4 Assistant

 eMail: sduguid@wcpss.net

Hello! My name is Sandy Duguid. I began working at OCE in August 2018 and I am thrilled to be here! It is a very warm, welcoming and caring environment here with supportive staff, PTA and parents!

I have lived in Wake County for quite a while (1980). I grew up most of my life in Goldsboro, NC. I am from a military family. My father was a dentist in the Air Force and two of my three brothers are retired Air Force and Army as well!

I am married to David Duguid and we have three sons- Dawson (attends UNCW), Dylan and Devin ( attend Apex HS). We also have two very sweet Manx cats- Keeper and Emmie.

I am a Meredith College graduate with K-6 and K-12 Reading certifications. I taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Apex Elementary for 15 ½ years before having my children. When my youngest son Devin began Kindergarten, I became a 4’s lead teacher at First Baptist Weekday Preschool in Cary for six years. After that, I worked as a special needs TA at Salem ES for one year and a first grade TA at Carpenter ES for three years.

Besides working with children, I enjoy the beach, scuba diving, walking, serving in the community and having a great cup of coffee with family and friends!

Ms. Logelin

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Ms. Logelin

Track 4 Assistant

eMail: mlogelin@wcpss.net

I moved to Apex in 2012 from California and have fallen in love with NC. I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University Chico and look forward to being an asset to the Olive Chapel school community. This is my first year at OCE and I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful staff. I am the proud mother of two amazing boys and I love spending my free time hanging out with my husband and sons. I also like to do yoga, baking and anything that allows me to be creative. I really enjoy working with elementary aged children and watching them grow as lifelong learners. 

Ms. Austin

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Ms. Austin

Track 4 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!

Ms. Nasrallah

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Ms. Nasrallah

Track 4 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.

Ms. Pitchai

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Ms. Pitchai

Media Assistant

eMail: bpitchai@wcpss.net

My name is Bharathi Pitchai. In 2005 graduated with a Master's Degree in Computer Applications. I have been living in North Carolina since October 2008. We have been blessed with two amazing kids and my husband works in the information technology sector. My eldest child graduated from OCE and currently goes to AFMS. My younger child is a rising fifth grader in OCE.  I have a great connection with OCE since I started as a parent volunteer, then later in 2017 when I became a substitute teacher.

I am looking forward to starting another wonderful chapter with OCE and helping to nurture our future generation. During my free time I enjoy practicing classical dance and yoga.