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Misty Bocock, Instructional Assistant

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Leah Hayes, Teacher

Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Ms. Hayes graduated from the illustrious North Carolina Central University with honors, obtaining her bachelors in Child Development and Family Relations. Ms. Hayes initially began her career with Wake County Public Schools back in 2018, and is excited to be part of the Root Elementary family! She has one son named Elijah, and a salt and pepper miniature schnauzer named Abbey Frances. When she is not teaching, Ms. Hayes enjoys volunteering and fostering with a local animal rescue, baking, reading, surfing the aisles of Home Goods, and spending time with friends and family. 

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Sonnia Reaves, Instructional Assistant

Ms. Reaves was born and raised for the first 15 years of her life in Lumberton, NC. She and her family moved to Staten Island, New York, in 1988 where she finished her high school years. Ms. Reaves returned to NC in 1995. She had known since the age of 8 that she wanted to work in a school with children after being inspired by her 3rd-grade teacher, Ms. Williams.  Ms. Reaves worked various jobs, but the most rewarding was working as a house monitor for a group home for at-risk teens. Working at the group home led her to become a foster mom and to finally look into working for the school system. Ms. Reaves started as a 1:1 TA for Wake County in October 2006.  She joined the Root family in February 2012. Ms. Reaves attended Wake Technical Community College where she completed some Early Childhood classes.  She has been a Pre-K TA for over 10 years and, as she always says, " I love my babies ". Ms. Reaves loves to cook, sing, and spend time with her husband, children, and her fur baby Izzy.
 

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Sarah Catherine Rhodes, Teacher

Ms. Sarah Catherine grew up in Cary, North Carolina. She attended Meredith College where she graduated with a degree in Child Development and teaching licensures in Birth-Kindergarten as well as Kindergarten-Sixth Grade. Ms. Sarah Catherine joined the Root family in 2010 teaching one of the preschool classes and loves the joy and energy that young children bring to the classroom on a daily basis. Each year, she works closely with Meredith College mentoring student interns who are studying to be teachers. Outside of school, she coaches a middle school girls’ basketball team, cheers on the NC State Wolfpack any time they play, and enjoys spending time with family and friends!

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Jernisha Williams, Instructional Assistant

Ms. Williams was born into a military family. Her family was originally stationed in Germany, where she was born, and later moved to Alaska for a few years. They finally planted roots in North Carolina, where she was raised ever since. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Child and Family Development. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at North Carolina Central University. She loves helping and encouraging learning among those she is around. She was previously a childcare teacher as well as an after-school program assistant. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, try new food places or cook, and binge watch new TV shows or movies.