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Janine Bardell, Instructional Assistant

Ms. Bardell is originally from New Jersey. She moved to Winston- Salem for school and continued living there after graduating. She graduated from Salem College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Psychology. She was previously co-teaching at an Elementary School in Winston-Salem in a Kindergarten, First Grade and Fifth Grade classroom. Ms. Bardell got engaged in December 2019 and is currently planning her wedding. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, friends and dogs, camping, running, the beach and exploring new places.

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Wini Boswell, Teacher

Mrs. Boswell is originally from Wilson, NC.  She graduated from NC State University with a BA in English and received her teaching license from Meredith College.  She has experience teaching in grades K-5.  She joined the Root family in 2010.  Mrs. Boswell has been married for 19 years and is the proud mother of 3 children: Emma, William, and Olivia.  She loves going to church, spending time with her family, camping, and reading.

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Tammy Cloutier, Instructional Assistant

Ms. Cloutier was in born Roanoke Rapids, NC and grew up in Gasburg, VA near Lake Gaston. She graduated from Peace College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After college, Ms. Cloutier was a legal assistant and later a co-owner of a coffeeshop. While owning the coffeeshop, she became a mother to Bram and Ella Grace and decided to take on the job of full time mom. She spent much of her time at Root as a parent volunteer, so it was a natural decision to become a Kindergarten assistant in 2018. When Ms. Cloutier is not at school, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time at her family’s cottage on Oak Island.

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Christina Harrell, Instructional Assistant

Ms. Harrell graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and Family Relations.  After college she taught Pre-Kindergarten and loved it so much she went on to get her Birth-Kindergarten teaching license.  Ms. Harrell has two daughters, Peyton and Hannah, who are also students at Root Elementary.  In her free time Ms. Harrell loves spending time with her family and taking their sweet dog Willow for walks.

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Alesandra Irizarry, Teacher

Mrs. Irizarry is from Long Island, NY and lived there until moving to the Raleigh area to teach at Root! She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and attended Hofstra University to obtain her dual Masters certification in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. She got married in June 2020 to her wonderful husband Steven. They are both huge Disney fans and try to visit Disney World at least once a year. They have two cats, Shyloe and Cupcake. Mrs. Irizarry loves crafting, learning about new places to travel, musicals, and is even trying to learn Japanese in her spare time. 

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Susan Johnson, Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Johnson was born and raised in Wilson, NC.  She graduated from UNC with a degree in Recreation Administration and worked with Raleigh Parks and Recreation for several years before she became a mom.  She has been married to her wonderful husband, Graham, for 32 years.  She worked at White Memorial Presbyterian Church's pres-school and MMO programs before starting at Root in 2010.  She has a very strong connection with this school since her 3 sons - Gray-27, Tyler-25 and Charlie-19 were all Root graduates.  She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and going to the beach.

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Amy Lawrence, Teacher

Mrs. Lawrence was born in Birmingham Alabama and grew up in Spartanburg SC. She attended Belhaven College in Jackson Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She worked in the Jackson Public School system for nine years teaching first and second grade and working as a Reading Recovery and literacy intervention teacher. Mrs. Lawrence moved to Raleigh with her family in 1998. She joined the Root family in 2002. She has taught second grade and kindergarten at Root. Mrs. Lawrence loves teaching kindergarten and especially loves teaching her students to read and helping to inspire in them a lifelong love of reading. She has been married to her husband Stephen for 29 year and has four sons: Justin, Matthew, Ryan and Noah. She enjoys watching her son play soccer and lacrosse, playing with her dog Zoey, reading, and spending time at the beach with her family.

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Allison Paysour, Teacher

Miss Paysour was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.  For her undergrad, she went to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she obtained a BA in Child and Family Development (B-K) in 2002.   She taught 1 year in Gaston County at the elementary school where she went when she was little.  She even taught with a few of her former teachers.  Miss Paysour came to Root in the fall of 2003.  She loved the family feel of the small school and has been here ever since.  After teaching for 6 years, she attended Campbell University and obtained her Masters degree with honors in 2010.  Miss Paysour enjoys singing, going to plays (especially Les Misérables  & Wicked), and spending time with loved ones and friends.